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Inside Automotive (Sep 6th, 2019)

1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk called Porsche out for their use of the word “turbo,” while also committing to lap a Tesla Model S at the Nürburgring race track. In a tweet, Musk wrote, “Um @Porsche, this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does.” This is in reference to Porsche’s branding of one of the new variants of the automaker’s Taycan electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. “Turbo,” which automakers often use as an abbreviated form of the word “turbocharger,” is a powered by an engine’s exhaust gases, which would not make sense on an electric vehicle (and the Taycan does not actually have a turbocharger onboard). Porsche’s Taycan was lapped at the Nürburgring race track at 7:42, which the automaker claimed was a new record. Musk committed to also lapping the Model S at the same track in another tweet. — @ELONMUSK/TWITTER

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2. A report from The Daily Beast said G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller tried to influence automotive coverage from Jalopnik. G/O Media, the company formerly known as Gawker Media, owns Jalopnik, which covers automotive and car culture. The report says Spanfeller reviewed the coverage of Lexus with Jalopnik’s editor-in-chief Patrick George, in an effort to not discourage the automaker from advertising on G/O sites. When Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has said Jalopnik is “not sharpest tool in shed,” learned about the controversy, he replied with a thinking face emoji. — THE DAILY BEAST

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4. In the U.K., publication Auto Express said the Tesla Model 3 was the third best-selling vehicle in the country. The publication found out that the Model 3 was delivered to more customers than the Ford Focus, Mercedes A-Class and Ford Kuga, which were the fourth, fifth and sixth best-selling vehicles in the U.K. Tesla sold about 2,082 units in the month, as the publication says there is increased demand for the vehicle. — AUTO EXPRESS

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5. Google’s Android Automotive OS will ship with GM vehicles natively beginning in 2021. Google will power in-vehicle voice, navigation and other apps for all Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC vehicles by that year. The automaker is already shipping vehicles with Google’s OS, including the Cadillac CTS. The OS shouldn’t be confused with Android Auto, which requires users to carry a smartphone with them for the features. — TECHCRUNCH

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6. Tesla drivers continue to report issues with their mobile app. The Tesla mobile app has a myriad of features for drivers, including the ability to use the app as a key to their vehicle. While the app had a brief outage on Monday, users on the Tesla Motors Club forum continue to report issues with the app, saying Tesla is asking them to log out and back into the app if they have issues. Tesla does offer drivers physical keys, in lieu of using the app. — TESLA MOTORS CLUB

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7. A new picture of an Apple autonomous vehicle carries new sensors and no visible LiDAR units. To this date, Apple’s vehicles carried a bulky mix of LiDAR units, radars and cameras. But, as recently spotted by readers of The Last Driver License Holder, Apple’s newest autonomous vehicle prototype carries cameras and sensors neatly hidden within one solid housing. If Apple were to forgo LiDAR units in any of its potential autonomous vehicle concepts, it would follow Tesla in its stance of not using LiDAR in self-driving vehicles. — THE LAST DRIVER LICENSE HOLDER

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8. Volkswagen said it struck a deal with battery manufacturer Northvolt to build a battery manufacturing facility in Germany. The automaker said the facility would begin production by the end of 2023 or early 2024, as Volkswagens hopes to launch 70 new electric vehicles in the next decade. At the moment, 70 percent of the global lithium cell manufacturing capacity happens in China, with the U.S. accounting for 12 percent of production. — CNN

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9. A video shows the progress Ford is making on EVs, giving a teaser on an upcoming electric SUV. The YouTube video published by the automaker shows Ford taking this prototype electric SUV to the Smithers Winter Test Center in Brimley, Michigan, where the automaker tests the vehicle’s performance in the snow. So far, it shows promising results, as Ford ensures the battery will operate in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. — YOUTUBE

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10. McDonald’s locations in Sweden are beginning to show EV charging rates on a “gas station-style” marquee sign. It is unclear how many locations will add these marquee signs, but the signs show the per-minute cost of charging an electric vehicle and the price of Big Macs and Happy Meals. The company says this is in response to gas stations getting into the food space. — CRAINS CHICAGO BUSINESS

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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. Follow Inside Automotive on Twitter @auto

Editor: David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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