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Coming up on todays show people are at a frenzy now trying to figure out what the new cyber truck from Tesla will look like and the social media and blog world is on fire with creative ideas and concepts, we will look at a few,
Plus kim from Like Tesla asks the question, why so many Tesla haters in her new video.. Plus the tesla model 3 is approved as cab in New York City!
NEWS ITEM 1
People are going crazy over just what this cyber truck will look like and its lead to a crazed frenzy, according to inside EVS it breaks down like this,
The only mention of pricing was made by Elon Musk and it’s so low it’s somewhat unbelievable.
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla truck will have a target price of under $50,000. Musk stated:
“You should be able to buy a really great truck for $49k or less.”
They find it hard to believe that this price point is even possible, but that’s the target. Here’s more from Musk on the price topic:
“We don’t want it to be really expensive. I think its got to start at less than $50,000 – it’s got to be like $49,000 starting price max. Ideally less. It just can’t be unaffordable. It’s got to be something that’s affordable. There will be versions of the truck that will be more expensive, but you’ve got to be able to get a really great truck for $49,000 or less.”
The Tesla truck will make the Ram seem toy-like and will beat the Ford F-150 too. Lofty goals, but Tesla really never fails to deliver on the performance front.
In top-level trim, the Tesla truck should boast a range of between 400 and 500 miles, possibly more. As one might suspect, it will be all-wheel drive with a motor for each axle. Musk also noted that the suspension will dynamically adjust according to its load. Being electric and a truck means it will have gobs of torque. Musk once tweeted that it could tow 300,000 pounds.
Some additional features include 240-volt power for all of your work tools, a unique drop-down tailgate and it will parallel park automatically & have 360-degree cameras & sonar.
UPDATE: There’s now some speculation that the Tesla truck will be the first Tesla equipped with the million-mile battery that’s being developed by Tesla researcher Jeff Dahn and Jessie Harlow. Read more on the battery from an entry in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society here.
Trucks are known for reliability and dependability. In fact, reliability often tops the list for truck buyers. Performance and other aspects generally rank much lower. How can Tesla assure electric truck buyers that the Tesla Truck will be reliable? Quite simply by offering a million-mile battery with a warranty to back it up.
NEWS ITEM 2
My favorite Tesla show is Like Tesla and Kim on her show this week asked a question, why so many Tesla haters?
She has a great video and series, here is a quick clip
So any ideas? Why so many haters?
NEWS ITEM 3
Your next yellow cab ride in New York City might be a little bit greener. New York City has officially approved the Tesla Model 3 for taxi duty.
As Electrek reports, this makes the Tesla Model 3 the very first electric car to be formally certified for taxi duty by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.
With this approval, the window for electric utility vehicles—such as Nissan e-NV van—may be closing.
While Tesla’s compact offering may not offer as much practicality as other small EVs offered both in the States and abroad, it has going for it several other advantages, including range and, quite frankly, the Tesla name.
The TLC has approved the Model 3 for taxi medallions purely on an unrestricted basis, meaning it does not qualify as an accessible vehicle and is not classified as an alternative-fuel vehicle, which includes all of the hybrid vehicles currently certified by the governing body.
Medallion certification puts the Model 3 in somewhat exclusive company. Fewer than 40 vehicles are currently yellow-cab certified, and a dozen of them are variants of common Toyotas—far and away the most prolific automaker on the certification list.
Puzzlingly, Nissan went to great lengths to get its NV series of vans certified for yellow cab duty, but opted not to pursue the certification of its electric e-NV variant, which remains at arm’s lengths for U.S. customers.
The next most-likely candidate for similar duty would be DHL’s SpeedScooter electric utility vehicles, which are now slated for introduction to the United States. DHL has not yet provided a specific timetable for stateside availability.
With urban markets being key to the proliferation of electrics, it’s surprising that it took this long for any EV to be certified for yellow cab duty, and perhaps doubly so that Tesla was the first to do it.
Who do you think should be next? Who else is missing the boat? Feel free to chime in and let us know.
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