How Will Tesla’s Robotaxi Network Work?

How Will Tesla’s Robotaxi Network Work?

Electric Cars
During Tesla's autonomy day for investors on the 22nd April, Musk announced that he was confident there would be a network of Robotaxis up and running by the end of 2020. That sounds great, but investors are rightfully sceptical, resulting in a drop in TSLA stock. Elon Musk does have a tendency to set unlikely deadlines for almost all of his projects, such as the Model 3 production ramp, or the SpaceX Falcon 1 launch. However, there is reasoning behind this. First, it encourages the team to work harder to get unbelievable amounts done in a short time. And second, it is likely an attempt to attract investors. So, is this just Elon being Elon or is it actually something we could be seeing in the future? How does a…
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Are Electric Cars Actually Good for the Environment?

Are Electric Cars Actually Good for the Environment?

Electric Cars
Is this even a legitimate question? Electric Cars are great, and they have several advantages. However, one of the common arguments against them which I hear frequently is this: "Well we're burning fossil fuels to get the electricity anyway, so they are no better for the environment."Many anti-electric car people However, there are contrasting views on this topic as Elon Musk (though he may be a little biased) has demonstrated. He believes that this is a necessary change to the automotive industry and will not negatively impact the environment: "In order to have clean air in cities, you have to go electric."Elon Musk I've done some research for you and it appears that Electric cars are beneficial for the environment. Ultimately, create cleaner air and ultimately reduce reliance on dirty…
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Which electric car has the largest range in 2019?

Which electric car has the largest range in 2019?

Electric Cars
Do we actually need better range? For many people, the range is a major selling point for vehicles, especially electric. For manufacturers, the range has been a problem they have been trying to solve for years. In fact, the large battery pack situated in the early Teslas used to take 7 hours to make. That has been brought down to less than 70 minutes now. The problem is, manufacturers must strike a balance between range, weight and price. As a result, they are not trying to increase the scale of the battery itself as that adds weight and cost. Instead, manufacturers are trying to increase the energy density of the batteries, actually making them smaller but have more range. However, is there actually a need for greater range? Do we…
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Flying Cars – Humanity’s Dying Dream?

Flying Cars – Humanity’s Dying Dream?

Electric Cars
Introduction - Why Flying Cars? You've probably heard about flying cars. Or at least thought about them? At one point they were everywhere. Even back in 1968, people were thinking about these things in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For many, they may sound like a dream, having cars in the sky zipping people about, place to place whilst alleviating traffic. However, the idea has never gained proper traction in the mass production field. You may have seen Casey Neistat zipping around a lake in one, however, there have only been a few concepts, but don't let your dreams be destroyed just yet! We must explore why this has happened and why one of humanities biggest dreams may be one of its greatest nightmares. Flying Cars - A Brief History Way…
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Solid-State Batteries – a revolutionary technology, or just another over-hyped product?

Solid-State Batteries – a revolutionary technology, or just another over-hyped product?

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy
Solid State Batteries You've probably seen news on this 'revolutionary battery technology' recently if you are even remotely interested in this industry. It really is hard to miss. It's called solid-state battery technology, but you may have heard the term 'dry electrode' thrown about a bit with Tesla's acquisition of Maxwell technologies. However, dry-electrode batteries shouldn't be confused with solid state batteries, they're different. I'll cover that in another article. It really does sound convincing, with claims of up to 'double the range', 'significantly better durability' and 'faster charge times. However, is this technology really the future? Is it feasible to implement it to the mass market? How much research needs to be done? What are solid-state batteries? On the surface, this looks relatively complex, but it's core principle is…
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Model Y – What does this mean for the electric car industry?

Model Y – What does this mean for the electric car industry?

Electric Cars
What is the Model Y? On Thursday 14th March at 8:00 PST, Tesla announced its latest vehicle, the Model Y. The event took place at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthrone, California.  This followed the "extended history lesson" (as named by Elon Musk) about how far Tesla has come so far as well as it’s future aims and aspirations. You can watch the full presentation here. The actual release of the Model Y occupied the last few minutes of the presentation and was packed with information, specs and pricing. But how do these specs stack up against the rest of Tesla’s fleet of vehicles and how does it compare to the competition. What do we know about the Model Y? One of the major selling points of the Model Y will…
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Are Electric Cars the Future? Should we stick with gas?

Are Electric Cars the Future? Should we stick with gas?

Electric Cars
Introduction to Electric Cars In recent years, electric cars have seen a rapid uptake, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. In the United States alone, 361 000 EVs were sold in 2018 and a significant predicted rise in 2019 with the coming of new EVs such as the Rivian truck, SUV and the Tesla model Y. Of course, all that sounds great, but we must consider the question: is this a good idea, or should we be sticking to the traditional internal combustion engine (IC) cars? Why go electric? So what’s the point of electric and how is it better than IC cars? Well, one rather compelling argument towards EVs is the money which customers save. Although the $7500 tax credit in the US is no longer available…
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