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Inside Automotive (Oct 10th, 2018)

1. Tesla is being sued by Nevada for failing to make some payments into the state’s unemployment fund. The state sued the automaker for failing to pay about $655,000 in taxes to the Nevada Unemployment Commission Fund. Tesla reportedly underpaid for both the first and second quarters of 2018, where it paid about $68 million and $55 million in taxable wages to employees. However, Tesla says the underpaid taxes were a result of a clerical error and it processed a payment to the state on October 9 to address the issue. The state’s unemployment fund hit record numbers earlier this year, reaching $1.3 billion. Tesla says it has paid $3.3 million in unemployment taxes to date. — ENGADGET

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2. One of Tesla’s largest shareholder has acquired an 11.4 percent stake in Chinese EV maker Nio. According to a regulatory filing, Baillie Gifford & Co. purchased 85.3 million shares, which were valued at $515 million at the close of the market on Tuesday. Baillie Gifford is also the largest outside shareholder of Tesla, owning about 7.7 percent of the company, a stake worth $4.5 billion. Nio debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last month. — TECHCRUNCH

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3. Volkswagen has named a new CEO for North America. Scott Keogh, who is currently the head of Audi of America, will succeed Hinrich Woebcken, who entered the CEO role in 2016 and will stay with the automaker as an adviser. Replacing Keogh at Audi will be Mark Del Rosso, currently the president and CEO of Bentley Motors and who previously served as the COO of Audi of America. Keogh joined Audi as chief marketing officer in 2006 and was promoted to president in 2012, where he helped the luxury automaker double sales in America from 2010 to 2015. — REUTERS

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4. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not confirm Tesla’s Model 3 safety claims. Earlier this week, the automaker said NHTSA tests showed the vehicle was its safest yet, after tests showed vehicle occupants in the Model 3’s long range, rear-wheel drive model are less likely to get seriously hurt in front, side or rollover crashes than any other vehicle. In a statement, the NHTSA said a five-star rating, which was attained by Tesla, is the highest safety rating a vehicle can achieve and said it does not distinguish claims beyond that. — BUSINESS INSIDER

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5. Israel will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz announced the move this week, saying the government would reduce taxation on alternative-energy vehicles to “almost zero,” to draw consumer interest. Israel hopes to replace petrol-burning vehicles with electric cars and trucks that run on natural gas. In recent years, deposits of natural gas have been found in the country, with Israel converting its power stations accordingly. Earlier this year, Israel had about 700 EVs on the road. — AUTOBLOG

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6. Waymo has hit 10 million miles driven on public roads. In a blog post, Waymo CEO John Krafcik acknowledged some of the struggles Alphabet’s self-driving unit has experienced in developing its technology, including recently documented issues with merging lanes in fast-moving traffic. In August, The Information said Waymo has been trying to remove backup safety drivers from vehicles, but the process has been more challenging than originally expected, mentioning issues the vehicles have been having merging into traffic. Earlier this month, The Information also reported that a backup safety driver slept behind the wheel. — THE VERGE 

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7. Volvo will use Nvidia’s Drive AGX Xavier for its next generation of vehicles. The computer will eventually be able to handle fully autonomy within controlled areas, known as Level 4 self-driving technology, but will launch with “Level 2+” functionalities, matching current technology found in Tesla vehicles. — THE VERGE

8. The Boring Company has begun construction on its “garage elevator.” The company received approval to begin the project last month. — TESLARATI

9. Tesla is looking at building affordable housing at its Gigafactory in Nevada. Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the comments at a technology and innovation summit hosted by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. — LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL

10. Redditors discuss what luxury car feature they think will be “comically outdated’ 15 years from now. Most say it will be technology-related features, including touchscreens and control gauges. — REDDIT

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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