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Inside Automotive (Jun 18th, 2019)

1. A string of recent electric vehicle fires in China has spurred the government to mandate that automakers conduct safety checks on EVs. The country’s industry and technology ministry is making automakers, including Tesla and Nio, check for potential safety hazards with battery boxes, waterproof protection in vehicles, high-voltage wiring harnesses, as well as charging devices within the vehicle. The agency is making automakers submit their findings by the end of October. This comes after Nio said one of its ES8 SUVs caught on fire, marking the third time in two months that has happened. — BLOOMBERG

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2. New York is set to allow electric scooters and bicycles. State lawmakers are working to reach a deal to lift a ban on throttle-based scooters and bicycles, which are currently banned statewide. While the proposed bill would legalize the vehicles statewide, local municipalities would need to decide for themselves on how to regulate the vehicles. This means sharing services, like Bird or Lime, would need to be permitted by local governments before operating. — THE VERGE

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3. GM is considering reviving Hummer, with plans to produce an electric vehicle. The civilian version of the military-grade Humvee HMMWV was sold through 2010, but was ultimately shut down by GM. GM held onto ownership of the brand, despite many attempts from other automakers to revive it. However, GM President Mark Reuss did not confirm, nor deny, the potential revival, saying “I’m not sure. We’re looking at everything.” GM is looking to Jeep’s recent success and is wondering whether Hummer can serve as a competitor in developing off-road vehicles. — BLOOMBERG

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4. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he deleted his Twitter account. The announcement came after Musk published a series of tweets targeted at Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, where Musk wrote “Tesla is alive in spite of Eberhard, but he seeks credit constantly and fools give it [to] him.” Musk has since deleted the tweet. Despite saying that he deleted his account, Musk’s account is still active on Twitter. — CNBC

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5. Self-driving startup Nuro is partnering with Domino’s Pizza on autonomous pizza deliveries in Houston. The deliveries will be made in Nuro’s upcoming R2 vehicle. — WIRED

6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would allow companies to test self-driving cars without backup safety drivers. The law will take effect on July 1 and will also allow occupants of self-driving vehicles to text or watch video without breaking distracted driver rules. — ENGADGET

7. India-based electric scooter rental company Bounce raised $72 million in its Series C round of funding. — TECHCRUNCH

8. Carlos Ghosn’s wife, Carole Ghosn, is urging President Trump to raise Carlos’ case with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Carole Ghosn was born in Beirut but carries a US passport. Ghosn is being accused of financial misconduct from his tenure at the helm of Nissan. — AUTO NEWS

9. Someone over on the Tesla Motors subreddit found a Model S taxi in Barcelona, Spain. — REDDIT

10. FEEDBACK: Tesla Model S refresh

Yesterday, I asked our readers about your thoughts on a potential Model S refresh. 

Michael M said: “I don't think it was a refreshed Model S. Just an old Model S with a wrap, which is easily mistaken as mfg camo. One member made an astute observation that there is an old white HOV sticker on the rear panel indicating it is likely an old [Model S].” 

Oliver Kunc said: "They will refresh models S&X and raise prices by 5k. Need more cashflow."

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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 Forbes and The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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