More On The Tesla Roadster Debut In Europe At Grand Basel

NEW TESLA ROADSTER DEBUTS IN EUROPE AT GRAND BASEL AUTO SHOW [VIDEO]

Tesla’s next-generation Roadster continues to make headlines ever since the Tesla Semiunveiling last year where this futuristic all-electric supercar descended from the Semi-trailer. Tesla aims to launch the Roadster in 2020 and recently teased a stunning, new photo of the Roadster in white.

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Above: New press photo of the 2020 Tesla Roadster (Image: X Auto via Tesla)

Tesla Roadster with a claimed 0 – 60 mph in 1.9 seconds is already challenging established high-end car manufacturers around the globe. The next generation Roadster is equipped with a 200 kWh battery pack that gives the car an impressive 620 miles of range.

Considering the supercar performance of this electric beast, the price of the car seems relatively reasonable at $200,000. It can be reserved at this time for a $50,000 deposit. For those who want it more quickly, a Founders Series Roadster can be reserved for an upfront, payment-in-full of $250,000.

Above: Comparing the 2020 Tesla Roadster specs with the Bugatti Chiron supercar (Image: 9gag)

Tesla is showcasing the Roadster for the first time in Europe at the Grand Basel car show in Switzerland. Grand Basel is a show where only exceptional vintage and modern vehicles are chosen to be showcased. Based on the media buzz surrounding the show, the Tesla Roadster is turning out to be one of the most sought-after attractions there.

The car at Grand Basel appears to be a design shell of a white Roadster which also happened to be showcased at the 2018 Tesla Shareholder Meeting a couple of months back accompanied by a Tesla Semi Truck.

Above: The 2020 Tesla Roadster at the Grand Basel Auto Show (Image: X Auto via @grandbasel / Instagram)

One observation worth noting — there’s no side mirrors and the prototype shown also features a more minimalist and unique interior which was featured in Tesla’s 2018 promo video earlier this year. For current Tesla owners who can’t afford the hefty price tag of the 2020 Roadster, they can use Tesla’s referral program to try and win a free next-gen Roadster.

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Above: A sneak preview of the Tesla Roadster at Grand Basel (Youtube: Carvlogger via InsideEVs)

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Written by: Iqtidar Ali via X Auto

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Why The Mercedes-Benz EQC Doesn’t Have A Frunk Might Surprise You

Lack of the front trunk in the Mercedes-Benz EQC tied to ease of production.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC, which will enter the market next year doesn’t have a frunk (or front trunk), and according to Carscoops, the reason is pretty simple.

Daimler intends to produce the EQC together with the C-Class, GLC and GLC Coupe, on the same production line in Bremen, Germany and would like to do so at minimum investment costs. The powertrain needs to be installed using standard equipment.

“…the German car maker opted to design and engineer its electric SUV in a way that it will allow them to integrate its production to its existing manufacturing standards. The front drive module and the rear axle assembly arrive at the factory already bolted to their subframes before being installed to the chassis, followed by mounting the battery pack to the floor.”

“By integrating electric models into existing production lines, Mercedes gains a major advantage in the industry, making its plants instantly ready to adapt their production lines for all types of models, and that includes anything from combustion engines to hybrid and electric powertrains.”

For sure some will be disappointed that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t take full advantage of EVs, but in the case of the German manufacturer, it was always a pragmatic approach since the beginning when the company outsourced EV development to Tesla (smart ed 2nd gen and B-Class EV) several years ago or converted its ICE models to all-electric or plug-in hybrids.

