The 10 longest range electric vehicles you can buy in the US that aren’t Teslas

Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric.

  • Tesla’s four models can go farther on a full battery than any other electric vehicles.
  • But there are plenty of non-Tesla EVs that deliver solid EPA-rated range.
  • Ford, VW, Chevy, and Hyundai are the next best picks for range after Tesla.
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10. Porsche Taycan – 227 miles

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2021 Porsche Taycan.

Porsche’s first attempt at an all-electric car has turned out to be a smash hit, with the Taycan flying off of dealer lots. There are several Taycan models and two body styles to choose from, but the $103,800 Taycan 4S gets the best range of the bunch. 

9. Polestar 2 – 233 miles

2021 Polestar 2
2021 Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is the first EV from Polestar, a new EV brand that spun out from Volvo. The 2021 model gets 233 miles of EPA range, but a future single-motor model due out in January is set to deliver upwards of 260 miles, according to the company.

A 2021 Polestar 2 starts at around $60,000, but the 2022 model will run you as little as $47,200. 

The Polestar 2 earned the title of Insider’s Car of the Year in 2020

8. Jaguar I-Pace – 234 miles

Jaguar I-Pace.
Jaguar I-Pace.

Jaguar’s squat little crossover starts at $70,000. The all-wheel-drive SUV delivers a whopping 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, Jaguar says. It’ll hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, the company claims. 

7. Audi E-Tron GT – 238 miles

Audi E-Tron GT electric sedan.
2022 Audi E-Tron GT.

The E-Tron GT is Audi’s new electric sport sedan to take on the Tesla Model S and future EVs like the Mercedes-Benz EQS. It starts at around $100,000, and a high-performance RS version is available too. That one will run you $140,000. 

6. Kia Niro EV – 239 miles

Kia Niro EV
Kia Niro EV.

The base Kia Niro EV costs just over $39,000. There’s also a $44,650 Premium trim that gets you upgraded materials and features, but no more range. 

Check out Insider’s full review of the Niro EV here

5. Chevrolet Bolt EUV – 247 miles

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

Chevrolet broadened its EV lineup in 2021 by launching a crossover version of the Bolt EV called the Bolt EUV. That stands for Electric Utility Vehicle, in case you’re wondering. 

Despite having “utility” in its name, the $33,000 vehicle actually offers slightly less cargo space than the Bolt EV hatchback. It also has a skosh less range due to its higher ride height. 

There’s just one problem for potential Bolt EUV buyers: Amid GM’s massive recall of Bolt EVs with faulty batteries, the carmaker has halted production of the EUV until at least mid-October. 

4. Hyundai Kona Electric – 258 miles

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric.
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric.

Hyundai’s popular subcompact SUV has had a battery-powered sibling in the US since 2019. All trims deliver the full 258 miles of estimated range. A base 2022 Kona Electric will run you $34,000 to start, down more than $3,000 from the 2021 model. 

3. Chevrolet Bolt EV – 259 miles

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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevy gave the Bolt EV a sleek refresh for 2022, adding on slimmed-down LED headlights and a color-matched grille panel. The new Bolt offers the same range as its predecessor, but comes in thousands cheaper at $31,000.

However attractive a buy the Bolt EV may be, you may need to wait a while to get your hands on one. Chevy has halted production of the EV until it can secure more reliable battery packs. 


2. Volkswagen ID.4 Pro – 260 miles

2021 Volkswagen ID.4.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4.

The ID.4, VW’s first EV for the US market, gets up to 260 miles of EPA-rated range in the Pro trim, which starts at $39,995. The sold-out first-edition model can travel 250 miles on a full battery. 

1. Ford Mustang Mach-E – 305 miles

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Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Ford’s first electric SUV gets an impressive 305 miles of range in the California Route 1 trim, which retails for $50,400. The model comes standard with the Mach-E’s larger battery pack and rear-wheel drive. 

The $42,895 base model, the Mustang Mach-E Select, earns an EPA range rating of 230 miles.

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Consumer demand and policy are both pushing sustainable transportation forward, but infrastructure needs to match pace to make it equitable for all

The Future of Mobility Session 3 (1)
  • EV uptake is expected to increase from around 250,000 new cars per year to 8 to 9 million by 2030.
  • Policymakers need to ensure charging infrastructure matches pace with consumer demand.
  • This conversation was part of Insider’s virtual event “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity on Tuesday, September 14.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the full event.

