Musk: New Version Of Tesla Summon Mode To Use Autopilot Cameras

Summon Mode to become even more accurate through the use of cameras.

Just moments ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk let it be known that a new version of Summon Mode is in the works and that it’ll use Autopilot cameras for improved functionality.

This improved version will be available on the Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3.

Though the original Summon Mode seldom failed, it did occasionally have its faults. However, with the use of Autopilot cameras, the new Summon Mode should prove to be nearly flawless in operation.

Summon Mode is unique to Tesla and it’s often utilized in situations where say the car is parked in a puddle of water or when it’s raining out and you’d rather not get soaked. Other uses include backing out of a tight parking spot or from a garage.

There’s no word yet as to when this improved Summon Mode will be available, but obviously, it will come via an over-the-air update.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Green Deals: Earthwise 11-inch 8.5A Electric Tiller $97, more

Amazon offers the Earthwise 11-inch 8.5A Corded Electric Tiller for $97.27 shipped. Also at Walmart. Today’s deal is at least $30 off the regular going rate and nearly $40 less than Overstock. We’ve seen it fall to $80 in 2018, but otherwise today’s offer is in-line with its historical deal price. This model sports an 11-inch cutting width, and 8-inch cutting depth, along with steel tines and a “lightweight” design. It’s also a #1 best-seller and rated 4.6/5 stars by over 3,500 Amazon reviewers.

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BMW Tops Day 2 Of Formula E Testing

Antonio Felix da Costa topped the times on the second day of 2018/19 Formula E testing, which was split between regular test running and a full race-length simulation session.

Da Costa claimed the honours for BMW for a second day in a row by setting the pace in the three-hour morning session with a 1m16.977s – the first lap below the 1m17s barrier so far in testing.

Season four champion Jean-Eric Vergne ended the morning in second place, 0.421s slower than da Costa on a 1m17.398s, with Jerome D’Ambrosio completing the top three for Mahindra Racing.

Lucas di Grassi was fourth for Audi, ahead of Venturi pair Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara.

Pascal Wehrlein was seventh for Mahindra, with Jose Maria Lopez, Andre Lotterer and Daniel Abt rounding out the top 10 for Dragon Racing, DS Techeetah and Audi.

Alexander Sims, who topped the first day of testing, was 11th.

Stoffel Vandoorne completed 33 laps in the morning session after missing all of Tuesday afternoon’s running due to a battery problem, and he ended up 13th fastest for HWA.

Sebastien Buemi was the only Nissan driver to take part in the running after Alexander Albon, recently linked with a 2019 Toro Rosso Formula 1 seat, again did not drive on Wednesday.

Buemi finished 21st and last in the morning, but did top the 30-minute session that took place before the race simulation on a 1m17.773s, with only nine drivers completing timed laps.

The race simulation, which was timetabled at the request of the teams to test FE’s new event format rules, took up most of the afternoon running and was heavily disrupted.

The cars formed up at the end of the pitlane – ready to complete the full 45-minutes-plus-one-lap that will make up FE races in season five – to begin the simulation.

Sims led the pack out, but the ‘race’ was stopped after just one lap due to Abt hitting the chicane three-quarters of the way down the main straight at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo and Vandoorne stopping on track.

After a lengthy delay – Vandoorne’s car was declared ‘red’, meaning it was not safe to touch – the simulation resumed and was notionally won by di Grassi ahead of Sims.

Only three cars took the chequered flag – with most pitting either the lap before the start of the 31st lap started by di Grassi or on the tour before, while Vandoorne did not reappear to take the restart.

A 30-minuted session closed out the day and was topped by Vergne, who improved his best effort to a 1m17.342s – still second quickest in the overall order.

Eight other drivers also went faster in this session – including Lotterer, Buemi and Sims – while Maximilian Gunther set the 22nd and slowest time of the day after taking over from Antonio Fuoco – 20th overall – who drove in the morning session for Dragon.