It means that until higher anticipated sales volume is reached, Daimler will remain satisfied with lower costs and that we’ll need to wait longer for BEVs designed from the ground-up from M-B.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC preliminary specs

  • dual motor (asynchronous), all-wheel drive
  • system output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm)
  • 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds)
  • top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
  • 80 kWh battery (384 cells – two modules with 48 cells and four modules with 72 cells)
  • more than 200 miles (320 km) of all-electric range (prelim est.) or over 280 miles (450 km) under NEDC
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) in 40 minutes (110kW, 10%-80%)
  • AC on-board charger – 7.4 kW
  • towing capability – 1,800 kg (3,968 lbs)

Source: Carscoops


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First all-electric, drive-in movie event in the US–in upstate New York

Capital District EV Drivers drive-in movie night in Greenville, NY [CREDIT: Erik Smits]Just before National Drive Electric Week organizers planned to hold what they call the first electric-car-only drive-in movie event in San Francisco next Thursday, Green Car Reports reader Michael Kamm wrote to us wondering if we’d be interested in a story about an all-electric drive-in movie night that happened two weeks before, outside…
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Tesla Model 3 Event: Hundreds Of Cars Delivered, More Stock Inbound

Performance Model 3 and All-Wheel-Drive versions already sold out.

This weekend, an exclusive delivery event is taking place in Fremont, California, where several Model 3 reservation holders were informed of an opportunity to pick up a new Model 3 ahead of schedule.

Some Tesla Motors Club forum members, who had a delivery date scheduled for September 25th, got an e-mail pushing delivery to an earlier date. This certainly marks a welcome surprise and perhaps it indicates a change in Tesla’s future approach to selling the Model 3.

“This weekend, we’re hosting an exclusive delivery event in Fremont, CA. As a future Model 3 owner in the Bay Area, you have the opportunity to come pick-up your Model 3 sooner than expected.”​

The event takes place at the Tesla Delivery Center, located at 47400 Kato Rd, Fremont, CA, 94538. The event runs from Saturday morning (yesterday) to Sunday evening, from 9 AM until 6 PM on both days. According to a bulletin revealed by Tesla, due to overwhelming demand, the lot no longer has Model 3 All-Wheel Drive or Performance configurations (the more expensive profit-makers went in a flash). There is, however, a limited number of Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive configurations still available.

Tesla will reach out to Model 3 All-Wheel Drive and Performance customers who do not already have a delivery appointment, to schedule one as soon as possible. The company apologized for any inconvenience this has caused.

In order to be able to take delivery of a Tesla, you will need to complete the required delivery steps in your Tesla Account before the event. You’ll have to upload your registration details, upload your driver’s license, confirm your trade-in preferences, select a payment method and if you’ll be using Tesla Financing, submit your credit application. Customers are asked to bring a valid U.S. driver’s license for all registered driver(s). Furthermore, valid proof of insurance for your current vehicle is needed. Additionally, if you are trading in, bring your vehicle, your title or pay off information from your lender, your current registration and all keys for the vehicle need to be available.

Anyone using Tesla financing needs to bring a proof of income and residency (eg. a utility bill). Finally, for financing with a third party bank or credit union, a check for the amount of the finance is needed.

It seems that Tesla wants to delivery as many vehicles at once as possible. Events like these serve to cater to both the marketing aspect and to deliver product quickly. With the owners coming to the location themselves, travel time, cost and organizational woes are also avoided. If anything, this is definitely a smart move by the carmaker. Hopefully, this marks the big uptake in production volume the company is achieving and more reservation holders get Model 3s even sooner than expected.

***UPDATE: This is a free-for-all grab of what could become your future Model 3. This is not an event where you can pick up your custom designed Model 3. From the recent information revealed on a Reddit thread, here’s the current situation:

We just walked out of the event. It was pretty crowded and there were different lines for checking in, processing an order or rescheduling the home delivery. Regarding the cars – there were about 10-16 cars in different colors. They hung a tag on the mirror for people to grab. So if you find a car that suits your color/build/interior then you can grab that tag and head inside to process the order. I went in around 11 AM and most of them were sold out (tags were missing). The ones that were left out were either performance or AWD with white interior and 19” tires. A lot of black/white ones were on the lot. Blue and Red ones were sold out instantly. They had a lot of performance cars still with their tags on. But quite a few of them were also sold.  The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 8 PM. They mentioned that they will be replenishing the stocks with more from their inventory. But they were still figuring that piece out.