Multiple factors are accelerating the transportation industry’s green transformation – but experts argue it’s policymakers’ job to ensure no one’s left behind.

“We’re going through a revolution in our transportation sector, and we have to do it urgently because of climate change,” Alvaro Sanchez, VP of policy at The Greenlining Institute, said during Insider’s recent virtual event “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity.

“Particularly here in the US, communities of color have been left behind, and those communities have been locked in with poverty and pollution,” Sanchez added. “So as we move forward and we are bringing in a more sustainable, cleaner form of mobility, we want to make sure that we don’t repeat those mistakes of the past.”

This conversation, titled “Transportation and sustainability: How data is enabling a greener future,” also featured Alyssa Muto, director of sustainability and mobility for the City of San Diego and Aditya Jairaj, director of EV marketing and sales at Nissan.

“We have to speed up everything – our adoption of electric vehicles, our policies, our citizen mobilization, to demand that these things happen in our communities. And we’re just getting started,” Sanchez said.

Muto noted that over half of California’s mobile source emissions come from just four cities. Helping residents move toward other options like public transit, walking, and biking is important for lowering emissions, but so is supporting electric vehicles.

“As we see incentive-based programs at the state and federal level for increasing ownership, the charging component is going to be really critical,” she said.

Jairaj pointed out that electric vehicle (EV) industry sales are currently around 3 to 4% of the total market, but those figures are expected to increase to around 40 to 50% by 2030.

“That’s a huge shift, so 250,000 to 8 million [cars] in nine years,” he said. “We’ve got investments in this space – capital markets are spending a lot of money in mobility and EVs.”

Sanchez said that charging infrastructure becomes a policy issue as we consider how existing buildings can be retrofitted without displacing tenants or increasing affordability burdens.

“Policy becomes a really important tool to be thinking about how to deploy these vehicles in a way that’s more equitable for everyone,” he said.

Sanchez pointed to three critical policies in California helping push the transition: the clean trucks rule, where 75% of pickups have to be electric by 2045, the governor’s executive order banning the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035, and a rule that would require the purchase of fleets to be 100% electric by 2035.

“I think the combination of policy and consumer demand is what’s going to drive the adoption of the technology – but we have to be really mindful that the market on its own won’t address the inequities that exist currently in our society,” he said.

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Data suggests people are driving less and at different times than before the pandemic. Experts reveal what this means for the future of commuting.

Future of Mobility Session 2 (1)
  • The pandemic has impacted our driving habits, including shorter trips and more fatalities.
  • Arity’s driving data will affect a broad range of industries, from car manufacturers to advertisers.
  • This conversation was part of Insider’s virtual event “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation” presented by Arity on Tuesday, September 14.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the full event.

We can’t predict the future, but driving data tells us that some of the biggest behavioral changes in consumers are here to stay.

“We’ve collected over 600 billion miles of driving data,” Gary Hallgren, president of mobility analytics platform Arity, said at Insider’s recent virtual event, “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity. “You actually can see that in the urban areas, there are a lot less drivers. People are moving to the suburbs, and people are moving to rural areas.”

This conversation, titled “How driving data can predict consumer behavior,” featured Hallgren alongside Mark Coffey, EVP and GM at fuel price app GasBuddy.

Hallgren explained that Arity’s data had three major findings:

  • People are returning to driving more since the height of the pandemic, but they’re also driving differently. This will have a significant effect on many industries, including insurance and rideshare.
  • In spite of fewer miles being driven last year, fatalities increased. The movement of people to suburbs and to rural areas may account for driving faster, but there were more fatalities in 2020 than any time since 2007.
  • We used to drive most during morning rush hour, but that’s changed to around midday during the week. This will have an effect on companies designing apps and advertisers, who will need to rethink when and how they can capture their audiences.

Coffey said that Arity’s data tallies with what he’s seeing at GasBuddy in terms of gas consumption. “About 80% of all driving in the US is under 30 miles,” he said.

One silver lining Coffey sees is that, following a doubling in electric vehicle (EV) sales since the pandemic, the increase in short-haul trips is a factor that will see this number continue to grow. When it comes to pandemic driving trends that will continue into the future, he believes that when we’re driving will continue to move away from traditional rush hours.

Hallgren added that now many people view the morning rush-hour commute in the car as wasted time.

