Some freshwater megafauna have already been declared extinct, such as the Yangtze dolphin, and many more are now on the brink, from the Mekong giant catfish and stingray to India’s gharial crocodiles to the European sturgeon. Just three Chinese giant softshell turtles are known to survive and all are male. Across Europe, North Africa and Asia, populations have plunged by 97% since 1970. … [Read more...] about Giant river animals on verge of extinction, report warns
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7. You can sleep in it The rear seats fold down in a traditional 60/40 split, and apparently there’s a subculture of Model S users who camp in the back of their cars. Bloomberg found there’s enough room in the back of the Model 3 for someone 206cm (6ft 9in) tall to sleep flat along the car with the seats folded. … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 doesn’t have a key – and seven other things we learned
Production delays and quality issues marred the launches of Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles, and the company blamed production problems for a shortfall during the second quarter of this year. Musk has said a simpler Model 3 design will greatly reduce potential assembly-line problems. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk hands over first Tesla Model 3 electric cars to buyers
How far along are we? Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads. At the cutting edge there are self-driving cars being tested in pilot programmes, and they are proving perfectly capable of motoring alongside human drivers. But beyond robotic cars, many high-end vehicles available today are already practically capable of driving themselves either under the guise of passenger safety or driver convenience. … [Read more...] about Self-driving cars: who’s building them and how do they work?
Tesla’s electric cars have a claimed range of 200-300 miles per charge, and the company recently entered the home battery market. Working with Panasonic, it is investing $5bn in what has been dubbed the “gigafactory”. Making batteries on a large scale will be crucial for pushing electric cars into the mass market. Currently the battery makes up about 20% of the price of a Tesla Model S, which costs from £58,300. … [Read more...] about Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology