Fully Charged Live, LEAF Battery Fix, Rocket-Powered Tesla: TEN Episode 212

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Weekly show about future cars and future car technology.  This week news about:

(00:39) Fully Charged! – Fully Charged LIve has its first successful event! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrKfqIB-xCU  
(01:40) Restructuring  – Tesla lays off 9 percent of its workforce, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/12/tesla-to-cut-about-9-percent-of-jobs-across-company-report.html with some employees brutal about the layoffs http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-employees-reveal-how-they-were-fired-2018-6
(02:45) Funding GET – Byton releases another concept car (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/byton-k-byte-concept-vehicle-makes-global-premiere-ahead-of-ces-asia-300664671.html ) and says it’s managed to raise $500 million in Series B Fundraising to bring some of its electric vehicles to market — but that’s a very low figure – https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/byton-closes-series-b-fundraising-attracting-500-million-to-further-speed-development-of-a-line-of-smart-connected-vehicles-300663831.html
(03:37) Battery Fix – Nissan says it’s pushing a new software update for 30 kWH Nissan LEAFs which will fix apparent rapid battery degredation – http://www.cleanfleetreport.com/exclusive-nissan-leaf-battery-fix/
(04:29) Range Confirmed   Kia finally unveils the Niro EV, Comes in squarely on range predictions. – https://press.kia.com/eu/en/home/media-resouces/press-releases/2018/Kia_reveals_all-electric_Niro_EV_at_Busan_Motor_Show.html
(05:11) Big Push – Renault commits to spending more than one billion euro to expand EV production in france – https://media.group.renault.com/global/en-gb/groupe-renault/media/pressreleases/21211882/la-france-devient-un-pole-dexcellence-du-vehicule-electrique-de-renault-dans-lalliance
(05:56) Fast Ride  – The Boring Company wins contract to build twelve-minute express tunnel to O’Hare airport – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-ohare-high-speed-transit-elon-musk-rahm-emanuel-20180614-story.html
(06:47) Made by Tesla – Tesla to make Boring Company Pods, Musk Confirms. https://electrek.co/2018/06/15/tesla-build-pod-boring-company-loop-elon-musk/
(07:16) Hot water – Tesla under pressure following preliminary report into Model X autopilot fatality https://www.autoblog.com/2018/06/08/tesla-flaws-autopilot-fatal-crash/
(08:12) Autopilot Adjustments  – Tesla pushes autopilot update to customers’ cars, then promises an update to that system after customer complaints. – https://electrek.co/2018/06/13/tesla-autopilot-hold-steering-wheel-alerts-complaints/ — and there’s a fully-capable autonomous version being pushed in August, Musk says – https://electrek.co/2018/06/10/tesla-version-9-software-update-fully-self-driving-features-elon-musk/
(09:07) Buy It Outright  – Renault continues to move away from battery leasing with Kangoo ZE and Master ZE Battery Purchase options. – https://media.group.renault.com/global/en-gb/renault/media/pressreleases/21210802/lachat-de-la-batterie-est-disponible-sur-les-utilitaires-electriques-renault1
(09:45) The Name’s Taycan  – Porsche announces the Porsche Mission E will be known as the Porsche Taycan when it launches later this year. https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/products/porsche-taycan-mission-e-name-of-series-production-electric-sports-car-electromobility-concept-study-70-years-sportscar-15602.html – at the same time, Porsche launches its own charging service. – https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/company/porsche-charging-service-electric-vehicles-plug-in-digital-online-platform-app-innovative-15607.html
(10:21) Electrifying Publicity?  – Mercedes-Benz takes its Concept EQA to Sicily — but it’s not a production vehicle yet. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55xFZ0veFkc
(10:53) iPace Deliveries Start – Jaguar begins to deliver iPace SUV to customers — Andy Murray is among the first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhG_GOAsnCM
(11:31) Thrusters To Full!  – Musk jokes about adding thrusters to the Tesla Roadster 2.0 in order to accelerate it even more quickly… then says he’s not joking https://electrek.co/2018/06/10/tesla-roadster-elon-musk-thruster-backseat/

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