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Tesla’s Major V3 Supercharger Rollout Starts in Canada

Depending on the model, Tesla's EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

In a good news for the users who want to top up their Tesla using an extra-speedy V3 Supercharger, the EV maker said that 26 of the 46 Supercharger stations under construction along the Trans-Canada Highway will be V3 models.

This is the first large-scale deployment of the faster chargers — there are only a handful of them in the US.

This is an unusual focus for Tesla when it tends to serve the US first, but it makes sense given the realities of the Canadian driving. It’s a more sparsely populated country with longer stretches between cities than you see stateside, Engadget reported on Sunday quoting The Verge.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Depending on the model, Tesla’s EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh.

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The timing of the news is convenient. VW’s Electrify Canada (a sibling to Electrify America) just opened its first fast EV charging station as part of a plan to install 32 sites in the four most populous provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia), the report added. (IANS)

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Here’s How a Small Metal Ball Costs Elon Musk a Whooping $768 mn

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a "tug of war" between F-150 and the Cybertruck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk net worth on Saturday reportedly plummeted 6 percent, bringing his personal net worth down by $768 million in a single day after a metal ball crashed down the unbreakable glass of his long-awaited Cybertruck during its launch event.

At the Tesla Cybertruck unveiling, Musk asked the company’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, to demonstrate the strength of the “Armor Glass” by throwing a solid metal, baseball-sized ball at the window, but surprisingly the glass broke when the ball was over-armed into it, independent.co.uk reported.

“We threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw a kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk said on Thursday.

He then joked, “We’ll fix it in post.”

Interestingly, the video went private on Tesla’s YouTube channel about 30 seconds after the live stream was over.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cyber truck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. VOA

Starting at $39,900, Cybertruck is inspired by “Lotus Esprit S1” from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

According to research firm IHS Markit, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup truck in the US for more than 40 years, followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado.

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Pickup trucks are currently the fastest-growing segment in the US.

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a “tug of war” between F-150 and the Cybertruck. (IANS)