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All Tesla Models S cars with a 90-kWh battery may already be capable of Ludicrous Mode. A curious Teslaphile with a camera compared the batteries of a P90D with ludicrous mode and another without, and found they had the same part number. This suggests the 90-kWh battery already has the hardware (in particular, the 1,500-amp smart fuse) installed to enable Ludicrous Mode, and just needs a software upgrade to unlock the faster 0-60 times. Tesla adds $10,000 to the price of the P90D for the Ludicrous Mode upgrade. Read more at Teslarati.

Toyota may be unveiling a Midget hybrid concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Powered by the automaker's 1.5-liter hybrid powertrain, the rear-drive microcar is expected to weigh around 1,540 pounds. It harkens back to the Lotus Seven in its appearance, and is intended to offer a spirited drive. Depending on the concept's reception, a production version the Midget could go on sale in Japan by the end of 2016. Read more at Motoring, and at Technologic Vehicles.

California regulators have put on hold a plan from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to build 21,500 EV chargers. California's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has halted the deployment pending hearings. "We must consider the requirement to protect against unfair competition and the demonstrated costs and benefits of any utility electric vehicle charging station proposal," says PUC Commissioner Carla Peterman. "We find that a more measured approach to utility ownership in PG&E's service territory is warranted." PG&E's $654-million plan would raise the rates of residential electricity customers by 70 cents per month from 2018 to 2022. Read more at Charged EVs.


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