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Will Plaid be back in fashion for 2021 or will rivals rise?

() joined Wall Street’s prestigious S&P 500 index on December 21 as its sixth-largest member, becoming the latest tech inductee alongside the likes of Amazon, Apple and Facebook.

Here in the second of a three-part series on the electric vehicle maker, our chief feature writer Oli Haill looks at Tesla’s launch plans and competition.

Launching its fastest road car yet

By the end of 2021 Tesla plans to have delivered the first versions of its most powerful vehicle to date, the souped-up version of its Model S electric sportscar.

The Model S ‘Plaid’ will have an estimated range of “more than 520 miles” and a top speed of 200mph from an electric powertrain made up of three motors.

Facing a lot more EV competition

Tesla’s current valuation is “like it’s operating in a vacuum”, an analyst from US broker Roth Capital Partners said recently.

But this vacuum will be more

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The successful CIO in 2021 needs these essential skills

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Leadership traits and CIO priorities for 2021 will be shaped by empathy, communication and the future of work

As technology leadership evolves, what are the traits and behaviours required of the new breed of CIO in 2021? Empathy, communication and a laser-like focus on innovation are all at the top of the list.

As Edward Qualtrough writes for Tech Monitor, a new incarnation of the C-Suite technology leader has long been required to advance organisations’ strategic agendas, and the events of the last year have only advanced that need. Covid-19 gave CIO and CTOs the chance to prove their worth and provided recognition, at last, of the strategic imperative for digital transformation.

Read Edward’s full article on Tech Monitor, which details the skills needed by a CIO in 2021. Don’t forget to subscribe to Changelog, our weekly newsletter, for more great stories delivered direct to your inbox.

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