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We can’t say that we didn’t see this one coming. Last year, Tesla Motors introduced a 90kWh battery option for the Model S in a bid to not only offer greater performance, but also a longer driving range. The introduction of the 90kWh battery option has also squeezed out the slightly less capacious 85kWh battery that has been around ever since the introduction of the award-winning electric car back in 2012. Rather than maintain product lines with similar battery capacities, Tesla has decided to axe the Model S 85. "The recently introduced 90kWh battery pack offers unprecedented range and value that... Read more...
Elon Musk is fully aware that Apple's working on an electric vehicle of its own. The Cupterino outfit hasn't announced anything of the sort, but as far as Musk is concerned, it's pretty much an "open secret" based on the talent Apple has hired and other leaked information. And you know what? He welcomes the rivalry, if there ends up being one.There's already some drama that's taken place between Tesla and Apple. Back in October, Musk took a jab at Apple's hiring spree of former Tesla employees."Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired," Musk told Handelsblatt, a German publication.... 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...
   It may have sounded outlandish when Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the bold visionary claim that some day "human drivers could be outawed," but the latest study out of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture for us modern homo sapiens. Alphabet's Google business unit commissioned a study from the research group and the results show perhaps exactly the trend Musk was referring to. The report focused on minor collisions that Google's 50 vehicle strong self-driving car fleet had logged over the last 6 years. Google's robot AI powered cars racked up just... 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...
Google just landed itself an experienced and well rounded engineer who's been associated with several high profile companies and projects. His name is Robert Rose and his most recent stint before joining Google was with Tesla, which builds and sells electric vehicles. The company is also involved in self-driving and assisted-driving vehicle technologies, the latter of which is where Rose lent his skills.In his short time at Tesla, Rose was in charge of the Autopilot team through the release of software version 7.0. Autopilot 7.0 introduced things like Autosteer and Auto Lane Change for the Model... 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...
Tesla Motors is at the forefront of innovation in the electric car market. The company got the ball rolling with its Roadster, then really amped things up with the Model S. The Model S has been heaped with praise and continues to get better with new high performance variants and numerous over-the-air software updates. And the company is now ready to tackle the soccer mom market with the Model X and the entry-level luxury market with the Model III should arrive sometime in 2017. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is an audacious leader that demands a lot from his engineers (and himself) to push the envelope when... Read more...
“At what point do you tip over from visionary to supervillain, and where are you building your secret mountain lair,” Stephen Colbert jokingly asked Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk earlier this month during a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Well, now we know the answer… Elon Musk is truly a supervillain! After all, who else but a supervillain would unveil an all-new electric vehicle that features a “Bioweapon Defense Mode” button? Well, that’s exactly what Musk has included in the new Model X crossover, and it’s designed to protect your lungs if you ever find yourself in “an apocalyptic... Read more...
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk knows how to keep his company in the headlines. Earlier this week, the company’s Model X crossover made headlines when it was announced that pre-orders have opened for select customers. Although it was readily apparent to us what exactly Tesla was doing when it announced pricing for the Model X Signature Series, which starts at $132,200, other people were rather outraged at such an astronomically high price tag (as if people didn’t know that Tesla EVs are already quite expensive). The Model X Signature Series is a fully decked out vehicle with nearly every option box... 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...
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