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When automobile accidents happen, the first thing anyone wants to do is assign blame. Who was driving? Who was texting instead of paying attention to the road? Who was speeding and blew through a stoplight? But how do you assess blame if no one was in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident? Well, for one Model S owner, he is laying the blame at the feet of Tesla Motors for an accident involving his pricey EV and a parked trailer. Jared Overton claims that on April 29th, he parked his Model S on the side of the road and ran some errands. He just so happened to be parked behind a trailer,... 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...
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...
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...
Given that Tesla Motors already has a lot on its hands addressing supply issues with the Model X (namely parts related to its Falcon Wing rear doors) and figuring out how to meet demand for 325,000 preorders of the Model 3, you’d think that the company wouldn’t have much time to focus on much else. Well, you’d be wrong, because a new report claims that the breakthrough Model S is about to be receive what could be described as a mid-cycle refresh. At the top of the agenda for Tesla is to add more “luxury-minded appointments” to the interior. The interior of the vehicle will also receive the ventilated... Read more...
If you’re a fan of all things Tesla, you’ll be delighted to learn that a sneaky white hat hacker has uncovered an unannounced, if not totally predictable, addition to the Model S and Model X product families. Jason Hughes did some poking around in Tesla’s recent 7.1 firmware and discovered references to a P100D. Given that Tesla discontinued the 85kWh 85D/P85D and currently fields the 90kWh 90D/P90D, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the P100D is referencing a future performance version of the Model S with a 100kWh battery pack. The current 90kWh battery pack gives the Model... Read more...
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...
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