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We Located Phobos, SpaceX’ Second Oil Rig

Published on January 25th, 2021 | by Jennifer Sensiba

In previous articles, we covered that SpaceX bought two offshore oil rigs, with plans to modify them into floating launch and landing facilities for Starship. We weren't 100% sure where 8501/Phobos was, but thanks to our readers, we now know where it is... Read More

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Boss Takes Shots At Tesla & FSD — Nothing New Here (Update: Elon Musk Responds)

Published on January 24th, 2021 | by Johnna Crider

We've seen this before. Tesla does something new. The competition decries that this will never happen. The Model 3 will never come. The Model Y is vaporware. Gigafactory 3 is a mud field. The newest FUD comes from Waymo CEO John Krafcik, who said that Tesla's "full self-driving" system isn't the right approach toward a fully autonomous vehicle... Read More


China — 9.4% Plugin Vehicle Share In Another Record Month

Published on January 24th, 2021 | by Jose Pontes

While the overall Chinese auto market ended the year on a positive note (+12% YoY), plugins ended with a record month, growing by 50% YoY in in the last month of the year to a record 224,000 units, and this time it was plugin hybrids (PHEVs) that grew faster (+108%) than full electrics (+42%)... Read More


Do Auto Dealers Have A Future In New, Post-Pandemic World Of Electric Cars?

Published on January 24th, 2021 | by Guest Contributor

Pity the poor, unloved auto dealerships. If they disappeared, who would mourn their passing? Car buyers certainly wouldn’t miss the pushy salespeople, byzantine pricing, or overpriced repairs. Automakers would surely cry some crocodile tears, but they would probably be glad to adopt Tesla’s direct sales model, which gives the California carmaker complete control over how its products are presented (as well as a larger slice of the profit)... Read More


Fiat 500e Dominates Italy’s EV Market In December, & BEVs Grow Eightfold!

Published on January 24th, 2021 | by Carlo Ombello

The year of coronavirus has just ended on a high note for EV markets throughout Europe. With traditional car sales down everywhere by double digit percentages, electric cars have taken charge, offering a taste of things to come. This is also true for Italy, where December monthly EV sales skyrocketed to over eight times last year's levels!... Read More

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