Electric & Hybrid Cars

Tesla is designing its own computer chip for self-driving cars: report

Early last year, with promises of self-driving cars in owners' hands well before any competitor, development of the Tesla Autopilot system for the maker's electric cars was proceeding nicely. Then, in May 2016, a dedicated Tesla owner was killed in a Florida crash when his Tesla Model S, operating ...

Tesla is working on customer-facing Model 3 design studio as it expands deliveries

Current Tesla Model 3 deliveries are still only for employees and company insiders, but the automaker is expected to soon expand deliveries to regular customers with early Model 3 reservations. The first sign of that happening would be to open the online design studio to let customers configure t ...

Rare-earth metals in magnets for electric-car motors: what you need to know

It's not surprising that the powertrains of electric cars differ quite a bit from traditional internal-combustion engines. Although they have fewer moving parts, the rare-earth magnets that help power electric cars can be quite complex to fabricate. So, what is there to know about rare-earth magnet ...

Morning News: September 21, 2017

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Tesla’s Latest Software Update Includes Useful Supercharger Info

Tesla aims to make Supercharging details even more clear and has released a software update which should prove advantageous. As we recently reported, Tesla has just added new Urban Superchargers. Additionally, the automaker is continually expanding its Supercharger network, not only by increasing c ...

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has three types of cruise control: how they differ

When the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car arrives at dealerships early next year, it will offer fresh styling inside and out, more power, a 150-mile range, and an array of standard or optional active-safety features. It will come in Nissan's standard three trim levels—base S, mid-level SV, and top-o ...

Tesla is discontinuing the rear-wheel drive Model S next week – the cheapest Model S option

Tesla keeps making changes to the options and configurations of its current flagship sedan, the Model S, as it brings to market the less expensive Model 3. Now we learn that the automaker is discontinuing the rear-wheel drive Model S 75, its cheapest option for the vehicle, as soon as next week ...

Corporations With 100% Renewable Energy Goals Now Account for 150 Terawatt-Hours Per Year

Corporations continue to ignore President Trump’s charade over the Paris climate agreement. During Climate Week NYC, the Climate Group announced a record number of companies have signed on to a 100-percent renewable power commitment by 2020. Big financial institutions Citi and JPMorgan Chase & ...

Sunswift Violet ready to compete in World Solar Challenge

Sunswift Violet, a sleek four-seat sedan designed and built by engineering students at UNSW, left Sydney on Wednesday on a 4,300 km drive to Darwin, where it will compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. It is the sixth-generation solar car created by the UNSW Solar Racing Team Sunswift ...

Tesla is reportedly working on its own chip for self-driving with AMD and GlobalFoundries

There have been rumors that Tesla is developing its own chip optimized for self-driving applications ever since we reported on the company quietly hiring legendary chip architect Jim Keller from AMD last year. Now further reports suggest that Tesla is indeed working on its own chip. more… ...