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News Roundup: Pickup driver unplugs a Tesla, Lightyear launches solar car, and more

Plus GM previews the all-electric 2024 Chevrolet Blazer SS EV

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Welcome to our roundup of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca since this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

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Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Why did this pickup driver unplug a stranger’s Tesla?

Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany.
Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Photo by Maja Hitij /Getty

A GMC Sierra 2500 driver may have been miffed at the price of fuel recently, because why else would he have walked up to a stranger’s Tesla and unplugged it from the charging station? The Tesla’s driver, who was napping in the back when the incident occurred, uploaded the video, captured by the Model 3’s Sentry security camera in a Park & ​​Ride lot in Ontario, to Reddit questioning the motives of pickup driver. “Was napping in the back seat, opened my eyes to see this Discount Bill Burr pull out the plug and fudge with the adapter and port,” the post reads in part. “Anyone know the incentives of this behaviour?” We’ll likely never know as the man drove off when the Tesla owner opened the door to give him the what-for. Seriously, what for?

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Lightyear introduces solar electric car with 7-month driving capability

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European company Lightyear has released preliminary images and details on what it calls the world’s first production solar car. The Lightyear 0 carries five square meters of double curved solar arrays that the brand claims can gather up enough energy as the car sits or drives in the sunlight over one day, with which it can provide 70 km of clean motoring. And so long as the sun is shining, it’ll do it day after day. If the sun isn’t out, the EV should still manage a range of 625 km after being plugged in, thanks in part to its 3,500-lb weight and low drag coefficient of 0.19. Lightyear plans to ship vehicles later this year at a price of €250,000 or around CAD$336,000.

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Geico to pay woman millions for STD she contracted in her partner’s vehicle

Geico — you know, the one with the gecko? — has been ordered to pay a Missouri woman US$5.2 million after she contracted an STD in a vehicle insured by the brand. The Missouri Court of Appeals recently upheld a decision to provide the woman the significant sum in damages and injuries after she legally alleged that her partner de ella caused or “contributed to cause to be infected with HPV by not taking proper precautions and neglecting to inform and / or disclose his diagnosis.” And insurance covers that? Apparently so, in Missouri at least. Geico initially brushed off the woman’s claims of her and refused a settlement, which may have resulted in such a load of trouble as an arbitrator later sided with the woman.

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GM previews the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer SS EV ahead of July reveal

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS
2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS Photo by Chevrolet

the Chevy Blazer is going all-electric for 2024, and now we know how it’ll look. Images of the upcoming EV were shared this week, revealing a now-typical-for-Chevrolet-electrics full-width lightbar above the grille, running lights hovering above the headlights, and a sculpted front end that marks a departure from the current ICE Blazer . (Whether the new gas-powered Blazer will follow suit stylistically is anyone’s guess.) The teaser image, which was shared this week to Twitter by GM CEO Mary Barra, also confirms that the vaunted SS badge will find a home on the electric SUV. That should sound a bit different than SS’s of yesteryear, but you can bet it’ll be appropriately quick off the line and have power sent to all four wheels. The electric Blazer will be fully uncovered on July 18, well ahead of its Spring 2024 sale date.

Poor Dummy: 2022 Toyota Tacoma fails crash test

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) famously difficult ‘small overlap’ crash test, which simulates the vehicle’s front corner meeting stationary object like a lamp post at speed, got the best of the extended cab Toyota Tacoma this year. As a result, it earned the truck a ‘marginal’ rating along with its five other ‘good’ scores. As seen in the video above, when the Tacoma strikes the object, its door frame and dash crumple into the passenger’s survival space — in this case causing damage to both of the dummy’s legs and its head when it bounced off of the A-pillar grab handle. ‘Marginal’ is in fact an upgrade from ‘Yota’s previous rating of ‘poor’, though, as the maker fixed an issue that caused a fuel leak the last time the truck was put to this particular test.

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