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Vacuum Maker Dyson Is Planning Three Electric Cars

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Dyson is known for its high quality vacuums and other household appliances, but it will also be the maker of electric cars in the not-so-distant future.

Early in 2017, we reported that the company planned to introduce an electric car of all things by 2020, and now the is reporting that it may release up to three electric cars.

The first model is expected to arrive by 2021 instead of 2020 and will have its production limited to only a few thousand units as a way for Dyson to evaluate the EV market and its supplier base.

The second and third models will be sold in larger numbers and will use the company’s solid-state battery technology to deliver a longer driving range and faster recharging times than today’s lithium-ion units.

It’s still not clear what form Dyson’s first electric vehicle will take, but founder James Dyson previously stated that it won’t be a sports car or cheap:

“There’s no point in doing one that looks like everyone else’s. We’re not in that business … We’re trying to be radical.”

Dyson already has a growing team of more than 400 workers dedicated to the project and promises to invest $1.24 billion. Production could take place in the United Kingdom, China or Singapore.

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Porsche Will Add 500 Fast Chargers Across The U.S.

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Porsche plans to install 500 fast chargers across the United States by the end of 2019 in support of its upcoming Mission E electric car and other models.

The 800-volt fast chargers will be installed at dealers and along highways to help alleviate any range anxiety that its clients might have. The production Mission E is expected to arrive by the end of 2019 and will be followed by a production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo concept in 2020.

In an interview with , Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, stated:

“If you want to buy that car, you want to know what happens if I go skiing and go further than 300 miles,” “What do I do? So we need to have answers for that.”

Porsche predicts 80-90 percent of the EV owners will charge their electric cars at home but believes the fast chargers, will be capable of recharge the batteries up to 80 percent in 20 minutes, will help with extended trips. Using them won’t be free, however, with Zellmer adding:

“We are pretty certain that it’s not free of charge. It’s too early to talk about how exactly that payment process for customers will work. There are various opportunities. You could buy a package all included for the car. It could be a membership card that you use. We’re not quite there yet.”

Porsche’s pursuit of Tesla is gaining serious traction.

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Charge Your Volkswagen Electric Car At Walmart

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Walmart’s quest to become everything for everyone will see the addition of EV charging stations for Volkswagen electric vehicles at its stores.

Volkswagen’s Electrify America, a business unit established as part of the company’s emissions scandal settlement, has announced plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at more than 100 Walmart store locations in 34 states in 2019. The Walmart charging stations are part of a broader goal to have 2,000 chargers up and running at nearly 500 charging stations across the U.S.

In an interview with Reuters, Mark Vanderhelm, vice president for energy at Walmart, stated:

“We recognize that electric vehicles are going to grow and become more relevant. We are trying to get out in front of that.”

Wayne Killen, Electrify America’s senior director for infrastructure, told that 80 percent of the Walmart charging stations will be at store locations alongside highways, while the rest will be at stores in more metro locations. Volkswagen and Walmart plan to have all the chargers installed by mid-2019.

Charge your electric VW while shopping or doing your groceries and then grab something to eat at the McDonald’s…

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Elon Musk Admits Excessive Automation Was A Mistake For Tesla

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Elon Musk, who once pitched a vision for a completely automated automobile factory and previously blamed suppliers and third-party contractors for Tesla’s manufacturing woes, has admitted that his obsession with automation hasn’t been good for the company.

Inspired by beverage bottling, the Tesla CEO espoused machines so fast that a strobe light would be required to see them with the human eye. However, now that Tesla has been regularly criticized for falling behind its extremely ambitious Model 3 production scaling timeline, he seems to have a new found appreciation for the human touch.

Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

In an interview with CBS, musk stated:

“We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts … And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing.”

The company is confident that a mix of manual and robotic processes will allow it to catch up with the Model 3 backlog, but that’s not to say it will scale back on automation. In fact, it will likely further embrace automation as it ramps up Model 3 output, build the Model Y and construct additional factories globally.

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