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Tesla lowers the starting price of its Model Y electric SUV

Tesla has lowered the price of another vehicle. This time it’s the Model Y, an electric SUV the company started shipping in March. The long-range all-wheel drive version of the car is now listed with a purchase price of $49,990, or $3,000 less than what it was before. The car’s new pricing was first reported by Electrek over the weekend. In May, Tesla cut prices for several of its electric cars, including high-end vehicles like the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. The new pricing come...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Fiat Chrysler, Ford GM, Electrek, Tesla Model Y


Harley-Davidson’s ‘Rewire’ plan starts with 700 jobs cuts, ousted CFO

Harley-Davidson, the storied and struggling Milwaukee-based company that last year launched its first production electric motorcycle in an effort to reboot sales and appeal to a younger customer base, is cutting 700 jobs from its global operations. About 500 workers will be laid off before the end of the year, the company said Thursday. The company’s CFO John Olin is also out, effective immediately. Harley-Davidson’s current VP Treasurer Darrell Thomas has taken over as interim CFO until a succe...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Milwaukee, Tech, Automotive, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Harley Davidson, Baby Boomer, Livewire, Zeitz, Jochen Zeitz, Harley-Davidson LiveWire, John Olin, Darrell Thomas


Fisker raises $50 million to bring its all-electric Ocean SUV to market in 2022

Electric vehicle startup Fisker Inc. said Wednesday it has raised $50 million, much needed capital that will go towards funding the next phase of engineering work on the company’s all-electric luxury SUV. The startup is aiming to launch the Fisker Ocean SUV in 2022. The Series C funding round was led by Moore Strategic Ventures LLC, the private investment vehicle of Louis M. Bacon, the billionaire hedge fund manager . “Since we first showed the car at CES earlier this year, reaction from cust...
Tags: TC, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Bmw, Henrik Fisker, Fisker, Karma Automotive, Volkswagen America, Fisker Automotive, Fisker Inc, Wanxiang Group, Louis M Bacon, Silicon Valley Building


Mercedes opts for more screens and fewer buttons in the 2021 S-Class

Teaser images and leaked photos of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class suggested the automaker was moving towards a more digital-centric interior. That might have been an understatement. Mercedes-Benz revealed Monday its second-generation MBUX infotainment system and it is loaded with new technology, including touchscreens, augmented reality head-up display as well as improved voice and facial recognition. Gone are many of the physical switches found in the older version of the S-Class. Mercedes said...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Connected Cars, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Mercedes Benz Mercedes, Hey Mercedes, Voice Mercedes Benz, Security Mercedes


Ford’s Bronco relaunch demonstrates the power of nostalgia

Ford is finally taking the wraps off the reborn Bronco next week. Literally. The company has teased the vehicle for months, showing a camouflaged SUV bouncing through rocky streams and charging over dusty hills. This week, the wraps come off and the sheet metal will finally be exposed. The launch of the Bronco looks to be a masterclass in nostalgia. For the last few weeks, Ford has been feeding journalists with media assets — pictures, staged interviews and upcoming advertisements. I’ve yet to s...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Brand Marketing, Automotive, Ford Mustang, Ford, Nintendo, Mustang, Bronco, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch, Growth and Monetization, International Harvester Scout Ford


Karma Automotive raises $100 million as it looks to resell it EV platform to other automakers

Karma Automotive has raised a $100 million lifeline from outside investors, as reported by Bloomberg, with the struggling electric vehicle maker’s fortunes likely buoyed by the current market optimism on other EV companies including Tesla. Karma is the reincarnated version of Fisker Automotive, which previously faced bankruptcy before being acquired by Wanxiang Group in 2014. Karma Automotive has made more progress than Fisker ever did, including actually delivering around 500 of its inaugura...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, UPS, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Henrik Fisker, GreenTech, Fedex, Ev, Fisker, GTE, Wanxiang


