Tesla’s electric Semi truck starts at $150,000, reservations now live

The Tesla Semi, the automaker’s all-electric transport truck, will retail starting at $150,000 for a version with 300 miles of range, and will also be available in a $180,000 version with 500 miles of scope. Interested parties can pre-order them with a base reservation cost of $20,000- or, if they want a “Founders Series, ” they can get one for $200,000, with the entire balance due for a reservation to be among the first in line to get one of the initial 1,000 production Semis.

This pricing, newly uncovered via the Tesla website, is actually unbelievably competitive when measured against diesel truck costs. Entry level diesel trucks star at around $100,000, and Tesla promises cost saving of upwards of $200,000 over the life of the truck, based on ga consumption and energy vs. diesel costs.

Tesla also touts its Semi’s performance benefits, including a 20 second 0 to 60 mph day with an 80,000 lb load attached, and the ability to drive up a 5% grade at 65 mph, which is much faster than is possible in a diesel equivalent towing the same loading. The Semi also boasts industry-leading security fealties, according to Tesla, including a total inability to jackknife, improved Autopiilot features and glass that’s designed to defy even the most serious impacts.

These are base costs, so additional features or packages could increase the final purchase expense, but we don’t yet know the configuration alternatives that Tesla will offer on the vehicle, which is targeting an initial release timeframe of sometime in 2019.

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Lyft hires Tesla’s president of Sales& Service as COO

Lyft has hired a new C-level executive: Jon McNeill, who joins as Chief Operating Officer. McNeill previously held a top role at Tesla, where he was president of Global Marketings& Service, overseeing all of the company’s showroom and customer-facing interactions.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk exposed on the company’s earnings call on Wednesday that McNeill was departing the company, though he didn’t disclose what McNeill’s next move would be. Lyft sent a note confirming McNeill’s hire shortly after, citing his many years of experience in entrepreneurship and transportation as primary reasons for his selection to the senior role.

“Jon is a world-class leader who brings deep experience as a highly successful entrepreneur and executive, ” Lyft CEO and co-founder Logan Green said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “Last year, the Lyft community experienced more growth than in all previous years combined, growing rides by 2.3 x and increasing the shares by more than 50%. Jon is the right leader to build upon this momentum with his unique background of starting companies from scratch and managing at scale.”

McNeill explained in his own statement that his reason for joining has to do with the ride-hailing company’s they are able to “take care of both customers and drivers, ” along with the “passion of[ their] leaders and teams.”

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Pepsi one-ups Budweiser brewer by ordering 100 Tesla electric semi trucks

PepsiCo is the latest company to reveal that it’s placed orders for Tesla’s forthcoming electric semi-truck- and also the company with the largest order in so far. The liquor company has ordered 100 of the trucks per Reuters, meaning it’s placed at least a $20,000 deposit for each of those since Tesla rose the down payment amount for its original $5,000 starting point.

PepsiCo is actually the second large beverage fear the coming week to announce its intent to purchase some of Tesla’s all-electric Class 8 heavy-duty towing vehicles; Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch exposed earlier that it has put down money for 40 Tesla Semis.

Tesla is insuring a lot of pre-order interest already, from major fleet operators including Walmart, Canadian grocery chain Loblaws and many more. The quantities are, however, at most in the double digits( barring this 100 unit order from PepsiCo ), which represents merely a small fraction of the total fleets operated by each( Pespi operates over 10,000 trucks, for example ).

Those volumes are big for Tesla, which is new to attain trucks and will have to wade through a lot of “production hell”( as Elon Musk termed the present Model 3 production ramp) to get to a place where it can make a lot of the trucks rapidly. But they’re also essentially only pilots for these retailers. Pilots at this number of large shippers without even a production vehicle under their belt is definitely a good sign, however, regardless of how you look at it.

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Tesla could upgrade client computers to meet self-driving requirements

Elon Musk had some thoughts to share on Tesla’s Q3 earnings bellow regarding full freedom and how the automaker is preparing to deliver this to clients down the road. The company announced that its new vehicles had all the hardware on board they needed to achieve full independence last year, and offers customers the options to buy an upgrade that would deliver autonomy via software update once it was available.

