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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 503h rear motor. Together, the electric motors are powerful... Read more...
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla Motors tends to suck all of the oxygen out of the room. The company first dazzled us with the two-seat all-electric Roadster, then followed up with the gorgeous Model S. The company is just weeks away from delivering the first Model X crossovers to paying customers and is just a little over a year away from unveiling its “affordable” Model III electric sedan. In the grand scheme of things, however, Tesla is just a tiny player compared to some of the well-entrenched automakers around the globe. One such powerhouse is the Volkswagen Group, and more specifically,... 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...
Tesla Model S owners: some goodies are en route. Via a couple of tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that an update will be rolling out in the near-future that will improve its flagship's highway autosteer and parallel parking capabilities. Parallel parking explains itself, but on the autosteer front, the car would be able to handle highway driving 100%, without the driver having to push a single control. Almost ready to release highway autosteer and parallel autopark software update— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2015 Final corner case is dealing with low contrast lane markings (faded... Read more...
If Apple wants to quell speculation about its rumored efforts to develop an electric car, the consumer electronics behemoth is going about it the wrong way. Apple hired quality manager Doug Betts from Fiat Chrysler this month and is keeping mum about his role in the company. This comes after Apple hired a key researcher from Mercedes-Benz earlier this year.  Apple is working on a car-related project known as CarPlay, but the industry has been awash in speculation that the company is working on more than just a complex entertainment system for your vehicle. The rumored car project is believed... 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...
It was the furthest thing from being a secret that Tesla had major ambitions for its battery-producing "Gigafactory", located in Nevada, but as we can now see, we've yet to see the full extent of what the company has in store. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tesla has tripled its land holdings over the past couple of months, giving it about 3,000 acres worth of desert to thrive on. Apparently, the purchase for the additional land was made at a time when the company's finances were strained from retooling a factory in California, but, to the company's favor, it recently secured credit lines... Read more...
The electric vehicle wars are about to heat up, and it looks as though the next big fight will be between General Motors and Tesla Motors. Both companies are no stranger to electrified vehicles, but Tesla has by far been the poster child for the EV movement since the introduction of its highly acclaimed Model S. However, GM is looking to swing the momentum back in its favor with the release of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is already hitting the streets in prototype form. This is actually a pretty quick turnaround for GM, as the concept vehicle was first shown this January at the Detroit Auto Show,... Read more...
We’re still well over at year away from the reveal of Tesla’s Model III electric vehicle, and even further away from its official arrival on U.S. streets. However, more details about the vehicle have begun to slip out over the past few months. The latest bit of info is something that never crossed our minds before, but makes complete sense when you think about Tesla’s aim to increase its EV sales and hit more affordable price points. According to Tesla’s chief technical officer, JB Straubel, the Model III lineup won’t just consist of an electric sedan; there will also be a crossover based on the... Read more...
When it comes to the current crop of electric vehicles available in the U.S. auto market, none is as popular or as highly decorated at the Tesla Model S. The car earned a 99% review score from Consumer Reports and in its most potent form, the P85D is capable of reaching 60 mph in just three seconds thanks to “Insane Mode.” However, the Model S is a vehicle that starts at $75,000 and can quickly surpass the $100,000 mark when opting for the P85D trim. So what about the rest of us? After all, the average transaction price for a new vehicle in the U.S. during the month of May was a more sedate $33,560.... Read more...
We have the feeling that the “personal power storage” market is about to really take off. Many environmentally-conscious homeowners are looking towards alternative power generation (like solar) in an effort to reduce their reliance on the traditional electric grid. As a result, there will be a need for complimentary battery systems to capture and store solar energy when the sun isn’t shining, and even those without solar panels can “load shift” to take advantage of more favorable utility rates throughout the day. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Mercedes-Benz, a company that has more... Read more...
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