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Electric Car News: Weekly Recap | Tesla Model 3 & More!

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Electric Car News: Weekly Recap | Tesla Model 3 & More!



Let’s recap the electric car news week lead, once again, by Tesla Model 3 with some news made by Nissan Leaf as well! Let’s talk about it, Plus your comments and questions in the live chat! See you soon!

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29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. IMHO

    January 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    The Tesla autopilot shouldn’t be fooled by any sort of “matador” maneuver. If there is a big panel truck completely blocking forward view, and there is no escape route left or right, autopilot will have to assume the truck in front can stop instantly (when it crashes into a stationary object), so the Tesla would need to have a following distance and speed that allowed it to come to a safe stop in that distance. So even if there was a last minute change, the Tesla AP should see the new stationary object and initiate breaking.

    Once cars use hive technology, the car behind the truck can use the info from the truck to see ahead and know that it’s impossible for the truck to stop instantly, which allows a closer following distance.

    The dangerous part, even if the driver has his hand on the wheel, is if AP suddenly doesn’t know what’s going on and says “beep beep beep, you now have control”. And the driver is totally unaware of what’s around him. That means Tesla needs to give advance warning that it may need help. The problem is, if AP cries wolf too much, the driver will start to ignore the warnings and get complacent.

    Comma.ai is working on a cheap simple AP system for about $1000 that just plug and play with the top 20 cars which have lane assists and adaptive cruise control. It looks like a pretty good way to get killed. LOL

  2. IMHO

    January 29, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Bob Lutz predictions about Tesla have not yet come true, but all the statements he made explaining why he predicted Tesla will go bankrupt are correct. At first Elon Musk was like “Yeah right old man, you killed the Electric Car.”, but since then Elon Musk has learned what Bob Lutz was saying, and 15 years later Tesla is still not profitable. I don’t think you will find any recent comment from Elon Musk saying Bob Lutz is an idiot.

    I think people often confuse “risk taking” with “innovation”. Tesla and SpaceX do a lot of risk taking, but nothing that nobody thought of before. When Martin Eberhard first suggested that used several thousand 18650 cells to make a battery for the Tzero, nobody said “now why didn’t I think about that?” Most of them said “are you out of your mind? The battery will cost more than the rest of the car.”

    If I said I will make a car using a tiny version of NASA’s Kilopower nuclear reactor, which will never need recharging for 10 years, it would not be innovation or an original idea.

    Tesla has taken risks building a Betamax network before finding out if VHS will be the standard. Everyone else is talking with each other and trying to find a standard before spending lots of money.

    Now Kia Niro EV is going to come to the scene with a fresh stack of $7500 federal tax credits on a perfect sized EV with ideal range and performance that can be insured cheaper…all at a time when Tesla runs out of federal tax credits.

    Once this happens, that’s when people are going to realize why it was a mistake for Elon Musk to resign from the Technology Advisory committee. The government can make a short term tariff on EVs that give Tesla a little more breathing room, and limit the competition to countries which have similar worker compensation, like Jaguar, VW, BMW, and other US automakers.

    The current administration can also rewrite the EV incentive program to give all existing and future car companies equal incentive to make EVs so that one company can’t draft off another and steal the win during the finishing sprint.

  3. E for Electric

    January 29, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Question of the Day: Which is your favorite story of the week?

  4. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 1:05 am

    That's a sorry excuse not to buy the Model 3. You can not wait on infrustucture when it's already in place. In regards to private property (i.e. apartments) don't expect that to jump off for another 10 years. Why would the property owner spend the money for 1 or 2 tenants. Not a sound choice.

  5. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Why can't people who live in a complex just charge at the nearest supercharger to their home before they go home. It's a very small sacrifice. Also I wouldn't buy a condo, etc., that didn't have a garage with electrical outlet in it.

  6. Juan Francisco Diez

    January 29, 2018 at 1:23 am

    The video is too long. You should post time stamps.

  7. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Culver City Accident: Driver's fault, driver's fault, drivers fault. Auto-pilot is an assistant, not autonomous driver. If you cannot keep an eye on things and react as needed…don't use it.

  8. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Trump is NOT against solar panels or Tesla. The tariff is all about stopping people from buying imported products. Buy American made products and if you don't you will be paying 30%. If you buy a Mercedes that's made here in America you won't pay tariffs. Solar systems made in America will have no tariffs. Just local sales tax. Trump made it known in his campaign that he would be bringing manufacturing and jobs back to America.

  9. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Fast charger across America is supposed to be implemented by Shell and affiliates at their existing station and new stations are what they promised 3 months ago.

  10. Robanz ZZ

    January 29, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I couldn't find your email, I know you've mentioned it before but I can't remember it shit but Tesla just moved into a small factory in Victoria, Australia

    https://www.realcommercial.com.au/news/tesla-charges-into-cremorne-factory?rsf=ps%3afacebookrca1436promote

    https://www.realcommercial.com.au/property-industrial+warehouse-vic-cremorne-501835198

    It's only 695m2 but they could be getting ready to use it as showroom or holding area for right hand version of model 3 which from my understanding should be coming around 2019 so maybe they are running slightly ahead of time for right hand side version M3?

