Byton raises $500M, Tesla Autopilot defeat, and electric-car rally in Switzerland: Today’s Car News

Jun 11, 2018

Byton concept at 2018 CES [photo: Tom Moloughney]

Byton concept at 2018 CES [photo: Tom Moloughney]

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Chinese electric-car maker Byton announced it’s raised $500 million in new funding. New controversy sets in surrounding a Tesla Autopilot add-on that defeats baked-in safety. The world’s largest electric-car rally kicks off in Switzerland. And we ask what a “green car” means to readers. All of this and more on Green Car Reports.

Byton, which debuted a battery-electric crossover SUV at CES 2018, says it has $500 million on hand after new investment from an automaker and a major battery supplier.

The latest Tesla Autopilot controversy surrounds a third-party accessory that can allow drivers to keep their hands off a Tesla Model S or Model X steering wheel for extended periods of time.

Switzerland welcomed 160 teams to the world’s largest electric-car rally. We take a look at the some of the competitor cars.

Green Car Reports asks what a “green car” means to readers in our latest Twitter poll.

The Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance coupe will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week.

Finally, Kia has recalled 508,000 cars over airbags that may not deploy.


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Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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