“[If people can] better optimize the roads and better optimize their time, it’s probably good for everybody. I think people will gravitate to what works for them,” he said.

Car companies should be looking to get a better understanding of how vehicles are being used, he said, such as shorter neighborhood trips running errands rather than long commutes.

“That probably bodes well for thinking about the future of mobility and when to use EVs,” he said.

American workers have traditionally needed to try to manage their personal life around their jobs, but work flexibility means that’s changing. Hallgren believes that there’s going to be significant changes for retailers and how urban centers are organized.

“Understanding where and how people are going and when they’re going – I think it changes dramatically,” he said, pointing to an example of Starbucks in highway off-ramps as opposed to being in an area around the town center.

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Execs at Uber and Cruise reveal what it takes to become a smart city – and how tech can solve urban mobility and inequality

Insider Event: The Future of Mobility
  • The pandemic has shown the changing nature of cities and magnified existing inequalities.
  • Having correct data in place will enable better decision-making, transportation, and affordability.
  • This conversation was part of Insider’s virtual event “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity on September 14.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the full event.

Smart cities are expected to create $2.46 trillion in business opportunities across the globe by 2025. But there’s a difference between what makes a city smart and a city that’s simply evolving for the future.

“During the pandemic, we really discovered that our assets are public assets and cities have been underutilized,” Shin-pei Tsay, global head of cities and transportation policy at Uber, said at Insider’s recent virtual event, “The Future of Mobility: Data Driving Innovation,” presented by Arity on Tuesday, September 14. “You’re starting to see how technology played a role in enabling the changes in the physical space.”

This conversation, titled “Smart cities: What the future of urban mobility looks like,” featured Tsay alongside Trevor Pawl, Michigan’s chief mobility officer, and Oliver Cameron, VP of product at Cruise, General Motors’ autonomous electric car subsidiary.

Pawl said that smart cities need to start with individual use cases rather than simply thinking in terms of efficiencies.

“Once you have the right data, you can begin to make better decisions about how you use your streets and use your buildings,” he said.

“Ultimately, that’s going to lead to more options: transportation options, movement options for both people and goods in a city,” he added.”That’s going to lead to affordability at the end of the day.”

Tsay said that the pandemic has seen the inequities that have always existed in cities become much more visible.

“Recent analysis that we did at Uber showed that during the pandemic, there was very consistent use of ride-hail from lower-income neighborhoods in comparison to higher-income neighborhoods,” she said.

Many of those trips took people to essential jobs, hospitals, distribution centers, and even to parks not served by public transport. For Uber, this told the company that technology can fill gaps left by disruption and public policy failures.

Technology is moving at a much faster speed than public sector policymakers, Pawl said. In turn, they need to begin moving faster in terms of regulations and procedures to implement the ability to be smart.

Cameron added that when it comes to climate change, urban mobility solutions and smart-city infrastructure, such as a fully electric fleet of shared vehicles, can help communities deal with changing temperatures and increasing natural disasters.

Around 88 of the top 100 US cities have less than half of the charging infrastructure necessary to handle electrification at scale today.

“If you are simply solving a problem for the city and not for its residents, then you’re not really solving a problem at all,” he said.

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Here’s our first look at the electric Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen due out in 2024

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.

  • Mercedes-Benz offered a glimpse at the upcoming electric G-Wagen on Sunday.
  • It took the wraps off of the Concept EQG, a near-production version of the future SUV.
  • The Concept EQG has four electric motors and a rear cubby for charging cables.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV – colloquially known as the G-Wagen – has a lot going for it. It’s spacious, capable, and, starting at $133,000, it’s an undeniable status symbol.

The downside of the G-Wagen’s brick-like shape and ginormous size is that it drinks fuel like nothing else, getting a horrendous 17 miles to the gallon. While G-Wagen owners can no doubt afford to burn through that much gasoline, our poor atmosphere certainly can’t.

So, as part of its massive shift toward electric vehicles, Mercedes is building a greener G-Wagen. It’s called the EQG, and it’ll go into production around 2024. Mercedes on Sunday unveiled a near-production concept version of the SUV at the Munich Auto Show that gives us strong indications of what it has in store for the EQG.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.

On the surface, the Concept EQG takes lots of design cues from the latest gas-powered G550. It has the same boxy profile with rounded-over edges. Up front is a pair of circular headlights, an iconic G-Wagen feature since the model debuted in the 1970s.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.

