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This week’s top stories: Model 3 sighting, Gigafactory details, Samsung ‘2170’ battery, VW’s microbus, Tesla Ludicrous+ mode, & more


In this week’s top stories: A rare Tesla Model 3 prototype sighting, new Gigafactory 1 details emerge, Samsung shows off its own ‘2170’ batteryVW unveils its all-electric microbus lineup, a first look at Tesla’s Ludicrous+ mode, and much more.

We kick things off this week with a rare outing for a confirmed Tesla Model 3 prototype that was shown to investors at Gigafactory. Details from inside Tesla’s battery cell presentation this week at the site, including Model 3 battery pack info and plans for what will be the largest rooftop solar array in the worldTesla crosses the 100,000 mark of electric vehicles delivered in the US. And the company releases details of its new Supercharger Credit program as it plans to make stalls for existing Supercharger stations a top priority.

VW unveils its new all-electric retro microbus lineup. Samsung unveils its own ‘2170’ battery cell to compete with Tesla and Panasonic. GM plans to launch several new electric vehicles using the Chevy Bolt EV platform. And four US cities are looking into making a massive order of 24,000 electric cars.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

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Avatar for Jordan Kahn Jordan Kahn

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.