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Teslas can automatically diagnose faults, order parts
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9th May 2019
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Teslas can automatically diagnose faults, order parts

Tesla is constantly making headlines with the small features embedded in its infotainment system. Some are silly, like the inbuilt whoopee cushion, others are very clever. A Model 3 owner has discovered one of the clever ones, posting an image of an automated message about a faulty part on Reddit. "An unexpected condition has been detected with the Power Conversion System on your Model 3. A replacement part has been pre-shipped to your preferred Tesla Service Centre," the message said.
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Scott Collie
Fiat Chrysler to use new Samsung/Google online infotainment system from late 2019
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30th Apr 2019
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Fiat Chrysler to use new Samsung/Google online infotainment system from late 2019

Starting later this year, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will begin offering cars with an online 'ecosystem' headlined by an infotainment system running Google's Android operating system, and using cloud services from Harman, part of the sprawling Samsung conglomerate. Cars equipped with the new system will have a new Android-based infotainment setup with over-the-air updates, built-in app support, satellite navigation, automatic emergency calling, and smartphone connectivity.
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Derek Fung
BMW to source cobalt from Australia for EV batteries
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26th Apr 2019
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BMW to source cobalt from Australia for EV batteries

BMW will buy cobalt from Australia and Morocco to ensure the mineral is responsibly sourced, shunning the Democratic Republic of Congo and its questionable mining practices. According to Bloomberg, the decision coincides with a London Metal Exchange review into whether its cobalt is linked with child labour. Andreas Wendt, BMW board member responsible for procurement, told media the decision will affect the next generation of battery-electric models, set to arrive in 2020.
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Scott Collie
Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot
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21st Mar 2019
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Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot

French manufacturer Renault has announced its first large-scale pilot into reversible electric charging, kicking off in the Netherlands and Portugal. In a statement released this week, the company says: "Our alternating-current technology has the particularity of placing the reversible charger inside vehicles, so it just requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals".
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James Wong
Smart poles to light up EV charging in Sydney
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12th Mar 2019
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Smart poles to light up EV charging in Sydney

Charging your electric vehicle on the run is about to become a little easier thanks to new technology being trialled in Sydney beginning this week. The first of 20 smart street lights, each believed to cost around $30,000, has been installed in Sydney’s Blacktown and offers free – for now – charging points for EVs. Further poles are expected to be rolled out in Blacktown and Canada Bay in Sydney’s inner-west.
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Rob Margeit