Vandoorne, Gary Paffett and Mortara did not appear for the final session.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

2019 Chevrolet Volt Gets New Blackout Package

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt undergoes few changes, but a new blackout package is a thing.

In fact, the Volt Blackout Package came along as a limited addition dealer-upgrade-only offering during the 2018 model year. But now, you can order a factory 2019 Chevrolet Volt with the package. For the 2018 model year, this option was only a limited edition and limited production upgrade, which was subject to dealers being able to outfit the car in such a way.

According to GM Authority, the new Chevrolet Volt Blackout Package includes the following:

  • Front and rear Black bowtie emblems
  • 17-inch split 5-spoke aluminum wheels with ultra-bright machined finish with painted gloss black pockets
  • Sport pedal kit

It will cost you an extra $1,995 and can be had on either current Volt trim level: LT and Premier. Let’s hope the 2019 Chevrolet Volt continues the recent sales momentum that the outgoing model has enjoyed. Perhaps with the upgrades and added packages it will fare well.

Source: GM Authority


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Allego launches contactless credit and debit card payments for charging in the UK

Public charging stations are proliferating, but some operators still make it inconvenient for drivers, requiring them to join a network in advance and carry around a special card. European charging network operator Allego has taken a major step towards eliminating this unnecessary bottleneck with the launch of a contactless payment solution that supports Visa, Mastercard and American Express. The company is now rolling out the new service in the UK, and plans to introduce it in its other markets as well.

Upgraded Allego chargers allow EV drivers to pay for charging using EMV, a European security standard for the chips embedded in credit cards. The stations use NearField Communication (NFC), a technology that allows the machine to read data from the card without contact. Drivers can pay by just tapping a debit card, credit card or NFC-enabled device such as a wallet (banks, Apple Pay, Google Pay) on the charger’s built-in payment terminal.

Allego has already deployed the first NFC-enabled charger at Shell Holloway in London, and will shortly introduce the new feature across the Shell Recharge network in the UK. Beginning in 2019, every new 50 kW charger from Allego will be equipped with NFC payment.

“The new payment solution at our chargers is essential to offer EV drivers worldwide price transparency. We believe in a consumer-centric EV market, in which drivers have access to every charging facility, can pay however they want and get a direct overview of their costs,” says Anja van Niersen, CEO of Allego.

“Until now electric vehicle drivers have faced a lengthy registration processes in order to charge their vehicles. This partnership means drivers will be able to pay easily at Shell forecourts without the need to enter into a contract or settle payments on a monthly basis,” says Hemlata Narasimhan, Visa’s Head of Merchant Services, Europe. “Electric vehicle drivers are used to a seamless experience when they are behind the steering wheel and now we are enabling a similarly seamless experience when they charge their vehicles.”

 

Source: Allego


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Tesla buys land for Chinese factory

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Tesla has acquired a 210-acre piece of land in the Lingang region of Shanghai for its planned Gigafactory 3. No price has been announced.

Lingang is located on the coast, about 47 miles from the center of Shanghai. Several automakers with foreign connections have facilities there, and unmarked test vehicles are often seen on the streets.

Earlier this year, Tesla announced a deal with the Shanghai government to build a wholly-owned local factory, and said that it “will take roughly two years” to start producing vehicles, “then another two to three years before the factory is fully ramped up to produce around 500,000 vehicles per year for Chinese customers.” Now the company says it is “on track” with its accelerated construction plan.

On Tesla’s last earnings call, Elon Musk said that Tesla expects to spend about $2 billion to quickly bring Gigafactory 3 to a production rate of about 250,000 vehicles per year before ramping up to full capacity. Funding will mostly come from local debt – investment from Tesla “will not start in any significant way until 2019.”

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Producing cars locally in China will dramatically reduce costs. Recent trade tensions between the US and China have resulted in an import tariff of 40% on Tesla vehicles. Earlier this month, Tesla said the increased tariffs are forcing it to accelerate construction on the Shanghai factory.

