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Tesla Model 3 update: drag racing to benchmark acceleration upgrades

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

Tesla pushed out a new over-the-air update to its entire electric vehicle line up, offering some big upgrades across the board in different ways. But there was one, for the Model 3 and its acceleration upgrade, that saw a drag race showing a clear winner.

Model S owners will get a little bit more range from the new update to their EV, with the Tesla Model S range increasing from 373 miles to 380 miles. SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk said during Tesla's recent earnings call: "And there are some software improvements that we think will make that even better".

Musk added: "I forgot to mention, we're also expecting there's going to be an over-the-air improvement that will improve the power of the Model S, X, and 3. It should be in the order of 5 percent power improvement due to improved firmware". Not too bad for an update to your vehicle, right?

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Tesla to reveal its 'armored personnel carrier from future' Nov 21st

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Back in early October, Elon Musk took to Twitter to tease the design of the Tesla pickup truck. Musk is now at it again, but this time he is teasing its release date.

Musk was asked on Twitter by a fan what he thought about the designs of the pickup truck that were bouncing around the Internet. He replied to the fans saying, "Cybertruck doesn't look like anything I've seen bouncing around the Internet. It's closer to an armored personnel carrier from the future."

Then during the Tesla annual shareholders meeting in June, Musk said that 'Cybertruck' is designed to be a benchmark of Ford's F-150. Musk said the Cybertruck should "meet or exceed an F-150. If the F-150 can do it, then a Tesla truck should be able to do it." Just last night, Musk took to Twitter to announce that the Cybertruck will be unveiled on November 21st, in LA, near SpaceX rocket factory.

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Segway's first eBikes only travel 40 & 74 miles, but are $3,000/$4,500

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

When you think of Segway, you most likely think of the Segway PT, but now you are going to think of dirt bikes, yes, that's right, dirt bikes by Segway.

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Segway are introducing two new dirt bike models that are hybrids between what would be considered as a normal dirt bike and a mountain bike. These two new models are Dirt eBike's and are the X160 and the X260. Firstly, the X160 is the smaller of the two and is more focussed on agility rather than raw power.

It has thin wheels that only measure in at 1-inches, and from the above image, we can see it has a compact frame when compared to the X260. The X160 has a top speed of 31.1mph and only has an estimated travel range of 40.4 miles while the X260 is much more powerful with a 74.6-mile range and a top speed of 46.6mph.

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Breakthrough battery design charges electric car in 10 min + 200 miles

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 1, 2019 @ 3:34 CDT

Battery technology has always been one of the main things that hold back technology advancement, but now a new breakthrough has happened from scientists out of Pennsylvania State University.

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The scientists have claimed that they have developed a new battery design that is said to have the capabilities of being able to take in 400 kilowatts of energy. The scientists reported that it takes 10 minutes of charging to add 200 miles of driving range. It should be noted that current generation electric vehicles are definitely not capable of this amount of energy being pushed into the battery, as it risks the integrity of the battery and the lifetime of it. This

Scientists out of The Pennsylvania State University raised their test battery temperature to 60 degrees and then slowly lowered it while it was being used, this ensures that battery isn't going to be cooked by the amount of energy put into it. Senior author Chao-Yang Wang, a mechanical engineer touched on that, saying "limit the battery's exposure to the elevated charge temperature, thus generating a very long cycle life."

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Tesla owners have unparked their car 'hands free' over 1 million times

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 24, 2019 @ 3:32 CDT

Tesla has just finished up its quarterly earnings meeting and one of the aspects the company talked about was the recently rolled out Smart Summon feature for Tesla vehicles.

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Smart Summon enables Tesla owners to be able to 'summon' their car from a location and then have it drive itself over to the owner. Tesla owners have been using this feature in a variety of different places, such as parking lots, around the corner trips and if they are feeling particularly lazy. This feature can be used from a maximum distance of 200 feet, and as long as the owner is in the line of sight of the vehicle.

Some users have experienced some extremely close calls with this feature, but just like any omelette, you have to break some eggs a long the way. In all in all though, the Smart Summon feature has been quite the success for Tesla with their quarterly earnings report saying the feature has been used "over one million times" since its release back in mid September. Tesla also said that "Our neural network learning approach enables us to continue to iterate and improve functionality over time."

