Jaguar Reveals Electric Car With Built-In Iota Wallet

Nevertheless, there is no doubt that personal mobility is transitioning to electric vehicles, and distributed ledger technology (DLT) will almost certainly …

The Iota Foundation’s push to move their platform into the mainstream is clearly making progress, as partnerships with major institutions continue to grow. Perhaps the most notable is with Jaguar Land Rover. Earlier this year the automaker announced that it would be incorporating Iota technology into its future vehicles. Now it has released more details on the venture, and the results are very promising for Iota as well as for the entire blockchain space.

The Jaguar I-Pace will be the first car to have the Iota integration. The all-electric crossover will have a built-in Iota wallet that will enable owners to receive payments for sharing road data such as weather and traffic conditions. What is truly exciting, however, is that the I-Pace will also use the Iota Tangle for charging. In cooperation with Engie Lab Crigen, the development arm of French energy giant Engie Group, the car will have a “Green Charging” mode that gives owners the opportunity to recharge the batteries with renewable energy, tracing the electricity to its source.

The long-term intent is for Iota to become the protocol layer for the smart energy revolution. By using the Tangle for both transactions and communication, cars can become linked to decentralized electric grids that tie consumers and producers across vast areas. For example, solar panels on individual homes could sell electricity, and car batteries could use their stored power to stabilize the grid during peak demands. The I-Pace’s ability to use Iota for tasks such as charging and paying tolls is thus one small part of a vastly more ambitious vision.

Jaguar Land Rover’s embrace of Iota is certainly a major step toward mass adoption, yet obstacles to long-term success remain. Most notably, Iota still has a centralized “coordinator” that must be removed before the platform can reach its true potential. Also, it is safe to assume that few I-Pace owners will use its Iota-based features in the near term, as there is currently no automotive infrastructure, such as toll booths or chargers, that link to the Tangle. There are also many regulatory and tax issues regarding crypto use that have yet to be defined that could cause major headaches for I-Pace owners.

Nevertheless, there is no doubt that personal mobility is transitioning to electric vehicles, and distributed ledger technology (DLT) will almost certainly be used by the cars of the future. If Iota can gain a foothold as the standard network for the automotive industry, many other industrial sectors will certainly follow.

Crypto advocates continue to debate the extent to which Iota’s unique architecture is superior to competing DLT platforms. For Jaguar Land Rover, and a number of other large companies, the matter is settled. It is now reasonable to assume that, barring any significant technical flaws, as the blockchain revolution enters the next phase of adoption Iota will be a major player in the space.

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Tesla’s ‘Plaid Powertrain’ could be game over for the Taycan before it’s begun

Now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company’s research and development team have revealed the existence of upcoming ‘Plaid Powertrain’ …

Now that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the company’s research and development team have revealed the existence of upcoming ‘Plaid Powertrain’ variants, a few more questions about their recently-announced competition come to mind. Will the Porsche Taycan’s engineering achievements be overshadowed before they’ve even been enjoyed by future customers? Will Taycan reservation holders decide to wait for Tesla’s newest Model S to come out before making their Porsche purchase?

Musk’s latest play to stop the competition looks like it may just be as effective as he’s hoping it will be. Brian from the YouTube channel i1Tesla summed the move up nicely in a message to Porsche: “Your car’s not even out yet, and Tesla’s diminishing what you’re going to be doing…With powertrain technology and battery technology…Tesla is so superior.” Brian further opined that what the Taycan has ultimately achieved is along the lines of what Tesla did with the Model S in 2012, or perhaps a step above it. The Plaid system then becomes an achievement that renders the question of whether the Taycan is a ‘Tesla killer’ completely moot.

Tesla Model S with development ‘Plaid’ powertrain sets Laguna Seca track record for 4-door sedan (Credit: Tesla)

As its flagship electric car, Porsche considers the Taycan is one of its most important vehicles since the 911. It’s priced in the same bracket as the iconic sports car, around $150,000, and claims a battery range in the neighborhood of 240 miles per charge with a 100 kWh battery pack. A current Model S Performance, which now includes Ludicrous Mode and Autopilot as a standard offering, has about 100 additional miles of range than the Taycan’s ratings and has a price tag around $50,000 less. Perhaps there are significant differences in the driving experience of both cars and the customers they are designed to appeal to have differences as well, but on paper there’s definitely a nod to Tesla’s current Model S. Once the new Roadster is on the market, of course, an entirely different comparison will be on the table.

Although the upcoming “refreshed” Model S and X are arguably exciting enough to depress future Taycan sales, there’s the other question of whether or not the latest plaid-centered announcement will impact Tesla’s sales as well. Musk has said that the newer versions will be more expensive than current offerings, but it’s not clear that the additional cost would deter buyers from investing in the superior battery and powertrains that would come with them. New Model S and X sales could suffer as a result if customers take the ‘wait and see’ approach.

Musk cited this particular concern when it came to the Model Y. If customers stopped purchasing the Model 3 in favor of waiting for the Model Y, Tesla would majorly suffer as a result, especially considering the annual sales expectations for the all-electric crossover are estimated to be around 1 million units per year. This was probably why the Model Y unveiling event was notably subdued compared to other unveilings. However, it was likely important for Tesla’s long-term investment worth to show the progress being made towards a vehicle that is hoped to be a game changer in the electric vehicle market (and greater auto market overall) despite this risk.

