Elon Musk: Model S Is The Fastest 4-Door At Laguna Seca, Video Coming

Nürburgring lap record attempt also planned. 

It’s a known fact that Tesla wants to steal a bit of the Porsche Taycan’s thunder by trying to set a record lap for the fastest four-door EV at the Nürburgring. It certainly won’t happen this week because the ongoing Industry Pool specifically forbids any attempts to set lap records, therefore we’ll have to wait a little bit more.

There’s also the matter of preparing the car used for the attempt and getting it ready for a fast lap, with Elon Musk revealing on Twitter that Tesla has to “review & tune Model S thoroughly for safety on Nürburgring, especially Flugplatz session.”


Volkswagen ID.3 vs. Nissan LEAF & Hyundai Kona EV — Range & Price Comparisons

We still don’t have much info on the Volkswagen ID.3, but we have a little bit to go on regarding price and range.

The base version of the ID.3 is supposed to be under €30,000. I’m assuming that means just under, so will round up to €30,000.

The “up to” (idealistic) WLTP range on that trim is 330 km (205 miles) — definitely not real-world range, but the WLTP rating system is what EU regulators have for some reason considered acceptable. Real-world range may be more like 230–280 km (140–175 miles).

At this point, range is still a major factor in the value of an electric vehicle — 230–280 km only works well for certain people or use cases. So, it’s logical to look at how the ID.3 range and price compare to some other major EV models. Classes and designs are different, but I could see consumers cross shopping the ID.3, Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona EV, and Kia Niro EV. The big problem with the latter two (which basically have the same specs) is that they are very hard to get — the waiting lists are really long. Nonetheless, so is the ID.3 till next year sometime (hopefully), so I pulled the Kona EV into this comparison as well.