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Do You Want Your Electric Car To Make Goat And Fart Sounds?



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Don’t like fart noises? How about the sound of coconuts?

Tesla will allow owners of its electric vehicles to have more fun with the planned release of a series of ‘peculiar’ custom noises.

In response to new regulations in the United States and other countries requiring automakers to install noisemakers in cars without an engine, giving pedestrians an audible warning signal, the American automaker chose to go with a few unorthodox options.

“Customized horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon,” Tesla CEO Musk announced on Twitter, in response to Teslarati post that read “Tesla owners will be able to honk with fart and goat sounds, suggests Elon Musk.”

The law goes into effect in September 2020, so there is still a lot of time for Tesla to change the noises.

In related electric car news, Tesla is working on electric vehicles with 400 miles of range. Interested?

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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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Tesla Working On EVs With 400 Miles Range, But Do You Need It?



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A 400-mile driving range is probably a lot more than you would ever need.

Tesla has confirmed that it will release a series of revised vehicles with a driving range of over 400 mile.

According to CEO Elon Musk, the company leads the industry in both range and efficiency, and the new updates will further improve both metrics.

Engineers are already very close to the target with the Model S Long Range, which can travel up to 370 miles, but how much range does the average driver really need?

Sure, 400 miles is a great achievement, but studies have shown that 200 miles of range is more than enough for well over 95% of the population. Moreover, battery technology has progressed to the point where range anxiety is now more of an issue with charging capacity and infrastructure and not with electric vehicles.

As the charging infrastructure grows and fast-charging capacity increases, even those few individuals who travel unusual distances on a regular basis could soon get by with “only” 200 miles.

But while you might not need a 400-mile range electric car, having one can be extra convenient, wouldn’t it? What do you think?

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Tesla Electric Truck Will Be Better Than Ford F-150



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Elon Musk boasts it will better overall pickup than America’s most popular truck.

In the same Ride the Lighting podcast in which he revealed that the all-electric Tesla pickup truck will cost less than $50,000, Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted that it will also be better truck than the Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle in America for over 30 years.

“This will be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like functionality,” he said

Musk previously noted that the base pickup truck will have all-wheel-drive and “crazy torque” from two electric motors, but he did not say which version of the F-150 he was basing his comparison on.

There are many variants of the Ford F-150, with prices ranging from $30,000 for a simple, barebone work truck to more than $70,000 for the highly-luxurious Limited model. And Ford is also reportedly building an all-electric version of the F-150.

If the Tesla pickup truck is as good as Elon Musk says it will be, it’s going to be a major paradigm shift for the pickup truck segment and a world-beater. What do you think about his bold claim?

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