We’ve attached the correspondence from Tesla, as well as the update on Performance and All-Wheel-Drive versions being sold out below:

Model 3 Delivery Experience
Tesla Delivery Center
47400 Kato Rd
Fremont, CA
94538
Get directions
September 8 — September 9
9:00am – 6:00pm
This weekend, we’re hosting an exclusive delivery event in Fremont, CA.

Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, we no longer have Model 3 All-Wheel Drive or Performance configurations. A limited number of Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive configurations are still available.

We will reach out to Model 3 All-Wheel Drive and Performance customers who do not already have a delivery appointment, to schedule one as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

How to Prepare

1 — Complete the required delivery steps in your Tesla Account before the event:

Registration details
Upload driver’s license
Confirm trade-in preferences
Select payment method
If you’ll be using Tesla Financing, submit your credit application

2 — Bring the following materials with you:

A valid U.S. driver’s license for all registered driver(s)

Valid proof of insurance for your current vehicle

If you are trading in, bring your vehicle, your title or pay off information from your lender, your current registration and all keys

For Tesla Financing, bring a proof of income and residency (i.e. a utility bill)

For financing with a third party bank or credit union, bring a check for the amount you would like to finance

If you have questions, please contact us at: (888) 518-3752

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UK To Host World’s First Zero Emissions Car Summit

Convention will take place at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

Birmingham is set to hold the world’s first zero-emission vehicle summit as governments come together to fight to improve global air quality.

Read This – Nissan’s Andy Palmer: Nissan Will Be “Absolute #1 Leader In Zero Emissions. No Doubt”

The convention will bring policy makers and industry experts together after a pledge from prime minister Theresa May at the One Planet event in Paris.

The announcement is part of the UK government’s so-called ‘mission’ to put the country at the forefront of zero-emission vehicle development, along with its pledge to ban conventional internal combustion engines by 2040.

According to the Department for Transport, the summit will be held on 11 September 2018, the day before the Low-Carbon Vehicle Show.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘The government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021, of which many will be leased through car leasing experts such as Fulton Leasing.

‘This ground-breaking event shows Britain leading the way in developing the new technology that will create new jobs and help improve the air we breathe.

‘And with a proud history in pioneering vehicle manufacturing, Birmingham is exactly the right location to showcase the innovations of the future.’

Business secretary Greg Clark said: ‘The Midlands has a rich automotive heritage and the growth of high-tech manufacturing across the region continues to drive investment into the region, produce highly skilled jobs and boost economic growth – making it an ideal place to lead the world in zero emission vehicles.

‘Our modern industrial strategy sets out plans for the transition to ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technology and this summit, bringing together global leaders in the green vehicle revolution, is an important step on the road to making that ambition a reality.’


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Prius Prime Design To Trickle Down Into Standard Prius

Toyota is expected to facelift the Prius to improve its controversial look, which it thinks is leading to a sales downfall.

Toyota Prius hybrid (conventional)

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid reached sales level far lower than anticipated and it’s considered that the main reason is the controversial look.

Introduced later, the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is considered as more attractive and it’s now expected to become model for the standard hybrid. It’s an open question whether the Prime will get some changes in the upcoming upgrade in December or January too.

During the first eight months of this year, Prius family sales in U.S. went down by 17.3% to 61,547. The plug-in hybrid Prime took almost 30% at 18,310 (up 39.2%), enough to be the #2 plug-in model in the U.S. Prius saw decreasing sales in Japan too.

