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Tesla obtains patent to use laser beam to clean debris off cars
short by Hiral Goyal / on 13 Sep 2021,Monday
Tesla has obtained a patent from the USPTO to use laser beam to clean debris off of vehicles, Electrek reported. Tesla describes the technology as a cleaning system which "includes a beam optics assembly that emits a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article of the vehicle". It also detects debris accumulated over the region, Tesla wrote.
short by Hiral Goyal / 05:03 pm on 13 Sep
Hero MotoCorp to hike price of its entire model range by up to ₹3,000
short by Pragya Swastik / on 16 Sep 2021,Thursday
The country's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp on Thursday said that it will increase the price of its entire model range by up to ₹3,000 from September 20. The company has attributed the decision to hike prices to an increase in commodity prices. The exact quantum of increase will depend on the model and the market, Hero MotoCorp said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:37 pm on 16 Sep
The Cabinet has cleared a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme worth ₹26,058 crore for the automobile, auto component and drone industries to enhance India's manufacturing capabilities. Of this, ₹120 crore has been allocated for drone industry and ₹25,938 for auto sector. The scheme for auto sector will generate employment for over seven lakh people, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said.
short by Kiran Khatri / 03:32 pm on 15 Sep
Anand Mahindra, Ola CEO hail govt's ₹25,938-crore PLI scheme for auto sector
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Sep 2021,Thursday
Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal has appreciated government's ₹25,938-crore PLI scheme for auto sector, saying, "India will become a global EV hub thanks to this visionary step!" Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra called the move a "transformational policy change" and said it signals that "India intends to be a force in the future of automobiles".
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 03:26 pm on 16 Sep
AIADMK coordinator O Paneerselvam has urged Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to intervene and keep Ford's Chennai facility afloat after the automaker announced that it'll shut the plant. Referring to the closure as "shocking", he said Ford faced huge losses and the state should take responsibility of protecting industrial climate. "The future of...MSME dependent on Ford...also very bleak," he added.
short by Kiran Khatri / 05:08 pm on 14 Sep
Honda's Japan output falls 60% below plan amid chip shortages
short by Hiral Goyal / on 18 Sep 2021,Saturday
Honda Motor has said that its production lines in Japan are operating at about 40% of its initial plan for the August-September period. The Japanese automaker cited chip shortages and delays in parts shipments due to coronavirus outbreaks overseas as reasons for low output. Earlier, the world's biggest carmaker Toyota said that it's cutting annual production target by 300,000 vehicles.
short by Hiral Goyal / 05:24 pm on 18 Sep
Park 50 feet away from others: GM to Bolt EV owners in US after 12 fires
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Sep 2021,Thursday
General Motors has urged some Chevrolet Bolt EV owners in the US to park their vehicles on the top floor or on an open-air deck and park 50 feet away from other vehicles, citing fire risk. The precaution would reduce potential damage to structures or nearby vehicles, it said. GM has confirmed 12 cases of battery fires involving Bolt EVs.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 10:16 am on 16 Sep
Tesla's use of 'full self-driving' term is misleading: US agency
short by Hiral Goyal / on 19 Sep 2021,Sunday
Tesla's use of the term 'full self-driving' is "misleading and irresponsible", US' top crash investigator NTSB's head Jennifer Homendy said, urging it to address safety concerns regarding the technology. People pay more attention to marketing than to warnings in car manuals, she told WSJ. "[In Tesla's case] it has clearly misled numerous people to misuse and abuse technology," she added.
short by Hiral Goyal / 08:07 pm on 19 Sep
Lucid Air beats Tesla Model S to become longest range electric car
short by Hiral Goyal / on 17 Sep 2021,Friday
Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors has announced that its Air Dream Edition Range luxury sedan has received an Environmental Protection Agency-rated range of 520 miles, making it the longest range electric vehicle ever rated by the US government agency. The rating beats Lucid's rival Tesla's Model S Long Range which has an EPA estimated range of 405 miles.
short by Hiral Goyal / 08:32 pm on 17 Sep
Cathie Wood sells more Tesla shares worth $62 million
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Sep 2021,Thursday
Cathie Wood's exchange-traded funds sold over 81,600 shares in Tesla worth $62 million on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported citing daily trade reports. This takes the total value of the electric vehicle maker's stock they have offloaded this month to about $266 million. Ark funds have sold more than 350,000 Tesla shares in September so far.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 11:47 am on 16 Sep
Chinese automakers are the most competitive in world: Elon Musk
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 17 Sep 2021,Friday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk in his address at the 2021 World New Energy Vehicle Congress in China said Chinese automakers are the "most competitive in the world". He added China is the "largest and the most dynamic new energy vehicle market". Musk said he is confident Tesla can achieve full self-driving with "10 times higher safety" than average human driver.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:07 pm on 17 Sep
PLI scheme may attract Tesla to set up facility in India: Minister
short by Hiral Goyal / on 17 Sep 2021,Friday
The government's ₹25,938-crore production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for auto sector may attract Tesla to set up a manufacturing base in India, Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said. Billionaire Elon Musk-led Tesla has sought a cut in import duties on electric cars in India. The company should take the first step and then government will consider their demand, Pandey said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 06:32 pm on 17 Sep
Tesla to give FSD beta software access to drivers with good record
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 18 Sep 2021,Saturday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the firm will request to have access to drivers' driving record before granting them access to its latest 'full self-driving' software beta version. "If driving behaviour is good for seven days, beta access will be granted," Musk said. The FSD Beta v10.0.1 software update will become more widely available starting September 24.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 12:42 pm on 18 Sep
4th Tesla Gigafactory location not decided: Musk on plant in Russia
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in response to being asked about whether Tesla's next Gigafactory will be in Russia, said, "Tesla has not yet decided on a fourth Gigafactory location." Earlier, a Russian news site, Arguments of the Week, reported that the first Tesla Russian plant will be built in Korolev. It said the report was backed by two government sources.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 05:08 pm on 21 Sep
Complete shift to EVs to cost Japan 5.5 mn jobs: Toyota President
short by Hiral Goyal / on 21 Sep 2021,Tuesday
Toyota President Akio Toyoda has said that Japan's automotive industry risks losing 5.5 million jobs by 2030 by switching all cars to electric. "Japan is an export-reliant country. Thus, carbon neutrality is tantamount to an issue of employment," Toyoda explained. "Some politicians are saying that we need to turn all cars into EVs...I don't think that's the case," he added.
