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Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s electric car plan to “force” market change

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:15

by Kieran Bicknell

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It’s been one hell of a year for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, but it seems he has no plans to slow down yet, revealing that Tesla are going to unveil a number of new products to shake up the electric car market. 

Speaking at the European Battery Conference, Elon Musk has revealed that Tesla are ramping up the fight to retain their spot as the world’s most valuable car maker, with their value of $500 billion.

Musk himself was recently placed as the worlds’ second-richest man with a net worth of around $128 billion. Only Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is wealthier than Musk, but, in typical Elon style, he has no plans to retire or take it easy.

In fact, Tesla are looking to shake-up the EV market, and “force” their rivals to play catch-up, said Musk.

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Tesla reveals plans for 1000km EVs

One of Tesla’s most ambitious plans is the introduction of their all-electric semi-trucks. Speaking at the conference, Musk confirmed that they “have vehicles under development that could do 1000km” (62 miles.)

Such a development would undoubtedly shake-up the EV world, as not only would that be the biggest range of any EV on the market, but also far outstrip the range of conventional cars. With range being the biggest issue with people converting to EVs, it could be enough to force yet another electric car revolution.

Going into more detail about the long-awaited Tesla Semi, it looks like good news for trucking companies too: “You will be able to carry basically the same cargo as a diesel truck. We think that maybe there’s a one-ton penalty. Maybe.

“At this point, we think that we can have less than one-ton cargo reduction, and we think long term it’s going to be zero cargo reduction for electric trucks.”

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Tesla aim to bring their Semi Truck to market with a 1000km range.

The ability to carry the same amount of cargo as in a conventional truck would be game-changing for Tesla, as it would mean there is no ‘eco sacrifice’ due to the weight of the batteries. Should they achieve this goal, it may be enough for them to start the ‘clean trucking’ movement that Elon has been aiming for.

Finally, Musk also revealed that they are looking at making a ‘cheap’ circa-$25,000 hatchback. Sadly, only the European market would get this, but with Tesla aiming to bring battery costs down, everyone would benefit from low-cost battery technology, making EVs more accessible to all.

Whether Musk and Tesla’s plans will come to fruition is uncertain, but should they pull it off, it could very well change the world of transportation forever.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: Tune-in, teams, format – stream

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 9/Dec/2020 14:09

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series returned for the final event of 2020 on December 8, as Fortnite players went head-to-head against a star-studded list of influencers and pro players to win big prizes.

The Top 4 teams from the qualifiers advanced to the finale and surprise teams won the previous tournaments, but this time around it was NRG Edgey’s Trio who came out victorious.

You can check out our event recap of the December 8 Chipotle Fortnite Challenge for highlights from Edgey and company as well as the full results.

Chipotle Challenger Series December Results

Who took part?

The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:

Streamers / Pro Players

  • Bugha
  • Mongraal
  • Clix
  • NickEh30
  • Nate Hill
  • Ewok
  • Ronaldo
  • ARKHRAM
  • Rehx
  • EpikWhale
  • dubs
  • Reverse2K
  • Emad
  • Zexrow

Celebrities / Athletes

  • Juju Smith-Schuster
  • Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
  • Jagger Eaton
  • Heimana Reynolds

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.

  • Up to 1000 trio teams
  • Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.

  • Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • Private lobby
  • 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!

    • 1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
    • 3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1

This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!

The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.

Full results & tournament recap.

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A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.

What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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