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Tesla releases giant new home solar power system

December 14, 2019 - 8:11 pm

Tesla has released a giant new version of its latest home solar system – a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000+ sq ft homes. more…


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EV Items Holiday Sale: 20% off Tesla accessories incl light upgrade kit, Qi charger & more

December 14, 2019 - 6:48 pm

For those looking to do any last minute holiday shopping, our friends over at EV Items have extended its holiday sale for Electrek readers with a special last minute 20% off all of its Tesla accessories using coupon code electrek. EV Items is also throwing in a free Starman Elon Musk air freshener with all orders and free shipping in North America for orders over $50 (if you hurry, you’ll still be able to get your order in time for Christmas).

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Head below for a look at some items from the holiday sale including the company’s interior LED light upgrade kit and its Qi charger inserts for your Model S, X, or Model 3.

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8 lessons about EV battery health from 6,300 electric cars

December 14, 2019 - 6:23 pm

A persistent concern among some EV drivers is the long-term health of the battery. All batteries lose some storage capacity over time. But how might that degradation affect your driving range a few years down the line? To help answer that question, we can now look to Geotab, a leading telematics-fleet-management company with access to a lot of EVs. Lo and behold, the losses are minor.

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Climate Crisis Weekly: Highlights from the UN climate change summit in Madrid

December 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm

  • COP25: What was — and was not — achieved at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid.
  • Climate activist Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.
  • Why melting ice in the Arctic directly affects every one of us.
  • Which US states cut their environmental agency budget and staff numbers? This map will tell you.
  • And more…

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Teslas charge faster than Taycan, due to Porsche’s low efficiency

December 14, 2019 - 10:36 am

One of the standout features of the Porsche Taycan is its incredible promised 350kW charge rate.  Tesla has updated its Model 3 to have a 250kW charge rate, which is available on Tesla’s V3 superchargers.

At first glance, this looks like a loss for Tesla.  But it’s not.  Because of Porsche’s low efficiency, it turns out that almost every Tesla adds more range per minute at peak charge rate than the Taycan does – and some by a significant margin.

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Watch Tesla electric ATV prototype silently crawl in rare footage

December 13, 2019 - 9:39 pm

You can watch, but more importantly listen, to Tesla’s electric ATV prototype crawling in rare footage from the launch of the Cybertruck. more…


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Mercedes EQC US deliveries delayed another year to 2021, to prioritize EU

December 13, 2019 - 8:10 pm

Mercedes-Benz has once again delayed EQC deliveries, pushing them back by another year in the US, as a “strategic decision to first support the growing customer demand for the EQC in Europe.”

Mercedes last delayed the EQC this February. It has just started deliveries in Europe in the last couple months.

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Your Tesla could help you get cheaper insurance through data

December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Insurance runs on data, and electric cars have a lot of it. One firm in the UK is giving Tesla drivers cheaper insurance by tapping into the car’s systems to track driver mileage.

This could expand into other telematics, offering drivers better rates in exchange for more snooping.

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Tesla Cybertruck loved by non-truck owners, less so by truck owners, says survey

December 13, 2019 - 6:53 pm

The recently revealed Tesla Cybertruck is running neck-and-neck in popularity with upcoming electric offerings from big-name truck brands GM and Ford, according to a survey from Autolist.

The survey also included Rivian, which is similarly popular. Among people who have never owned a truck, all four brands fared roughly equally. Among current and former truck owners, GM and Ford had an advantage, with Rivian trailing closely and Tesla quite far behind.

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Porsche Taycan chews through double power of Tesla Model 3

December 13, 2019 - 3:35 am

Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan Turbo guzzles double the power of the Tesla Model 3 - but is that a fair comparison?

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The Driven Podcast: EVs, range anxiety and fuel security

December 13, 2019 - 3:27 am

Traffic congestion on the M5 motorway in Sydney

EVs are an obvious solution for Australia’s precarious fuel security and its dependence on fuel imports. Former RAAF deputy chief John Blackburn explains why.

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Fisker Ocean electric SUV to be unveiled in Las Vegas, RHD planned

December 13, 2019 - 2:16 am

fisker ocean

Fisker Ocean electric SUV to be unveiled at CES 2020 in early January 2020, and will be made available to right hand drive markets.

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Mercedes-Benz previews EQA electric crossover before 2020 unveil

December 13, 2019 - 1:51 am

mercedes eqa

Mercedes previews another upcoming electric model, a four-door crossover dubbed the EQA.

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NRMA continues rollout of fast chargers: Mildura and Port Macquarie

December 12, 2019 - 2:53 am

nrma fast charger port macquarie

The NRMA continues roll out of network of electric vehicle fast charging stations along the eastern seaboard of Australia, with new installations popping up in Port Macquarie in NSW and Mildura in Victoria.

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Electric car drivers block petrol station to highlight “ICEing” problem

December 12, 2019 - 2:46 am

evs blocking petrol station

Electric car drivers in Europe block petrol station to highlight issue of "ICEing", where access to charging stations is blocked by fossil fuel cars.

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Tesla to target 500,000 cars a year in Germany, with Model Y first priority

December 12, 2019 - 1:24 am

Elon Musk. Source: Tesla

Tesla plans to make 500,000 cars a year at German factory, starting with Model Y as soon as 2021.

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Ikea goes electric with zero emissions truck launched in Queensland

December 11, 2019 - 10:19 pm

ikea electric truck

Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea's Australian arm has added another clean and green electric delivery truck to its fleet, launched by transport service provider All Purpose Transport in Queensland.

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Queensland unveils plan to tap solar and boost daytime EV charging

December 11, 2019 - 2:49 am

electric car charging

New plan from Queensland government utility Ergon aims to encourage electric vehicle charging during the day to soak up cheap and plentiful solar generation.

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