Here’s a list of tech companies that the SBA says took PPP money

The U.S. Treasury Department released Monday a highly anticipated trove of data identifying every company that has received a loan of more than $150,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — a list that includes some of the hottest names in the tech startup world, including Bolt Mobility, Getaround, Luminar, Stackin, TuSimple and Velodyne. The data, which lists the names of companies that received small business loans over $150,000, was the result of a push for greater transparency around...
Tags: TC, Congress, Finance, Tech, Automotive, Bird, Morgan Stanley, PPP, Index Ventures, Citi, Trump, Small Business Administration, U S Treasury Department, SBA, LUMINAR, Y Combinator Research


The Station: The startups edition

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. For all the U.S. readers here, I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I am mixing up the format this week becau...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, UK, London, California, China, Ipo, Berlin, Tech, Tesla, UPS, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States


TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane

Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will extend across the United States by 2024. UPS, which owns a minority stake in TuSimple, carrier U.S. Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway’s grocery and food service supply chain company McLane Inc. are the inaugural partners in this so-called autonomous freight network (AFN). TuSimple’s AFN involves four ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Europe, Los Angeles, Tech, UPS, Automotive, United States, Dallas, Berkshire Hathaway, Autonomous Vehicles, Morgan Stanley, Jacksonville, Self-driving Trucks, Southwest


Daimler-backed Momenta says its robotaxis will be fully driverless and profitable in 2024

In China and the U.S., there’s much debate about when and how humans will achieve fully autonomous robotaxis at scale — cars that chauffeur passengers under complex road conditions without safety drivers behind the wheel. Many pieces are needed to make this happen: mammoth amounts of test data, advanced algorithms, strong operational teams, big checks from investors, local policy support, to name a handful. Until that day arrives, the bold claims from players in the field seem mostly out of reac...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, Microsoft, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Automotive, Shanghai, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Baidu


Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that provided rides to Lyft employees in Palo Alto. The company said it is following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and surface cleaning. It has ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, California, Cdc, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, United States, Autonomous Vehicles, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Robert Morgan, Waymo, Self Driving Vehicles, London Munich, Sameer Qureshi


All the tech in Ford’s most important vehicle: the 2021 F-150 truck

Ford rolled out all the stops Thursday evening for the reveal of its all-new F-150 truck, right down to the splashy videos dominated by electric guitar riffs. Heck, the automaker even cast the sharp-tongued Denis Leary as its MC. Of course, none of that really matters. It’s all about what Ford has done to improve the most important and profitable vehicle in its lineup. It’s been six years since the last redesign. This all-new F-150 offers kind of performance and abundance options that Ford truck...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Tech, Canada, Automotive, Ford, Epa, Waze, Alexa, Denis Leary, Mustang Mach, Ford Alexa Office


Lordstown debuts a $52,500 electric pickup alongside a campaigning Mike Pence

Lordstown Motors unveiled Thursday a prototype of its electric future, a pickup truck with four in-wheel hub motors and a few other features all aimed squarely at attracting contractors and other buyers in the commercial market. The unveiling by this one-year-old Ohio startup didn’t get too deep into the details about the electric pickup truck known as Endurance. There wasn’t any information on the interior, performance or battery. The entire second half of the event took a 90-degree turn away f...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Automotive, Gm, Ohio, Epa, Trump, Burns, Mike Pence, Lordstown, Goodyear, Lordstown Ohio, Steve Burns, GM assembly plant, Workhorse Group


Waymo, Volvo partner to develop electric robotaxis

Waymo’s self-driving software footprint is expanding — this time in a partnership with Volvo Car Group. The two companies announced Thursday an “exclusive” partnership to integrate Waymo’s self-driving software into a new electric vehicle designed for ride-hailing. Volvo and Waymo provided few details on the partnership and what this might actually look like except that the companies “will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle plat...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, France, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Fca, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Autonomous Vehicles, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Fiat Chrysler


NHTSA launches probe into Tesla touchscreen failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of failing touchscreens on Tesla’s older Model S vehicles. The federal agency launched the probe after receiving 11 complaints from Tesla owners over a 13-month period alleging failures of the touchscreen in 2013 through 2015 Model S vehicles. The problem, which stems from a problematic flash memory device, renders the touchscreen black, including the loss of the rear camera image displ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, MCU, Nvidia Tegra


