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Rivian R1T

The Rivian R1T is the first truck to get the full-EV treatment. What’s even better, the thing looks to be more than just a grocery getter with a bed. The biggest 180-kilowatt-hour battery is allegedly good for 400 miles of range and it boasts some fairly impressive off-road numbers.

Ground clearance is a remarkable 14 and a half inches while approach and departure angles are 34.8 degrees and 30.5 degrees, respectively. Further, it can ford 42.7 inches of water. For those keeping score, those numbers beat the dirt-slaying Ford F-150 Raptor and its challenger the Ram 1500 TRX.

While it still remains to be seen how the R1T will perform in the real world, its range should be enough for day trips into the wild. The design is pretty boss, too, with some cool pass-through storage behind the rear seats and a spare tire that hides neatly in the bed. It won’t go on sale until 2021 due to a coronavirus shutdown, but the company assures me it’s working to bring the R1T to consumers as soon as possible.

— Emme Hall

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

I love the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Like, really love it. So when news broke that an electric version of the G would be coming within the next few years I got extremely excited. All the best parts of the G-Class without the horrible gas mileage? Sign me up.

Sure, part of the G’s appeal is the burbly V8 and side-exit exhaust, but I think the SUV’s character will lend itself really well to EV power. A large battery pack should be a benefit to the G’s center of gravity too, thus making it a little less tippy in corners. 

While I don’t know any powertrain details yet, the electric G is sure to be as immensely good off-road as the normal one, and it will probably be the quickest version, as well. And if going electric can allow the G to continue on for decades to come, we should all be grateful.

— Daniel Golson

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Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is an outstanding midsize SUV. Porsche has already proven its EV prowess with the Taycan. It stands to reason, then, that a combination of the two should be pretty freakin’ righteous.

While there’s still a whole lot I don’t know about the forthcoming Macan EV, I do know that it’s already in the works, and that it should arrive within the next year or two as part of the Macan’s generational overhaul.

Moving the Macan to an electrified platform will be quite interesting for the segment as a whole. Will there be notable holdouts who continue to cater to gas-guzzling buyers, or will Porsche become a pioneer and set the course that everyone else follows? It’ll be an interesting few years to come.

— Andrew Krok

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The R1S (and its R1T sibling) are exciting from an engineering standpoint. The way that Rivian has designed the battery pack and its enclosure as well as its ability to tank turn, etc., make it look like a beast off-road and also well-suited for bragging in the Whole Foods parking lot.

— Kyle Hyatt

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Audi E-Tron GT

Though we’ve only seen the Audi E-Tron GT in concept form, it’s supposed to go into production by the end of 2020. The four-door sedan has quite a bit in common with the Porsche Taycan, which is a good thing, packing some slick looks and good dollop of performance.

With a 90-kWh battery and pair of electric motors on each axle, Audi says the GT will pack a not-shabby-at-all 590 hp, capable of getting the four-door to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. It’ll have wireless and 800-volt charging capabilities. When hooked up to the latter, it means adding 200 miles of range after just 20 minutes of charge time.

And yes, I like the GT’s looks. The front end isn’t as rounded off as its Porsche counterpart with more defined lines. It’s hunkered down with a fast roofline and high beltline. The chunky taillights, meanwhile, have the Roadshow staff split. I personally think it looks all right but will reserve judgment until I see it in production form. 

— Jon Wong

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Volvo XC40 Recharge

A compact SUV makes a lot of sense as an electric vehicle. It allows for better battery packaging without sacrificing passenger or cargo space. And as far as small SUVs go, the Volvo XC40 is definitely my favorite. That’s why I’m stoked about the upcoming XC40 Recharge.

The XC40 Recharge will share a lot with its platform-sharing corporate sibling, the Polestar 2, and that’s no bad thing. It should be relatively quick, able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, and with a low center of gravity and Volvo’s already-great chassis and steering tuning, hopefully pretty nice to drive. Plus, it’ll have the same modern, high-quality interior as the standard XC40, not to mention Google’s new Android Automotive infotainment system, which is some seriously sweet tech.

No, it won’t have crazy driving range — I’m guessing low-to-mid-200-mile stuff — but that’ll be plenty for most buyers. More importantly, it takes solid EV tech and puts it in a usable, stylish, premium package. I could totally see myself in one of these as a daily driver.

