Sean O'Kane

Sean O’Kane is a reporter who has spent a decade covering the rapidly-evolving business and technology of the transportation industry, including Tesla and the many startups chasing Elon Musk. Most recently, he was a reporter at Bloomberg News where he helped break stories about some of the most notorious EV SPAC flops. He previously worked at The Verge, where he also covered consumer technology, hosted many short- and long-form videos, performed product and editorial photography, and once nearly passed out in a Red Bull Air Race plane.

The Latest from Sean O'Kane

Ford’s hands-free BlueCruise system was active before fatal Texas crash

It's the first known fatality resulting from a crash involving the use of BlueCruise, which Ford first announced in 2021.

Faraday Future faked early sales, lawsuits claim

Two internal whistleblowers at Faraday Future claim the troubled EV company has been lying about some of the few sales it has announced to date. They also claim founder Jia Yueting has “weaponiz

Lucid Motors ekes out a new delivery record as it searches for more EV buyers

Lucid Motors delivered more EVs in the first quarter of 2024 than it has in any other quarter, though it set the record by a very slim margin. The Saudi-backed, California-based electric vehicle compa

Tesla reportedly drops plan to build $25K EV

Tesla is reportedly abandoning its plan to build a lower-cost EV, thought to be priced around $25,000, according to Reuters, despite that vehicle’s status as a pivotal product for the company&#8

Tesla slashes Model Y inventory prices by as much as $7,000

Tesla is dropping prices of unsold Model Y SUVs in the U.S. by thousands of dollars in an attempt to clear out an unprecedented backlog of inventory. Many long-range and performance Model Ys are now s

Faraday Future avoids eviction at its LA headquarters — for now

Faraday Future has avoided getting evicted from its Los Angeles headquarters — for the time being. The troubled EV startup reached an agreement April 2 with its landlord, Rexford Industrial, to stay

Fisker’s Ocean SUV investigated for doors that won’t open

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a third investigation into EV startup Fisker’s Ocean SUV, this time centered on problems getting the doors to open. The NHTSA’

Rivian started a tough year on a flat foot

Rivian has a challenging year ahead — and the first quarter is off to a tepid start. The EV startup announced Tuesday that it built 13,980 vehicles and delivered 13,588 of them in the first quarter

Tesla blames sales drop on Houthi attacks and arson in Germany

Tesla just turned in one of its more disappointing first quarters for deliveries in a while, and the company is putting some of the blame on an arson attack at its factory in Germany and shipping disr

Fisker lost track of millions of dollars in customer payments for months

Fisker temporarily lost track of millions of dollars in customer payments as it scaled up deliveries, leading to an internal audit that started in December and took months to complete, TechCrunch has

Tesla is pushing a free one-month trial of its FSD Beta driver-assistance software to US customers

Tesla is about to start giving every customer in the U.S. a one-month trial of its $12,000 driver-assistance system, which it calls Full Self-Driving Beta, provided they have a car with the compatible

Fisker trading suspended by NYSE

The exchange said Monday that Fisker's stock is "no longer suitable for listing" because of "abnormally low" price levels.

Lucid Motors raises another $1 billion from Saudi Arabia as it searches for luxury EV buyers

Lucid Motors is raising another $1 billion from its biggest financial backer, Saudi Arabia, as it looks to blunt the high costs associated with building and selling its luxury electric sedan. The comp

Fisker loses potential Nissan deal, putting rescue funds at risk

The negotiations between Fisker and a large automaker — reported to be Nissan — over a potential investment and collaboration have been terminated, a development that puts a separate near-

Amber launches Tesla warranty service to help owners of aging EVs

Owners of aging EVs aren’t exactly flush with options if something breaks after the original warranty expires. One Bay Area startup called Amber thinks it can help them navigate that minefield,

Rivian starts offering adapters to access Tesla’s Supercharger network

Rivian customers can now request an adapter to tap into Tesla’s vast North American network of Superchargers, making it the second automaker to do so behind Ford. The company announced Monday that i

Fisker pauses production with just $121M in the bank

EV startup Fisker is pausing production of its electric Ocean SUV for six weeks as it scrambles for a cash infusion. The company said in a Monday morning regulatory filing that it had just $121 millio

Lordstown Motors comes out of bankruptcy with a new name to fight Foxconn

Lordstown Motors has emerged from bankruptcy with a new name and a nearly singular focus: continuing its lawsuit against iPhone-maker Foxconn for allegedly “destroying the business of an America

Applied Intuition lands $6B valuation for AI-powered autonomous vehicle software

Autonomous vehicle software company Applied Intuition has raised $250 million in a round that values the startup at $6 billion, as it pushes to bring more artificial intelligence to the automotive, de

Lucid Motors is stuck in a fight over the name of its Gravity SUV

Lucid Motors is at risk of losing the trademark for the name of its Gravity SUV, just months before the company is supposed to start production. Google Ventures-backed EV charging company Gravity Inc.
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