DriveU.auto, a LiveU spinout, comes out of stealth with $4M

Teleoperators who remotely monitor and control autonomous vehicles rely on high-performance connectivity to transfer 4K video, multiple audio streams and other data. Even a skosh of latency, jitter or packet loss could spell disaster for a teleoperator intervening to help an autonomous sidewalk delivery bot or even a robotaxi. One Israeli startup, which spun out of video transmission technology company LiveU, has developed a connectivity platform aimed at ending unpredictable network behavior...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, United States, Cto, Francisco Partners, Zohar Zisapel, Cognata, Europe Israel Japan, Recent Funding, DriveUauto, LiveU, Alon Podhurst, Podhurst


Lyft is using data from its rideshare drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog post on Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Lyft is using data from its ride-share drivers to develop self-driving cars

Lyft is using data collected from drivers on its ride-hailing app to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. Lyft’s Level 5 self-driving car program is using the data to build 3D maps, understand human driving patterns and improve simulation tests — all tools needed to push their autonomous vehicle technology forward, according to a blog posted Tuesday. The program is taking data from select vehicles in its Express Drive program, which provides rental cars and SUVs to drivers on its ...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Blue Vision Labs, Peter Ondruska, Luca Del Pero, Hugo Grimmett


Apple Maps gets electric vehicle routing to find EV chargers

Apple has added a routing feature to Maps that’s designed for electric vehicle owners. The EV routing feature, which will be available in the newest version of iOS, is one of several improvements that Apple is making to Maps. Apple unveiled the new feature Monday at a virtual version of WWDC 2020, the company’s annual developer conference. The EV routing aims to eliminate range anxiety — the fear of running out of charge — by showing charging stations compatible to a user’s electric vehicle a...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, TC, China, Tech, Companies, Software, Itunes, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Bmw, Apple Maps, Charging Station, Operating Systems


Tesla’s big battery event and shareholder meeting tentatively set for September 15

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been hyping a potential battery day for quite a while now, and it looks like we should see it happen within the next few months – Musk said on Twitter that September 15 is the “tentative date” for the “Tesla Shareholder Meeting & Battery Day,” which will include the usual shareholder meeting as well as a tour of the automaker’s cell production system for the batteries that provide the power for its vehicles. The so-called ‘Battery Day’ has already run into a few delays...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Science, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk


Tesla informs employees on Juneteenth that they can take off holiday unpaid

Just before 8 a.m. PT Friday, Tesla’s head of human resources sent an email telling employees they could take the day off to observe Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Moments later, HR head Valerie Workman clarified that employees who chose to take the day off would be unpaid, according to an email viewed by TechCrunch. CNBC was the first to report the morning emails. The email was sent as workers on the west coast were starting their work...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Elon Musk, Virginia, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Union, Buffalo New York, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E Lee, Galveston Texas, Fremont Calif, Juneteenth


Ford to roll out hands-free driving in Q3 of 2021, starting with the Mustang Mach-E

Ford will start offering a hands-free driving feature in the second half 2021, beginning with its new Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle. The hands-free feature, called Active Drive Assist, is part of a larger package of advanced driver assistance features collectively called Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package. But it’s the hands-free offering that is getting all of the attention today. The hands-free feature has been anticipated since the Mustang Mach E — which has a driving monitoring syste...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, United States, Ford Mustang, Ford, Gm, Driver, Mustang, Self-driving Car, Cadillac, Mustang Mach, Ford Co


Triumph releases e-bicycle but no word on e-motorcycle debut

UK motorcycle manufacturer Triumph released an e-bicycle today, the Trekker GT — with 90 miles of riding range, a 250 watt motor and a 504 watt hour battery. With a five hour charge time, the bike weighs 52 pounds (24 kilograms) and can produce up to 60 Nm (or 29 ft-lbs) of torque. Triumph’s Trekker GT will be available for $3,750 at Triumph dealerships in the U.S. and abroad. The question is how this connects to the ultimate debut of a Triumph e-motorcycle. The manufacturer, which is a major gl...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, California, Tech, Austria, United States, Motorcycles, Ducati, United Kingdom, Italy, Honda, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, TechCrunch, Triumph