But there are some notable changes to the G-Class formula. The EQG concept gets a closed-off, glossy black grille, a signature design element of Mercedes-Benz’s EQ lineup of EVs. With no engine to cool under the hood, EVs don’t need air to flow through their grilles. Mercedes also did away with the G-Wagen’s hallmark rear-mounted spare, opting instead for a square cubby that it says could be used to store charging cables.

To hammer home the point that this is a futuristic electric concept, Mercedes put LED lights all over the place: on the roof rack, running down the SUVs doors, on the rear storage compartment, and on the mirrors.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.

Now onto what’s under the hood – figuratively, course.

The G-Class has always been known for its off-roading chops, and Mercedes doesn’t want to lose any of those creds by going electric. The Concept EQG moves using four electric motors – one powering each wheel. Those motors are individually operable, which should make for great performance over rugged terrain.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.
Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG.

The Concept EQG has a two-speed gearbox for dropping into a lower gear when venturing off road, Mercedes says. It comes with a similar suspension setup to the standard G-Class, but modified to accommodate a battery and motors.

Mercedes is aiming to sell exclusively electric models by 2030. On Sunday, the German automaker also unveiled two new electric sedans and an electric SUV that will go on sale soon.

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ChargePoint soars as EV charging network raises sales outlook on stronger residential and commercial demand

A red Chevrolet Volt hybrid car is charging in a parking garage.
A ChargePoint unit charges a Chevrolet Volt hybrid car.

  • ChargePoint shares jumped on Thursday after the vehicle charging network raised its yearly sales view.
  • It now expects sales of $225 million-$235 million for fiscal year 2022, up from its previous outlook of $195 million-$205 million.
  • Second-quarter revenue of $56.1 million was ahead of expectations but its loss of $0.29 missed estimates.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

ChargePoint shares surged Thursday after the vehicle charging network raised its yearly sales outlook and as second-quarter revenue came in ahead of expectations, offsetting a miss in quarterly earnings.

Shares jumped as much as 16.8% to $24.79 in premarket trading, but had pared gains shortly after the opening bell. The stock was up about 6%, trading at $22.52 as of 9:40 a.m. ET Thursday.

The company, which has more than 118,000 charging sites in North America and Europe, lifted its revenue view to $225 million to $235 million the fiscal year ending in January 2022 from its previous guidance of $195 million to $205 million.

It made that move after revenue climbed by 61% to $56.1 million in the quarter ended July 31, from $35 million a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected $41.9 million. Sales growth was significant in North America and Europe across commercial, fleet and residential channels, it said, and during the quarter the company began a charging integration with Mercedes.

“Commercial customers of all types are investing in charging for their consumers, employees and visitors and demand for residential products has grown as vehicle arrivals accelerate,” the company said in its earnings report. For the third quarter, it expects of revenue of $60 million to $65 million.

It posted a second-quarter loss of $0.29 a share, which was wider than the expected loss of $0.13 a share.

ChargePoint’s report comes as US President Joe Biden is aiming for half of all new vehicles that are sold in 2030 to be zero-emissions vehicles, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars.

Shares of ChargePoint in mid-January hit a high of $46.30 but have been moving downward since, bringing the year-to-date loss to about 22%.

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Lucid says its first electric car drove 445 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco without charging, easily besting Tesla’s range

Lucid Air
Lucid Air.

  • In a range test with Motortrend, the Lucid Air drove 445 miles on a charge with energy to spare.
  • Tesla has led the range game for years with the Model S, which has an EPA range of 405 miles.
  • Lucid claims its $169,000 Air Dream can travel up to 517 miles on a full battery.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Electric-vehicle startup Lucid Motors is on the cusp of delivering its first vehicle: the Air sedan. But it still faces the daunting task of convincing shoppers to go with an untested upstart over a proven EV maker like its biggest rival, Tesla.

There’s one key edge that Lucid may have over Elon Musk: range. Lucid proved that the Air gives Tesla’s best cars a run for their money and then some during a recent journey in the car with Motor Trend.

Lucid claims the limited-run Air Dream Edition, its first vehicle, can travel up to 517 miles on a full battery, over 100 miles more than the Tesla Model S, which has dominated the range game for years.

