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Alfa Romeo is introducing the new Veloce Ti variant in their European 2021 Stelvio range for those who want the absolute best from their Stelvio, this side of the ultra-hot Quadrifoglio.

The new 2021 Stelvio Veloce Ti can be distinguished by its Quadrifoglio-inspired exterior look, comprised of a new rear bumper and diffuser, as well as a set of new 21-inch alloy wheels – a first for the Stelvio.

The cabin shares more Quadrifoglio details, including sports seats in leather and Alcantara, black headliner, and real carbon fiber accents. The new Stelvio Veloce Ti also comes with dark window surrounds and exterior badges, as well as tinted windows.

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European customers looking to get the new Stelvio Veloce Ti will have to choose between the 280 HP 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder petrol and the 210 HP 2.2-liter diesel, both paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the company’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system.

For the 2021 model year, both the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia are available with a bundle of the company’s latest connected services, including remote functions like vehicle location, sending destinations to the navigation system, sharing the internet connection with up to 8 devices, and more.

In addition, Alfa Romeo’s models feature a Level 2 driver assistance package that combines Lane Keeping Assist, Active Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, and Highway Assist, and Driver Attention Assist among others.

Alfa Romeo has begun accepting orders for the 2021 Stelvio and Giulia models, which are set to hit the major European markets in early 2021. There’s no word yet on whether or when we’ll see similar offerings in America for the Stelvio lineup.

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced plans to develop an all-new Electric Versatility Platform for the next-generation eSprinter.

The company is investing €350 ($423 / £315) million into the architecture and has fast-tracked its development.

While the company didn’t go into many specifics, they confirmed the platform will use “three modules that allow freedom in the development and design of different body types.” The front module will contain high-voltage components such as charging equipment and a DC/DC converter, while the center module will house an underbody high-voltage battery pack. The third and final module has a rear e-axle with a “compact and powerful electric motor.”

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The modular design allows for greater flexibility, and Mercedes said the next-generation eSprinter will be offered with two wheelbases and three different battery packs. All versions will be rear-wheel drive, but the platform will have “higher maximum payloads allowing for almost every conceivable body variant possible.” Speaking of which, Mercedes suggested there will be truck and van variants as well as ambulances and grocery transporters.

While that isn’t much to go on, the company said they’re “convinced of the ecological and economic advantages of battery-electric vans and will continue to push forward plans to bring electrically powered vans to market in all segments.” Mercedes also noted the next-generation eSprinter is being developed with the U.S. and Canadian markets in mind.

That’s a significant change as Mercedes hasn’t brought the current eSprinter to America due to high homologation costs and a less than impressive WLTP combined range of 96 miles (154 km). The company will undoubtedly address these issues with the new model, but there’s no word on how far it will be able to travel.

 

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Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed that he has moved to Texas due to the electric automaker’s growing presence in the state.

The outspoken entrepreneur expressed concerns with staying in California earlier this year during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. At one stage, he threatened to move Tesla’s Californian headquarters to Texas due to lockdown measures in California. While Tesla itself has yet to move its headquarters to the Lone Star State, Musk has done just that.

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“For myself, yes, I have moved to Texas,” he confirmed to The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. “We’ve got the Starship development here in South Texas where I am right now. We’re hopefully going to do a launch later today. And then we’ve got big factory developments just outside of Austin for Giga Texas as well.”

According to Musk, California has grown complacent.

“If a team has been winning for too long, they do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don’t win the championship anymore,” he said. “So California has been winning for a long time, and I think they are taking it for granted a little bit.”

The Musk Foundation, which gives grants for renewable energy, space exploration, AI development, science education and pediatric research, has also moved from California to Texas. Musk went on to add that Silicon Valley has started to decline in relevance, although he did point out that Tesla and SpaceX continue to “have massive operations in California.”

While Musk didn’t mention it in his interview, The Verge notes that the lack of personal income tax in Texas might have something to do with his move. After all, Musk is currently the world’s second richest person, trailing only Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and since he is poised to earn more than $50 billion in stock options, if he had stayed in California he would have to pay income taxes on the profits when he exercises them.