    Just thought that was worth mentioning

  11. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 2:01 am

    The benefits of a fish-eye lens are having the ability to see the extreme to your left and your right. Standard lens won't do that. People complain about things they don't understand it's purpose or how to use it. Look at the picture again. You can see all the way left and right so you anticipate close traffic.

  12. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 2:17 am

    No…I don't agree. I am excited the Tesla Semi was premiered because not only is the transport industry will upgrade from this idea but it will heavily impact the RV industry. Can u imagine an all-electric coach with electric drive? That is as powerfull as the Tesla Semi. RV travelers are in no rush to get around. They have plenty of time to charge and enough onboard amenities to be comfortable.

  13. David Cox

    January 29, 2018 at 2:30 am

    If you don't want people to get irate and political put a photo of a cheeto instead of his ugly mug. That way you get a laugh instead of a rant.

  14. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Don't quote me on it but I think the sell of the Tesla Semi is supposed to pay for the Model Y rollout. I think that was the plan but I could be wrong.

  15. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I'm ready to leave this planet and all the pollution sinners behind and go find me a new planet and start fresh. I keep the USCSS Prometheus on my desktop as an inspiration to look forward to.

  16. Juan Carlos Valverde Narvaéz

    January 29, 2018 at 3:01 am

    there are many people who prefer smaller vehicles.

  17. Anti Petrolhead

    January 29, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Watch the Bill Nye Show on Netflix. He easily does demos and explanation of climate change and other related science topics. Please don't erase my comments. I gave you a thumbs up.

  18. Phizicks

    January 29, 2018 at 5:13 am

    government should start putting power and light poles with charging capabilities and with the top of them having solar to charge underground batteries so people can charge any time.
    damn, keep missing your live streams, just get busy during the day
    lol, mercedes made by hand but don't have mass queue of people waiting to get their cars, their cars are sold slowly, very slowly. hehe
    too much talking, especially loud can stress your vocal chords.. maybe relax a little more if possible or speak a little quieter with closer microphone.. or…. drink some vodka.. I am right now 😀
    I like the KIA, it needs lowering like gansta style. lol

  19. Troy Jacob

    January 29, 2018 at 7:08 am

    @e for electric – FYI Southlake Texas now have model 3 in showroom. Had to wait about an hour to sit in it. Loved it and can’t wait to get mine.

  20. John Silvester

    January 29, 2018 at 8:39 am

    If you are serious about looking at climate change, may I suggest a couple of resources?
    1- Skeptical Science. Does a great job of summarizing climate change arguments. Each argument has a basic, intermediate and advanced explanation with links to the scientific papers the summaries are based on. https://skepticalscience.com/argument.php
    2- IPCC Assessment report. The Synthesis Report lays out the science set out in the three working group reports that make up the assessment report. The Synthesis Report is a summery for non scientists. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/
    3- Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast Video Lectures. A comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global warming assuming no specialist prior knowledge. http://forecast.uchicago.edu/lectures.html

  21. r koro

    January 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Autopilot max speed in 90 mph.

  22. Argasy Argasy2

    January 29, 2018 at 10:47 am

    The main reason why Scietists have a hard time communicating with the laymen is because their logic is several orders of a magnitude higher than us. Stratification of society, each level of society will have a different language/culture/way of thinking and seeing.
    Ex. You know when you were younger and were learning algebra or higher forms of math? You reach a bottleneck where you dont get what the heck the lesson is teaching then all of a sudden it clicks? Thats a leap of logic. So try explaining to a 4 year old how a car engine works.

    Car Segen was Neil Degras Tyson's predecessor.

  23. MR Entertainment

    January 29, 2018 at 10:59 am

    In Portugal all new constructions need to have an eletric charging point in the garage beginning in 2019

  24. touchdownraiders2009

    January 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I hate the more expensive solar panels but Trump is not scared of China and this tariff helps Tesla and America. Sorry but that is the truth. Plus we need more taxes to pay for our massive debt, food stamps , and Medicade. We can’t have a massive welfare system and then complain about.tariffs.

  25. Paul Crews

    January 29, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Custom order cars, I've always said that would be the best business model. It prevents over build.

  26. Gabriel Vargas

    January 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Apple will buy Tesla.

  27. Gabriel Vargas

    January 30, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Can you talk about if Apple will buy Tesla. what you think?

  28. Alan Brown

    January 30, 2018 at 3:20 am

    If you can't see a stopped vehicle ahead in the same lane ahead of the vehicle in front of you, you're probably following too close to that vehicle. The driver ahead DID have enough time to change lanes.

    Vehicles stopped in the road and late lane changes happen in the real world. If AP is just looking at the vehicle ahead and not beyond it, it's at fault.

  29. Greg Lindstrom

    January 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

    biggest complain i hear about model s is that its too large.

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