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Anticipating the Tesla Pickup Truck: What you need to know

Could be yours for just $49,000

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The idea of Tesla’s all-electric pickup truck has been around for a couple of years now. And since it looks like Elon Musk and his company are serious in making this a reality, it got a lot of people excited — us included.

As we anticipate the arrival of this supposed electric beast, let’s take a look at some of the details revealed by Musk himself throughout the years. Most came from his personal Twitter account but the latest pieces of information surfaced during a recent podcast of Ride the Lightning.


Pricing

According to Musk, pricing is expected to be no more than US$ 50,000 since his main concern is that it has to be affordable — starting at around US$ 49,000 or even less. He further adds that there could be more expensive variants of the truck but “people should be able to get a really great truck for US$ 49,000.”

Key specifications

In a series of tweets last year, Elon said that the truck will have dual motors packing a good amount of torque and suspension that adjusts depending on the load. Power will be distributed to all wheels and the battery rating could potentially go above 100kWh. As for battery life, we should see a 400- to 500-mile option and even higher.

Features

Render by Emre Husmen

Musk wants the truck to look like it came out of a science-fiction movie set in the future. We don’t have precise details on the external physique but at least we already know not to expect a conventional-looking pickup from Tesla. The inside should be very spacious, too, considering the fact that Elon said even André the Giant will fit in the driver’s seat.

It should also have an ultra-low center of gravity, 300,000lbs of towing capacity, camera and ultrasonics to detect small children around the vehicle, and built-in 240V heavy duty power outlets. In terms of performance, Musk wants it to be more capable than other trucks like the Ford F150 and outperform a Porsche 911.

Announcement

There is still no definite date as to when it will be officially announced but reports dictate the introduction to be this summer.

The next few months should be exciting as Tesla isn’t the only company gearing up for an electric pickup truck. Rivian Automotive is also preparing its own offering and might even beat big names like Ford and General Motors in releasing an electric truck out in the street.

We’re definitely keeping a close eye on this so stay tuned for more details!

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She implanted an RFID tag in her arm to operate a Tesla Model 3

A new way to never lose your keys again

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A software engineer who goes by the name Amie DD on YouTube wanted to do an ultimate Tesla Model 3 hack — one that involves implanting an RFID tag in her own body so she could unlock and operate her vehicle with just a wave of her arm.

She released a short documentary on her thought process and how she began the project. According to her, she’s not new to playing with RFID tags and implanting them in her body. So when she got her new Model 3 and found out it uses RFID to unlock and start the vehicle, she immediately came up with the idea.


To make this possible, Amie DD reached out to a body modification place capable of performing such procedures. You may watch the implant process here but be warned that it’s a bit graphic and shows blood.

She didn’t actually show in her video that it actually works but she told The Verge that it does. Amie DD even tweeted Elon Musk jokingly (probably) that she could run Musk’s Body Hacking Division.

It may sound cool and all — and props to her for having the courage to do something like that — but as for me, I think I’m okay with using standard keys right now.

 

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Jaguar wants Oxford Dictionary to update the definition of ‘car’

Literally redefining what a car is

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Jaguar is calling for the Oxford English Dictionary and OxfordDictionaries.com to update their official online definition of the word ‘car’.

The need for action is because Jaguar’s I-PACE, the company’s all-electric performance SUV, recently won the 2019 World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year. However, technically, the zero-emission vehicle doesn’t fall under the ‘car’ category if we’re going by its official meaning.


If you check online, Oxford English Dictionary — the principal historical dictionary of the English language — defines a car as, “a road vehicle powered by a motor (usually an internal combustion engine) designed to carry a driver and a small number of passengers, and usually having two front and two rear wheels, esp. for private, commercial, or leisure use.”

Meanwhile, the current definition of a car on OxfordDictionaries.com, a collection of dictionary websites produced by Oxford University Press, is: “a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people.”

Now, being widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, it just seems fitting to update the meaning of ‘car’. Jaguar has already submitted a formal application to both groups and have the definitions updated to include additional powertrains, including electric vehicles.

While these groups review the application, Jaguar is encouraging people to support the movement and share their thoughts on how the word should be defined. For those interested, you may use #RedefineTheCar along with your posts.

 

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The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a fun ride for everyone!

Does the job without the fuss

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Who says only the boys can have all the fun driving and testing out cars? Watch as I take the 2019 Chevrolet Spark around the city and explore its features and capabilities.

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