The Vehicles

On Elon Musk Day, fans post personal messages about the Iron Man’s influence

Why shouldn’t there be a day to honor Elon Musk? If static electricity and bubble wrap are entitled to commemorations on the calendar (January 9 and 27, respectively), surely the visionary behind Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal and other high-tech ventures deserves a day. That’s the question that Tesla pundit and superfan Anuarbek Imanbaev asked a group… Read more »

Elon Musk says a network of a million self-driving Tesla taxis is still on schedule to launch this year

Tesla’s plan for a network of self-driving taxis (then called The Tesla Network) was first mentioned in July 2016, as part of the company’s Master Plan, Part Deux: When true self-driving is approved by regulators, it will mean that you will be able to summon your Tesla from pretty much anywhere. Once it picks you… Read more »

Electric aircraft maker Lilium completes $240-million funding round

Munich-based aviation company Lilium is developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed to serve regional air travel markets. The company recently completed a $240-million funding round led by Tencent, with participation from other existing investors, including Atomico, Freigeist and LGT. The new funds bring the total sum raised to date to over… Read more »

Audi plans battery assembly plant in Germany

German automakers know they need to establish a European battery industry, and they’re taking steps to chip away at the stranglehold Asian firms have on the market. Audi is reportedly planning an assembly plant for EV battery packs near its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. Electrive, citing the Korean blog Guru, tells us that Audi intends… Read more »