— Steven Ewing

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Nissan Ariya

One look at the original Leaf tells you everything you need to know about Nissan’s EV designers: they’re insane. And they’re at it again with the upcoming Nissan Ariya. The electric SUV seamlessly blends angular and organic elements to create a look that is sure to polarize. Then again, the best designs often do. Personally, I love that there are so many weird and smart details to discover around the body. Meanwhile, the cabin is deceptively simple with a minimalist dashboard and illuminated buttons that disappear when deactivated.

With optional all-wheel drive, a low center of mass due to its battery pack and 50:50 weight distribution, Nissan has a pretty good jumping off point for tuning the EV’s ride and performance. Two battery sizes will be offered — 63 and 87 kWh — with the larger good for an impressive 300 estimated miles calories burned hiking per mile charge.

EV shoppers will soon be spoiled for choice with a number of compact electric SUVs hitting the market in the around-$40,000 range in 2021, including the Volkswagen ID 4, Ford’s Mach E, Audi’s Q4 E-Tron and more. More choice and competition for affordable EVs can only be a good thing for consumers and for pushing electric cars into the mainstream. The Ariya will arrive to the party with very competitive range and style that certainly stands far apart from the rest of the pack when it begins production in late 2021.

— Antuan Goodwin

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Boris's Great Escape: PM packs up tent to go back to work

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Great Escape descended into farce this afternoon after it emerged he had camped in a local sheep farmer’s field without permission.

Applecross Landowner Kenny Cameron was left fuming today when he realised the PM and his fiancée Carrie Symonds had pitched their trendy eight foot bell tent on his land and had a camp fire without asking him first.

He was also angered that Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds, 32, appeared to have been climbing over his 3ft high wire fence to get to the cream-coloured canvas tent, instead of using the gate into the field.

Mr Cameron found a pair of wooden chairs from the cottage had been placed either side of the fence to form steps to clamber over it.

The sheep farmer was also concerned that lighting a campfire had posed a potential risk due to the tinder dry conditions in recent weeks.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline as Boris’s minders hastily packed away the offending canvas tent, a bewildered Mr Cameron said: ‘Mr Johnson is meant to be leading the country and yet he is not setting a great example.

‘Usually if people want to go inside a fenced area, they ask for permission first, but I was not asked at all.

It is only polite to ask.

‘He could have put up his tent in the garden of the cottage and there would have been no problem – but he didn’t do that.

‘He could easily have damaged the fence by climbing over it as a short cut.

There is a gate a little way up and they could have just used that. 

‘Having a bonfire is always a risk when you have dry weather. I know we had rain last night but it has been very dry. 

‘It was the first time I had seen a tent in the field.

I last came up here a few days ago and it was not here then.’

The farmer stormed up to idyllic spot overlooking the sea in the Scottish Highlands that he has leased for 20 years to confront the PM after a friend saw the exclusive pictures on the front page of today’s Daily Mail and tipped him off. 

Kenny Cameron was left fuming today when he realised that the tent had been pitched on his fenced land without permission

Kenny Cameron was left fuming today when he realised that the tent had been pitched on his fenced land without permission

Mr Johnson's minders were left to deal with taken it down after the Prime Minister left the secluded Highlands spot

Mr Johnson’s minders were left to deal with taken it down after the Prime Minister left the secluded Highlands spot

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A young nurse determined to rid the ocean of plastic waste has made upwards of $350,000 in the past three months selling hammocks made from recycled bottles

A young nurse determined to rid the ocean of plastic waste has made upwards of $350,000 in the past three months selling hammocks made from recycled bottles.

Horrified by the water pollution she witnessed while scuba diving around the world, Tegan Gilroy, 28, launched Nakie, an online range of camping equipment ‘upcycled’ from landfill, in September 2019.

The dedicated nurse still works 12-hour shifts at a Brisbane hospital three days a week, which she says leaves ‘plenty of time’ to run her website on the side.

Between May 1 and July 31, Ms Gilroy sold $358,075 worth of products – putting the business on track to turn over $700,000 in its first year of trading. 

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Brisbane nurse turned businesswoman Tegan Gilroy (pictured in Monaco) has banked $350,000 in three months selling hammocks made from recycled plastic

Brisbane nurse turned businesswoman Tegan Gilroy (pictured in Monaco) has banked $350,000 in three months selling hammocks made from recycled plastic

Each Nakie hammock (pictured) is made from 37 plastic bottles recovered from landfill

Each Nakie hammock (pictured) is made from 37 plastic bottles recovered from landfill

Daily Mail Australia has verified these figures from the company’s financial statements.

