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Tesla’s union fight in Sweden may now affect Superchargers

Tesla’s union fight in Sweden may now affect Superchargers

Tesla’s decision to not sign a collective agreement with its service workers in Sweden may now affect Superchargers as another union joins the fight. For the past four months, Tesla service workers in Sweden have been on strike in order to get included in a collective agreement. The automaker has always had a hard stance against unions, and it has thus far been able to fend off unionization efforts at its manufacturing facilities. This one in Sweden seemed manageable. It’s only affecting a few dozen workers, but Tesla underestimated the solidarity of workers in Sweden. Several other unions in the country have joined forces to mess with Tesla’s operations in order to put pressure on the company. Port workers, electricians, and cleaning services that deal with Tesla in the country have refused to work with the company since the service workers announced the strike. As we previously reported, Elon Musk has reportedly told Tesla Sweden workers that they are not allowed to sign any collective agreement with a union. This zealot approach has stalled negotiations and encouraged …

This Is Why Tesla’s Stainless Steel Cybertrucks May Be Rusting

This Is Why Tesla’s Stainless Steel Cybertrucks May Be Rusting

Tesla says it uses proprietary stainless steel (possibly from Outokumpu of Finland, Europe’s largest producer, which runs a plant in Calvert, Alabama). However, even proprietary stainless steels can stain, especially if any cheaper steel fittings beneath the Cybertruck’s panels react with the stainless product. There are five basic families of “stainless steel”: austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, duplex, and precipitation hardened. Some containing chromium among other constituents, such as nickel and molybdenum, are more corrosion-resistant than others, forming an impervious and protective molecular-scale surface barrier of chromium oxide. The Cybertruck manual includes some startling care instructions for those who have bought the SUV, including when washing it is advised not to use hot water or clean the electric truck in direct sunlight. Stainless steel discoloration usually takes the form of small, dark brown pits on the steel’s surface. Exposure to sea salt and high temperatures can be one cause of such pitting. Some parts of California, a hot state with a 1,264-mile coastline, might, therefore, be worse than others for causing the orange flecks reported by Raxar …

Tesla’s Board Chair Under Scrutiny for Oversight of Elon Musk

Tesla’s Board Chair Under Scrutiny for Oversight of Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the chief executive and public face of Tesla, is constantly making news and broadcasting his opinions on his social media site, X. But the electric car company has another leader — one who maintains a much lower profile. For more than five years, Tesla’s board has been led by Robyn M. Denholm, a technology executive who rarely speaks in public outside her native Australia and posts barely anything on X. To some analysts and investors, Ms. Denholm is the “adult in the room” who has helped Mr. Musk turn Tesla into the world’s most valuable automaker. But to her critics, she has failed at her most important job: serving as a check on Mr. Musk. Late last month, a Delaware judge sharply criticized Ms. Denholm’s leadership while striking down Mr. Musk’s 2018 compensation package, which is worth more than $50 billion. Ms. Denholm took a “lackadaisical approach to her oversight obligations” at Tesla, said Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery. The judge also questioned whether Ms. Denholm could …

This Chinese electric truck will be as quick as Tesla’s Cybertruck

This Chinese electric truck will be as quick as Tesla’s Cybertruck

Chinese EV maker Geely is launching a 4WD version of its Radar RD6 electric truck that will rival the Cybertruck. According to the brand’s CEO, it will have similar acceleration to Tesla’s Cybertruck while carrying heavy loads. Chinese electric truck to compete with Tesla’s Cybertruck Geely, the parent company behind Volvo, Polestar, ZEEKR, and others, launched its Radar brand in 2022. The brand is touted as “China’s first pure electric outdoors lifestyle vehicle brand.” Its first electric adventure vehicle, the RD6, began rolling out in China in September, starting at RMB 178,800 ($25,000). Iconic British auto designer Peter Horbury, known for his work at Lotus and Volvo, helped design the electric truck. The RD6 is based on a version of Geely’s SEA platform, used to power the Polestar 4, Volvo EM90, and all ZEEKR models. Radar’s electric pickup is currently offered in three battery options: 63 kWh, 86 kWh, or 100 kWh with up to 392 mi (632 km) CLTC range. The long-awaited 4WD model is finally coming. According to CarNewsChina, Radar CEO Ling Shiquan …

Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal is not as optimistic about Tesla’s Full Self-Driving

Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal is not as optimistic about Tesla’s Full Self-Driving

Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal, who is also a board member at Tesla, is not as optimistic as his brother about Tesla delivering ‘Full Self-Driving’. He says: “maybe 5 years”. Virtually every year for the past five years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the company will achieve full self-driving capability by the end of the year. It has become a sort of running joke. Again, a month into the year, Musk recently said that Tesla’s self-driving would become a clear reality “probably this year.” Over the years, there have been many reports about other people at Tesla feeling that Musk was too optimistic about his self-driving timelines. Now, it looks like even his own brother is a bit more careful about stating when Tesla is going to be able to remove the steering wheel inside its vehicles. When asked about it in an interview with Graham Bensinger, Kimbal said: I would say maybe 5 years. Definitely, in this decade. I think we might come out with the robotaxi before that, and it would have …

