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Tesla said it's rolling out a software update, Tesla Version 7.1, that will put some new restrictions on hands-free driving in Model S sedans. After applying the the update, Model S vehicles in Autopilot mode will be restricted to going no more than 5 miles per hour over the speed limit when cruising through residential neighborhoods and highways without a divider. Having Autopilot on will also result in Tesla's vehicles slowing down in situations where a human driver might do the same, like on curves or after flipping the turn signal in anticipation of an upcoming turn. This is to make the autopilot... Read more...
Tesla Motors’ Model S is regular in the news, mostly for being a rather kickass electric vehicle. In its most potent guise, the Model S P85D in ‘Ludicrous Mode’ packs nearly 700hp and can rip off 0-60 times of less than 3 seconds and completes the 1/4 mile run in 10.9 seconds. However, one particular Model S in Norway is gaining attention for all the wrong reasons. One particular Model S owner performed a seemingly simple and relatively routine procedure with his vehicle -- he pulled up to one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations and plugged it in to top off the lithium-ion battery pack. Luckily for... Read more...
The Tesla Motors Model S may be the darling of the electric vehicle world, but it has its fair share of issues. In late October, Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of the Model S following complaints of reliability issues from customers. “The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks,” wrote Consumer Reports in October. "Complaints about the drive system have also increased as the cars have aged—specifically for the 2013 model, which was the car’s first full model year.”... Read more...
Tesla Motors is recalling every Model S electric sedan that it has ever built — a total over over 90,000 vehicles to date. And wouldn’t you know, just a single part is at fault for the recall, and not a single person has been injured as a result of the defect. However, Tesla is being proactive about the safety of its vehicles and is initiating a recall for the front seat belt mechanism. It was discovered that in just a single instance, in one Model S, that front passenger-side seat belt fell apart. According to Tesla, a single bolt that is attached to the outboard lap pretensioner failed due to... Read more...
They say you can’t fix stupid, but Tesla Motors is doing its best to prevent drivers from performing stupid stunts in their Model S electric cars using the Autopilot function. Last month, Tesla released a beta version of its Autopilot software for Model S sedans built since September 2014 (roughly 40,000 in number), and it didn’t take long for owners to perform risky maneuvers in the vehicles, putting not only themselves at danger, but also the rest of the motoring public. Autopilot uses a combination of cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to scan the vehicle’s surroundings and use this data... Read more...
What Consumer Reports giveth, Consumer Reports taketh away. Consumer Reports has waxed poetic about the Tesla Motors Model S electric car for well over a year, giving the vehicle a 99 out of 100 rating — the highest honor it has ever bestowed upon a vehicle -- that was until the Model S P85D came around. The balls-to-the-wall performance monster broke the publication’s rating system, scoring a 103 on the 100-point scale. But the folks at Consumer Reports may have been a bit blinded by the aura surrounding the Model S. Dashing good looks and supercar performance can have that effect on people. But... Read more...
Elon Musk definitely knows how to keep his automotive company, Tesla Motors, in the news. While promoting his company in a German interview last week, Musk took a few shots at former employees and Apple (he later clarified those statements) and Tesla last last month officially introduced the Model X crossover EV. In top-level trim, the Model X can out accelerate Porsche 911 Turbo, which is no easy feat. Today, Tesla is back in the news for a feature that is being introduced to its critically acclaimed Model S. Tesla Autopilot is the headlining feature in Tesla Version 7.0 software. Autopilot works... Read more...
Don’t get us wrong, Tesla Motors has been on an absolute tear with regards to its gorgeous Model S electric sedan. The vehicle has won awards left and right and has even broken Consumer Reports’ review scale. In its most potent form, the Model S P85D put down 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of torque, which is good enough to rocket it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds in Ludicrous Mode. But the competition isn’t sitting still either — and increased competition results in even more compelling vehicles for us all. Look no further than Porsche’s entry into the electric vehicle arena: the Mission E Concept.... Read more...
If you’ve been itching to get your hands on Tesla Motors’ follow-up to the award-winning Model S electric sedan, now is your chance. Tesla has opened up pre-orders for its Model X SUV, and pricing for this limited run of models is positively through the roof. The Model X Signature Series comes with the newly announced 90 kWh battery pack, which gives the seven-seat vehicle an EPA estimated driving of 240 miles per charge. And given that this is a top-spec model, you’ll find a 259hp electric motor up front which teams with a rear-mounted 503hp rear motor. Together, the electric motors are powerful... Read more...
When it comes to high performance, ultra-expensive electric sedans, Tesla Motors has pretty much had the market to itself with the Model S. The EV starts at $75,000 and creeps up to $105,000 and beyond with the frighteningly fast P85D. However, Tesla is about to have some stiff competition from an unlikely source: Aston Martin. If anyone can produce a vehicle that’s as good looking as a Model S, it’s Aston Martin. But rather than produce an all-new platform that was built from the ground up for electric duty, Aston Martin will repurpose the underpinnings of the existing Rapide luxury sedan — a... Read more...
Tesla Motors wowed us (and creeped us out just a little bit) with its Solid Metal Snake charging plug for its Model S electric sedan. The premise of the futuristic device is rather simple; it allows the driver to pull into their garage (or perhaps even a Supercharger) and automatically charge the device without any actually physically having to place his or her hands on the charger or receptacle cover. However, it looks as though the UK government is looking even further into the future. The UK will begin trials latest this year for what it is dubbing an “electric highway” that would recharge electric... Read more...
Late last year, Elon Musk teased us with a new product that Tesla Motors was working on in its research lab. What Musk described seemed creepy at the time, especially considering that he had just recently shown us “The D” at an evening press event. “Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically moves out from the wall & connects like a solid metal snake,” said Musk in a tweet on December 31. “For realz.” We didn’t think much else about this intriguing contraption given the precious little details that Musk provided at the time. But fast forward seven months and we now have... Read more...
When Tesla Motors made a wave of announcements yesterday relating to its hot-selling Model S — including a new single-engine 70 kWh variant, an optional 90 kWh battery, and “Ludicrous Mode” — we overlooked an extremely tantalizing bit of information that CEO Elon Musk dropped at the very end of his blog. “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years,” said Musk. Yes, you heard that right. Tesla is making a second generation Roadster and it will be here before the end of the decade. The first generation Roadster went out... Read more...
Word leaked out yesterday that Tesla Motors had a big announcement set for today. While everyone was expecting there to be news about the Model X (which seemed highly likely) or the Model III (which seemed highly unlikely), the actual announcement is all about the Model S. “First, I should address something that might be on your mind, like: ‘Where the heck is the Model X and the Model 3!? You should really get on that’” said Tesla CEO Elon with regards to today’s announcement. “Don't worry, those remain our focus and good progress is being made on both. X is on track for first deliveries in two... Read more...
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