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:41 pm on 21 Sep
Ford's factory workers seek Tamil Nadu govt's help to safeguard jobs
short by Krishna Raj / on 15 Sep 2021,Wednesday
Factory workers at Ford's Chennai facility have sought state government's help to safeguard jobs, workers and union leaders said. Ford's sudden announcement will put at risk the livelihoods of over 2,600 permanent workers and more than 1,000 contract staff, they added. AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam had also urged Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to intervene and keep the facility afloat.
short by Krishna Raj / 06:17 pm on 15 Sep
There's illogical prejudice against diesel vehicles: Force Motors
short by Krishna Raj / on 19 Sep 2021,Sunday
Force Motors has pointed out unscientific and "ill-founded prejudices" against diesel-powered commercial vehicles and has sought free movement of such vehicles inside cities. It noted that there was no point in restricting movement of diesel vehicles when they met the country's mandated norms. The unscientific and ill-founded prejudices in this regard need to be addressed, it added.
short by Krishna Raj / 06:18 pm on 19 Sep
Duty on imported cars in India outrageous: Mercedes-Benz India MD
short by Hiral Goyal / on 20 Sep 2021,Monday
The duty on imported cars in India is extremely high and "outrageous", Mercedes-Benz India MD Martin Schwenk told TOI, adding that he supports Tesla CEO Elon Musk's call to lower the taxes. The taxes should be reduced immediately, "or else customers get penalised by buying cars at double to what buyers in US and other western markets pay", he added.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:39 pm on 20 Sep
Ford dealers in India may face legal issues after its exit: FADA
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 16 Sep 2021,Thursday
Ford's dealers in India will likely face "legal complications" given that Indian consumer law makes them liable after a manufacturer exits, automobile dealers' body FADA President Vinkesh Gulati told Bloomberg. "We expect Ford to give some compensation to dealers and plan something in future so that dealers aren't in a legal strangle against customers in consumer court cases," Gulati added.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 03:53 pm on 16 Sep
Hundreds of workers protested outside a Ford factory in Sanand, Gujarat against the firm's planned plant closure. The workers said that the plant's closure planned for the year-end would lead to the loss of their livelihoods. "After working here for seven years, I'm suddenly being told I don't have a job. What is my future?" asked one of the workers.
short by Krishna Raj / 09:52 pm on 21 Sep
India's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors on Tuesday said it will increase the price of its commercial vehicle range by around 2% from October 1. The hike is to offset the impact of rising commodity costs, it added. "Continued rise in...cost of commodities...necessitates the company to pass on a part of it through increase in price of...products," it stated.
short by Krishna Raj / 02:58 pm on 21 Sep
Global car production forecast for 2021 cut by 5 mn units: Report
short by Hiral Goyal / on 19 Sep 2021,Sunday
IHS Markit has slashed its light vehicle production forecast for this year by 6.2%, or 5.02 million units, amid supply-chain issues, including the global chip shortage. It lowered its projection for 2022 by 9.3%, or 8.45 million cars and trucks. "This is the largest single adjustment to the outlook in what has been a turbulent past nine months," it said.
short by Hiral Goyal / 11:05 pm on 19 Sep
Small cars should also have adequate number of airbags: Gadkari
short by Krishna Raj / on 19 Sep 2021,Sunday
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said small cars, mostly purchased by lower-middle-class people, should also have an adequate number of airbags. He added that his appeal for more airbags was to ensure safety and prevent possible deaths in accidents. He said, "For rich people, you (automakers) offer eight airbags, and for economy model cars...you'll offer...two-three airbags. How come?"
short by Krishna Raj / 03:19 pm on 19 Sep
Fiery Tesla crash that killed 2 people in US faces probe
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / on 18 Sep 2021,Saturday
A fiery crash involving a Tesla Model 3, that killed two people, in Florida is being probed by the US NTSB. Three investigators are being sent to conduct an investigation into the fatal September 13 crash in which the Tesla departed the roadway and collided with a tree. Police have said it's unclear if the car was on Autopilot.
short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 09:24 am on 18 Sep
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