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Sunday, December 8, 2019
Whatever the Cybertruck appears like, according to the web

Whatever the Cybertruck appears like, according to the web

Elon Musk revealed the Cybertruck, Tesla’s handsome new machine, in all its angular glory. It’s a very cool car, but that doesn’t mean the internet isn’t going to poke fun at how utterly weird it looks. If you can count on Twitter and Reddit for nothing else, you can count on it for that. Naturally, we took…
Improving self-governing cars by having them think which people are self-centered

Improving self-governing cars by having them think which people are self-centered

Enlarge / But what does that car think that the spectator is thinking? Imagine you're trying to make a left turn onto a busy road. Car after car rolls past, keeping you trapped as your frustration rises. Finally, a generous driver decelerates enough to create a gap. A check of the traffic from the opposite…
Beware, Tesla– Ford buckles down with Mustang Mach-E electrical crossover

Beware, Tesla– Ford buckles down with Mustang Mach-E electrical crossover

Ford wanted its first long-range EV to be unambiguously a Ford, so it decided to make it a Mustang. Ford The original plan was for a front-wheel drive compliance car. That got shelved in 2017, and this sketch shows some of the changes that were made. The green line is the original BEV, the black…
Ford v Ferrari evaluation: A big-budget, big-screen take on racing in the 1960 s

Ford v Ferrari evaluation: A big-budget, big-screen take on racing in...

Matt Damon (L) as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale (R) as Ken Miles star in Ford v Ferrari, a new film about Ford's attempt to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s. 20th Century Fox Shelby was forced to retire from a successful racing career because of a heart condition. He turned…
Tesla displays Chinese-made Design threes ahead of Shanghai factory start

Tesla displays Chinese-made Design threes ahead of Shanghai factory start

Tesla is famous for missing deadlines, but the company's Shanghai factory, dubbed Gigafactory 3, seems to be on schedule. Tesla broke ground on the facility in January. Now media reports indicate that work is just about finished, and the company is weeks away from beginning large-scale manufacturing. According to Bloomberg, Tesla chairman Robyn Denholm said last…

Land-speed vehicle starts screening, beats 500 miles per hour with simply...

It's a little late, but Bloodhound LSR has finally begun testing in earnest at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa's Northern Cape Province. Charlie Sperring for Bloodhound LSR Bloodhound is lowered onto the sand. Bloodhound LSR An aerial view of the Bloodhound camp. Not much to do for fun, and they even get the occasional…
Recycling vehicles’ lithium batteries is more complex than you may believe

Recycling vehicles’ lithium batteries is more complex than you may believe

Enlarge / Challenges scale considerably when the battery pack weighs 300kg. Lithium batteries have become incredibly popular for electronic devices, and the emphasis on weight and size for those batteries means that the amount of raw materials tied up in them isn't too large. But that's absolutely not the case for the other growing use…
5 months after returning rental automobile, male still has push-button control

5 months after returning rental automobile, male still has push-button control

Enlarge / FordPass, offered by Ford Motor Company, is available for iOS and Android devices. When Masamba Sinclair rented a Ford Expedition from Enterprise Rent-a-Car last May, he was excited to connect it to FordPass. The app allows drivers to use their phones to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors,…
Volkswagen reveals the brand new 2020 Golf hatchback

Volkswagen reveals the brand new 2020 Golf hatchback

Not many nameplates make it to their eighth generation, but the Volkswagen Golf has just joined the club. Volkswagen There's going to be a plug-in hybrid version (as well as mild hybrids) but not in the US—we're only slated to get the GTI and R, neither of which are ready to be seen yet. Volkswagen…
Tesla earned a profit of $143 million in Q3 2019 on record shipments

Tesla earned a profit of $143 million in Q3 2019 on...

Enlarge / Workers on cranes install the Tesla logo at the new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China. Between June and September 2019, Tesla delivered 97,000 electric vehicles to customers. That's a new record for the decade-old carmaker and a strong performance for its Model 3 sedan; around 6,000 cars per week found new homes during the…

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