Motor Trend drove an Air 445 miles from Los Angeles to the Bay Area on a single charge and noted 30 miles of range remained, a feat that would have been unthinkable just a couple of years ago. (Tesla crossed the 400-mile-range threshold just last year). The outlet took the trip with Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson, whose identical vehicle showed 72 miles of charge left, adding up to a total range of 517 miles.

Read more: Rivian rival Lucid’s CEO says he delayed his $77,000 EV by nearly a year because he can’t gamble on quality control: ‘We have one shot at this’

Range is a top consideration for EV buyers who want to comfortably take long trips even as charging infrastructure in the US lags. That Lucid can produce a vehicle with a range so far ahead of the competition (albeit at a high price) bodes well for its future in the cutthroat and increasingly packed EV space.

Motor Trend and Rawlinson made the journey in a pair of Dream Edition Range models, which Lucid announced on Wednesday would be an available trim in addition to Dream Edition Performance models. The Performance version promises 1,111 horsepower and a 2.5-second 0-60-mph time, while the Range variant is more geared toward squeezing out mileage. It still claims a bonkers 933 horsepower.

Both vehicles start at $169,000, but Lucid has more affordable cars in the pipeline. Lucid delayed the Air’s launch from the spring and plans to start shipping Airs by late 2021.

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These 8 electric-vehicle stocks are best poised to gain from Biden’s green-energy agenda, according to Wedbush

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  • President Joe Biden’s green energy agenda is set to release a tidal wave across the electric vehicle sector, Wedbush said in a Wednesday note.
  • “While today EV’s only represent 3% of total automotive sales globally, we believe this will reach the 10% threshold by 2025 and 20% by 2030,” the note said.
  • These are Wedbush analyst Dan Ives’ eight favorite electric vehicle stocks to invest in.
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Investments in the electric vehicle sector are set to soar as President Joe Biden’s green-energy agenda is enacted, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a Wednesday note.

“While today EV’s only represent 3% of total automotive sales globally, we believe this will reach the 10% threshold by 2025 and 20% by 2030,” Ives said, highlighting that there are about 150 OEMs globally going after the EV market, representing the biggest change to the auto industry since the 1950s.

The opportunity ahead leads to many investment opportunities, whether its in the supply chain, to charging stations, to recycling battery materials and the broader electric grid build out.

Despite the strong long-term potential for the space, EV stocks have gone nowhere in 2021, with shares of Tesla and others under pressure amid a global chip shortage. Other factors hurting the performance of EV stocks in recent months include the pre-revenue nature of many EV companies, surging competition, and a risk-off environment on Wall Street for speculative tech investments.

Still, in the long-term, there are plenty of investment opportunities to take advantage of as the sector grows rapidly and legacy automakers begin to take EVs seriously. And the sector could see an added jolt if EV tax credits are expanded for consumers.

These are Wedbush analyst Dan Ives’ 8 favorite electric vehicle stocks to invest in, according to the note.

1. Tesla

Tesla Model Y crossover
Tesla Model Y/

Ticker: TSLA
Market Value: $641.3 billion
YTD Performance: -5.6%
“Favorite Overall EV Name”

2. Faraday Future

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Ticker: FFIE
Market Value: $3.5 billion
YTD Performance: 4.8%
“Favorite Disruptive EV OEM”

3. Electric Last Mile

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The electric car Nissan Leaf, at an electric vehicle charging station at Balboa Park.

Ticker: ELMS
Market Value: $969.8 million
YTD Performance: -41.5%
“Favorite Commercial Last Mile Name”

4. Hyzon Motors

Hyzon Motors Heavy truck rendering

Ticker: HYZN
Market Value: $1.8 billion
YTD Performance: -26.0%
“Top Hydrogen/Long Haul Trucking Play”

5. General Motors

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Ticker: GM
Market Value: $74.6 billion
YTD Performance: 21.2%
“Favorite Auto Stalwart Transitioning to EV”

6. Volkswagen

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Ticker: VWAGY
Market Value: $148.4 billion
YTD Performance: 67.5%
“Favorite Auto Stalwart Transitioning to EV”

7. Nio


Ticker: NIO
Market Value: $49.3 billion
YTD Performance: -21.8%
“Favorite China EV Names”

8. XPeng

Xpeng P5

Ticker: XPEV
Market Value: $33.1 billion
YTD Performance: -11.5%
“Favorite China EV Names”

