Lower-Range e-tron, NY to LA EV Record, Win a Tesla!— TEN 260

Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

(01:05) Entry-Level – https://www.electrive.com/2019/08/01/audi-introduces-lower-performance-e-tron/
(01:51)  2,500 Made: https://www.levc.com/corporate/news/2500th-electric-taxi/
(02:34) Top Secret – https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/2019/company/porsche-mission-e-playmobil-the-movie-rex-dasher-18213.html
(03:09)  Robocharge – https://media.electrifyamerica.com/en-us/releases/70
(03:43) MegaPack –  https://www.tesla.com/blog/introducing-megapack-utility-scale-energy-storage
(04:20) Another Attempt –  https://www.autoblog.com/2019/07/31/self-driving-car-bill-congress-safety/
(04:59) Further push – https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/gst-council-meet-tax-on-electric-vehicles-slashed/article28730571.ece
(05:37) Dog Mode Fix – https://electrek.co/2019/07/31/tesla-fixing-potentially-dangerous-bug-dog-modes/
(06:15) EQS –  https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/107515/new-all-electric-mercedes-eqs-saloon-set-to-arrive-in-2022 
(06:57) In Court – http://www.bocaratontribune.com/bocaratonnews/2019/08/tesla-faces-wrongful-death-lawsuit-deadly-delray-beach-crash/
(07:15) Gamer Cred – https://www.nio.com/news/nio-and-razer-jointly-launch-nio-es6-night-explorer-limited-edition-vehicle
(07:29) Electric Sailing –  https://www.marinelink.com/news/nidec-asi-supplies-power-management-469072
(07:48) (Al) Fresco – https://www.frescomotors.com/
(08:07) More Work Required –  https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2019-mobility-confidence-index-study-fueled-surveymonkey-audience
(08:27) Low Theft Rate – https://www.iihs.org/news/detail/dodge-cars-with-big-engines-top-hldis-list-of-most-stolen-vehicles
(08:48) Written Off –  https://ir.tesla.com/sec-filings/sec-filing/10-q/0001564590-19-026445
(09:05) Explosion –  https://electrek.co/2019/07/27/hyundai-kona-ev-explodes-garage-blowing-door-off/
(09:23) Newcomer –  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/human-horizons-launches-a-premium-all-electric-smart-brand-hiphi-and-its-first-production-ready-vehicle-hiphi-1-300894994.html
(09:40) All About Efficiency –  https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124334_gasoline-from-solar-and-wind-power-zero-carbon-doesnt-mean-clean-or-efficient
(10:00) High-Up Support – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124333_vp-mike-pence-says-workhorse-deal-to-proceed-for-gm-lordstown-plant
(10:21) $1 Billion – https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1124310_senate-bill-includes-up-to-1b-for-clean-car-infrastructure
(10:39) Poor Judgement – https://insideevs.com/news/363159/mercedes-climate-change-tweet-big-whoops/
(10:58) Profitability? –  https://insideevs.com/news/362955/panasonic-increased-battery-sales-q2-loss/
(11:12) 30,000 –  https://www.autoblog.com/2019/07/30/porsche-taycan-ev-reservation-deposits/
(11:28) Growing Weeds –  https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/937207/grass-grows-under-green-fleet-as-controversial-angus-council-electric-bmws-cover-just-350-miles-in-four-months/
(11:55) Cannonball – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqsUOe_nrTc
(12:28) Iron Butt – https://electrek.co/2019/08/01/riding-1000-miles-electric-motorcycle-iron-butt/#more-99299
(14:01) Win a Tesla! – https://www.ccfraffle.com/


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  1. The Iron Butt motorcycle challenge doesn't sound horrendous. I have ridden across Iowa in RAGBRAI bicycle ride, 450 miles in 7 days on a bicycle. They joke about learning to sit on a 2×4 for a week. Okay we bought better seats and 7 pairs of fancy padded bicycle shorts. Yeah spent as much on the clothes as the bicycle. You have to have the right priorities.

  2. Error at 7:05 Nikki: Jeremy Banner's M3 was confirmed in AP mode on collision with the semi-trailer, after he had activated the feature some 10s earlier. Detail confirmed in the article you linked.

  3. Totally agree Nikki on traveling across the US, take my time and enjoy it plus I'd avoid the Interstate Highways as much as possible visiting smaller places and quieter locales. The road less traveled than the busier ones.

