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Tesla Cybertruck competitor announced, GMC's all-electric Hummer EV

Jak Connor | Jan 31, 2020 at 2:46 am CST

GMC has announced a Tesla Cybertruck competitor, and its none other than an all-electric Hummer. The company has teased the reveal of the new truck on their website.

GMC's new project is called the Hummer EV, and according to the companies website/teaser trailer, the vehicle will have up to 1,000 horsepower, be able to go from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds and have 11,500 lb/ft of torque. This new Hummer variant represents the revival of the brand and will most likely stand as a direct competitor to Tesla's Cybertruck that has recently made waves in the news.

Unfortunately, GMC won't be revealing the new Hummer EV until May 8th, 2021. So, there's going to be quite the wait before we can lay eyes on their new project. Until then, if you want to read up more on the new vehicle, head on over to the official website here.

Tesla will deliver the Model Y early, shipments to begin March, 2020

Jak Connor | Jan 30, 2020 at 2:33 am CST

Just this past Wednesday, Tesla took to their website to announce that they are ahead of schedule in regards to their upcoming Model Y cars.

Tesla will deliver the Model Y early, shipments to begin March, 2020 |

The company has said that they are running quite far ahead of their original schedule, which was set at a release date of "fall 2020". Instead, shipments for the Model Y SUV will begin rolling out sometime in March 2020. On the website, Tesla explains that the $52,990 all-wheel drive "long-range" variant of the Model Y has had its range capabilities upgraded from 280 miles to 315 miles.

There's also a standard version of the Model Y that is only capable of 230 miles, that version will start at $40,000. According to The Verge, the Model Y is a combination of the Model 3 sedan as it uses 75% of the same parts. It is also said that the Model Y has slightly more headroom and features a similar interior as well as the classic dashboard-mounted touchscreen display from the Model 3.

General Motors invests $2.2 billion to build EVs in Detroit, USA

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 28, 2020 at 7:28 pm CST

Tesla might get all of the headlines with its electric vehicles, electric Semi Truck and electric Cybertruck... but that doesn't mean they're the only ones dominating in the field. General Motors has just thrown its hat into the EV ring, and will build EVs in the United States moving forward.

General Motors invests $2.2 billion to build EVs in Detroit, USA |

General Motors president Mark Reuss announced on Monday morning that the company will renovate its current Detroit-Hamtramck facility located in Detroit, Michigan. The renovation will cost $2.2 billion and will see GM having a factory solely for battery electric vehicles, with teh first to be a BEV pickup truck that will come off the production line in late 2021.

After that, GM has promised that it will start making electric autonomous taxi pods that will be used by Cruise, while $800 million will be invested into supplier tooling and related startup costs for BEV production. Once the factory is retooled and ready to go, General Motors has said that it will create "more than 2,200 good-paying US manufacturing jobs".

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Elon Musk and Jay Leno spotted cruising in Tesla Cybertruck in LA

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 27, 2020 at 8:42 pm CST

Tesla's exciting new Cybertruck has dominated headlines and social feeds since its announcement, and while Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk has been spotted driving the Cybertruck on the streets of LA before, he's back again -- and this time, with Jay Leno.

Musk and Leno were spotted driving the streets of LA in Tesla's new Cybertruck, which should be featured in a future episode of Jay Leno's Garage. The two were spotted driving the Cybertruck in LA and were spotted on multiple different videos, with the one embedded above and a closer look on a video on Instagram.

Leno is no stranger to Tesla exclusives, with the former late night host tapping previous Tesla prototypes in the past -- including their next-gen Roadster prototype. We should expect to see much more on Tesla's new Cybertruck in an upcoming episode of Jay Leno's Garage where we'll see the car in much more detail.

Boeing's largest & most fuel efficient jetliner completes first flight

Jak Connor | Jan 27, 2020 at 2:11 am CST

Boeing has taken to its website to announce that it has completed its first test of the world's largest twin-engine jet.

Boeing's largest & most fuel efficient jetliner completes first flight |

In the press release, Boeing has detailed that the new Boeing 777X jetliner has successfully entered the next phase of testing. The jetliner took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 a.m and managed to be in the skies for a massive 51-minute flight before landing back down safely at Seattle's Boeing Field.

The 777X is the largest twin-jetliner every created, measuring in at roughly 252 feet in length and 235 feet across. According to Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, "Our Boeing team has taken the most successful twin-aisle jet of all time and made it even more efficient, more capable and more comfortable for all. Today's safe first flight of the 777X is a tribute to the years of hard work and dedication from our teammates, our suppliers and our community partners in Washington state and across the globe."

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US Senator criticizes Tesla 'Autopilot' feature, calls it 'misleading'

Jak Connor | Jan 27, 2020 at 1:38 am CST

U.S. Congressman has called out Tesla regarding the automotive company's "Autopilot" feature, asking them to "re-brand and re-market."