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Tesla slides 5% after the US opens a new investigation into Autopilot crashes

A white Tesla Model Y sits in a showroom with people walking around it.
  • Tesla stock fell Monday on reports the US’s auto-safety regulator is starting a new investigation into the company’s Autopilot system.
  • The NHTSA will look into an estimated 765,000 Tesla Models Y, X, S, and 3 from 2014 to 2021.
  • The agency has identified 11 crashes involving Tesla vehicles at first-responder scenes.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Shares of Tesla dropped as much as 5% on Monday after the US regulator for auto safety opened a new investigation into the company’s Autopilot system following a number of collisions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will conduct a preliminary evaluation of an estimated 765,000 Tesla Models Y, X, S, and 3 from 2014 to 2021, according to documents on the regulator’s website.

The NHTSA identified 11 crashes since January 2018 in which Tesla models struck one or more vehicles at first responder scenes.

“Most incidents took place after dark and the crash scenes encountered included scene control measures such as first responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones,” according to the NHTSA.

It said all the vehicles involved were confirmed to have been engaged in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control during the approach to the crashes.

The NHTSA since June 2016 has sent investigative teams to 31 crashes involving partially automated driver assist systems, according to the AP report. 25 of the crashes involved Tesla Autopilot in which 10 deaths were reported, the report said, citing data released by the agency.

Read more: Bank of America warns historically high valuations and slowing earnings growth put the stock market at risk of a 16.5% drop – and names 3 sectors that are safe to hide out in

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A $50,000 camper that turns the Tesla Cybertruck into an RV has hit $80 million in pre-orders – see inside

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.

  • An artificial intelligence and software company is creating camper attachments for Tesla Cybertrucks.
  • Stream It has already seen $80 million in pre-orders for its $50,000 Cyberlandr, its CEO told Insider.
  • See inside the Cyberlandr, which will be produced and delivered in tandem with the Cybertruck.
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Chatter about Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck has subsided since its unveil in late 2019, but that’s not stopping designers from imagining its potential uses.

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils the Cybertruck at the TeslaDesign Studio in Hawthorne, Calif. The cracked window glass occurred during a demonstration on the strength of the glass.Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY/File Photo
Elon Musk and the Cybertruck.

Source: Insider

This includes Lance King, the CEO of Stream It, a software and artificial intelligence company that’s now pivoting to create attachments that can turn Cybertrucks into a pop-up tiny homes on wheels.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

Yes, you read that right. A tech company is now making pickup truck campers, or “Cyberlandrs.”

a rendering of the cyberlandr next to an outdoor chair in the forest
The Cyberlandr.

The production of Tesla’s infamous Cybertruck may have been pushed back from 2021 to 2022, but that’s not stopping Stream It from “ramping everything up,” King told Insider.

Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberquad.
Tesla Cybertruck and Cyberquad.

King first thought of the idea when he was preordering a Cybertruck and realized no existing RV or camper could be compatible with the futuristic truck’s body.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr fully deployed
The Cyberlandr.

“[The RV industry] hasn’t innovated in 50 years,” King said. “They’re not going to get a stroke of genius and create a new RV. And I thought, ‘who could do it?'”

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

It turns out the answer is himself and his Stream It team.

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A deployed Cyberlandr.

“The only company I can think of that could do that is my company,” King said. “We’ve got the software developers, we’ve got the AI, and we’re really creative. We wanted it to be a Tesla-like experience even when you were in a RV.”

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

According to King, a “true Tesla level RV” needs strong software that’s capable of artificial intelligence and yearly updates, similar to Tesla’s vehicles.

a rendering of a cybertruck in a field
The Cyberlandr stowed away.

So towards the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of potential layoffs, King decided to put his team to work designing the CyberLandr.

a rendering of the kitchen
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

Prior to this project, the company had never worked in the RV industry, although many team members enjoy overlanding, camping, and RVing.

a rendering of the stairs of the Cyberlandr unfurling down
The Cyberlandr mid deployment.

King says this inexperience in the RV industry is a “massive strength.”

a rendering of a deployed Cyberlandr
A fully deployed Cyberlandr.

“Tesla would never have been able to reinvent the car had they been in the car business,” King said. “Just being in that changes your field of vision. We think it was necessary to not be in the RV industry to create a truly new and unique product.”

a rendering of the entry door into the camper
The entry door.

