Tesla Model X Range Increased?

While most of the attention on Tesla’s vehicle lineup today was on the Model S due to a $3,000 price cut, there may be an interesting development happening for the Model X as well. Tesla Motors Club forum member ColdWeatherEV recently took delivery of a brand new Model X and shared some details about the vehicle in a post on the forum.

“I just took delivery of a 2021 Model X, VIN 308XXX, and I was surprised to see that the EPA Monroney sticker lists the range at 371 miles,” writes the user. The Monroney sticker is a required label in the US for all new vehicles and contains official information about the car.

On Tesla’s website, the currently-listed EPA range for the Long Range Plus Model X is just 351 miles, 20 miles lower than the range listed on the Monroney sticker of this new delivery. While this is just one source, the user did share images of the Monroney sticker.

2021 MX

Tesla has a history of rolling out updates without announcement, so a longer range Model X is not outlandish. If 371 miles of range is accurate, it would represent a nearly 6% gain. Tesla’s online design studio will be closely watched over the coming days, especially as updates to the Model 3 trickle out.

For more on Tesla, including a rating upgrade by the S&P and the company’s entrance into India, please see the included video and be sure to follow Tesla Daily on The Street.

Disclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA stock and derivatives.

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Computer model uses virus ‘appearance’ to better predict winter flu strains — ScienceDaily

Combining genetic and experimental data into models about the influenza virus can help predict more accurately which strains will be most common during the next winter, says a study published recently in eLife.

The models could make the design of flu vaccines more accurate, providing fuller protection against a virus that causes around half a million deaths each year globally.

Vaccines are the best protection we have against the flu. But the virus changes its appearance to our immune system every year, requiring researchers to update the vaccine to match. Since a new vaccine takes almost a year to make, flu researchers must predict which flu viruses look the most like the viruses of the future.

The gold-standard ways of studying influenza involve laboratory experiments looking at a key molecule that coats the virus called haemagglutinin. But these methods are labour-intensive and take a long time. Researchers have focused instead on using computers to predict how the flu virus will evolve from the genetic sequence of haemagglutinin alone, but these data only give part of the picture.

“The influenza research community has long recognised the importance of taking into account physical characteristics of the flu virus, such as how haemagglutinin changes over time, as well as genetic information,” explains lead author John Huddleston, a PhD student in the Bedford Lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Molecular and Cell Biology Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, US. “We wanted to see whether combining genetic sequence-only models of influenza evolution with other high-quality experimental measurements could improve the forecasting of the new strains of flu that will emerge one year down the line.”

Huddleston and the team looked at different components of virus ‘fitness’ — that is, how likely the virus is to thrive and continue to evolve.

Mid-sized ‘iPhone 12’ predicted to be best-selling model, says Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple will sell more units of the “iPhone 12” than any other from the 2020 refresh, according to TF Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with the 6.1-inch model expected to make up around 40% of shipments at launch.

Two days ahead of Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event, where it is anticipated to launch four new models of iPhone, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has offered predictions for the new models in a note to investors. According to Kuo, the standard “iPhone 12” will be the highest-selling of the four.

Kuo’s shipment predictions put the other three models, the “iPhone 12 mini,” the “iPhone 12 Pro,” and the “iPhone 12 Pro Max” at having a 20% allocation each of total shipments. The remainder, 40%, would be allocated to the “iPhone 12” by default.

In the note, seen by AppleInsider, Kuo believes the compact 5.4-inch “iPhone 12 mini” will be the cheapest model, but won’t sell highly as its size won’t be appealing to consumers. Current rumors put the “iPhone 12 mini” priced from $699 and the “iPhone 12” from $799, though earlier reports had the starting price of each model cheaper at $649 and $749 respectively.

It is also claimed by Kuo that the inclusion of 5G won’t be that important to consumers. Instead, price will be the primary consideration for consumers.

Kuo also doubts reports that put iPhone 12 sales at around 80 million, believing actual iPhone sales will vary from that figure. The 80 million figure apparently relates to component orders, which do not directly correlate to iPhone sales.

In terms of how the iPhone 12 range as a whole will fare, Kuo forecasts lower demand for the collection for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to iPhone 11 range sales in the same period for

Tesla Model 3 Price Too High? Dirt-Cheap Used Electric Cars Can Be Good Deals

The used EV has arrived.

It was only nine years ago that the first won’t-break-the-bank electric cars arrived.

Those non-Tesla EVs — like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt — weren’t priced at $80,000 like the Model S and the first- and second- generations of those cars have been hitting the used car market over the last several years.

And with a Long Range 2020 Tesla Model 3 starting at about $47,000, “dirt cheap” for an EV is anything under $20,000.

A couple of the better sites for used EVs are MYEV and CarGurus.

Most of the used EVs cited below are first- and second-generation electrics that were sold roughly between 2011 and 2017.

Note: all prices are based on a used vehicle with under 40,000 miles. Price ranges are typical but some listings may be lower or higher:

Table notes:

*Used Nissan Leaf EPA-rated battery range depends on year and model: typically, the older (pre-2018), cheaper Leaf models have 107 miles of range while the newer have 150 miles. The oldest Leaf models have a range from approximately 70 to 84 miles. I am not including the oldest 70-75 mile range models, which typically start at about $5,000.

*Used Volkswagen e-Golf EPA-rated battery range depends on year and model: typically, the older (pre-2018), cheaper e-Golf models have 83 miles of range while the newer have 125 miles.

**Chevy Volt is an EV but is also referred to as a plug-in hybrid because it has a range-extending gas-engine generator that boosts the total range to 420 miles

Colts vs. Browns odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 5 predictions from proven computer model

The Cleveland Browns will take on the Indianapolis Colts at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns are 3-1 overall and 2-0 at home, while Indianapolis is 3-1 overall and 1-1 on the road. The latest Browns vs. Colts odds from William Hill list this game as a pick’em, while the over-under is set at 47.5. Before entering any Colts vs. Browns picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,300 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It’s off to a strong 7-4 roll on top-rated NFL picks this season. The model enters Week 5 on an incredible 103-69 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Browns vs. Colts. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Colts vs. Browns:

  • Browns vs. Colts spread: Browns PK
  • Browns vs. Colts over-under: 47.5 points
  • Browns vs. Colts money line: Cleveland -110, Indianapolis -110

What you need to know about the Browns

Cleveland beat the Dallas Cowboys 49-38 this past Sunday. Odell Beckham Jr.  had a stellar game for Cleveland as he scored on a rushing touchdown in addition to catching five passes for two TDs and 81 yards. He delivered a 50-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 30 passes for 165 yards and