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Tech & Science Shifting Gears: Tesla heads to Germany, more Boeing drama, and Uber insiders cash out

19:40  15 november  2019
19:40  15 november  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

Introducing 'Shifting Gears': Business Insider's weekly transportation newsletter

  Introducing 'Shifting Gears': Business Insider's weekly transportation newsletter Welcome to "Shifting Gears," Business Insider's first transportation-focused newsletter In this weekly digest, we'll be highlighting the latest developments on everything from Uber and Lyft's battle to turn a profit, Tesla and its eccentric CEO Elon Musk, Boeing's 737 Max crisis, and more.In this weekly digest, we'll be highlighting the latest developments on everything from Uber and Lyft's battle to turn a profit, Tesla and its eccentric CEO Elon Musk, Boeing's 737 Max crisis, and more.

Happy Friday - and welcome to Shifting Gears ! It's the second week for our roundup of transportation news. Fittingly, it was a whirlwind with plenty of drama . And in the US, Boeing is no closer to returning its embattled plane to the skies, while Uber saw insiders cash out as its post-IPO lock-up

Welcome to Shifting Gears , Business Insider 's weekly round-up of the biggest transportation news in the US and around the world. Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk introduces the newly unveiled all-electric battery-powered Tesla Cybertruck at Tesla Design Uber 's founders are cashing out .

Elon Musk holding a sign posing for the camera: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards 'Das Goldene Lenkrad' (The golden steering wheel) given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019. SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards 'Das Goldene Lenkrad' (The golden steering wheel) given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019.

Happy Friday - and welcome to Shifting Gears! It's the second week for our roundup of transportation news. Fittingly, it was a whirlwind with plenty of drama.

You can sign up to get this recap in your inbox every week here. What did we miss? Let me know at grapier@businessinsider.com

It was a busy week in transportation news across the board. Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk was in Germany to accept yet another award for the company's Model 3 sedan, where he also announced plans to build a factory near Berlin. And in the US, Boeing is no closer to returning its embattled plane to the skies, while Uber saw insiders cash out as its post-IPO lock-up period expired and the company finds a new regulatory fight.

Almost every single one of the 5,000 Tesla Model 3 owners surveyed by Bloomberg said they would buy the car again

  Almost every single one of the 5,000 Tesla Model 3 owners surveyed by Bloomberg said they would buy the car again TeslaModel 3 customers gave the electric sedan near-unanimous approval in a Bloomberg survey of 5,000 owners. Ninety-nine per cent of respondents said they would recommend the Model 3 to their family or friends, and 98% said they would buy the vehicle again. Generating positive word-of-mouth is particularly important for Tesla, since the electric-car maker doesn't use traditional advertising to attract new customers. The company has set quarterly sales records, driven largely by the Model 3, in four of the past five quarters.

Zhang and I wrote most of the reviews. (Zhang graduated to transportation correspondent before moving on from Business Insider earlier this year to try his hand at working for an actual carmaker.) Shifting Gears : Tesla heads to Germany , more Boeing drama , and Uber insiders cash out .

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Here's what happened:

Driving the Future

  Shifting Gears: Tesla heads to Germany, more Boeing drama, and Uber insiders cash out

Business Insider's transportation team collaborated to report stories about the sector's attempts to reduce carbon emissions. Transportation alone accounts for some 29% of US greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Electric cars, of course, could help stave off a lot of the emissions from highways - but without drastic policy shifts, my colleague Matt DeBord points out, the US will likely remain well behind China and Europe on adoption rates. EV's also don't always have the cleanest supply chains, Mark Matousek reports.

Airlines are also a major source of pollution, but without any realistic alternative yet, jet engines aren't likely go go anywhere anytime soon: David Slotnick reports on the incremental efforts thus far.

Elon Musk said he's excited about Ford's $43,895 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV — here's how it will stack up against Tesla's $39,000 Model Y

  Elon Musk said he's excited about Ford's $43,895 Mustang Mach-E electric SUV — here's how it will stack up against Tesla's $39,000 Model Y Ford unveiled a new electric crossover SUV, the Mustang Mach-E, on Sunday in Los Angeles. Ford will release the vehicle next year. The Mustang Mach-E will start at $US43,895. Tesla's Model Y crossover SUV will be the Mustang Mach-E's most high-profile competition. Sign up for Business Insider's transportation newsletter, Shifting Gears, to get more stories like this in your inbox.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Ford unveiled a new electric crossover SUV, the Mustang Mach-E, on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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In Uber ’s minimalist lobby, Khosrowshahi was greeted by two local staff members, who led him through a traditional Hindu lamplighting ceremony called an aarti. The idea for Uber originated with a few young tech entrepreneurs who wanted a more efficient way to hail taxis in San Francisco.

Amazon, meanwhile, has been ridiculed online in viral videos for plastic packaging, but Rachel Premack reports the outrage might be overblown.

Finally, I spoke to Lyft's head of sustainability, Sam Arons, about the ride-hailing firms' efforts to go completely carbon free. With most of its rides still occurring in gas-guzzling cars, mostly occupied by only one person, he's got his work cut out for him.