Each $129 hammock is made from 37 plastic containers recovered from landfill, an approach Ms Gilroy claims has ‘saved 118,992 bottles going into our waterways’.

‘As someone who loves the ocean I hate seeing how much plastic is tumbling along the ocean floor and washing up along our beaches,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

Not only that, she also plants four trees tips for hiking in the rain every item purchased in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, the world’s largest not-for-profit tree-planting organisation which has planted over 350million saplings to date.

Such is the scale of Ms Gilroy’s reforesting that Eden has provided her with a ‘planting reserve’ on the East African island of Madagascar, where she has committed to planting at least 500,000 trees over the next five years.

And for the month of August, she will plant an extra tree for every new follower Nakie gets

Ms Gilroy (pictured in Reykjavik, Iceland) launched Nakie in September 2019 and started planting trees in March on the East African island of Madagascar

Ms Gilroy (pictured in Reykjavik, Iceland) launched Nakie in September 2019 and started planting trees in March on the East African island of Madagascar

Nakie two-person hammocks (pictured in packaging) usually cost $129 but are currently reduced to $99

Nakie two-person hammocks (pictured in packaging) usually cost $129 but are currently reduced to $99

The brand’s best-selling style, a two-person hammock with built-in straps, is currently reduced from $129 to $99.

Customers have been raving about the quality and affordability of the hammocks on the brand’s website, with one woman calling it her ‘best purchase of 2020’.

‘Every one of my friends and family who have napped, relaxed or read in the Nakie absolutely loved it,’ she said.

‘Super easy to put up and take down and packable, which I love!

Love this company.’

Another said: ‘It’s a great hammock and a killer deal. Higher weight limit than similar brands and about half the price if you were to piece together the hammock, straps, bug net and rain tarp.’

Ms Gilroy said the majority of her customers come from Australia, Canada, the US and UK, where hiking, camping and other outdoor pursuits are popular.

Making the hammocks (pictured) from 37 recycled containers has 'saved 118,992 bottles going into Australian waterways', Ms Gilroy claims

Making the hammocks (pictured) from 37 recycled containers has ‘saved 118,992 bottles going into Australian waterways’, Ms Gilroy claims

New York college student plummets 150 feet to her death while hiking

A 20-year-old college student has died after she slipped and fell 150 feet off a cliff while hiking with friends in upstate New York.  

Katherine Vollmer and several classmates from SUNY New Paltz were exploring cement caves and trails in Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park on Monday evening when they got lost on the way back to their cars. 

The group was walking on along the edge of a cliff after nightfall when Vollmer lost her footing and plummeted 150 feet to her death at around 9.50pm, according to the Kingston Police Department.

Katherine Vollmer, 20, died after she slipped and fell 150 feet off a cliff while hiking with friends at Hasbrouck Park in upstate New York on Monday night

Katherine Vollmer, 20, died after she slipped and fell 150 feet off a cliff while hiking with friends at Hasbrouck Park in upstate New York on Monday night

Vollmer and several classmates from SUNY New Paltz were exploring cement caves and trails in Kingston's Hasbrouck Park when they got lost in the dark at around 9.50pm Monday. The 20-year-old from Rochester is seen in a Facebook photo from September

Vollmer and several classmates from SUNY New Paltz were exploring cement caves and trails in Kingston’s Hasbrouck Park when they got lost in the dark at around 9.50pm Monday.

The 20-year-old from Rochester is seen in a Facebook photo from September

Vollmer landed in an area that was ‘only accessible by an experienced rope team’, authorities said. 

Her body was not recovered until the next morning. 

She had suffered ‘severe trauma from the fall’ and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

New Paltz President Donald Christian confirmed Vollmer’s death in a statement on Tuesday.  

‘We extend our deepest sympathy to Katherine’s family and friends and to the students, faculty and staff who knew her,’ Christian said.  

Vollmer’s Facebook page is covered with photos from her various hiking adventures, including a trip to the Adirondacks in September.   

Her Twitter photo shows her leaning up against a warning sign on a mountain in Iceland.  

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A second stimulus check might arrive far faster than last time — with talks now restarting

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How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates, from when the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have publicly signaled that they are now ready to resume negotiations on a new economic support bill.

