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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...
We knew that Jim Keller would eventually return to the tech scene after a brief hiatus. Back in mid-September, Keller left his post at AMD, where he served as AMD’s chief architect for CPU cores. He has now moved on to the “green” pastures of Tesla Motors, where he will be instrumental in advancing the electric carmaker’s self-driving routines. Tesla issued the following statement after news first broke of Keller’s new position: Jim Keller is joining Tesla as Vice President of Autopilot Hardware Engineering. Jim will bring together the best internal and external hardware technologies to develop... 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...
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...
Tesla Motors is opening up reservations for its Model X SUV to the general public, though if you plan on purchasing one, you'll need to make a $5,000 reservation payment towards a cash price that's no less than $80,000, albeit before incentives. After factoring in various things like the $7,500 federal tax credit and what Tesla estimates you'll save in gas over 5 years ($9,000), you're looking at a $61,000+ electric vehicle. As with the Model X's predecessor, the Model S, there are three models up for grabs, including the 70D, 90D, and P90D. The number in each model represents the capacity of the... 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...
When it was found earlier this year that Apple had begun plucking good engineering talent from competing companies for its electric vehicle project, it seemed like a typical case of one company offering a more enticing deal than the other. But, could it actually be that those fleeing to Apple simply couldn't cut it at the other companies? That was a question raised just yesterday, after Elon Musk made some rather eyebrow-raising statements. He said, in effect, that if Apple snatches up Tesla's talent, it's because those folks couldn't "make it" at his company. In effect, Apple gets the rejects,... 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...
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