There are a lot of folks eagerly awaiting the arrival of a Tesla Model 3—our very own Katherine Martinko's husband included. And they may not have to wait too much longer.
As reported in the latest Fully Charged electric car news update (below), the Model 3 is about to start production in July. And Tesla is projecting that it will be producing a whopping 500,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2018. That's an awful lot of cars. And it's just one reason why I suspect a recent 91% increase in Californian electric car sales may be a sign of much, much bigger things to come.
Also, in this edition of Fully Charged, which (for some inexplicable but quite charming reason) was filmed in a field, we also learn about:
• NextEV's Nio EP9 smashing the Nürburgring lap record.
• The growing number of extremely fast charging public charging stations, which are being future-proofed to add hundreds of miles of range in under 15 minutes, once cars are capable of charging that fast. (200 of these are already being installed across the UK.)
• And new research which suggests electric car batteries may soon retain 95% of their capacity after 300,000 miles.
• We also learn that, on average, Tesla's current generation of batteries are on track to retain 90% of their capacity after 200,000 miles.
Check out the full episode below for more details on all the exciting developments happening in electriccarlandia below. It goes without saying that weaning ourselves off of private car ownership and car-dependent development is the eventual end goal. But in the meantime, cars are about to get a whole lot cleaner, a whole lot faster than many of us would have imagined just a few years ago...
Also, if you enjoy this episode, please consider supporting Fully Charged via Patreon.