Show #626

 

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ELON MUSK DONATES $1 MILLION TO #TEAMTREES

“With a single Tweet on Tuesday night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took one YouTuber’s global crowdfunding project straight into “ludicrous mode.”.  Last week, YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson officially announced the ‘#TeamTrees’ initiative, aiming to raise $20 million by the end of 2020 to help the Arbor Day Foundation plant 20 million trees around the world.” reports Forbes: “The donation already appeared on the #TeamTrees leaderboard as of late Tuesday evening, with Musk leaving just a two-word note on the website: “For Treebeard.” Musk also proceeded to change his Twitter name to “Treelon.” His profile picture at publication time is an image of trees in a forest.”

 

teamtrees.org 8,346,590

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisstrub/2019/10/29/teamtrees/#1955aa2a5f6e

 

TESLA NOTES MARKET DROP IN THE USA

“Just a few days after Tesla presented surprisingly good quarterly figures, the electric car company is now showing details on regional business development in a press release to the SEC.” writes electrive: “Tesla’s sales figures in the US market show a slump by almost 40 per cent during the third quarter, from $5.13 billion to $3.13 billion. According to Reuters, this is the first decline in more than two years. Over the same period, sales in China rose by 64 per cent to $669 million and in the rest of the world by more than $1 billion to $1.83 billion.”

 

Tesla notes market drop in the USA

 

HONDA’S NAMING STRUCTURE FOR HYBRIDS AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

” Honda — a company not necessarily known for its hybrid and electrified options despite being one of the first companies to sell a hybrid-electric vehicle to consumers — has decided to rebrand its forthcoming hybrid models as (and I hate typing this) “e:HEV” says CNET: “The one bright spot in all of these abbreviations is that they may not make it all the way to the US. Honda says that it’s not yet finalized its plans for the US market, which means we may be spared the onslaught of clashing letters and colons”

 

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/honda-hybrid-electric-naming-structure-change/

 

PORSCHE TRIES SELLING ITS CARS ONLINE IN THE US

“Porsche isn’t just trying to fight Tesla by offering electric cars… it’s hoping to replicate some of the business model, too. The automaker is piloting online car sales in the US, giving would-be owners a chance to buy from 25 of the country’s 191 independently owned dealers.” reports Engadget: “The EV builder lets you custom-order cars, and will deliver to your home if you’re too far from one of its service centers. Its strategy primarily revolves around online sales where Porsche is still tied to the dealership model. “

 

https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/28/porsche-online-car-sales-pilot-us

 

TESLA UPDATES MODEL X WITH NEW FRONT SEATS

“Tesla has updated Model X with new front seats to improve comfort in its flagship SUV, which also received a small range increase. With the Model X, Tesla has spent a lot of time designing the seats.

Now Tesla is updating the front seats of the Model X.” says Electrek: “Sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla communicated to employees that new Model X vehicles being built right now have new front seats. The new seats are less bulky, resulting in more legroom for the second-row seats regardless of the configuration (five, six, or seven).”

 

https://electrek.co/2019/10/29/tesla-updates-model-x-front-seats/

 

SERVICE PLAN FOR PEUGEOT E-208 IS A THIRD CHEAPER THAN GAS 208

“Helen Lees, Head of Electric Vehicles & Connected Services at PSA Group, shared an interesting view that electric cars bring new threats to the car industry. This time it’s however not about the intensity of capital investments to make the switch (develop new models and retool the plants), but about the loss of aftersales revenue. That’s because electric cars are simpler and need less service than the conventional internal combustion engine equivalent.” says InsideEVs: “For example, the upcoming Peugeot e-208 service plan envisions a third lower expense than in the case of the Peugeot 208 service plan.”

 

https://insideevs.com/news/379385/service-plan-peugeot-e-208-third-cheaper/

 

 

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