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Chinese EV automaker unveils $70,000 electric SUV to take on Tesla’s Model X and Y

NIO SUV unveiled
  • NIO, Tesla’s electric vehicle (EV) rival in the Chinese market, announced its first mid-large 5-seater electric SUV at a product launch on Wednesday, rivaling Tesla’s Model Y and Model X electric SUVs.
  • As the Chinese company’s fastest SUV to date, the ES7 will have an acceleration rate of 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. For braking, the ES7 SUV can slow from 100 to 0 kph within 33.9 meters (111 feet).
  • “ES7 is one of the first certified passenger vehicles in China to be able to tow a caravan or a trailer,” the press release noted. “The optional electric tow bar has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 kg. In addition, ES7 can supply power to towed equipment. In outdoor scenarios, it can support the Camping Mode and V2L discharging.”
  • For the entertainment side, the NIO ES7 will have an AR/VR compatible digital cockpit system called the PanoCinema.
  • The delivery date for the new vehicle is expected to start on Aug. 28, 2022. Prices start at 468,000 yuan (approximately $69,700) for the 75 kilowatts per hour (kWh) battery and 526,000 yuan (approximately $78,460) for the 100kWh battery. The ES7 Premier Edition starts at 528,000 yuan (approximately $79,000).

Tesla’s electric vehicle (EV) rival in the Chinese market, NIO, has unveiled its new electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) this week, further intensifying the competition between the two EV companies in China.

The new NIO ES7, the company’s first mid-large 5-seater electric SUV, was unveiled at a product launch on Wednesday, rivaling Tesla’s Model Y and Model X electric SUVs in China.

Brother of student found dead in rented Tesla launches fundraiser to reunite with his family in China

  • Former University of San Francisco student Christopher Liang, 21, was found dead in his rented Tesla that crashed in Los Banos, California, on Saturday, days after he was reported missing.
  • His older brother Jerry said Christopher had set out on an "erratic" and "impulsive" road trip on Feb. 28 before he lost contact with him.
  • Jerry launched a GoFundMe campaign to honor his younger brother’s life and cover arrangements for his funeral.
  • The crowdfunding campaign has so far raised over $16,000 out of its $22,000 goal.

The family of the student who was found dead in a Tesla he rented has launched a fundraising campaign to help cover arrangements for his funeral. 

Former University of San Francisco student Christopher Liang, 21, made headlines last week after his family declared him missing. According to his older brother Jerry, Christopher had set out on an “erratic” and “impulsive” road trip on Feb. 28 and never returned home. 

Elon Musk opens Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Elon Musk Xinjiang showroom
  • Tesla opened a store in Xinjiang, a region in China accused of crimes against humanity.
  • The announcement came after President Biden’s bill was passed prohibiting imports from the Xinjiang region due to concerns surrounding forced labor.
  • The Tesla store offers both sales and delivery services.

Elon Musk’s Tesla company opened its first showroom in the capital of ​​China’s Xinjiang region despite allegations that it is a site of genocide targeting Uyghur populations.

While the electric vehicle company already has 27 stores in mainland China, Tesla announced its most highly criticized and latest store in the Ürümqi’s Uyghur Autonomous Region on Weibo on Dec. 31.

Woman gives birth to ‘Tesla baby’ in front seat of car driving itself to hospital on autopilot

  • Yiran Sherry, a 33-year-old Wayne, Pennsylvania resident, gave birth in a Tesla.
  • Her husband, Keating Sherry, helped her give birth to their daughter Maeve Lily while keeping the Tesla on autopilot through rush-hour traffic to Paoli Hospital.
  • Maeve Lily was born on Sept. 9, and was named “Tesla baby” by Paoli Hospital nurses.

Stuck in Lancaster rush-hour traffic, a Philadelphia mom gave birth to her baby while in a Tesla.

Yiran Sherry, a 33-year-old Wayne resident, and her husband Keating Sherry, 34, had been expecting the arrival of their second child.

Tesla Reveals 25% of Their US Management is Asian American


Tesla released their 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Report for U.S. operations last week showing that Asian Americans make up more than 20% of their workforce and management, far more than any other underrepresented community.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian Americans made up only 6% of the U.S. workforce in 2018. Past data has also shown that in the U.S., Asian Americans are the least likely to be promoted to management positions. 

Elon Musk Wins the Internet With Bizarre ‘Uncle’ Dance at Tesla Factory in China

Elon Musk sent a large audience — and later the greater internet — into a frenzy when he tried to pull a John Travolta during a Tesla presentation in Shanghai on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old, who shared a clip of it himself on Twitter, was celebrating the opening of a $2 billion Gigafactory in the city, as well as the first deliveries of locally-made Model 3 units to customers.