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Tesla might be the first name you think of when the topic of electric vehicles comes up, but being popular doesn't always guarantee victory. Case in point, German automaker BMW beat Tesla by winning a contract to supply the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with a flee of electric cars for its community outreach program and other police business.The LAPD will lease 100 of BMW's all-electric i3 vehicles, which effectively doubles the number of electric cars that are collectively in use by different departments in the city. None of these are used for patrol or for hot pursuit—those activities... Read more...
It's been no secret that Tesla's Elon Musk is worried about advanced artificial intelligence getting into the wrong hands. He's even put his money where his mouth is with those concerns, and last year founded OpenAI, an organization with no competitive nature that aims to make sure AI benefits all of mankind. Being that Musk is so worried about AI finding its way into the wrong hands, many have been keen on knowing who or what company he's most concerned about. Well, at Code Conference 2016, he enlightened us. "There's only one."  What could that singular cause for concern be? Unfortunately,... Read more...
When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk lifted the veil on the Model 3, customers quickly emptied their wallets to get their place in line to purchase the $35,000 electric vehicle (EV). After all, it’s hard to argue with a sleek-looking [green] vehicle that seats five, can hit 60 mph in under six seconds, can travel over 215 miles on a charge and costs under $30,000 after federal tax incentives are accounted for (even lower in Colorado). But Musk was a bit coy about Supercharging support for the Model 3. Model S and Model X owners have free access to Tesla’s nationwide charging network, and it was initially... Read more...
Tesla has just made it official that its much-anticipated Gigafactory will have its grand opening on July 29th. The company itself hasn't issued a public statement on this event, but invites have already been sent out to Tesla owners and others in Tesla's good graces. To say that those who get invited by Tesla is an exclusive club would be an understatement. To qualify for the invite, a person had to act as a referrer to at least five others who ultimately ended up purchasing a Model S. Think being able to purchase a Model S is a luxury? Imagine being able to convince five (or more) friends... Read more...
It looks as though a new competitor is looking to charge into the electrified vehicle market. Whereas Tesla Motors is squarely aimed at the passenger vehicle market with high-priced full EVs like the Model S and Model X, Nikola Motors (clearly a nod to Tesla) has its sights set much higher on the world of long-haul transportation. The headlining vehicle from this new startup is the Nikola One, a semi-truck that combines electric motors with a natural-gas-fed turbine that recharges the vehicle’s 320 kWh battery pack. Total system output is pegged at 2,000hp with 3,700 lb-ft of torque. The company... Read more...
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...
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...
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