Peter Rawlinson, the chief engineer of Tesla’s Model S sedan, has taken over as CEO of EV startup Lucid Motors, the company announced Tuesday. Rawlinson joined Lucid Motors from Tesla in 2013 as the chief technology officer, and he will retain that role going forward, the company says. Rawlinson replaces Sam Weng, who will retire, according to Lucid Motors. Weng co-founded the company back in 2007 as “Atieva,” with a focus on developing battery systems for electric cars. The company decided to change its name and focus on making an all-electric car in 2016, though it still develops some battery technology under the Atieva brand. Rawlinson’s ascendance to CEO has been in the works for months, according to three former employees, who were granted anonymity due to nondisclosure agreements with the company. The former Tesla executive was going to become CEO “one way or another,” one said, following the September 2018 announcement that Saudi … [Read more...] about Former Tesla Model S chief engineer takes over at EV startup Lucid Motors
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caption The incredible BMW M5. source Matthew DeBord/BI I’ve driven the high-performance Tesla Model S and Model 3 and have also sampled the BMW M5 and M3. For me, the BMW M5 beats the Tesla Model S P90D and P100D. But the Tesla Model 3 Performance upsets the mighty BMW M3. Right up front, I’ll admit that comparing legendary gas-powered performance sedans with Tesla’s four-doors could be construed as bogus. Gas versus electric? C’mon, what are you thinking? But bear with me. The thing is that when I drive a performance car – powered by dinosaur goo, electrons, or anything else – I’m thinking less about the fuel and more about what the vehicle can deliver when the rubber hits road or race track. Read more: I drove a $119,000 Audi A8 L to see if the ultraluxurious sedan is worth the price. Here’s the verdict. That’s my basis for this double-comparison: Tesla Model S versus BMW M5; and Tesla Model 3 vs. BMW … [Read more...] about I put Tesla’s high-performance Model S and Model 3 up against the BMW M5 and M3 to see how they compared — here’s the verdict
caption The Jaguar I-PACE. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider I’ve driven the Tesla Model 3 sedan, the Jaguar I-PACE compact crossover, and the Tesla Model X three-row SUV. The vehicles vary quite a bit in capabilities, appointments, and price. But in the end, I think the Tesla Model 3 is the best car. This is going to be a slightly unusual comparison, but it isn’t my fault. As I’ve noted before, Tesla has a segmentation problem. Here at Business Insider, when we want to match up compact crossover SUVs, we can find two similar vehicles from different brands. But when it comes to all-electric cars, it’s a different story. The Tesla Model 3, for example, could take on the Chevy Bolt – and I have compared the vehicles. But the Bolt is the only true long-range EV on the market for under $40,000. Tesla isn’t yet making the $35,000 version of the Model 3, so you have to point out that the available Model 3 is a … [Read more...] about We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE to see how it compares to a $57,500 Tesla Model 3 and a $150,000 Model X. Here’s the verdict.
The base price of Tesla Model S and Model X electric cars is about to shoot up. On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker would stop selling the 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack in both cars. Customers have until January 13 to order cars with the smaller (and less expensive) battery pack. Tesla has reshuffled battery-pack options for the Model S and Model X multiple times, but this change means both cars will now be available with only Tesla’s largest 100-kWh battery pack. Unless Tesla has new variants planned, the elimination of the entry-level 75-kWh variants will cause a major increase in prices. The base price of the Model S is set to jump from $77,200 to $95,200, while the Model X’s base price will increase from $83,200 to $98,200. The change should help further separate the Model S and Model X from the Model 3. On paper, the Model 3 is supposed to be Tesla’s entry-level model, with the Model S and Model X positioned above it in the lineup. But … [Read more...] about Tesla will discontinue entry-level Model S and Model X cars with 75-kWh battery
caption Audi’s e-tron GT concept. source Audi Audi unveiled its e-tron GT electric sedan concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says it will begin delivering the production version of the vehicle in early 2021. The e–tron GT concept has an over 90 kWh battery that provides a range of over 248 miles, as well as 590 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. Audi did not announce a price for the production version of the e-tron GT concept, but it will likely compete against Tesla‘s Model S sedan, which starts at $78,000. Audi unveiled its e-tron GT electric sedan concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says it will begin delivering the production version of the vehicle in early 2021. The e-tron GT concept has an over 90 kWh battery that provides a range of over 248 miles. The concept also features two motors, four seats, 590 … [Read more...] about Audi just revealed a new electric concept car that puts Tesla’s Model S to shame