US Senator criticizes Tesla 'Autopilot' feature, calls it 'misleading' |

U.S. Senator Edward Markey said in a statement that the "Autopilot" feature is incorrectly named and is, in fact, a misleading title. Markey also stated that "Tesla promotes confusion about the capabilities and limits of its driver assistance system with an inherently misleading name - 'Autopilot' - that encourages users to over-rely on the technology." Markey also went further and said that the "Autopilot" branding "significantly undermines all of the user manuals and subsequent instructions that Tesla issues to its customers" regarding that the vehicle is, in fact, not fully autonomous.

In the statement from Markey, the Senator suggested that Tesla decides to "re-brand and re-market" the feature so that customers are fully aware of what its capable of. This isn't the first time Markey has recommended Tesla fix some of their safety features, as the Senator asked the company back in November to address some issues. Tesla responded to the Senator back on December 20th, 2019.

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Tesla changes coming: built-in Qi wireless charger, new chargers, more

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 25, 2020 at 12:42 am CST

Tesla is preparing some of the first updates to its electric vehicles for the year, with a new leak hitting Tesla researcher 'Greentheonly' tweeting out a bunch of changes coming to Tesla EVs.

As you can see we can expect new hardware, an integrated inductive phone charger (Qi wireless) for Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, 2 new battery types for the Model S/X, new lumbar, new charge port types (USB-C, hopefully), new suspension, and more. Most of this makes sense, and should be news welcomed by Tesla fans and customers.

Tesla's last change to the exterior of the Model S was all the way back in 2016, so we should expect a fresh of the Model S in 2020 with some new internals and 2020 features like Qi wireless charging, new ports, and more.

Elon Musk teases Minecraft & The Witcher game ports coming to Tesla's

Jak Connor | Jan 23, 2020 at 2:40 am CST

Elon Musk has taken to his personal Twitter account to ask the public about their thoughts on whether or not he should bring Minecraft, The Witcher, and Kerbal Space Program over to Tesla's.

Musk put out a Twitter poll that currently has five hours left as of writing this post, which asked "Want to play The Witcher game on your Tesla? (you can already watch the show on Tesla Netflix theater)". The poll has two options, "yes [tosses coin]" and "no, I have the plague". Before I tell you what the statistics are looking like, vote first!

At the time of writing this 85.4% of the people that voted clicked yes, and only 14.6% voted no. In the Twitter thread, Musk was asked by some fans if he can bring both Minecraft and a SpaceX version of Kerbal Space Program over to Tesla's as well. Musk responded to the fan that asked about Minecraft, "Agreed, v important" and to a SpaceX version of Kerbal Space Program "It's on the list". Hopefully, in the future, we see all three of these games make their way over to Tesla's.

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Tesla slaps down 'sudden acceleration' petition to recall 500,000 cars

Jak Connor | Jan 22, 2020 at 4:36 am CST

A few days ago reports began surfacing regarding Tesla's vehicles and random unintended acceleration. This eventuated into a petition that could result in Tesla recalling 500,000 vehicles.

Tesla slaps down 'sudden acceleration' petition to recall 500,000 cars |

An investigation is currently being conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regards to a petition that claims Tesla's cars are suddenly unintentionally accelerating. The reports are claiming that multiple Tesla's are effected by this issue, example cars are as follows; Model S produced between 2012 and 2019, Model X produced between 2016 and 2019 and Model 3 produced between 2018 and 2019.

At the moment the petition says that 127 consumers have made complaints about this issue. The petition also says that these unintended sudden accelerations could have been a contributing factor in 110 crashes and 52 injuries. Since the petition is being investigated by the NHTSA, Tesla has responded to the claims, saying "This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle's data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed".

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Tesla cars will get KITT from Knight Rider update that enables speech

Jak Connor | Jan 13, 2020 at 12:31 am CST

The constant string of updates to Tesla's just keep coming and coming. Elon Musk, the Tesla founder and C.E.O. isn't slowing down with the updates either, as he has just teased what's in the pipeline for Tesla owners.

In a new video posted to Elon Musk's official Twitter account, we can see two people driving a Tesla out of a car park. While this might just seem like a boring video, if you play it with sound, you can hear something unique. As the car is driving past some pedestrians, it says "Well, don't just stand there staring hop in!". Musk has just officially teased that Tesla's will be able to speak to pedestrians with external speakers, just like K.I.T.T. from Night Rider.

Musk didn't explain the extent of Tesla's speech capabilities, or what specific Tesla models will be able to use this new feature. But he did tease that Tesla owners who have the vehicle that supports this update will be able to 'fart' in the general direction of pedestrians. This new feature could be handy if owners are able to use external speakers as a means of communicating safety with people outside the car. At the moment, its unclear whether the 'speech' will be canned clips (pre-installed voice lines) or if owners will be able to use the external speakers as a microphone.