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  • Amazon-backed Rivian will integrate Alexa into its electric pickup and SUV

    Amazon-backed Rivian will integrate Alexa into its electric pickup and SUV

    Rivian will integrate Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa into the R1T pickup and R1S SUV, the company’s first electric vehicles that are set to debut at the end of the year. Rivian said Monday it plans to also extend the Alexa integration to 100,000 electric delivery trucks that Amazon has ordered from the automaker. The electric […] More

  • Byton is launching an app developer program for its M-Byte electric SUV

    Byton is launching an app developer program for its M-Byte electric SUV

    China-based electric car startup Byton might be best known for its massive 48-inch wraparound digital dashboard screen in its upcoming M-Byte SUV as well as a host of other screens sprinkled throughout the vehicle. Those screens might get all the attention, but they are merely the delivery mechanism or “stage” for what Byton hopes will […] More

  • Byton enlists ViacomCBS, Accuweather, Xperi and more to take on Tesla’s in-car entertainment

    Byton enlists ViacomCBS, Accuweather, Xperi and more to take on Tesla’s in-car entertainment

    Byton is starting to amass key partners such as global media giant ViacomCBS to bring video content as well as information and other services to the eye-popping 48-inch wraparound digital dashboard screen in its upcoming electric M-Byte SUV. The China-based electric car startup is calling its dashboard screen the “Byton Stage” and the plan to […] More

  • Tesla rival Fisker to sell Ocean SUV for $37,499, and yes, it has a karaoke feature

    Tesla rival Fisker to sell Ocean SUV for $37,499, and yes, it has a karaoke feature

    After revealing the Ocean in bits and pieces, Fisker finally gave the world a good look at its electric SUV at an event in Los Angeles on Sunday — and, for some reason, there was karaoke.  The Ocean will cost $37,499 in the United States, or $29,999 after tax credits. That would put it in […] More

  • Tesla surpasses 2019 goal and delivers 367,500 electric vehicles

    Tesla surpasses 2019 goal and delivers 367,500 electric vehicles

    Tesla said Friday that it delivered 367,500 electric vehicles in 2019 — 50% more than the previous year — a record-breaking figure largely supported by sales of the cheaper Model 3. More than one-third of those deliveries — about 112,000 vehicles — occurred in the fourth quarter. The electric automaker reported production also grew 10% […] More

  • Made in China: Tesla Model 3 deliveries to Chinese customers to begin January 7

    Made in China: Tesla Model 3 deliveries to Chinese customers to begin January 7

    The first deliveries of Tesla Model 3 sedans made in China will begin January 7, one year after the U.S. automaker began construction on its first factory outside of the United States. The deliveries to customers — which Reuters was first to report — is a milestone for Tesla as it tries to carve out […] More

  • All the high-tech, powerful vehicles TechCrunch reviewed in 2019

    All the high-tech, powerful vehicles TechCrunch reviewed in 2019

    TechCrunch occasionally reviews cars. Why? Vehicles are some of the most complex, technical consumer electronics available. It’s always been that way. Vehicles, especially those available for the consumer, are the culmination of bleeding-edge advancements in computing, manufacturing, and material sciences. And some can go fast — zoom zoom. Over the past 12 months, we’ve looked […] More

  • Tesla to begin delivering China-built Model 3 cars next week

    Tesla to begin delivering China-built Model 3 cars next week

    Tesla will start making the first deliveries of its Shanghai-built Model 3 sedans on Monday, Bloomberg reports. The cars are rolling off the assembly line at the new Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory, which is operational but which will also be expanding in future thanks to a fresh $1.4 billion injection in local funding reported earlier this […] More

  • Rivian adds $1.3 billion in funding for its electric utility and adventure vehicles

    Rivian adds $1.3 billion in funding for its electric utility and adventure vehicles

    American automotive technology startup Rivian has raised $1.3 billion in new funding, the company announced today. The new investment is the fourth round of capital announced by the company in 2019 alone, following prior announcements of $700 million from Amazon, $500 million from Ford (which includes a collaboration on electric vehicle technology) and $350 million […] More

  • Everyone on your gift list needs one of these in their car

    Everyone on your gift list needs one of these in their car

    Everything is “smart” these days — you can turn off the lights, set your thermostat, program a microwave, and so much more using just your voice. Your home is smart, so why should your car be any different? SEE ALSO: The best thing you can buy for your car this year is one of these […] More

  • The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has an EPA range of 201 miles

    The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has an EPA range of 201 miles

    The Porsche Taycan Turbo, one of several variants of the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicles, has an EPA estimated range of 201 miles, according to government ratings posted Wednesday. This is the first variant of the Taycan — Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle — to receive an estimated range from the EPA. The range, which indicates […] More

  • Audi experiments with a ride share service in Southern Germany using an EV and gasoline fleet

    Audi experiments with a ride share service in Southern Germany using an EV and gasoline fleet

    Audi Business Innovation is testing out a ride sharing service in Southern Germany called BITS that uses both gasoline and electric vehicles in its fleet. To manage the service, Audi has turned to Fleetonomy, a fleet management service that offers white labeled ride hailing app services and fleet management technology. The company develops technology to […] More

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