Tesla to introduce all-electric Cybertruck

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) has introduced all-electric “Cybertruck” in the US on Thursday.  According to the company, Cybertruck is designed to have the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car.

-The vehicle is built to be durable, versatile and capable, with exceptional performance both on-road and off-road. Cybertruck will come in three variants: Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive, Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive, Tesla writes.

The all-electric truck will have a range of 500+ miles and the car is made of cold-rolled stainless steel. “If there was something better, we´d use it”, the company says. The car has seating capacity for six adults and the touchscreen size is 17´ and the starting price is 39.900 dollars.

CEO Elon Musk did not comment the deliveries during the launch event. The event itself and the comments about the design, which looks like a moon/space car, were somewhat doubtful and mixed and the share price closed down 6,14 % to 333,04 dollars in New York on Friday.

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Tesla: Deliveries 63000 vehicles during the first quarter

 

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) produced approximately 77,100 total vehicles, consisting of 62,950 Model 3 and 14,150 Model S and X during the first quarter 2019.

– Deliveries were approximately 63,000 vehicles, which was 110% more than the same quarter last year, but 31% less than last quarter. This included approximately 50,900 Model 3 and 12,100 Model S and X,  Tesla said in the press release.

– Because of the lower than expected delivery volumes and several pricing adjustments, we expect Q1 net income to be negatively impacted. Even so, we ended the quarter with sufficient cash on hand.

Tesla said that in North America, Model 3 was agaon the best-selling mid-sized premium sedan, selling 60% more units than the runner up.

– We reaffirm our prior guidance of 360,000 to 400,000 vehicle deliveries in 2019, the company said.

Tesla shares were down today in New York trading by 7,75 % to 269,19 dollars. The company´s market cap is 46,15 billion dollars.

 

 

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Tesla: Model Y starting 39 000 dollars

Teslamotors (TSLA) has published more info related to its new mid-size , all-electric SUV, called Model Y.  According to the company information, it has been designed for maximun versatility and safety.  The Standard Range version will start at 39.000 dollars and it will have batteries to 230 miles of range while Model Y Long Range will be able to travel up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Tesla says the Model Y is the designed to be the safest mid-size SUV. It includes for example low center of gravity and rigid body structure. According to the company information, the car can achieve better driving range with less energy than other EVs on the market because of the high-efficiency in the energy usage.

Delieveries are expexted to begin in fall 2020 for Model Y Performance, Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive variants. And spring 2021 for the  Model Y Standard Range.

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BMW´s new electric Concept iX3 -range 400 km

 

P90301493_highRes_bmw-concept-ix3-04-2BMW´s new electric concept iX3.

BMW Group  (BMW:GR) is working hard with electric cars. The company has  published a new electric concept car,  iX3  at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing.

This is the first model from the BMW brand to be driven purely by electric power as fully-fledged Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

– The expansion of locally emission-free mobility vehicles is one of the key areas of centralized action, alongside with automated driving, high-end connectivity and new digital services, which are driving the company’s transformation of the mobility industry as part of the NUMBER ONE> NEXT strategy.

According to BMW, the launch of the fifth-generation electric drive system technology  makes integration into different vehicle architectures significantly easier. The individual components of this new BMW eDrive technology stand out with their lower weight, scalability and compact construction.

– The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now grouped into a single component, making it much easier to integrate them into different vehicle architectures. Plus, their modular construction enables them to be adapted to the performance levels required and the available space. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability, the company says.

The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle.

Another major feature of the high-voltage battery  is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The highvoltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations.

BMW i is also associated with  DriveNow (car sharing), ReachNow (car sharing 2.0), ChargeNow (easy access to the world’s largest network of charging points), ParkNow (straightforward location, reservation and payment of parking spaces).

 

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Car journey in Europe with Tesla

This was my second time with a Tesla Model S after nearly a year and a half , but still something new. This time it was my first drive in Europe and in cities with no driving experience. Yes, I finally decided that now is the time to do something new and try to drive a Tesla in places I have no driving experience at all.

 I started the journey in Zurich City, Switzerland. First my drive almost ended while I was figuring out how to get the car from the parking place. After some try and error I finally found the right button and the journey could start:). Luckily the morning rush hour had passed.

 It is remarkable how driving a car can be similar to cycling. Once you have done it, you can remember it again. And so it was with my driving with the Model S. It was a pleasure to drive in the city with Google Maps, showing the real time traffic information and the navigation was made easy. No worries when to turn left or right, and when to go forward. And now it was time to set the destination.

I decided to visit Northern Switzerland with cities like Winterthur and St. Gallen and crossed the boarder to Germany also in Konstanz. Driving the highway with a luxury car is easy, while safety is one of the key functions in the car. Tech and car companies have done a lot to avoid different kind of traffic accidents, but there is of course a lot to do still. Autonomous cars or driverless cars can be common thing in the coming couple of years.

 The bad thing with highways is that you only see a part of the country, so I decided to look for the local roads. Yes, here you can see the old buildings with jugend style, beautiful gardens, see scenery and take a break.

 During my way back to Zurich I went to a Supercharger place. It was easy to see from the panel that there were only 2 other cars in that station, so there was room for my test car as well. And charging was fast with the Supercharger, with the battery being nearly at full capacity in less than an hour.

 When taking a tour in Europe, it is rather easy with Superchargers, while there are plenty of stations to choose. But for example in the Nordic countries like Northern Sweden and Finland, it is better that you can calculate your route beforehand in the navigation in order to avoid power shortages.

 It is expected that the power station network is going to be the main thing when car companies & utilities are calculating the electric car demand and supply.  What is the standard, what will it cost for the car users and what are the governments doing on this topic?

 Tesla (TSLA:US), as the forerunner in electric cars and charging, has got a new international owner from China, the internet-operator Tencent. With 5 % ownership this investor might be looking for a new platform for their games..? At the moment although all videos and games are not allowed on the Tesla car’s screens due to safety reasons, but maybe during the charging..?

Anyway, my last kilometers to Zurich Airport were fine with Led-lights on and the parking inside the parking house was a piece of cake. Yes, driving should be fun, easy and safe!

Päivi Härkönen

Technical details of the Tesla Model S:
Power: 422 PS
Price: From 89.100 Euro in Finland (Model S 90D 114.100 Euro)
Transmission: 660 NM
Energy: 90kWh
Electric Autonomy: 557 km (NEDC)
Passengers: 5 regular seats + option for 2 rear-facing seats for children
Powertrain warranty: 8 years with unlimited kilometers

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