Obviously, the results of the so-called battle between the Porsche Taycan and Tesla’s current and future Model S offerings remains to be seen. The first front looks like it will take place on the Nürburgring racetrack in Western Germany as Tesla attempts to beat the Taycan’s 7 minutes and 42 seconds track time using a Plaid prototype Model S (or other variants) with a roll cage and 7 seats. For the record, Brian at i1Tesla has put his bets on a Tesla time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds. Stay tuned!

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Tesla Model S seven-seater version in the making, will be tested at the Green Hell

A number of developments have taken place at Tesla’s stable ever since its CEO, Elon Musk, announced that the company will test its Model S at …
Tesla Model S seven-seater version in the making, will be tested at the Green Hell

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A number of developments have taken place at Tesla’s stable ever since its CEO, Elon Musk, announced that the company will test its Model S at Nurburgring. Just to jog your memory; the information was shared by Elon after he took a jibe the Porsche Taycan models’ name. So, while the company prepares to put the Model S through its paces on the famed Nurburgring, the entrepreneur has shared another interesting information to keep the buzz high. Elon Musk recently revealed that the Tesla Model S at the Green Hell will be a seven-seater model. This certainly takes things up by a notch because originally, the Model S was supposed to lap Nurburgring to beat Porsche Taycan’s lap record at the ring. Currently, Taycan is the fastest four-door EV to go around the circuit, but it is also the only one in its category.

However, the latest piece of information shared by Elon hints that the company will attempt to set a new record at the Green Hell for fastest lap by a seven-seater car. Currently, the title for fastest seven-seater car around Nurburgring belongs to Skoda Kodiaq RS seven-seat version which lapped the Nordschleife in 9.28 minutes.

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Another piece of information coming out of Tesla’s stable involved a new world record. Tesla Motors revealed that its Model S became the fastest car at the Laguna Seca by going around the track in 1.36.55 minutes. This makes the Model S quicker than Jaguar XE SV Project 8 by almost a second. However, the car wasn’t a production-spec model but part of an advanced R&D testing. The company noted that it was testing a new powertrain–Plaid– on the Model S, which is powerful than the Ludicrous mode and makes use of three electric motors instead of two. The Plaid powertrain will also make its way to Model X and Tesla Roadster in all likelihood. Currently, the Ludicrous mode helps the Model S dispatch the 0 to 100 km/h run in a mere 2.4 seconds.

*~ Some personal news ~*

We lapped Laguna Seca @WeatherTechRcwy in 1:36.555 during advanced R&D testing of our Model S Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype

(That’s a second faster than the record for a four-door sedan) pic.twitter.com/OriccK4KCZ

— Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2019

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Tesla Model S P100D+ On Nürburgring Industry-Pool Prototype

While many companies pay for ad space on their products, Elon Musk simply sends a few tweets and the media does it for him. Tesla is already …
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Published on September 14th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

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September 14th, 2019 by Johnna Crider


In a video uploaded by TALEA Media, several high-performance vehicles are seen running laps on the Nürburgring, a 13-mile long German track, including both the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S P100D+.

The Tesla, which can be seen at 2:28 into the video, speeds along the track almost quietly. The wheels are the loudest thing there, and this simply reflects just how quiet Tesla are in general. This scarlet beauty zooms along the track, twisting and turning from left turns into right turns, then gliding effortlessly down a straight path before easing into another left and eventually disappearing from the angle of the camera with barely a whisper of sound from the tires.

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Tesla Model S P100D+ on Nürburgring Industry-Pool Prototype

September 12th 2019

via : https://t.co/itYxoL2WBp$TSLA#Tesla#ModelSpic.twitter.com/vrNATxJ3bQ

— Vincent (@vincent13031925) September 13, 2019

The Tesla seems to be preparing for its ultimate race against the Porsche Taycan, which made its appearance at 5 minutes into the video. The American Tesla and German Porsche weren’t the only electric vehicles representing on the track at that time. A Mercedes EQC was also on the track at just over a minute into the video.

It’s great to have more electric vehicles on the track. Many people perceive electric cars as cute little things that don’t go fast (unless they’re from Tesla), so the idea of racing them is oddly refreshing and revives the auto industry as well as the market. It’s like bringing new life to an old room, so to speak.

While many people are hyped up about the coming race, let’s take a quick moment and reflect on why Tesla doesn’t need to buy ad space. This upcoming race on the Nürburgring track is highly publicized and provides the perfect opportunity to talk about future upgrade package options. While many companies pay for ad space on their products, Elon Musk simply sends a few tweets and the media does it for him.

Tesla is already winning. In challenging Tesla, both Audi and Porsche are actively promoting Tesla while referencing Tesla because the media is eating up the competition like it’s hot, fresh bread pudding with a side of homemade vanilla ice cream. (And when I say the media, I am using this term to include small blogs as well as car review sites such as Edmunds, which, in the tweet below, you can see is actually buying Twitter ads to promote Porsche while also mentioning — or taking shots at — Tesla.)

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— Neil Dunn (@NeilRDunn) September 10, 2019

The Upgrades

The upgrades mentioned in Elon’s tweets include the fact that the Model S on the Nürburgring track has 3 motors and Plaid Mode, which will soon be applied to the Model S and Model X, and will also reach the coming Roadster, but not the 3 or the Y.

Yes. To be clear, Plaid powertrain is about a year away from production & applies to S,X & Roadster, but not 3 or Y. Will cost more than our current offerings, but less than competitors.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2019

I think this is a brilliant marketing move — take on Porsche at Nürburgring and see how many more people discover Tesla.


Tags:Germany, Nurburgring, racing, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model S P100D, Tesla Model S racing, Tesla Racing

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Johnna Crider Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem and mineral collector, and Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter

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