  4. Here in New Zealand the government is planning to reintroduce road tax for EVs in about a year. That will be in the order of $7.20 per 100km. Since I can’t charge at home and only use public charging, running costs would then match or exceed a petrol car for me. So, the question is this: should governments use open-market charging costs or private domestic rates for analysis and creating policy? They currently use $0.15/unit which many regions can’t even get at night at home. Public charging is normally $0.60-0.90/unit because they charge $0.25/unit+$0.25/min. As a final note, no petrol station has ever asked me to sign an exclusivity contract nor fill up only at night as a domestic electricity supplier would.

  5. So Tesla was on autopilot, the driver stopped it 10 seconds before the accident but the family is suing the company??? Does that make sense at all??? Or I got it wrong??? Is the driver not the one to be blamed???

  6. So the evil German government thinks that hard working people who can afford an ev above 60k should not get a subsidy. And the Indian government is trying to distort the market for EVs by tinkering with the GST. Why not just let the peasants decide what is better for them in a free market. I.E. electric cars from Tesla, or ICE cars when you can't afford the former:)

  7. If I remember correctly, the city of Los Angeles bought a bunch of plug-in hybrids and found that no one was plugging them in. They were using them as regular hybrids.

  8. A charity is a good thing and I support them, but this one has an issue. The payout max is $83K for the purchase of a new Tesla which part can be used for taxes, tags, and transfer fees. The issue is you will need to add money to get a base Model X with no options. They should put an "*" next to win a Model X on the raffle site. Otherwise it is a good cause.

  9. A wrongful death suit against autopilot, knowing that autopilot was not intended as autonomous driving? Both the driver for trusting it, and the family suing are guilty of terminal stupidity.

  10. Independent fast charging networks in America suck, especially EVgo. If audi wants to sell their EV they need to add chargers, & NY needs to lay off tesla, & incentivize those Fast charger companies,like EV go that are doing little to nothing.

  11. Point of reference on the Tesla NY to Los Angeles record.
    The current Cannon Ball record is 32 hours 51 minutes and was set in 1979 by Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough driving a Jaguar XJS. 48hrs means it's slower than the record set with a Ford Pinto and 45hrs puts that EV in the same class as a Chevy Suburban and a motorhome.
    Someone in a modified Mercedes Benz CL55AMG did it in 28:50 in 2013

  12. "Enérgica", not "Energíca".
    Apart from that, very good and informative video.
    Saludos desde España. 😀

    (By the way: "Al Fresco"… I see what you do there) XDDD

  13. The NY-LA Cannonball EV record has already been beaten, it stood for only 1 day.
    The new one by Kyle Conner & Matthew Davis is almost 3 hrs quicker than that set by the vacationing Swiss family

  14. Whilst listening to the clip on dog mode my mind started wandering to the possibility that it could be combined with a personal assistant (read spy) mode and a terminator mode as well. Endless possibilities for population control – oh errr 🙁 .

  15. re: the last bit on e-motos. I think the Iron Butt competition is going to be more important to both the development of e-moto tech and increasing acceptance of e-motos among moto riders and potential riders, given that highway range is currently the (very) weak point. Maybe it will inspire e-moto makers to finally build aerodynamic fairings into some of their models for consumer purchase.
    I'm going on my annual moto vacation, more epic than usual this year as it combines my annual trip to Los Angeles with my annual trip to Washington (now Wenatchee rather than Olympia); Google Maps calculates the route I've laid out at a total of 2,670 miles. As I've done for the past several years since I sold my last BMW RT, I'll be renting (sadly the rental shop only has the GS now).
    I hope to buy an e-moto for my Bay Area riding needs soon – every year they get closer, but still not quite there. And I'm really looking forward to when BMW makes an electric version of the RT with similar range to its petrol version (250-300 miles/tank, in my experience) and 80% charge in 1/2 hour at the charging stations I'm looking forward to becoming ubiquitous at Denny's and/or similar diner chains for the traveler. Once that happens, I'll be able to make these trips on electrons alone.

  16. Omg crazy Audi reduce everything about that car that makes it even more useless, even the standard range bigger battery was already on the limit .. I hope you talk about how crazy Audi is for doing this just like when Tesla made the low range Model 3 for Canada.. you made a long video on that and now Audi did 100% the same thing.. and I you chose to talk bad about one manufacture and not the other for doing the same thing that finally answer what I suspected about your channel .. good luck and if you are going to take sides just come out and say it don’t act as if you are not taking sides ..

  17. I'm confused. The family with the wrongful death lawsuit…. What grounds would they have if the driver deactivated the autopilot 10 seconds prior to an accident?


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