Tesla’s US-made Model 3 vehicles now come equipped with wireless charging and USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, Calif. factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada. Electrek also reported on the changes. The upgrades now put U.S.-made Model 3s on par with the same vehicles made at Tesla’s factory in China. The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared in the newer Model Y, which customers began to receive in March. Tesla has since taken steps to br...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Cars, US, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla Model, Fremont Calif, COVID


Tesla’s U.S.-made Model 3 vehicles now come equipped with wireless charging, USB-C ports

Tesla Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, Calif. factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C ports, upgrades that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada. Electrek also reported on the changes. The upgrades now put U.S.-made Model 3s on par with the same vehicles made at Tesla’s factory in China. The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared in the newer Model Y, which customers began to receive in March. Tesla has since taken steps to br...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, FREMONT, Tesla Model, Fremont Calif, COVID, Drive Tesla Canada Electrek


Forget the casino, bankrupt Hertz can now sell up to $1 billion in stock

Hertz, the rental car company that is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, can now sell up to $1 billion in stock as it seeks to tap into one of the hottest tickets in town: traders with an appetite for short-term speculative bets. The decision Friday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware gives Hertz permission to sell as up to 246.8 million unissued shares to Jefferies LLC. Hertz, which made the emergency request Thursday, has not entered into an agreement wit...
Tags: TC, Finance, Tech, Economy, Automotive, Rental Car, New York Stock Exchange, Hertz, Stock, Robinhood, Jefferies, U S Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Nikola Motor, Robintrack, Jefferies LLC Hertz, Robinhood Hertz


Nikola Motor to open pre-orders for fuel cell pickup truck to compete with Ford, Tesla

Nikola Motor, the Arizona startup that made its debut as a publicly traded company June 4, will open up reservations later this month for a hydrogen fuel cell electric pickup truck that was designed to compete with the Ford F-150. Reservations, or pre-orders, will open June 29 for the hydrogen-electric pickup truck known as the Badger, Nikola Motor founder and chairman Trevor Milton tweeted Tuesday. The company’s initial focus has been to design, develop and eventually produce hydrogen-electr...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, United States, Vehicles, Ford, Arizona, Gm, Toyota, Fuel Cell, North America, Chairman, TechCrunch, Fuel Cells, Milton, Coolidge Arizona


2020 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Superior comfort and performance

What can I say? It’s a Bentley. It’s lovely. The Bentley new Flying Spur is a luxury super sedan. It packs a larger engine than most sports cars, has four heavenly seats, and glides over the road like soap on a shower floor. This example costs $279,000, so I would expect nothing less. This sedan is supremely comfortable, and yet it packs a powerful punch. Bentley says the W12 engine lets it hit 207 mph though I had no reason to verify that claim. Going fast means arriving at a destination sooner...
Tags: Travel, TC, Cars, Vw, Bmw, Volkswagen, Audi, Driver, Mercedes, Bentley, Cadillac, Don, Audi Mercedes, Sedans, BMW Audi, Bentley Mulsanne Backseat


The rise of low-margin, no-margin unicorns

Yesterday evening, Vroom, a digital used car retailer, priced its IPO at $22 per share, a figure that was a full $7 above the low end of its first proposed IPO price range. The venture-backed firm first proposed a $15 to $17 per-share IPO price range, which it later raised to $18 to $20 per share. Pricing at $22 per share meant that there was strong demand for the company’s equity during its IPO process. Pricing strength doesn’t guarantee performance as a public company, but it does provide a pr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Automotive, SaaS, Lemonade, Vroom, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch, Kingsoft Cloud, Kingsoft Cloud Vroom


Ford’s 2020 Escape plug-in hybrid takes aim at Toyota RAV4 PRIME

The 2020 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid — a first for the SUV — comes with an EPA-estimated 37 miles of all-electric driving range and 100 miles per gallon equivalent, stats that will put the redesigned model into competition with the new Toyota RAV4 PRIME. The Toyota RAV4 PRIME has an estimated 42-mile EV rang and 94 MPGe. Toyota unveiled the the first plug-in hybrid version of the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019. The vehicle is expected to hit dealerships in the U.S. this summe...
Tags: TC, Japan, Los Angeles, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Epa, Los Angeles Auto Show, Environmental Protection Agency, Escape, Plug-in Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford Escape



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