Amazon led a $700 million round of funding in Rivian, a Michigan-based electric vehicle startup.
Rivian plans to launch an electric pickup and electric SUV in the U.S. in 2020.
“This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” said RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO. “Beyond simply eliminating compromises that exist around performance, capability and efficiency, we are working to drive innovation across the entire customer experience. Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.”
One of our friends uncovered this video and it’s worth watching. It contains one interpretation of facts and one possible future of Electronic Vehicles (EVs) and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars. The video is based on a rather scholarly work that’s no doubt less entertaining than this video.
We reached out to a member of the tech industry who gave us his response to the video on the condition that his name be withheld. His counterpoints speak for themselves. We’ve listed them below the video.
Interesting. A couple of flaws with their logic:
EV’s take a long time to recharge. For anyone that travels more than 150-200 miles a day this causes a massive problem so these people will not be flocking to EV’s.
Lots of people live in areas that still have difficulty plugging-in to recharge.
The adoption curve they show is too step. A car still costs a lot so assuming a super straight up adoption like an MP3 player or cell phone is not realistic.
That said, we probably will hit a point where we have an oil glut but I predict it will be slower.
Another thing to consider–Self-driving cars and Uber are predicted to make many cars obsolete.
In metro centers, people will rely on mass transit to avoid fighting for the increasingly rare parking spots. Both rideshare and mass transit compete directly with EV’s because of EV range restrictions.
In what one sheriff in Florida is calling a “classic stand-your-ground case,” a man arguing with his girlfriend over text messages was shot dead after he was captured on dash cam video threatening an Uber driver, who he thought was driving the woman home.
“This is a justifiable homicide all day long. You have a right to protect yourself. … This was the intent of the law,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a news conference Wednesday detailing Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Jason Boek, 34, of Winter Haven, Florida.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, a woman named Jasmine Meazel had too much to drink at a bar in Dundee, and called an Uber car to take her home. When it arrived, another woman, named Jessica Mazzarella, helped Meazel out of the bar and put her into the car. The two woman did not know each other.
Uber driver Robert Westlake, 38, then set out to take Meazel to her destination.
Police said that in the meantime, Mazzarella, who stayed at the bar, was having an ongoing text conversation with Boek, an “on-again, off-again boyfriend” whom Judd described Wednesday as “explosive.”
Judd said that the two had a “rocky” relationship and that Boek thought Mazzarella had gotten into the Uber car. In text messages released by authorities, it appears that Boek and Mazzarella were at the bar together, and then he left.
Although Mazzarella thought he’d left, he tells her via texts that he’s been outside the bar the whole time, saw her get into the Uber and was now going to do the Uber driver harm.
“You know I’m watching every move right now,” Boek said in text messages. “I’ve been watching you the whole time. … I see y’all. … I’m going to f— both of y’all up.”
Boek located the Uber car on the road and started to tailgate Westlake, according to authorities. Boek rode alongside Westlake for a couple of seconds before finally pulling his truck in front of the Uber and hitting the brakes around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
In Westlake’s Uber dash cam video, Boek can be seen exiting the truck with something dark in his right hand. The dash cam video shows Boek pointing the object toward Westlake’s vehicle as Westlake asks: “I say somethin’?”
Boek responded, “You know I got a pistol? You want me to f—— shoot you?”
Westlake, who is a concealed weapon permit holder and previously worked as a security guard in Orlando, took out a gun and shot Boek once in the chest, according to police.
“Oh my God,” both Westlake and the passenger can be heard saying on the dash cam video after the shooting.
In a 911 call, Westlake told the dispatcher that he fired one shot from his pistol and was now applying pressure to Boek’s wound.
“He ran me off road. Jumped out of his vehicle. I couldn’t get away. He came towards me shouting he’s got a pistol, reached for his waistband. I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped his cell phone. I kicked it away. I didn’t realize it was a cell phone at first,” Westlake told the 911 operator.
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Cool car videos!
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