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Tesla had a lot of its thunder stolen by Porsche this week on the earth of electrical autos information, because the German sports activities automotive maker launched the manufacturing variations of the 2020 Taycan Turbo and Turbo S in a delightfully over-the-top presentation trying down over Niagara Falls.

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Predictably, Tesla isn’t one to take slights (and even perceived slights) akin to this mendacity down, which leads us instantly into this week’s first bit of reports …

Tesla Circling Nurburgring Run for Mannequin S

Based on Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the corporate’s bigger four-door efficiency sedan is headed to “the Inexperienced Hell” (aka the Nurburgring) for testing. I’ve to be very clear that neither Tesla nor Musk have said that the sedan is headed to the Ring to go after some sort of file, however the timing of the announcement is … properly, you determine.

Guess which automotive holds the four-door, all-electric sports-car file on the fabled observe. You bought it: Porsche’s Taycan, which accomplished a lap in 7 minutes, 42 seconds, and likewise debuted this week to a lot fanfare. A great way to steal a few of Porsche’s thunder could be to indicate that the Mannequin S, too, can deal with that surroundings — even when the situations during which the Tesla will likely be testing gained’t be supreme for a high-speed run. Based on Street and Monitor, the Mannequin S would run throughout what’s known as an “trade pool session,” the place timed laps aren’t allowed and the quantity of site visitors on the course would make such a run tough (to not point out harmful).

Tesla Pickup Truck in November?

Tesla Pickup Truck

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Musk additionally introduced on Twitter that the much-hyped Telsa pickup truck will likely be making its debut in “November most definitely,” which might pop one other EV truck into to tackle the forthcoming choices from Rivian, Ford and Nissan. All we’ve seen so removed from Tesla in regards to the pickup truck’s look is that this teaser picture, however in keeping with an interview Musk gave in June, it would seem like one thing out of a sci-fi film and be priced at lower than $50,000. (Cease me in the event you’ve heard this one earlier than.)

I Simply Saved a Bunch of Cash on My Automotive Insurance coverage By Switching to … Tesla?

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Tesla introduced that it’ll start to supply insurance coverage for homeowners of all fashions of its autos, together with the Roadster, with a pilot program that can launch within the state of California. Based on Tesla, the pricing will likely be aggressive and is designed to be provided at charges which are 20 p.c (and even as a lot as 30 p.c) decrease than present charges.

For all you Tesla homeowners and customers: Take these numbers with a grain of salt, and we’d encourage you to get a quote earlier than making any selections. How is Tesla so bullish on these insurance coverage figures? It says it is aware of a lot about its automobiles now (together with security and restore prices) that it might probably provide decrease charges whereas nonetheless turning a revenue, an vital various income stream for the corporate. And if the automaker desires to make self-driving automobiles a actuality within the close to future, having management over the insurance coverage facet of the market might grease the wheels for that, as properly.

One closing word: Tesla’s autos have sufficient sensors and file sufficient information that it might use driving profiles to regulate its charges, for instance, if the motive force speeds continuously. However the firm has mentioned that it gained’t do this.

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