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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for sharing details of coming vehicles on Twitter, and he has been doing just that this weekend with some bean-spilling on the company's forthcoming dual motor AWD Model 3 EV. Musk said that Tesla is hard at work on the Model 3 dual motor all-wheel drive and performance versions of the vehicle. He claims that the car's "driving feel is amazing" and offered up some release info and configuration details. Musk did directly answer one poster who wanted more details on specifics of the front and rear motors, Musk wrote, "AC induction front & switched reluctance, partial... Read more...
We've reported over the past week on the "production hell" that has engulfed the Tesla Model 3. Yesterday, it was reported that Tesla will shut down Model 3 production this week in order to prepare the assembly line for a big ramp in output. Now, an email that CEO Elon Musk sent out to employees gives some greater insight into what changes the company has in store and outlined a new, lofty production target for the Model 3. For starters, Model 3 production (before the shutdown) stood at around 2,000 units per week earlier this month. Now, Musk is saying that the company... Read more...
It's getting a bit hard to decipher what's going on over at Tesla these days. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that "production hell" is in full effect as it attempts to ramp Model 3production numbers. Musk blamed the slow buildup of production on "excess automation". He went on to add that the miscalculation on a proliferation of robots on the assembly line was his mistake and that "humans are underrated".  Now we're learning that Model 3 production is once again going to come to complete stop (the last production halt occurred in late February). According to BuzzFeed News,... Read more...
Sometimes, too much technology can be a hindrance to production goals, and Tesla recently found this out the hard way. Tesla, which is well known for its groundbreaking Model S hatchback and Model X crossover electric vehicles, attempted to go full-tilt with robots and automation to reach lofty production goals with its mainstream Model 3.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now admitted that the company's over-reliance on automation is actually the reason why the Model 3 is behind schedule. Speaking with CBS' Gayle King, Musk admitted, "We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts...... Read more...
Tesla is well on its way to ramping up production of its entry-level Model 3 electric vehicle, but what many people are wondering is when the all-wheel drive (dual motor) variant will finally reach production. After all, AWD has been extremely popular with the Model S and is what helps give the flagship sedan a staggering amount of horsepower and the ability to rip off sub-3 second 0-60 times. A Model 3 reservation holder (who opted for the AWD configuration) inquired to Tesla CEO Elon Musk when production would begin ramping of the dual-motor vehicles. Musk responded that Tesla will need... Read more...
After getting off to a rocky start with Model 3 production, Tesla is starting to show some signs of stability and is increasing its output at a steady clip. The company announced this week that it produced 9,766 Model 3 electric vehicles during the opening three months of 2018. That's not counting the Model S and Model X, which added another 23,768 units to that tally, bringing Tesla's total output for the quarter at 34,494 units (a 40 percent increase from Q4 2017). Putting those numbers more into perspective, Tesla said that it produced 2020 Model 3s during the past week. Over the next week,... Read more...
Facebook has been embroiled in an almost obscene amount of controversy this past week, as governments begin to ask the social networking giant how a third-party firm managed to acquire comprehensive details on 50 million of its users. A year ago, the idea that Facebook was abused to steer the US election could have been considered a conspiracy, but now, it's widely believed to be likely. Not long after this story originally broke, there was an immediate uptick in the number of people deciding to close or delete their Facebook account. Before long, #DeleteFacebook became a trending hashtag, and... Read more...
At a time when Tesla is struggling to keep up with demand for the Model 3, it has taken a rather curious turn with regards to its vast Supercharger Station network. If you recall, Superchargers are used to fast charge Tesla EVs, and were at a time free for all Model S and Model X owners. However, Tesla began charging new customers "a small fee" for that privilege on January 1st, 2017 (although an annual of 400 kWh is included in the purchase price). A new report shows that the fee that Tesla has been charging customers will increase dramatically for some customers. According to Electrek, rates... Read more...
Fresh off the historic launch of Falcon Heavy earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is once again making big claims about what he wants to do next with his company. While speaking at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas over the weekend, Musk claimed that SpaceX will launch a spacecraft towards Mars as soon as next year. “I can tell you what I know currently is the case is that we are building the first ship, the first Mars interplanetary ship right now,” said Musk. “And I think we’ll be able to do short flights, sort of up-and-down flights, probably some time in the first... Read more...
It looks as though few people (or companies) are truly safe from cryptocurrency miners. Hackers have attempted various avenues to mine for Monero, with the latest crop of evildoers targeting Tesla's Kubernetes console, which unfortunately was not password protected. Once the Kubernetes console was compromised, the intruders were able to obtain credentials for accessing Tesla's Amazon S3 account, and the private data that was stored with the service. However, it doesn't appear that Tesla's data was the target of the hackers. Instead, they wanted to use the company's Amazon S3 resources for cryptocurrency... Read more...
Just a little over a week after making history with the successful launch of Falcon Heavy, SpaceX is once again in the news. This time around, the company has gained FCC approval to lay the groundwork for a satellite-based internet service called Starlink. When we think of satellite internet, problems with latency often crop into our minds. This is because traditional satellites that are capable of delivering internet and TV service operate in a geostationary orbit (GEO) at an altitude of around 36,000 kilometers. However, the satellites that will form the backbone off Starlink will orbit the earth... Read more...
Well, SpaceX has done it! The company's monstrous Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from the LC-39A launchpad at Cape Canaveral this afternoon, sending CEO Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster on an elliptical orbit around the Sun and Mars. There were many unanswered questions before the launch and skepticism, with Murk especially worried about vibrations and the interplay between the three boosters at launch. However, things apparently went off without a hitch. As scheduled, two of the Falcon 9 boosters performed boost back burns once separated from the central booster, and made perfect simultaneous... Read more...
All eyes will be on Cape Canaveral early Tuesday afternoon when SpaceX will attempt to launch its long-awaited Falcon Heavy rocket. The company's existing Falcon 9 rocket is pretty much a known quantity at this point, and had a stellar record in 2017. However, strapping together what are essentially three Falcon 9 cores and launching the whole shebang into space is an incredible engineering feat that even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn't certain that his company can pull off tomorrow. However, if everything does go according to plan, SpaceX will attempt another first -- it will try to recover all three... Read more...
We finally have an official launch date, and if all goes according to plan, Falcon Heavy will [hopefully] blast off from the LC-39A launchpad on February 6th, 2018. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed the exciting news earlier today via Twitter. The first launch of Falcon Heavy has been in the works for years. SpaceX had originally hoped to get the heavy-lift vehicle off the ground in 2013, which was then later pushed to 2014. And now here we are in 2018 with the first flight less than two weeks away. Aiming for first flight of Falcon Heavy on Feb 6 from Apollo launchpad 39A at Cape Kennedy. Easy viewing... Read more...
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