“Tesla continues to lack access to cash incentives available to locally produced electric vehicles in China that are typically around 15% of MSRP or more,” said Tesla in its Q3 earnings report. “Taking ocean transport costs and import tariffs into account, Tesla is now operating at a 55% to 60% cost disadvantage compared to the exact same car locally produced in China. This makes for a challenging competitive environment, given that China is by far the largest market for electric vehicles. To address this issue, we are accelerating construction of our Shanghai factory, which we expect to be a capital efficient and rapid buildout, using many lessons learned from the Model 3 ramp in North America.”

 

Sources: CNBC, Electrek


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Long-range Nissan Leaf, Tesla chip, and charging locations: Today's Car News

Tesla AutopilotTesla plans to roll out its new Autopilot chip in six months and give it to some drivers for free. Order guides show the new long-range Nissan Leaf will go into production in January and likely hit dealerships next spring. ChargePoint gives its users access to networks in Canada, Europe, and elsewhere. And our Twitter followers weigh in on where…
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60-kWh Nissan LEAF Price Possibly Revealed In Dealer Documents

May begin shipping early in 2019

If you like the Nissan LEAF, but were put off by its current 40-kWh battery, you may soon be in luck. A bigger, better battery option is coming if you don’t mind a bit of a price hike. The base version of the current car (no pun intended), with its EPA range rating of 151 miles boasts an MSRP of $29,990. When it debuts sometime next year, the upgraded 60-kWh version may well cost an additional $5,500, which would bring its starting price to $35,400 (excluding destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options).

The numbers come to us from Alex Bernstein, the senior pricing analyst at CarsDirect, who has seen Nissan’s preliminary pricing sheets. His calculations show the longer-range LEAF will more effectively take on the Chevy Bolt (starting MRSP $36,620), or more importantly, the base (and still unavailable) $35,000 Tesla Model 3.

Bernstein offers up some other interesting projections as well. The 60-kWh variant, which he claims will return 225 miles of range — a 50-percent bump, may be available early in 2019. According to the analyst, production of the bigger pack will begin in January, which would likely see the higher-spec car arriving at stores sometime in the first quarter.

Besides range, the optional 60-kWh pack may provide other benefits. Expected to feature a temperature management system (TMS) with liquid cooling, the new battery may negate a limitation the 40-kWh pack suffers from. Popularly referred to as Rapidgate, the car will throttle back charging speeds after being successively plugged into DC fast charge stations. This can increase charge times considerably, making long distance journeys inconvenient.

Speaking of faster charging, the new battery option could increase the amount of energy the car can handle from stations, allowing it to suck up electrons at a rate of 102 kW, which would seriously reduce charging times at DC fast charge stations capable of dishing out the higher flow.

Also, a pack with active temperature control may decrease the rate of capacity degradation, especially in hot climates. This means the range of the vehicle will decrease more slowly over time. Not only will this increase the confidence of owners, but it may also improve resale prices, as prospective buyers will worry less about the need to replace the pack, at considerable expense.

All we can say is, bring it on!

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Source: CarsDirect


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Tesla Model 3 V9 Software Review: Video

New software brings substantial improvement to the Tesla Model 3.

Larry Benjamin, as promised in the Tesla Model 3 review after 7 months of ownership, presents the follow-up video on V9 software.

Here are the topics:

  • autopilot vehicle recognition (shows sizes of vehicles as well as pedestrians/motorcycles)
  • redesigned navigation controls (closer to the driver)
  • redesigned ventilation control (nice looking animation)
  • app launcher
  • better organized media selections
  • web access (could be distracting)
  • classic Atari video games (only when Park)
  • dash cam recording (using pen drive)
  • Autopilot (getting better)
“Larry Benjamin shows most of the features of the newly released Version 9 Software. This includes improvements to the autopilot vehicle recognition, redesigned navigation controls, better organized media selections, classic Atari video games and dash cam recording.”


Source: Electric Vehicle News