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A team of Italian Tesla owners have established a new “hypermilling” record, driving a Model S 100D 1078 kilometers (about 670 miles) on a single charge.

The record beats one that set by a Model S P100D that drove 560 miles on a single charge in Belgium in June 2017.

Hypermiling is a technique used to conserve gas (or in this case, electricity) which involves driving at a low, consistent speed with minimal use of the vehicle’s brakes.

Following word of the June record, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that hitting 1000 km on a single charge should be possible.

The company’s official club in Italy, Tesla Owners Club Italia, took up the challenge.

They used a normal production vehicle outfitted with low rolling resistance tires with the air conditioning turned off. theverge.com
On Friday, a Tesla club in Italy announced that they had driven a Tesla Model S 100D 670 miles on a single charge — a new record distance.

Tesla Owners Italia tweeted the news Friday with a photo of the vehicle display and a small explanation: “1078 km - 669.83 miles with Tesla ModelS 100D in a single charge by Tesla Owners Italy-Ticino-San Marino #teslarecord.”

Based on the photo of the display, it took 98.4 kWh of energy to go 670 miles, nearly double the usual efficiency of a Model S, which is 300 Wh/mi. For a watts per mile explanation, check out this forum.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk celebrated the accomplishment on Twitter Saturday, announcing that it was a new record for electric cars. “Congratulations Tesla Owners Italia!!” he said. inverse.com
Ford topped analysts expectations on Wednesday, and raised its full year forecast, after a strong performance from its financing arm and sales of its F-Series and other trucks.

Earnings were also improved by favorable tax rates.

The company said second-quarter net income of $2 billion was flat with the year ago.

On a per share basis, net earnings rose to 51 cents from 49 cents a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, Ford earned 56 cents a share, which outpaced analysts estimates of 43 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.

"This quarter shows the underlying health of our company with strong products like F-Series and commercial vehicles around the world, but we have opportunity to deliver even more," said recently appointed CEO Jim Hackett. cnbc.com
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler issued a major recall in Europe to fix diesel vehicles amid speculation that regulators are probing whether the company violated emissions standards.

Daimler said Tuesday that it would repair more than 3 million vehicles in Europe to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

Excessive NOx emissions enveloped fellow German automaker Volkswagen Group in a scandal when it was revealed in September 2015 that the company had intentionally evaded regulations.

Though Daimler did not immediately announce any recalls for the U.S. market, that could come soon.

U.S. regulations on diesel emissions are stricter than European standards.

Daimler has been under scrutiny in Europe with public reports indicating that German prosecutors are investigating the company's diesel vehicles to determine whether they contain software designed to beat emissions tests. usatoday.com
The futuristic transport system Hyperloop has come a long way since entrepreneur Elon Musk proposed a "fifth mode of transport" in 2012.

The concept, in which commuters are whisked through a tube at speeds in excess of 700mph, has developed rapidly with inventors and investors giving their backing.

Hyperloop is a proposed system of transport that would see pods or containers travel at high speeds through a tube that has been pumped into a near-vacuum.

The train pods would either float using magnetic levitation technology or float using air caster "skis", similar to how pucks travel across an air hockey table.

With so little friction in the tunnel, the pods would be able to travel at immense speeds with a projected top speeds of 760mph.

In 2017, Hyperloop One began some of its first tests on the new technology, firing its pod down a 500m test track in Nevada which saw the module reach 70mph in 5.3 seconds. telegraph.co.uk
In the mid-1990s, car companies fought to kill off electric cars, ensuring a continued reliance on oil.

That looks to have been in vain, as the age of the internal combustion engine – and the pollution it causes – may well be coming to an end.

That’s because France has announced it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, a hugely exciting decision for anyone who wants a greener, cleaner world.

France now joins a host of other countries that have plans to ban petrol and diesel cars in the coming years.

Some of those include The Netherlands and Norway (2025), and Germany and India (2030).

According to BBC News, poorer households will get financial assistance to replace their older cars with new, cleaner ones. iflscience.com
Every Volvo car launched from 2019 will have an electric motor, the company has announced, describing the move as “placing electrification at the core of its future business”.

The bold move – the first of its kind in the automotive industry – will mark the end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine.

Volvo’s range of electrified cars will include all-electric, plug-in hybrid and 48-volt mild hybrid models.

While Volvo has pipped its rivals to the post with this announcement, it's expected that all new, large vehicles with internal combustion engines will need electrical assistance - most likely in the form of a 48-volt mild hybrid - to pass future emissions legislation after 2019, meaning that other car makers will need to quickly follow suit.

Volvo also confirmed it will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm.

While a number of car makers have set out electrified car strategies in recent years, until now no manufacturer has been so bold to announce that it will make all of its cars electrified.  autocar.co.uk
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on his Twitter page Sunday evening that the Model 3 has passed all regulatory requirements “two weeks ahead of schedule,” and the first production car should arrive shortly.

The entry-level sedan will start at $35,000, far cheaper than the company’s current cheapest car, the $68,000 Model S.

The release opens Tesla up to a far wider market, and demand is expected to be high for a vehicle made by a company that, until now, has only made electric vehicles priced at a premium.

Over 400,000 people have put down a deposit to order the $35,000 car as soon as it hits the roads.

The reservation backlog is so long that new orders are expected to arrive around mid-2018 or later.

Currently, Tesla makes around 100,000 cars per year, but in February the company set itself the goal of producing over 500,000 Model 3 vehicles per year alone. inverse.com
President Donald Trump is ready to fight Germany in an auto battle according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.

Trump got a chilly reception at the NATO summit in Belgium after attacking fellow members, but he was caught pledging a battle with German automakers as part of his anger with “back dues” he feels the country owes to NATO.

As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted Thursday, “Trump seems to think it’s like a country club.”

In a discussion about the country’s trade surplus, Trump said. “The Germans are evil, very evil.”

“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,” sources told Der Spiegel.

According to the report, EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker took up for Germany explaining that “free trade is good for all.” rawstory.com
The number of cars made in the UK fell by almost a fifth in April, with the later Easter break blamed for the drop.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 122,116 cars were built in April, an 18% fall compared with the same month last year.

It said Easter, which fell in April this year compared with March in 2016, had cut the number of production days.

However, the SMMT said the underlying picture remained "strong", with output up 1% for the year to date.

The UK's industry body said 593,796 cars were made in the first four months of the year - the highest number for the period since 2000.

Overseas buyers have helped to lift the market, with demand up 3.5%, which has helped to offset a 7% drop in demand from the UK. bbc.co.uk