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Tesla supercharger station catches fire in New Jersey

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San Francisco, Nov 19 : A Tesla Supercharger station in New Jersey caught fire due to unknown reasons and the Electric Vehicle (EV) maker is investigating the situation.

The blaze broke out at a Tesla Supercharger station situated at a Wawa convenience store in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Wawa is a chain of convenience stores and fuel stations that has partnered with the EV maker to provide Supercharger locations.

Yesterday, an “issue” caused a fire at the Supercharger station located at Wawa’s Parsippany, New Jersey store, Electrek reported on Monday quoting CNBC.

“Tesla had an issue with their cabinet and the power has been shut off while they are investigating. Our store was unaffected as it is on a completely separate power line,” a Wawa spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report.

Such incidents are not new. Earlier in June, a Tesla Model S car stationed at a Supercharger station in Antwerp, Belgium caught fire while hooked up to a charger without any apparent reason.

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Cars24 plans to double retail presence in 2020

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New Delhi, Jan 13 : Used car marketplace Cars24 targets to double its retail foorprint across the country in 2020 with planned launches of around 200 branches.

The company currently has 200 branches with the latest being launched in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Monday.

According to a company statement, in past one year, it has expanded its presence to 73 cities from 18 cities in 2018 and doubled the number of branches from 100 in 2018 to 200 in 2019.

“Given our expansion plan in 2020, we will be adding approximately 200 more branches, perhaps adding 100 more cities to our entire portfolio,” said Gajendra Jangid, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Cars24 said.

Jangid further said that it would focus on more on tier-III and IV towns in the year ahead.

“There is a long trail of tier-III and IV towns, where we are not present yet. We are going to go aggressively in tier-III, tier-IV towns,” he added.

He observed that on a monthly basis the company is transacting about 15,000 cars, including buying and selling of used vehicles.

Talking of the demand, he noted that although the supply mostly comes from the tier-I cities, demand is high in tier-II and tier-III towns.

“Approximately 30-40 per cent of the cars which we buy in metros end up going to tier-II and tier-III cities,” he said.

Cars24 is a tech-enabled platform that offers customers to buy and sell used cars. The company, in-turn, sells these cars online through its proprietary auction platform to businesses across India, dealing in pre-owned cars. Investors of the company include Sequoia India, Exor Seeds, Apoletto, Kingsway Capital and US-based investment firm KCK.

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Tesla cars will soon talk to pedestrians, teases Musk

Musk recently confirmed that the popular Disney+ service will soon be available in ‘Tesla Theater’ in a future firmware update.

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San Francisco, Jan 13 : Tesla Cars will soon be talking to pedestrians, asking them to hop in or leave the way on congested roads, CEO Elon Musk has hinted.

Sharing a video via Twitter where a Tesla car can be seen talking to pedestrians, Musk said the feature may make its way to the electric cars soon.

“Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real,” said Musk, showing a brief video clip of a Model 3 driving past people, saying: “Well, don’t just stand there. Hop in!”

It is unclear if the feature will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interact with pedestrians or if it’s purely an audio player, TechRadar reported on Sunday.

It is possible that Tesla owners driving for ride-sharing services like Uber and Ola could use the feature to gain more customers.

Musk recently confirmed that the popular Disney+ service will soon be available in ‘Tesla Theater’ in a future firmware update.

‘Tesla Theater’ was included in the company’s Version 10 Update that was released in mid-September last year.

Tesla had also started rolling out holiday updates, including a “full self-driving sneak preview”, Musk teased last week.

The holiday update included long-awaited features like reading text messages aloud via Tesla’s built-in voice commands and a ‘Camp Mode’.

The ‘Camp Mode’ will allow customers who want to use vehicles for camping to maintain airflow, temperature, interior lighting, as well as play music and power devices.

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Auto expo to witness 60 launches; Jio, FB to attend

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New Delhi, Jan 12 To re-attract consumers, the slowdown-dented automobile sector has lined up 60 launches, new technology offerings from debuting global brands at the biennial Auto Expo 2020.

In addition to auto manufacturers, Reliance Jio and social media giant Facebook will also be part of the 15th edition of the expo, being jointly organised by ACMA, CII and SIAM from February 7-12 for the general public, at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.

“Auto Expo 2020 is expected to be the biggest driver of consumer sentiment,” Rajesh Menon, Director General of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), told IANS.

“Passenger vehicle original equipment manufacturers, accounting for 85 per cent of the market share, and commercial vehicle OEMs, accounting for 75 per cent of the market share, are participating in this expo,” Menon said.

Sixty launches of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers are expected to showcase the future of mobility in the country.

Many of these launches are expected to be face-lifts of existing models with BS-VI compliant engines as the country is shifting to BS-VI from April 2020.

The healthy participation and launches assume significance as the sector has been battered by falling sales due to high goods and services tax (GST), farm distress, stagnant wages and liquidity constraints.

While some companies had to reduce production, dealers took inventory correction measures.

In terms of participation, brands like Volkswagen, Skoda, Force Motors will make a return to the motor show, FAW Haima, Great Wall, MG Motors and others will make debut.

Lately, telecom operators have entered the segment to provide connectivity to internet-enabled cars and Jio will be showcasing embedded SIM technology for the automobile sector.

Facebook will host a town hall discussion and will also be hosting other events.

The expo 2020 will also feature more than 15 startups, which will showcase technology solutions focused on green mobility and services connected to the automobile industry.

Lithium-ion battery and charger manufacturers, along with tyre firms will also showcase their presence at the auto show.

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