Musk noted that he still definitely believes Tesla is able to “achieve full autonomy with the current hardware, ” but also cautioned that the question will be what qualifies as full freedom in the eyes of regulators and what is eventually decriminalize for employ on roads. Musk used to say current Tesla vehicle computer and sensor hardware would allow for “roughly human-level autonomy, ” but also noted that regulators might require a higher level, with potentially systems requiring many multiples of human efficacy to be deemed legal to operate.

“We’ll have more to say on the hardware front soon, we’re simply not ready to say that now, ” Musk said. “But for customers that have purchased the full independence option, if it does turn out that it requires computer upgrade for full autonomy, we will replace their computer — it’s simply a matter of unplug the old computer, plug the new one in.”

Musk also said he believes that Tesla’s hardware in terms of autonomy is better than any other alternative out there by a lot, which, combined with his earlier remarks considering hardware news to come soon, could indicate details on upgraded equipment to be revealed in the future.

Tesla did not commentary further on the schemed coast-to-coast driverless exam ride planned for its autonomous system, beyond noting in its investor letter that it still plans on conducting such a test — though at this stage, it seems unlikely to occur before the end of the year.

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Jaguar reveals the new all-electric I-PACE SUV

Jaguar has finally fully revealed the official I-PACE all-electric SUV, a vehicle with just under 240 miles of range and a 0 to 60 mph time of under five seconds. The car can also charge to 80 percent from empty in 40 minutes using special quick charger hardware, and a 15-minute top-up is good for around 62 miles of additional range.

The I-PACE looks like Jaguar’s best attempt to do a Tesla impression in more ways than the electric powertrain, however: The automaker is also promising over-the-air updates for the car, and connected controls that tie in to a mobile app for your phone, including charging status information. OTA is a first for Jaguar with this new EV offering.

In the cabin, there are touchscreens for infotainment readout, along with standard physical controls for additional cabin control options. The vehicle has the silhouette and physical footprint of a crossover or compact SUV, but it’s also designed to make the most of its interior and luggage space, with fold-flat rear seats and nearly 400 gallons of total interior volume with that configuration.

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The car’s battery is located centrally in the base of the car, which provides a 50/50 weight distribution split between the back and front of the vehicle according to Jaguar. Those batteries power front and back axle motors, which means it’s also an all-wheel drive vehicle, and of course emits zero emissions.

Pre-orders for the car start today, and the SUV will begin being delivered to buyers in the second half of 2018. We’ll find out about U.S. pricing, and get a closer look at the car, next week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

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AeroVironment: official charger of the Chevy Bolt

The 2017 Chevy Boltis coming to California and Oregon before the end of 2016, and along with it comes its very own official charger from AeroVironment.

The companys EVSE-RS charger has been available for some time, and AeroVironment is not new to the EV charging game. The company is various kinds of anunofficial charger for everyone else; it sellsmodels compatible with just about every EVon the market Ford, Fiat, BMW, Nissan, Toyota even Tesla. And though its available through dealerships that sell the Bolt, the AeroVironment charger doesnt come with the car like a prize in a Cracker Jack box. Its an official accessory that purchasers will have to purchase. The retail price for the 30 -amp 240 -volt charger is about $1,000.

It is a Level 2 charger, which means it will charge your Bolt( or any EV) five times faster than plugging the car into a regular household outlet, which is known in the EV universe as Level 1 charging. The EVSE-RS is rated to be used indoors or out, so if you dont have room inside the garage to park your car, it can be installed elsewhere so you can charge in the driveway.

No other electric vehicle on the market right now has an official charger. Tesla does have the Wall Connector home charger that is designed to work with its cars, but both the car and chargerare made by a single company. Other companies like ChargePoint, GE, Siemens and JuiceBox all construct home EV chargers that you can buy on Amazon. So it may be easier to buy an AeroVironment charger at the dealership when you buy your Bolt, but its not absolutely required.

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