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Tesla Motors rolled out a refreshed Model S EV a little less than a month ago with minimal fanfare (at least compared to the blockbuster reveal of the $35,000 Model 3). Tesla gave the Model S a nose job, upgraded some interior materials, added new LED elements to the headlights, and upgraded the onboard charger to 48 amps. Over the past few days, however, we began hearing word that Tesla would also be introducing a new 75 kWh battery option to replace the existing 70 kWh battery. A listing for a Model S 75D showed up on the California Air Resource Board (CARB) website, and Tesla later confirmed... Read more...
One of the most high-profile features of the Tesla Motors Model S (and its Model X sibling) is the fantastic Ludicrous Mode option. The discontinued Model S P85D in Ludicrous Mode was capable of hitting 60 mph in a neck-snapping 2.8 seconds, while the newer P90D accomplishes the same feat in just 2.6 seconds and ripped off a 1/4-mile time of 10.9 seconds in independent testing. Given that that upcoming $35,000 Model 3 will have less powerful electric motors and smaller battery packs than its pricier big brother, the standard vehicle will hit 60 mph in less than six seconds. This is compared to... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors is always at the forefront of the discussion. There’s Tesla, and then there’s everyone else. Look no further than the $35,000 Model 3, which has racked up over 300,000 reservations despite the fact that the vehicle won’t be available until late 2017 at the earliest. And when it comes to self-driving technology in production vehicles, Tesla’s Autopilot is usually the first to pop into the mind of techies around the globe. With that in mind, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been talking up the virtues of Autopilot, and its superiority to human drivers in dealing... Read more...
When it comes to the high-end electric vehicle market, no one comes close to touching the success (or the critical praise) of the Tesla Motors Model S. The company has spread its wings into the popular crossover segment with the Model X, and it is now looking to go mainstream with the Model 3. Tesla may be “winning” now, but competitors are quickly catching up with viable EVs of their own. Take for example LeEco, the parent company of Faraday Future, and often referred to as “China’s Netflix”. LeEco today presented its vision of a high-end EV with the unveiling of the LeSee ahead of its official... Read more...
The comings and goings at Tesla Motors and Apple with respect to personnel are being closely watched by the tech and auto industries as the former is the most high-profile electric vehicle manufacturer on the planet, while the latter is widely rumored to be working on its own EV. Further fueling those rumors of an Apple Car is today’s report that the the Cupertino, California-based gadget company has hired Chris Porritt, Tesla’s former Vice President of Vehicle Engineering. Before arriving at Tesla in May 2013, Porritt spent 16 years at Aston Martin as the company’s chief engineer. While there,... Read more...
We were tipped off last week that Tesla Motors would be making some front-end tweaks to high-end electric sedan to keep things fresh, and the company delivered today with an updated Model S. The styling tweaks ditch the faux black grille that has been present on all Model S EVs since its introduction in 2012 in favor of a design more reminiscent of the Model X crossover that was introduced last year. The new front end leaves a small opening below the leading the edge of the hood which houses the Tesla emblem, but that’s about it. We hope that Tesla transfers this design tweak to the Model 3, which... Read more...
At last week’s GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a couple of key products and technologies that target the High-Performance Computing, or HPC, space, including the Tesla P100 data center accelerator and its companion DGX-1 deep-learning system, which is a powerful server that has up to eight Tesla P100 cards at its core. Today though, we have more information about the underlying architecture employed in the P100, otherwise known NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU architecture.Pascal is the follow-up to the Maxwell architecture, which is leveraged in NVIDIA’s current-generation... Read more...
After unveiling its entry-level Model 3 EV over a week ago, Tesla Motors is set to deliver some more goodies for its existing product portfolio this week. The popular and incredibly expensive Model S will reportedly crib a feature found in its larger Model X sibling: the Bioweapon Defense Mode. The Bioweapon Defense Mode is activated using a button on the dashboard, creates positive pressure within the cabin and relies on a massive HEPA filter (10 times larger than those found in typical vehicles) to fend off any unwanted, harmful particles. During the Model X unveil in September, Tesla CEO Elon... Read more...
It’s been an amazing week for Tesla Motors. Last Thursday evening, CEO Elon Musk took to the stage to reveal his company’s fourth ever EV: the Model 3. While Tesla's previous offerings have been aimed at well-heeled buyers, the Model 3 is going after the heart of the mainstream market with a price tag of $35,000 before credits and rebates (the average selling price for a new car in America in 2015 was $33,000). By the time Musk had finished his presentation, preorders for the Model 3 had already far surpassed 100,000 units. The next day, orders topped 200,000 and a few days later approached 300,000.... Read more...
Yesterday, during his keynote address at GTC 2016, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made a number of interesting announcements and disclosures. We saw Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak take a virtual tour of Mars and witnessed the official unveiling of NVIDIA’s Tesla P100, which is based on the company’s bleeding-edge, GP100 GPU. GP100 leverages NVIDIA’s forward-looking Pascal GPU architecture and features 16GB of HBM2 memory, all built using TSMC’s 16nm FinFET manufacturing process. The GP100 is massive with a 600mm2 die, which is about the size of current gen high-end Maxwell GPUs, though when you... Read more...
Two days ago 200,000 people pre-ordered the Tesla Model 3. As of today, the number has potentially skyrocketed to 300,000 pre-orders. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems shocked by the number of people eager to get their hands on Tesla’s upcoming, more-affordable electric car. Musk took to Twitter this afternoon to announce that 253,000 people had pre-ordered the electric vehicle as of 7am EST. Given that it is almost 4pm EST as of the writing of this article, it is a safe bet that this number has increased to 300,000. 253k as of 7am this morning — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 2, 2016 Musk had only... Read more...
In case you been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, Tesla Motors unveiled its electric car for the masses, the Model 3, last night. As the follow-up to the award winning Model S and the eccentric Model X, the Model 3 has some big shoes to fill and customers are eagerly forking over down deposits to secure their place in line to purchase one. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to give some updates on the status of Model 3 preorders, and the numbers are quite staggering. According to Musk, 198,000 reservations had been placed as of 1PM EST today. Given that it’s close to 9PM EST now, it’s... Read more...
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has been hyping up what will likely be the most important model ever for his decade-old electric car company for over a year now. Today, after much anticipation, we get our first look at the Model 3 in the flesh, and oh boy is it a beauty. If you were already enamored with the looks of the handsome Model S, the Model 3 caries on the same design theme in a slightly shrunken package. Perhaps the biggest difference in styling is up front — while the Model S has a faux grille to create the illusion of a more conventional internal combustion-engine vehicle, the Model 3 avoids... Read more...
Folks, the wait is almost over. After initially piquing our interests with the Roadster, and then revolutionizing the EV market with the Model S, Tesla Motors is going “mass market” with its Model III EV. Today, we’ve learned that the company will lift the veil on the vehicle at a Los Angeles event on March 31st. Whereas the Model S starts at $75,000 for the based 70D model and can top $108,000 for the high performance P90D, the more plebian Model III will start at just $35,000 before any incentives are applied. "We can confirm it's $35,000 before incentives," confirmed a Tesla spokeswoman early... Read more...
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