The Morning After: Tesla’s Cheaper Model Y Is Almost Here

Are you still waiting for a new Tesla with its larger capacity batteries? Maybe once company employees get theirs, you can also grab a Model Y with longer battery life. Electrek reports that Tesla is selling the Model Y in a new Standard Range AWD variant that uses 4680 cells to deliver 279 miles of range and five seconds 0-60MPH for $59,990, which is $3,000 less than the long range AWD.

These 4680 cells are actually twice the size of Tesla’s existing units, with five times the capacity. This means that the company can choose to extend the range of its vehicles or use fewer batteries, which would reduce costs while maintaining range parity.

Apparently we Muggles should be able to pick up the Model Y for less in the coming weeks, at a time when all the automakers are finally ready to give us a lot more EV options. We’ve got news on Toyota’s late electric car below, and Honda plans to launch 30 EV models by 2030.

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The new 2023 bZ4X will go on sale later this spring.

Speaking of electric vehicles, Toyota is almost, finally, ready to launch its first (true) electric vehicle. The bZ4X SUV will start at $42,000 for the base front-wheel-drive model, with a range of 252 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, the Limited Package (which starts at $46,700) adds more luxurious satin and soft-touch finishes and upgraded seats, with Toyota offering front-wheel drive and X-MODE all-wheel-drive options to both.

As for charging, the bZ4X will have a 6.6kW adapter that could take the car from low to full in around nine hours when connected to a Level 2 charger. Some dealers will sell the charger ChargePoint Home Flex direct to owners.

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Even the restrooms have a view of the horizon.

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perspective from space

Balloons are the cheaper version of space tourism, thanks to smoother, longer journeys that don’t require training, and now it’s clearer what you’ll get if you take one of these rides. Space Perspective has peeked inside the Neptune spacecraft, its giant balloon that will take tourists to 100,000 feet (technically the stratosphere) for about two hours. That’s $125,000 per ticket with a $1,000 refundable deposit. That’s $62,500 an hour.

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It can capture 5.3K 60p video.

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GoPro has unveiled the Hero 10 Black Bones, a slimmed down version of the Hero 10 Black designed for FPV and Cinewhoop drones that have taken off in popularity. Light enough to mount on three-inch drones, it still packs GoPro features like HyperSmooth 4.0 and 5.3K video.

The Hero 10 Black Bones is cheaper with GoPro’s one-year subscription, which is free for the first year. It costs $400 with a new subscription and $500 without, which means GoPro thinks you’ll like the subscription benefits enough to renew. Or at least forget to cancel. These perks include no-questions-asked camera replacement, accessory discounts, and unlimited cloud backup.

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With LED, micro-currents and thermal therapies.

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Therabody

Therabody, best known as the maker of Theragun percussion recovery devices, launches its first product for your face. The company unveiled the $399 TheraFace Pro, which offers percussion, light, and microcurrent therapies. It can also provide cryothermal therapy, which the company says can help reduce tension, relax muscles, and “[address] discomfort related to migraines, headaches and jaw pain.

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FIFA+ is an ad-supported service with originals and live streams.

FIFA, the world’s governing body for world football, is launching its own streaming service. FIFA+ will broadcast the men’s and women’s matches live and air a series of original series and documentaries. The platform will also host a large archive of older games from previous World Cups. FIFA says it will show “the equivalent of 40,000 live matches per year”. At launch, we’ll see about 1400 matches per month, this figure “rapidly increasing” until we got closer to 4000 per month. Which is great, but I really don’t want a streaming service for every sport.

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