Lucid Motors is the latest startup to promise a luxury electric car that’s made in the USA. After teasing its Tesla-fighting luxury sedan the company (formerly known as Atieva) announced plans for a factory in Casa Grande, Arizona.Groundbreaking will take place next year, with the goal of starting production in 2018, a Lucid blog post said. That’s a pretty ambitious schedule for a company that has never built a car before, and still needs to create a working factory from scratch. By 2022, Lucid expects to have over 2,000 full-time employees at the site.The site selection process began over a year ago, Lucid said. The company considered “over 60 potential sites in 13 states,” and said there were several factors behind the choice of Arizona, including proximity to its Silicon Valley headquarters, a solid supply chain, and availability of a suitable site. While Nevada offered incentive packages to fellow startup Faraday Future for its car factory, and to Tesla … [Read more...] about Lucid Motors’ Tesla-fighting electric car will be built in Arizona
Tesla is now producing lithium-ion battery cells at its “Gigafactory,” the massive plant just outside Reno, Nevada, that the company claims will become the largest factory of its kind in the world. The cells will be used for Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy-storage battery packs, at first.The company held a grand opening for the Gigafactory last year, but until now the factory has only assembled battery packs, and not the cells that go into them. Those cells have been imported by Panasonic, which partnered with Tesla on the Gigafactory and has been the sole supplier of battery cells for the company’s electric cars and energy-storage products.Cells manufactured at the Gigafactory are a cylindrical “2170” design co-developed by Tesla and Panasonic, according to a company blog post. The Gigafactory is currently building them for Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 battery packs only, but Tesla expects to start cell production for the Model 3 electric car in the … [Read more...] about Tesla is now making battery cells at its massive ‘Gigafactory’
One month before Hyperloop One ushered a pack of cynical journalists to see the first-ever demonstration of a Hyperloop mag-lev train in the desert outside Las Vegas, it didn’t exist.“We said ‘It’ll be May 10,” and we picked a day,” CEO Rob Lloyd confessed. “And three weeks ago, it wasn’t done.” Sure, the world-class engineers had the science down, developed a reliable propulsion system, and ran the numbers, but physical testing? Not quite yet.Despite endeavoring to build a futuristic system that seems more at home on the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel than in the Nevada desert, the company felt so confident that it invited tech journalists from every major publication to see the thing in person. Like Babe Ruth calling his shot, Hyperloop One took a calculated leap of faith that — like Babe’s — paid off in spades.After standing before the steel test track outside Sin City on the day Lloyd promised to unveil it, I … [Read more...] about The Hyperloop is real, and we watched the first test in the Nevada desert
Tesla sent shock waves through the auto industry when it unveiled the Model 3, a so-called mass-market car that carries a base price of $35,000 before government incentives are factored in. The 3 is currently positioned at the bottom of the Tesla lineup, but the company is planning on moving even further downmarket in the coming years.“It’s been a very difficult journey, but I’m super excited about being able to produce a car that most people can afford. There will be future cars that will be even more affordable down the road,” revealed company founder Elon Musk during the Future Transport Solutions conference that was held in Oslo, Norway.While roughly half of motorists can afford the Model 3 (pictured), Musk predicts that almost everyone will be able to afford Tesla’s fourth-generation models. The comments fall in line with Tesla’s original plan, which is to bring affordable electric mobility to the masses. Musk has previously explained … [Read more...] about The Model 3 won’t be Tesla’s entry-level model for long
Despite an underwhelming experience with the Toyota RAV4 EV project, Tesla Motors won’t rule out future collaborations with Japan’s largest carmaker.Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg that he “would not be surprised” if the two companies entered another partnership two or three years from now. While Tesla and Toyota have no set plans, Musk envisions a project larger than the RAV4 EV.That’s quite optimistic, considering the results of the first Tesla-Toyota team-up.Toyota only managed to shift around 2,000 RAV EV electric crossovers in its two years on sale. That’s partly due to the limited scope of sales. The RAV4 EV was only sold in California, largely to comply with the state’s zero-emission vehicle mandate.However, reports say there were also conflicts between Tesla and Toyota engineers, and the companies have grown apart since the RAV4 EV was launched in 2012.Toyota has essentially abandoned battery-electric cars for hydrogen fuel cells, a … [Read more...] about Tesla open to second collaboration with Toyota, Elon Musk says