Mitsubishi's hybrid buggy prototype could fight Tesla pickup truck

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 23, 2019 @ 23:09 CDT

Tesla Motors is reportedly about to unveil its mean-looking new all-electric pickup truck, that SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said looked like an "armored personnel carrier from the future".

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But now it's time for Mitsubishi to shine with the Japanese car manufacturer unveiling its new hybrid buggy prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show. The new MI-TECH Concept car looks pretty damn rugged, with no doors or roof, and has a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain.

Mitsubishi says the buggy prototype has been "designed to be a dynamic buggy-type vehicle that embodies the very essence of Mitsubishi-ness".

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Qantas breaks flight length record with non-stop 19-hour flight

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 21, 2019 @ 1:02 CDT

Qantas has taken to their newsroom section on their website to announce that they have broken the record for the longest non-stop commercial flight.

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The press release says that the flight airline took off from New York and was heading to Sydney over the course 19 hours and 16 minutes. The flight successfully touched down in Sydney and according to Qantas it was a test to monitor pilots brain waves and melatonin levels. Medical researchers and scientists that partnered with Qantas for the experiment said that cabin lighting and in-flight meals were also adjusted in ways to help reduce jetlag on passengers.

According to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, "This is a really significant first for aviation. Hopefully, it's a preview of a regular service that will speed up how people travel from one side of the globe to the other. We know ultra long haul flights pose some extra challenges but that's been true every time technology has allowed us to fly further. The research we're doing should give us better strategies for improving comfort and wellbeing along the way."

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Wanna see Tesla Model 3s wrecked in crash test lab? Watch this!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 16, 2019 @ 20:08 CDT

Admit it -- you've always wanted to see what a Tesla vehicle would look like in a crash test environment, and now you've got your chance.

Tesla has provided an insider look at its internal Crash Lab, where it crashes its electric vehicles to find out how it can make its vehicles even safer. Before using actual Model 3 vehicles, Tesla Motors will (like any other automaker) use computer modeling to find issues with its cars before smashing them at high speeds into walls.

Tesla's latest Model 3 has specially-designed front passenger airbags that in the case of an accident, will wrap the passenger in the airbag to keep them from smashing into the interior of the Model 3. Tesla claims that its Model 3 vehicle is one of "the safest cars on the road".

Tesla pickup truck looks like 'armored personnel carrier from future'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 15, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT

Elon Musk is being Elon Musk on Twitter once again, with the SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder teasing its highly-anticipated pickup truck that will be unveiled in November.

Tesla has been hard at work on making an all-electric pickup truck after dominating the EV market, as well as making waves in the trucking market with the Tesla Semi, and now it will be unveiling a new pickup truck that Musk teases will look like an "armored personnel carrier from the future".

We know that the American Dream Car is no longer a Lamborghini but rather Tesla's Model S... so what happens to the American Pickup truck when Tesla unveils its new all-electric beast? We know that it will pack a dual-motor all-wheel drive with Musk teasing it will have "crazy torque & a suspension that dynamically adjusts for load".

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Porsche's Macan EV will cannibalize its gas sister-car in a few years

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 14, 2019 @ 6:08 CDT

Everyone who is constantly on the road these days wonders about when car companies are going to start to make the transition to electric vehicles and phase out combustion engine cars. Porsche are beginning to do that, starting with the Macan.

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According to an interview with Autocar, Porsche's chairman, Lutz Meschke said that when the Macan EV rolls out its combustion engine counter-part will also arrive alongside it, but only for a select period of time. Meschke says that in 2021 both cars will arrive for consumers to purchase, but the gas variant will only be available for a "couple of years" before being consumed by the electric variant.

Meschke says that the transition between the two vehicles will be "different by region", so don't expect it to happen worldwide all at once. Porsche's SUV director, Julian Baumann gave some details on the electric vehicle variant and said that the car will be much more aerodynamic than the gas counter-part, and will still maintain "everyday usability". Meschke also touched on how long it would take for most of Porsche's vehicles to become electric, he estimated that 30 - 40% of Porsche's will be electric within five years.