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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including some Tesla Pickup truck talk, the Tesla-Panasonic relationship hitting some hardship, the new Chevy Bolt EV 2020, and more.

Posts we’ll cover here:
Tesla electric pickup truck unveiling is still planned for next month
Elon Musk says Tesla Pickup truck looks even more ‘Blade Runner-esque’ than this
Ford copies Tesla Supercharger design, but it should copy its charging business model
Tesla-Panasonic relationship hits hard times as Tesla moves to make its own batteries
Tesla quietly acquires battery production expert in push to make its own cells
Tesla is integrating Maxwell’s ultracapacitor business, but will it end up in its cars?
Tesla is installing Powerpacks at Superchargers affected by power outages
Dyson gives up multi-billion-dollar electric car project, says it’s not viable
Toyota does electrification backward, unveils RAV4 PHEV when it used to have all-electric version


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11 thoughts on “Electrek Podcast: Tesla Pickup, 2020 Chevy Bolt first drive, Tesla-Panasonic relationship, more

  1. I'm expecting a cab-over pickup. Basically move the cab way forward. No frunk. You will gain 2+ feet in the bed. Imagine a quad cab with a full 8 foot bed. Even longer with a regular cab. Easy to make a van version. You can have a regular cab, extended cab, quad cab, and van with few changes. The downsides are reduced accident crumple zone, harder to get in around front wheels. I sort settled on the cab-over design recently.

  2. Essentially – LG provided a 10% bigger battery, now having 66 kWh instead of 60 kWh. The competitor, the Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro can use it and charge at up to 75 kW. GM is sitting on its rear, doing nothing.
    If GM people would actually use this car, they would realise that it is a significant psychological difference to charge for 25 minutes or 40 minutes. It's a difference between having a long-ish coffee break with an optional snack and being forced to have a lunch every 2 hours of driving.
    In 2016 this car was the first real competitor to Tesla, having almost 240 miles in range.
    In 2020 it will just sink into history. Another opportunity, lost again, the same as the Nissan Leaf Plus with a 62 kWh battery and no liquid battery cooling systems.

    It shows now very obviously that those manufacturers actually don't want to make EVs. They just want to show presence to the media.

  3. OMG, the most important aspect of GM has nothing to do with EV tech, it is the complete failure of their team to embrace the idea of driving EV (charging, practicality, adoption, etc.). Sad.

  4. I'm glad someone else noticed the Lincoln charging cable not fitting nicely in the U of the charger. It might seem trivial, but I think it says a lot about the 2 companies. I feel like someone who never heard of Tesla or Lincoln could look at both chargers and know which one is the name brand and which is the knock off.

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