I’ve driven the TeslaModel 3 sedan, the JaguarI-PACE compact crossover, and the Tesla Model X three-row SUV. The vehicles vary quite a bit in capabilities, appointments, and price. But in the end, I think the TeslaModel 3 is the best car. This is going to be a slightly unusual comparison, but it isn’t my fault. As I’ve noted before, Tesla has a segmentation problem. Here at Business Insider, when we want to match up compact crossover SUVs, we can find two similar vehicles from different brands. But when it comes to all-electric cars, it’s a different story. The Tesla Model 3, for example, could take on the Chevy Bolt – and I have compared the vehicles. But the Bolt is currently the only true long-range EV on the market that sells for under $US40,000. Tesla isn’t yet making the $US35,000 version of the Model 3, so you have to point out that the available Model 3 is a premium/luxury car, while the Bolt is a mass-market offering. A larger issue is … [Read more...] about We drove an $87,000 Jaguar I-PACE to see how it compares to a $57,500 Tesla Model 3 and a $150,000 Model X. Here’s the verdict.
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It’s a bright September morning in San Carlos, California, and Masayoshi Son, chairman of SoftBank, is throwing me off schedule. I’d come, as he had, to meet with the people he’s tapped to run the Vision Fund, his $100 billion bet on the future of, well, everything. After almost four decades of building SoftBank into a telecom conglomerate, Son, an inveterate dealmaker, launched this unprecedented venture two years ago to back startups that he believes are driving a new wave of digital upheaval. He has staked everything on its success–his company, his reputation, his fortune. We’d both arrived with the same basic question: Where is this massive vehicle heading? But because I wasn’t the one footing the 12-figure allowance, I understood that I’d be the one to wait. In the hubbub of Son’s visit, my 9 a.m. meeting gets rescheduled multiple times until it’s set for 4:30 p.m. When I finally arrive at the Vision Fund’s offices, … [Read more...] about The most powerful person in Silicon Valley