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Would You Like Convenience Stores At Tesla’s Charging Stations?

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Even with their supercharging capabilities, Tesla’s network of superchargers just isn’t fast enough at charging the company’s electric cars, taking 20 to 30 minutes on occasions. That’s a long time for anyone to wait, and there have been complaints. Fortunately, the company could make the situation more convenient for users by, well, adding convenience stores at some of its supercharging stations.

It’s a smart idea, if you ask me. Adding food, beverages and bathrooms could make Tesla owners less impatient while they wait for their Model 3, Model S or Model X to charge up.

According to a reported spotted by , Tesla outlined its vision for convenience store integration at FSTEC, a food-tech conference, with CTO JB Straubel stating:

“People are coming and spending 20 to 30 minutes at these stops. They want to eat, they want to have a cup of coffee, they want to use the bathroom.”

Straubel showed mock-ups of Tesla convenience stores, which will be run by a one or multiple third-parties and not by the company itself. He didn’t reveal when they will start popping up, but added:

“We already have been working with restaurants. That can only start scaling up.”

As Tesla Model 3 production ramps up, there will be an exponential increase in potential Supercharger users, and the company has promised to double down on site expansion. These sites will not only include dedicated, standalone stations, but also those at restaurants, hotels and other businesses.

Would you like convenience stores at charging stations for electric cars? What direction do you think Tesla should take with its network of supercharging stations? Let us know in the comments below.

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Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Arrives With 249-Mile Range

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2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV

The Swedish automaker’s first all-electric vehicle offers 408 horsepower and 249 miles of driving range.

Volvo has taken the wraps off the XC40 Recharge, the first of many all-electric vehicles it has planned for the coming years.

The electric SUV looks nearly identical to the internal-combustion and hybrid XC40 variants, yet the lack of a grille makes it standout as the pure battery-powered EV of the lineup. It can also be ordered with a new color called Sage Green.

The elimination of the XC40’s combustion engine makes room for a little storage compartment under the hood. In other words, there is a frunk.

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV, interior

Electric motors mounted at each axle gives the XC40 Recharge 408 horsepower to work with, as well as all-wheel. The the battery pack, which can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes when using a fast charger, delivers a driving range of up to 249 miles (400 kilometers) on Europe’s WLTP cycle.

Like the exterior, the interior is nearly identical to the other XC40 models, with the exception of the new Android-powered infotainment system, which includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store.

Volvo expects electric vehicles to account for half of its global sales by 2025, with hybrid models constituting the remainder. All electrified models — plug-in hybrids and EVs — will fall under the company’s ‘Recharge’ sub-brand.

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Tesla Pickup Truck Looks Like ‘Armored Personnel Carrier’

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The ‘cybertruck’ supposedly doesn’t look like the renderings we’ve seen online.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has dropped a few more hints about the company’s all-electric pickup, particularly that the Blade Runner-inspired truck is very different in appearance to the numerous speculative renderings that have popped up over the years.

“Cybertruck doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen bouncing around the Internet,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s closer to an armored personnel carrier from the future.”

Previous comments by Musk also suggest it will have an electric powertrain that delivers “crazy torque” and impressive towing capabilities, a dynamic air suspension system, a rotating tailgate that drops very low to the ground, and 240-volt outlets for industrial equipment used by welders and other professionals.

The company even wants to sell the all-electric pickup truck for less than $50,000 so that it appeals to the mass market.

The Tesla pickup isn’t likely to enter production until after Tesla is able to produce the Model Y in high volume.

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2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Offers Two Battery Options, Much Lower Price

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Baby blue Porsche Taycan 4S Electric Car

The 4S is nearly $47,000 less expensive than the midrange Turbo edition.

Porsche has expanded the Taycan lineup with the addition of the Taycan 4S, a more affordable version of its first electric car.

The Taycan 4S is powered by an all-electric drivetrain consisting of two electric motors, a two-speed transmission, and a 79.2 kWh kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The larger 93.4-kWh battery of the Turbo and Turbo S models is available as part of a $6,580 Performance Battery Plus package.

The Taycan 4S produces 522 horsepower in standard form and 563 horsepower with the upgraded battery. Both battery configurations allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 3.8 seconds and reach a top sped of 155 mph (249 km/h).

Porsche hasn’t announced how far the either Taycan 4S versions can drive on a single charge, but the electric range will likely span from around 225 to 250 miles based on the EPA’s testing.

Models equipped with the 79.2 kWh battery can be recharged up to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S has a starting price of $103,800 in the United States, which is nearly $47,000 less than the Taycan Turbo. Deliveries begin in spring 2020.

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