Here are the expected upgrades in the mid-model refresh:

  • exterior styling (main change)
  • latest safety upgrades (Safety Sense system)
  • some weight savings, which will result in slightly better fuel economy

“Spyder 7’s sources say the headlights will be redesigned to house three LED elements, similar to those of the Prius Prime. The front intakes and foglamp housings will also be bigger, making for a more aggressive fascia, while flares over the front and rear wheel arches will make the flanks look less slab-sided. Finally, the taillights will adopt LED sequential turn signals.”

Here are Toyota Prius Prime sales results in the U.S.:

Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – August 2018

Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – August 2018

So far, more than 84,000 Prius plug-ins were sold (two generations):

Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – August 2018

Source: LeftLaneNews


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Musk #2 On World’s Most Innovative Leaders List

Elon Musk is one of the most innovative leaders in the world

Forbes recently released the top 10 finishers on the list of the World’s Most Innovative Leaders that in full (with 100 names) will be published in 2019.

In first place, we see Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is ranked second with:

  • 3-year market value creation – $48 billion
  • 3-year stock market gains – 819%
  • innovation premium – 79.9%

Here are the first three:

The World’s Most Innovative Leaders (Source: Forbes)

What’s especially interesting here is that at only $48 billion for the 3-year market value creation, Musk is way outdone by both Bezos and Zuckerberg, yet he leads in stock market gains. More importantly for Musk and for Tesla is likely the innovation premium %, which he places highest among the 3.

Source: Forbes


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200 Corri-Door Fast Chargers Used 8,850 Times In July-August

Usage of Corri-Door fast chargers improve but is still low.

A few years ago, France launched a DC fast charging project – Corri-Door with 200 chargers (three-head: (CHAdeMO, Combo and AC Type 2 with power around 50 kW) installed along major routes.

According to Sodetrel, which operates the network, the July-August period brings high growth of charger usage, as many motorists have recharged their battery driving on vacations.

In total, 8,850 charging sessions were recorded (4,047 in July and 4,776 in August), which is 60% more than a year ago.

Summer results were also 60% higher than regular months, however taking into consideration the number of chargers, on average each noted just 22 charges a month, which is less than one per day.

This level of utilization is not even close to being able to earn on charging services, while we must remember those were two peak months for long-distance travel in France. The costs of charging is €1 for every 5 minutes of use.

Several more years of rapid growth would be required to cover the costs of the service, we believe.

Source: Sodetrel via L’Avere-France


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Watch Tesla Model 3 Get Fitted With Big Brakes

One of the biggest qualms about the Model 3 gets taken away

The usual owner of this battery-powered electric sedan won’t ever come close to pushing it to the limit. However, for owners that love those dynamic & adrenaline-filled driving situations, where the Model 3 is put through its paces through tight corners and long straights, the OEM braking system will hardly be enough. And this is where an aftermarket big brake kit comes in handy.

While up until recently only reserved for high-performance ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles, BBK (Big Brake Kit) aftermarket options are slowly finding their way towards electric vehicles as well. In a recent video made by Rich Rebuilds, we get a chance to see how an EV Tuning Solutions big brake kit gets installed on a Model 3. In turn, the braking performance of the Model 3 gets pushed to a completely new level.

The Model 3 MPP front brake rotor upgrade consists of a set of rotor rings and rotor hats, assembled and ready to be installed on the car. Furthermore, the package contains a set of caliper brackets and caliper bracket bolts. For the kit to work, the owner must of have optioned out the Tesla 19-inch wheels, as the rotors are quite bigger than the stock setup. Additionally, the rotor hat comes with a similar to Tesla anodized grey color scheme, complete with a Tesla logo.

According to the manufacturer’s spec sheet, the big brake kit can be installed in under two hours by professional mechanics. To make things easier for the installer, the factory caliper’s brake line does not need to be disconnected – a bracket is simply installed with supplied hardware, the new rotor is slipped on after the removal of the OE dust shield, and the caliper is bolted to the new bracket. That’s it. However, as you will see from the video above, for the highly-experienced crew at Rich Builds, the entire process takes even less time.


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