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We learned earlier this week that Tesla had a plan in the works that would end range anxiety — a fear that an electric vehicle will run out of juice before it can be plugged in to recharge — for its electric vehicles. Today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new initiative to deal with range anxiety. Over the next two weeks, Model S electric vehicles will automatically download an over-the-air (OTA) update that will install the Range Assurance app on the vehicle. Range Assurance is a background process that runs all the time and maintains a real-time communications link with Tesla’s Supercharger... Read more...
In a reversal certain to smooth out the hackles of all luxury electric car drivers, both current and aspiring, the state of New Jersey passed a law yesterday allowing Tesla Motors to resume operations and directly sell their automobiles to customers within the state. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill, thus negating the New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission's demand on March 11 of last year to end direct sales to the public by Tesla, in accordance with laws then in place that required that car manufacturers sell their vehicles only through franchised dealerships. By that time, in the year... Read more...
One of the highlights of today’s opening keynote at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose (GTC) was NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang’s invited special guest, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk and the “fireside chat” the two were scheduled to hold. Frankly, it was a bit shorter than expected, but when two visionaries take the stage, time does tend to fly, figuratively and literally. There’s no question, Jen-Hsun Huang is a visionary when it comes to visual computing, but Musk, Musk thinks way outside the box on a lot of things – from Electric Vehicles, to Hyperloop supersonic transport,... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is about to get the party started at this year’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), which is being held in San Jose, California. We’re certain that NVIDIA’s monster GeForce GTX Titan X will make an appearance but the real kicker might come from Tony Stark Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors. Musk is scheduled to join Jen-Hsun on stage for perhaps a big announcement relating to automobiles. We already know that NVIDIA technology is used in the Model S, so perhaps we’ll hear about a Tegra X1 announcement for the upcoming Model X and Model III electric vehicles. You can watch... Read more...
The last time Tesla released a major over-the-air (OTA) update for its Model S electric sedan, it improved upon the already stellar “Insane Mode” found on the dual-motor P85D. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has something even more promising in store with a new OTA update that will be available to all Model S owners. Musk sent out the following tweet to his followers early this morning:Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety ... via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2015 With TSLA stock taking a serious beating in recent months, there’s... Read more...
The folks at BOXX are no strangers to crafting some of the world's most advanced workstation PCs, but its latest APEXX 5 still somehow manages to kick things up a notch. This might be a good time to rest your fist under your jaw, because your salivary glands might get overly excited. The "5" in the APEXX 5 name represents the fact that five GPUs can be installed, which at the current time would be composed of a Quadro K2200 dedicated to viewport duties, and four Tesla K40s to handle computation. A wide-range of other GPU configurations exist, but that's the only one that utilizes 5 GPUs. Want 4x... Read more...
It looks like Tesla Motors isn’t the only company in the electric car industry to notice the occasional employee slipping over to Apple. A123 Systems, which makes batteries for a variety of applications, including electric cars, has had it up to here with its PhDs jumping ship and recently filed a lawsuit against Apple and some former employees.A123 Systems claims that its engineers are being poached by Apple and are breaking employment agreements when they go. “Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” the lawsuit alleges, reports... Read more...
It’s not just any electric car that Apple is reportedly designing in secret. Apple has built an empire with its design prowess and – if it really is the entering electronic vehicle market – the company best known for its smartphones will face an equally design-conscious and well-established competitor in Tesla. Under these circumstances it only makes sense that Apple is pulling out all the stops to build a marketing-busting electric, uh, minivan. That’s the word on the street, anyway, and by that we mean the Wall Street Journal. Apple is known for keeping product development secrets better than... Read more...
Technology in the auto industry is a blessing that might become a curse according to Ford CEO Mark Fields. Speaking in Bochum, Germany about the new technology that has flooded the market, Fields pointed to the dangers of competing with unconventional players and warned that the auto industry could “end up like the handset business,” in which phone makers are somewhat beholden to wireless service providers.Ford's new Focus RS.“There are others who we never thought five years ago would be competitors for us,” Fields said, according to Reuters. “Guess what, they are looking at our industry, not taking... Read more...
I think we’ve all be impressed with the performance credentials of the Tesla Model S P85D. The original P85 was already an incredibly capable performance sedan, but the “D” brought dual electric motors to the table along with all-wheel-drive. Needless to say, with 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of torque at your disposal (actually it’s more like 864 ft-lbs), the P85D’s acceleration is enough to frighten or delight unsuspecting passengers.  Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is not a person that is known to settle; it’s simply not in his DNA. Look no further than his aspirations to explore space with SpaceX... Read more...
The Tesla Model S P85D is a beast; there is no question about it. The all-wheel-drive electric sedan [officially] generates 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of peak torque. That’s enough to hurtle the 4,900-pound vehicle to 60 mph in roughly three seconds. But as we learned in our last report on the P85D, the vehicle is actually laying down a mind-blowing 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels, which allowed it to absolutely trounce its “lesser” P85 sibling in a drag race. We all know that the P85D can do, but what happens when you toss an unsuspecting person into the passenger seat of the vehicle for some wickedly... Read more...
It’s on now! Companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan have been shoving electric vehicles down our throats for the past few years. However, the Focus Electric, Spark EV, and Nissan Leaf can only travel 80 to 90 miles on a charge before they run out of juice. While that may be enough for those that simply commute to work or putter around town, many people with “range anxiety” want a bit more reserve power for longer trips, and vehicles like the Tesla Model S are simply way out of the price range of average Americans. That’s where the Chevrolet Bolt comes in, which is the next logical step past... Read more...
Back in early October, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk promised to show us “The D”, and he delivered with the Model S P85D. That AWD electric sedan pumps out a healthy 691hp and an eye-popping 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. The vehicle is fast enough to make the already quick Model S P85 look like a Prius in a drag race. But Musk isn’t content with just advancing the ball when it comes to EVs, he’s also looking to change how we charge the vehicles as well. Musk took to Twitter this morning to describe the latest project that Tesla is working on:Btw, we are actually working on a charger that automatically... Read more...
Last year’s “hotness” is this year’s “so what.” The Tesla Motors P85 is an impressive electric vehicle, having scored 99 out of a possible 100 points in Consumer Reports’ testing. The electric vehicle is gorgeous, can seat up to 7 people (as long as two of them are small children), comes equipped with 415hp, and can dash to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. But that was then, this is now. We’ve already told you about the new Model S P85D, which features two electric motors — one mounted in the rear of the vehicle and one mounted up front. The two motors together generate an impressive 691hp and 687 ft-lbs... Read more...
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