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tesla Motors during his tour of Silicon Valley sparked conversation about Tesla opening shop in the country, but it looks like car manufacturing isn’t on the cards. Instead, Tesla’s second Gigafactory could be located in India, to respond to increasing local demand expected in the long term.Replying to a tweet about opening a factory in India, Musk said “A Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term.” He did not mention whether an Indian Gigafactory was part of his talks with Modi, though batteries were in the discussion.Tesla Motors already receives bulk battery packs from its manufacturing partners in India. Setting up its own facility in the country would save the company time and money, as it continues to expand its car manufacturing plant in China.Modi has called for more investment into India and for foreign businesses to establish operations in the country. Tesla’s Gigafactory … [Read more...] about Tesla has plans for India, but they don’t involve cars
Six significant security flaws with the Tesla Model S let hackers take control of the vehicle, a team of American researchers has found.Kevin Mahaffey, the chief technology officer of cybersecurity firm Lookout, and Marc Rogers, the principal security researcher at Cloudflare, explain that they chose to hack into a Tesla because the Silicon Valley-based company seemingly understands software better than most car makers. The results they obtained were surprising.“The handbrake comes on, lurching it to a stop.”“We shut the car down when it was driving initially at a low speed of five miles per hour. All the screens go black, the music turns off, and the handbrake comes on, lurching it to a stop,” said Rogers in an interview with the Financial Times.Whether a hacker can turn off the electric sedan at speeds higher than five miles per hour was not disclosed. The researchers will release full details about the hack, including precisely how the S … [Read more...] about Tesla issues software patch after hackers take control of a Model S
California-based, Chinese-backed startup Faraday Future is counting down the days until it introduces its first production car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s taking place next month. The brand appears on track for success, but a damning new report finds that all is not well under the surface.A supplier named Futuris that manufactures and tests seats is taking Faraday Future to court over $10 million in unpaid bills. A separate lawsuit filed by Beim Maple Properties accuses the company of not paying rent on a warehouse to the tune of $104,950.50. And that may be just the tip of the iceberg; employees who wished to remain anonymous told Buzzfeed News that the company’s debt amounts to over $300 million.The unstable financial situation has allegedly sent shockwaves through the young company. Some suppliers decided to cut ties with Faraday Future, and a few employees have resigned this year. One of them pointed out that getting work done was a real … [Read more...] about Is Faraday Future the next Tesla, or will it follow Fisker and fizzle out?
An electric car maker deserted its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada in a move experts say could spell trouble for the company and the broader niche electric automobile businesses.Faraday Future Chief Financial Officer Stefan Krause said Monday’s decision to scrap the plant was due to a shift in business strategy. The Gardena, California-based company said in a statement that it will now look for an existing facility to produce its electric vehicles in California or Nevada.Faraday Future halted work on the project outside Las Vegas last November, at the time calling the stoppage a “temporary adjustment” that wouldn’t affect plans to begin production in 2018. It sunk more than $120 million into the project.“It can be somewhat hard to believe that a company that was so aggressively spending money and moving things forward in their claimed goals will suddenly change direction and still get to where they want to get … [Read more...] about Electric Car Maker Scraps Plans for $1 Billion Nevada Plant
Elon Musk has a talent for unleashing bombshell surprises, and he definitely topped himself with the unexpected reveal of the second-generation Tesla Roadster during the unveiling of the Tesla Semi truck. Musk promised not only the revival of Tesla’s first production model, but threw out some performance figures that got everyone talking.The original Tesla Roadster, which went out of production in 2012, was a sports car based on the Lotus Elise. But the acceleration figures announced by Musk bring the new Roadster well into supercar territory, and a massive battery pack could push the boundaries of electric-car range as well. How insane is the new Tesla Roadster? We’ll break it down for you.AccelerationMusk said the new Tesla Roadster will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and run the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. He also hinted at a top speed of around 250 mph. If Tesla can achieve that performance with a production model, the Roadster … [Read more...] about How does the new Tesla Roadster stack up against today’s supercars?