“We’ve agreed to continue to have discussions about the CARES Act,” Mnuchin told a Senate committee on Thursday. For her part, Pelosi plans to roll out a new economic relief proposal with reinstated unemployment benefits, a second stimulus payment, assistance for small businesses and aid for the airline industry, according to The Washington Post. The news could mean another check could be on the way for those who are eligible.

As we await that new House proposal, we can predict who may see another round of stimulus checks first, and who may receive them last, all based on the schedule the IRS used for the first checks, and a comment Mnuchin made in August. More information is below.

CNET’s stimulus calculator can provide an estimate of how much you might get — and for more information, read about the most important stimulus payment topics. This story is frequently updated.

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How soon the IRS could send money once a bill is signed

When and if another stimulus check happens, Mnuchin has said it would take about a week to orchestrate the first payments. “I can get out 50 million payments really quickly. A lot of it into people’s direct accounts,” he said.

We’ve speculated potential dates based on calendars from the House of Representatives and the Senate, and also based on Pelosi’s vow to keep her chamber in session until a deal is reached. The payments don’t go out to everyone at once, so read on for which groups of people could get their stimulus money first.

Possible dates a second stimulus check could go out

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Dec. 7

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Oct. 5

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Oct. 14

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Week of Nov. 9

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What’s going on with payment groups?

We expect the IRS would keep roughly the same system for sending out the second stimulus check that it used the first time around, including sending payments in a de facto priority order that could lead some to receive their checks days or even weeks sooner than others. Several million people are still waiting for their first checks to arrive.

Direct deposit is fastest: People who already have their direct deposit information on file with the IRS or do so when and if registration opens again should be first in line to receive their stimulus check. An electronic transfer of funds is faster and more efficient, which is why this group largely got their first check faster.

Social Security beneficiaries: With the first stimulus payment, many Social Security beneficiaries who had direct deposit information on file with the federal government received their checks in the first week, though not always the first day.

Paper checks: The IRS began to mail these about a week later to people without direct deposit data on file. 

: Prepaid Visa cards that were sent to around 4 million people starting in mid-May.

Last group: Anyone who received their checks after June, is still waiting to receive their stimulus payment or did not know they need to fill out an extra step. Direct payments will continue through the end of 2020 for some individuals who were not part of the previous groups. Here’s what could be for some and to report a missing, lost or stolen check.

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Another stimulus check for up to $1,200 could find its way into your bank account this year. 

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What’s the longest I might have to wait for a second check?

While we expect the bulk of people to get their money sooner, if the first round is any indication, it could still take months for the IRS to send all the checks. Six months after the first stimulus payments went out, the federal agency is still trying to track down millions of people who may be owed money.

And even with the experience of processing roughly 160 million payments in the IRS’ back pocket, some would probably need to clear a few hurdles to receive their money. Here are common bumps that held up the first stimulus check for some.

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There’s hope that the IRS could speed up delivery of a second check, if it’s authorized.

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These things could delay your check from arriving sooner

We won’t know details unless, or until, a new bill passes and the IRS gears up to send another round of checks, but here are sticking points to watch for.

Changes to aid for dependents: If Congress expands or narrows the definition of a dependent in the next bill, it could require the IRS to adjust its accounting system. That may potentially slow processing your payment. Calculate how much you get if the rules change to include more people as eligible dependents.

Banking status: If your banking status changes, it could hold up receipt of your payment. Banking status disproportionately impacted Black Americans and other people of color, according to an analysis by the think tank Urban Institute. People who identify as white and whose incomes were above the poverty line were more likely to have received their first stimulus check by the end of May than people who identify as Black, Hispanic or below the poverty line, the analysis found.

Nonfilers need to take an extra step: People who earn below the threshold to be required to file federal income tax returns in 2018 or 2019 also would not get a stimulus check unless they completed an online form for the IRS. This group includes low-income families with children and a far greater number of Black people and people of color. Over 9 million people have until Oct. 15 to claim their checks.

A few more resources to help

If you’re still waiting on the first round of payments, you can track the status of your stimulus check, learn how to report your no-show check to the IRS and find possible reasons why your stimulus check still hasn’t arrived.

And here are resources about coronavirus hardship loans and unemployment insurance, what you can do if you’ve lost your job, what to know about evictions and late car payments, if you could receive two refund checks from the IRS and how to take control of your budget.

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