So far, this investment is paying off.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field.
The Cyberlandr.

The camper was an instant success upon its unveiling in early April.

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The four stages of the Cyberlandr’s deployment.

To prove potential market success, the company’s goal was to have 100 to 200 interested customers within the first month. Instead, it saw 1,000 buyers.

a rendering of two chairs in the living room
The Cyberlandr’s living room.

According to King, the Cyberlandr team has already hit over $80 million in preorders, and it’s still seeing daily sales, which Insider confirmed.

a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed being deployed.

It’s even received a one-word stamp of approval from Elon Musk, who called a video of the Cyberlandr “cool” in early July.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

Source: Twitter

The camper’s popularity should come as no surprise.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

The Cyberlandr combines two growing trends that have recently flooded the automobile industry: camper vans and electric pickup trucks (especially one as hot as Tesla’s).

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
A deployed Cyberlandr.

Now let’s take a closer look at the tiny home on wheels includes. The approximately $50,000 Cyberlandr has a retractable staircase that leads up to the interior’s living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

a rendering of
The Cyberlandr.

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The entire unit can tuck away into the Cybetruck’s bed when it’s not in use. Think of it as a pop-top camper.

the exterior of the Cyberlandr
The Cyberlandr.

Let’s start in the kitchen, which has all the basic necessities with a tech-forward twist, like a voice-controlled smart faucet, a refrigerator, a porcelain countertop with a hidden cooktop, and a sink with a cutting board and drying rack.

a rendering of
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

The living room is right next to the kitchen, and comes with removable seats, voice or phone activated lights and temperature control, and a 32-inch smart television equipped with streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV.

a rendering of its chairs and kitchen surrounded by windows
The interior of the Cyberlandr.

This space can also be used as an office: The television can double as a second monitor, the pivoting tables can be used as desks, and the Cyberlandr’s Starlink satellite dish can provide an internet connection.

a rendering of the living room with tables and a laptop
The Cyberlandr’s living room.

The living room also transforms into a bedroom. All you have to do is unfold the seats into a roughly queen-sized bed.

a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed.

There’s also space under the bed to sleep an additional adult or two children.

a rendering of a deployed Cyberlandr
A fully deployed Cyberlandr.

Other amenities inside the tiny home on wheels include heated floors, an onboard bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, and smart glass that can dim for more privacy.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr's bathroom.
The Cyberlandr’s bathroom.

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To power all of this, the Cyberlandr will use the truck’s battery and its own 500-watt solar panels.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in the city
The Cyberlandr.

Stream It predicts the 1,200-pound camper will inevitably cut the truck’s range by 5%.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr in a field
The Cyberlandr.

When it’s fully deployed, the truck and its tiny home will likely stand at just under 11 feet tall depending on the final height of the Cybertruck.

a rendering of the cyberlandr next to an outdoor chair in the forest
The Cyberlandr.

Designing a camper based on a vehicle that doesn’t exist yet has its obvious challenges, but King believes the Cybertruck’s design won’t change too much from the original unveil.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr without walls to see the living spaces
The Cyberlandr.

And the team has already created renderings of the camper with exact measurements, allowing the designers to easily change the camper’s dimensions according to the final Cybertruck design.

a rendering of the bed being deployed
The bed.

The campers will eventually be produced near the Cybertruck’s manufacturing site in Texas. This proximity will allow the Cyberlandr team to install the campers onto the Cybertrucks for its customers.

a rendering of the Cyberlandr's
The Cyberlandr’s bathroom.

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In the short term, the company will be leasing a manufacturing facility just outside of Austin, Texas. But looking ahead, Stream It plans to create its own facility in the city.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

Despite this prep work, King is “really nervous” about the first customers that ordered a Cyberlandr.

a rendering of the back of the cyberlandr on the cybertruck at a soccer game
The removable seats from the Cyberlandr.

The product is wholly dependent on the final Cybertruck specifications, so if Tesla doesn’t share them before the Cybertrucks are shipped out, the team will have to take their own measurements and tweak the designs. This means the first few customers might not have their Cyberlandrs by the time their Cybertrucks are ready.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

“We’re ramping up everything to make sure we can respond very quickly to those changes and get them out as soon as possible afterwards,” King said.

a rendering of the kitchen with a sink, countertop, storage, and television surrounded by windows
The Cyberlandr’s kitchen.

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