At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF 91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.
The company has now announced that they have successfully tested the limits of FF 91 in its first attempt to challenge the 4,720-foot ascent of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The FF 91, driven by FF Principal Engineer Robin Shute, finished with a time of 11:25:083, beating last year's Tesla P90D by 20 seconds.
Tesla Motors now has a Messenger chatbot to help you manage your car, so called TeslaBot.
SmartCar introduced this feature and named the virtual assistant none other than Elon. You will have to connect your Messenger to your Tesla account, and then you can use Messenger to complete simple tasks such as locking your car or getting information about where your car is located.
Unfortunately, if you don't own a Tesla, this Chatbot is pretty useless.
Elon Musk has confirmed that the first deliveries of the Model 3 will take place in July. It was previously stated that Tesla plans to unveil the final production version of the Model 3 in July, with deliveries starting sometime during the summer.
However, Musk has announced on Twitter that the first customers should receive their Model 3 in July. Musk has faced some criticism lately regarding delivery schedules, so it seems that Tesla's CEO has decided to speed things up and kick off the production of the Model 3.
Musk has also revealed that the day-1 reservation holders will get "something cool, " but he didn't specify what he has in mind.
At an event in Versailles, France during the same week as the Formula E race in Paris, Qualcomm showed off their big secret of the past few years. Their wireless charging technology for electric cars also known as Qualcomm Halo is capable of not only static charging but also dynamic charging.
Currently, there aren't any vehicles on the road with wireless charging, but it's inevitably going to become popular among electric vehicles as they become more autonomous. Tesla's robotic charging arm is far more expensive and complex than just using wireless charging.
Mercedes is expected to be the first with wireless charging this year with Qualcomm Halo as the enabling technology.
Audi's first all-electric vehicle, the Audi e-tron SUV, is coming next year, followed by its recently announced e-tron Sportback in 2019.
The company has now confirmed that they plan another all-electric vehicle for 2020. This means that Audi will have a new electric car each year for the next three years.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, said:
We are rejuvenating our model portfolio enormously and will renew five existing core model series by mid-2018. In addition, we will expand our successful Q family by 2019 with two new concepts - the Audi Q8 and the Audi Q4 - and we will launch our battery-electric e-tron models. Audi plans to launch three new electric models by 2020, after which the brand will gradually electrify models in each of its core series.
A week ago, Elon Musk asked his 8.56 million Twitter followers to help him come up with a name for The Boring Company's first tunneling machine.
We've heard some pretty interesting ideas, from 'Snoop Dug' to 'Ludicrous Boring Machine, the Second.' However, Musk has decided for a totally different approach.
He first announced that he would be naming the machine by a poem or play before revealing the name of the company's first tunneling machine - Godot.
First machine is Godot. Still waiting ... Don't know why, when or where.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2017
The South Korean government has announced that they will open the K-City in October this year. What's special about this 'city' is that it won't have any living citizens, but it will serve as the world's biggest test track for self-driving cars.
The K-City is currently under construction, and when finished, it will have bus-only lanes, expressways, and zones for autonomous parking. The entire area will occupy 360,000 square meters.
The project will cost around $9.7 million, and the self-driving cars can be tested there with or without the temporary operation permit from the government.
Minecraft studio Block, led by the UK's youngest CEO Brandon Relph (16) and youth marketing expert Florian Funke (19), built a replica Tesla Model 3 in Minecraft.
The duo met Elon Musk in 2015 at the Minecraft convention Minecon in London, and since then, they wanted to create a Tesla & Minecraft project. They saw the opportunity when Tesla announced 'Project Loveday', a video contest where fans from around the globe are asked to create an ad-like video. The winners will win a chance to attend the launch of one of upcoming Tesla's products.
The 51-second video shows the Tesla Model 3 replica in six custom-created environments. The duo said that their project involved a lot of stressful, sleepless nights, but they are happy with the result.
We haven't heard much from Faraday Future since they announced their first production vehicle, the FF 91, back in January at CES.
But the company is still here, and they wanted to remind everyone about their upcoming electric car with a new video titled "Emergence." This is the first time, since CES, that we see the car in action.
The short video shows the FF 91 driving around, and one thing is for sure - the car stands out.
Tesla began building the Supercharger network in 2012, and today, they have over 5,400 Superchargers with the goal of enabling convenient long distance travel for more than 200,000 Tesla owners around the world. The company also built a network of more than 9,000 Destination Charging connectors that replicate the convenience of home charging by providing hotels, resorts, and restaurants with Tesla Wall Connectors.
Tesla Motors started this year with over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of this year, the company will double that number to total more than 10,000 Superchargers and 15,000 Destination Charging connectors around the world. In North America, Tesla will increase the number of Superchargers by 150 percent, and in California alone, they will add more than 1,000 Superchargers.
In their blog post, titled 'Charging Is Our Priority,' the company explained their plans:
Toward that goal, Tesla will build larger sites along our busiest travel routes that will accommodate several dozen Teslas Supercharging simultaneously. In addition, many sites will be built further off the highway to allow local Tesla drivers to charge quickly when needed, with the goal of making charging ubiquitous in urban centers. Tesla will continue to lead the industry with the fastest, most advanced charging technology in the world and continue to build the only cars capable of leveraging that power. The ongoing expansion of the networks will ensure that Tesla drivers are able to quickly and easily charge their vehicles no matter what, and that a seamless charging experience remains our priority.