Tesla’s pigeon: How the great inventor fell for a bird

Tesla’s pigeon: How the great inventor fell for a bird

On a February morning in 1935, a disoriented homing pigeon flew into the open window of an unoccupied room at the Hotel New Yorker. It had a band around its leg, but where it came from, or was meant to be headed, no one could say. While management debated what to do, a maid rushed to the 33rd floor and knocked at the door of the hotel’s most infamous denizen: Nikola Tesla.  The 78-year-old inventor quickly volunteered to take in the homeless pigeon.   “Dr. Tesla … dropped work on a new electrical project, lest his charge require some little attention,” reported The New York Times. “The man who recently announced the discovery of an electrical death-beam, powerful enough to destroy 10,000 airplanes at a swoop, carefully spread towels on his window ledge and set down a little cup of seed.” Nikola Tesla—the Serbian-American scientist famous for designing the alternating current motor and the Tesla coil—had, for years, regularly been spotted skulking through the nighttime streets of midtown Manhattan, feeding the birds at all hours. In …

Tesla’s latest ‘million vehicle safety recall’ is about font sizes

Tesla’s latest ‘million vehicle safety recall’ is about font sizes

Tesla is having to “recall” over 2 million vehicles, but again, the fix is just a software update and this time, it’s about font sizes. Seriously. I opened the Wall Street Journal today, and bang: Tesla recalls millions of vehicles over latest safety flaw: Millions of vehicles? Safety flaw? Oh lord, this seems like a big deal, but then I remembered it’s the Wall Street Journal, and they like to scare you about the smallest software updates possible. This is one of those cases. NHTSA issued a recall notice for all Tesla vehicles due to the font size of its warning light indicators: A visual warning indicator whose letter font size is smaller than 3.2 mm (1/8 inch), as prescribed in FMVSS Nos. 105 and 135, could reduce the driver’s detection of it when illuminated, increasing the risk of a collision. Tesla hacker Green was able to extract the new indications (below) to compare them with the old ones (top) This is already in the latest Tesla update (2023.44.30.13) and if you received it, you …

Ford will provide free adapters to access Tesla’s Supercharger network

Ford will provide free adapters to access Tesla’s Supercharger network

Ford announced that it will provide free adapters for Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners to access Tesla’s Supercharger network. Ford was the first to sign a deal with Tesla to adopt its charge connector, now known as NACS, in its future electric vehicles. It sent the ball rolling, and now virtually all automakers in North America have adopted it – making it the new standard charge connector in North America. The bulk of the deal was for Ford to incorporate the NACS connector in its upcoming vehicles starting in 2025, but in the meantime, automakers, like Ford, said that it would offer CCS to NACS adapters to existing EV owners in North America to access the Supercharger network. Today, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that the automaker will provide those adapters for free: It’s not clear what would make those owners “eligible”, but we have the impression that it should be made widely available. Farley said it is coming “soon”, but a press representative told Electrek that “eligible owners can reserve a complimentary adapter …

Tesla’s biggest investor: ‘it’s a family business masquerading as a public company’

Tesla’s biggest investor: ‘it’s a family business masquerading as a public company’

Leo KoGuan has invested more money into Tesla than anyone in the world, yet he can’t even get his concerns heard by the company’s board. The shareholder is frustrated with some of the CEO’s recent controversies, but with the board MIA, there’s no way to rein him in. We first reported on KoGuan in 2021 when the little-known investor became the third largest individual shareholder in Tesla behind Elon Musk and Larry Ellison. The Indonesian-born Chinese American businessman is better known for founding SHI International Corp, a large private IT company that made him a billionaire. He is also involved in academia and philanthropy. KoGuan has previously described himself as an “Elon fanboy” (the featured image above is him and Musk) and believes in Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. He has been willing to put his money on it and by 2022, he had invested more money in Tesla than Musk himself. Of course, Musk invested early in Tesla, and therefore, he holds a bigger share with a smaller investment. KoGuan is the third …

What went wrong at Cruise, a pivot at Vroom and a home for Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer

What went wrong at Cruise, a pivot at Vroom and a home for Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer

TechCrunch Mobility is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation Sign up here — just click TechCrunch Mobility — to receive the newsletter every weekend in your inbox. Subscribe for free. Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility – the same weekly newsletter you’ve been reading, but with a new name and a few changes. As I mentioned last week, this is still your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation! This week, read about how Mercedes mistakenly exposed its source code, the latest in the Cruise-GM saga, Tesla’s EV sales warning and more. Let’s go! A little bird Economic headwinds might be easing a bit, but companies are still getting squeezed. Autonomous vehicle and EV startups — even those that have since gone public — are trying to cut costs in hopes of extending their capital runway. Aurora Innovation, for instance, laid off about 3% of its workforce; EV company Polestar confirmed to TechCrunch it has also cut about 15% of its global workforce, Flexport is reportedly looking to axe another 20% of …