This Mini is quick, quiet, and a hoot to drive. No matter which range numbers you believe — 114 miles? 146? 168? — this is clearly an urban car. Newer EV drivetrains that show up first on BMWs should help Mini in a couple of years.
Another more-or-less normal week in TeslaLand. The company isn’t going away, but TSLA shares are worth half the $68 billion they once were.
Ford gets to use Rivian’s skateboard platform to build future vehicles. Along with Ford’s own electrification plans, this puts Ford in a good position to capture sales if and when EVs take off in the US.
One board, with two independent processors and OSs, will power the next full-self-drive Autopilot. Tesla’s happy news day precedes its won’t-be-happy-for-Tesla earnings report and analyst call Wednesday.
The Tesla Model 3 backlog may well be cleared up — unless you want the $35,000 base model, that is.
Plan to jump through hoops if you want to get the Model 3 Standard Range. You may wind up with a Standard Plus, with software lockouts on a bigger battery, the nav system, and even the heated seats.
Affordability starts at $40,200 in spring 2021, but you can’t place an order yet. The cheapest one you can order today is $48,200 (plus options): the Model Y Long Wait. Sorry, we meant Model Y Long Range.
President wants Tesla-style tax credits gone, gone, gone. Trump can jawbone Congress, but it’s the legislature that settles on and passes the budget. EV buyers, don’t panic yet.
A nearly empty (empty on power) Model 3 may add 100 miles of range in 5 minutes at a SuperCharger 3 refueling station.
For Nissan, slow and steady with the Leaf is the way to go with 400,000 sales so far, and possibly 100K global sales year in 2019. Meanwhile, Tesla is riding the wave of Model 3 popularity.