Uber insiders continue to cash out

John Tuttle, Dara Khosrowshahi, Garrett Camp are posing for a picture: Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and co-founder Garrett Camp take a selfie photograph on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company's IPO in New York. Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and co-founder Garrett Camp take a selfie photograph on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company's IPO in New York.

Uber's founders kept cashing out of big chunks of their stakes in the ride-hailing giant as its stock price continues to slide. Travis Kalanick sold another large tranche this week, regulatory filings show, bringing his total sales to $US711 million.

Elon Musk said Tesla's pickup truck will be able to tow over 20 times more than a Ford F-150. Here are 8 other bold claims he's made about the truck.

  Elon Musk said Tesla's pickup truck will be able to tow over 20 times more than a Ford F-150. Here are 8 other bold claims he's made about the truck. Tesla plans to unveil its pickup truck, which CEO Elon Musk has called the "Cybertruck," on Thursday in Los Angeles. Musk has said he is more excited about the pickup truck than any other vehicle in Tesla's future lineup.Musk has said he is more excited about the pickup truck than any other vehicle in Tesla's future lineup. Beyond Musk's personal enthusiasm, the pickup truck could boost Tesla's profit margins, as pickup trucks tend to be more profitable for automakers than sedans. The majority of Tesla's current sales come from its Model 3 sedan.

Visit Business Insider 's homepage for more stories. Most people think there's not much difference between the two. You pick people up, you drive them, and you drop them off. I start my shifts by putting both the Uber and Lyft apps into online mode. This means I am available to start accepting

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have made getting around as easy as, literally, a click of a button. “If you encounter this, it’s most likely that you’re not in an Uber and you should always prearrange the trips via the app,” he says. You’ll want to check out these money-saving Uber tricks.

Board member and founder Garrett Camp, who self-funded one of Uber's earliest rounds, also sold about $US13 million this week, according to SEC filings.

I spoke to the head of Uber for Business, Ronnie Gurion, about how his division - one of the most lucrative - could help the embattled company finally turn a profit.

And let us not forget that Uber began the week with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi fervently backtracking after telling Axios that Saudi Arabia's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "a mistake" and comparing it to when an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Tesla heads to Germany

Elon Musk holding a sign posing for the camera: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards 'Das Goldene Lenkrad' (The golden steering wheel) given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019. SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the automobile awards 'Das Goldene Lenkrad' (The golden steering wheel) given by a German newspaper in Berlin, Germany, November 12, 2019.

On stage to accept an award from Auto Bild (which, full disclosure, is also owned by Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer) Elon Musk announced that Tesla plans to build a fourth factory, its first in Europe, near Berlin.

Details are scant, in classic Tesla fashion, but what here's everything we do know, courtesy of my German colleagues at Welt.

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Shifting Gears : Tesla heads to Germany , more Boeing drama , and Uber insiders cash out . Boeing is facing a fresh crisis after Qantas found cracks in a 737 plane, adding to a growing number of airlines grounding some of the planes.

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In other Tesla news, the company is making progress on fixing a big problem with the Model 3 and Model S that put it at odds with Consumer Reports.

Boeing might deliver new 737 Max planes earlier than previously thought

a plane sitting on the tarmac at an airport

The company said it had completed simulator test flights with the Federal Aviation Administration to certify software fixes to the plane. That could help Boeing resume deliveries of the grounded plane to airlines in December.

Boeing has faced increasing pressure as it halted deliveries while production continued. Though in April it cut its production rate to 42 planes per month from 52, it has had difficulty finding places to store the completed but undeliverable planes.

There's a new world's longest flight

a group of people posing for a photo

Last month, David Slotnick took the world's longest flight from New York to Sydney, Australia. Now, Qantas has completed a test flight of a similarly-strenuous version, totaling nearly 20 hours, from London to Sydney.

The route from London to Sydney is about 500 miles longer than the path from New York. However, due to trade winds, the flight is expected to take about the same amount of time.

What we're reading elsewhere:

a beach with a mountain in the background: An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada, U.S. August 18, 2018. An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada, U.S. August 18, 2018.
  • Tesla/Germany: 'glorious success' or Schnapsidee? -Financial Times
  • Uber fined $US649 million by New Jersey for saying drivers aren't employees - New York Times
  • Elon Musk's Boring Co. is run by a former bar owner who can quote Ayn Rand - Bloomberg
  • Daimler's new CEO warns electric-car shift will be painful -Bloomberg
  • Amtrak's new ticket rules won't let passengers sue in a crash - Politico
  • E-bikes are coming back to San Francisco after Lyft resolves issues with battery fires - The Verge
  • Worker injuries, 911 calls, housing crisis: Recruiting Tesla exacts a price - USA Today

Tesla's plan to leave the auto industry behind on in-car infotainment .
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car maker's infotainment system is leaving other car makers in the dust, but big American auto companies like Ford and GM are getting more serious about in-car display screens and in-car technology partners like Apple and Google.Tesla always has been known for putting "Easter eggs" — secret surprises discoverable by owners — in its cars, such as a function that makes the car's lights go into disco mode. But novelty aside, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is serious about in-car entertainment. On the company's most recent earnings call, the Tesla CEO said the goal is to create an infotainment system that provides "the most amount of fun you can have in a car.

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