Still waiting for a new Tesla with its high capacity batteries? Perhaps, once the company’s employees have their own, you’ll also be able to get a Model Y with a longer range. Electric Tesla reports that Tesla is selling the Model Y in a new standard AWD variant that uses 4,680 cells to deliver 279 miles of range and a five-second 0-60 MPH for $59,990, which is $3,000 less than a long-range AWD.
These 4,680 cells are actually twice the size of current Tesla units – five times the capacity. This means the company can choose to expand the range of its vehicles or use fewer batteries, reducing costs while maintaining parity of range.
Reportedly, we should be able to pick out the cheaper Model Y in the coming weeks, when all the automakers are finally ready to give us plenty of EV options. We have news about Toyota’s late electric vehicle below, and Honda plans to launch 30 electric vehicle models by 2030.
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The new 2023 bZ4X will go on sale later this spring.
Speaking of electric cars, Toyota is almost, finally, ready to launch its first (real) EV. Pricing for the bZ4X SUV will start at $42,000 for the base front-wheel drive model, with 252 miles of range on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Limited Package (starting at $46,700) adds even more luxurious satin-finish and soft-touch accents and upgraded seats, with Toyota offering optional FWD and X-MODE AWD for both.
When it comes to recharging, the bZ4X will feature a 6.6-kilowatt adapter that can take the vehicle from low to full in about nine hours when connected to a level 2 charger. Select dealers will sell the ChargePoint Home Flex charger directly to owners.
Even the bathroom overlooks the horizon.
Balloons are the cheaper version of space tourism, thanks to gentle, long-lasting flights that require no training, and now it’s clear what you’ll get if you take one of these. Space Perspective has previewed the interior of the Neptune spacecraft, its giant balloon that will take tourists to 100,000 feet (technically the stratosphere) for about two hours. Each ticket costs $125,000 with a refundable deposit of $1,000. So, $62,500 per hour.
It can capture 5.3K 60p video.
GoPro has unveiled the Hero 10 Black Bones, a lightweight version of the Hero 10 Black designed for the hugely popular FPV and Cinewhoop drones. Light enough to fit on three-inch drones, it still has GoPro features like HyperSmooth 4.0 and 5.3K video.
Hero 10 Black Bones are cheaper with a one-year GoPro subscription, and it’s free the first year. It costs $400 with a new subscription and $500 without it, which means GoPro thinks you’ll love enough subscription benefits to renew. Or at least forget to cancel. These benefits include no-questions-asked camera replacement, discounts on accessories, and unlimited cloud backups.
With LED, microcurrent, and heat treatments.
Therabody, known as the maker of percussion recovery devices Theragun, is launching its first product for your face. The company has unveiled the $399 TheraFace Pro, which contains rhythmic, light, and microcurrent treatments. It can also provide heat therapy, which the company said can help reduce stress, relax muscles and “[address] Discomfort associated with migraines, headaches, and jaw pain.”
FIFA + is an ad-supported service with originals and live streaming.
FIFA, the global governing body for world soccer, is launching its own live streaming service. FIFA+ will broadcast both men’s and women’s matches live and broadcast a range of original series and documentaries. The platform will also host an extensive archive of retro games from previous World Cup Finals. FIFA says it will offer “the equivalent of 40,000 live games every year.” At launch, we’ll see about 1,400 matches per month, with that number “rapidly rising” until we’re close to 4,000 matches per month. It’s great, but I really don’t want a streaming service for every sport.