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Tesla has been fighting the media over the past few months as it has struggled to reach production milestones with the Model 3 mainstream electric sedan. Along the way, it has battled bad press surrounding Autopilot failures, and CEO Elon Musk has even questioned the journalistic integrity of some publications in what he sees as an "conspiracy" against Tesla. Now, a new result from the Luxembourg Testing and standardization authority (ILNAS) has Tesla screaming bloody murder about biased testing procedures. The testing and standards body put a 2015 model year Model S, which... Read more...
Ever since the original Model S launched back in 2012, one of the bedrocks of Tesla's forward-looking mission was the inclusion of integrated (and free) in-car internet. This cellular internet connection powers everything from vehicle navigation enhancements, to music streaming, to over-the-air updates that continually provide new functionality to the Tesla EV family. However, it looks as though Tesla has grown tired of giving away its full-fledged internet service to customers and will begin making some changes starting July 1st. We should come right out and clarify that the new policy that takes... Read more...
Tesla’s Model S has been roaming the streets since 2012, and has pretty much had the high-end, all-electric sedan market to itself. The car is good looking, is loaded with tech, and a P100D in Ludicrous Mode is able to rip off 0-60 times in less than 2.5 seconds. However, Tesla's EV performance crown will soon be challenged by Porsche, which is well along in development of its Mission E, with production set for 2019. The Mission E looks shares styling cues with its Porsche brethren, but looks more futuristic than the "familiar" styling of the Model S. Luckily for us, the folks at Automobile... Read more...
Tesla seems to have a lot on its plate these days; the company is humming along with production of the Model S and Model X, while it is struggling to meet production targets for the entry-level Model 3. In addition, the company is taking deposits for its long-haul Semi, while its kickass second-generation Roadster is far along in development. For a relatively small auto manufacturer like Tesla, that would be more than enough to keep busy for the foreseeable future. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants more. The overachieving Musk took to Twitter yesterday to inform fans that a Tesla pickup truck is on... Read more...
We were first graced with the Porsche Mission E's beauty back in fall of 2015, and later in that same year, it was confirmed that the electric sedan had been given the green light for production. Now, we're beginning to learn a little more about the car, including how it will be priced. In a recent interview with CAR Magazine, Porsche chief Oliver Blume revealed that the production Mission E will be priced like an entry-level Panamera. For those of you don't keep up with luxury sports sedans, the base Panamera (rear-wheel drive) starts at $85,000, while the Panamera 4 (all-wheel drive) starts at... Read more...
  The biggest electric vehicle launch of the year is about to commence tomorrow. Tesla CEO Elon Musk already informed us that the first customer deliveries of the highly anticipated Model 3 would take place on July 28th, but we’re now learning that the event will be live streamed for a global audience. The streaming event will take place starting at 11:45PM EST on Tesla’s homepage, and we’ll see the keys to the first 30 vehicles handed over to likely anxious buyers. The Model 3 is priced from $35,000 before state and federal tax credit/rebates are taken into consideration, but Musk reckons... Read more...
The Model 3 might be the latest electric vehicle in the works from Tesla, but the company is going out of its way to let you know that it isn’t the “greatest”. The Model S went into production in June 2012, and has since become the poster-child for the company’s advances in EV and autonomous driving development. But the “3” in the designation Model 3 is leading some people to believe that this a next-generation vehicle that will be more advanced than its five-year-old sibling. “Model S is our flagship, premium sedan with more range, acceleration, displays and customization options,” writes Tesla... Read more...
If you are the lucky owner of a Hardware 2.0 (HW2) Tesla Model X or Model S, a new software update is beaming down to your vehicle that enables some new functionality. The Tesla 8.1 software update brings with it a number of updates for the Autopilot 2.0 system and adds some UI improvement for the vehicles’ massive display screens. With respect to Autopilot 2.0, many of the features simply bring functionality to parity with the first-generation Autopilot system. Tesla has improved Autosteer, which now allows the vehicle to steer on the highway at speeds up to 80 mph (previously, the limit was 45... Read more...
The remarkable thing about Tesla's automobile lineup is not just that they're electric vehicles with fancy technologies such as Auto Pilot (self-driving mode), but that they remain sporty in performance. This is especially true of the 2017 Tesla Model S P100D. Initiating what Tesla calls Ludicrous Model, which puts added stress on the motor, gearbox, and battery for a performance boost, the Model S P100D was able to hit 0-60 miles per hour in less than 2.3 seconds.The enthusiast drivers at Motor Trend took the 4,891-pound vehicle to the track where it posted the fastest 0-60 mph time of any production... Read more...
Tesla recently brought some New Year’s joy to owners of recently-delivered Model S and Model X EVs. CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that brand new Autopilot software for HW2 vehicles has been pushed out to roughly 1,000 vehicles. In case you were wondering, HW2 stands for Hardware 2.0, which includes all the necessary hardware for full self-driving capabilities. All vehicles made since October are HW2-compliant. Tesla described HW2 in October, writing: Eight surround cameras provide 360-degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement... Read more...
If you’re the current owner of a Tesla Model S or Model X electric vehicle (EV), consider yourself lucky. If you manage to take delivery before the end of the year, you will have also dodged a bullet — you still have free lifetime access to Tesla’s Supercharger Network. But in a rather disappointing turn of events for future Tesla owners, the global Supercharger Network will no longer be completely free to use for new EV purchases made after January 1st, 2017. Tesla is hoping to make this bitter pill a little easier to swallow by giving new buyers 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits annually.... Read more...
Tesla has announced updates to its autonomous driving capabilities, with the company stating that all of its new vehicles produced from this point forward have the necessary hardware for “full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” This puts the scope of this system even beyond current implementations of Autopilot and is fully complaint with Level 5 autonomy. The new hardware included to help drive these capabilities includes new forward-facing radar (which can see through rain and fog) and 8 cameras that provide a full 360-degree view of the... Read more...
Tesla is running into more roadblocks with its Autopilot functionality, which is found on its Model S and Model X EVs. The use of Autopilot, which allows a vehicle to operate semi-autonomously with minimal driver interaction, has come under increasing scrutiny ever since a driver was killed on a Florida highway over the summer. Now the German government is stepping in by asking Tesla to stop using the term Autopilot. German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt sent the request in a letter to the American automaker on Friday. In the letter, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) stated, "In... Read more...
Researchers from Keen Security Lab in China discovered and demonstrated a vulnerability in Tesla's Model S vehicles that could allow a remote hacker to fiddle with various controls, everything from opening the moon roof and adjusting the power seats to even applying the brakes. The security outfit shared its findings with Tesla, which issued an over-the-air update to plug the security hole. The researchers said they spent several months looking for vulnerabilities in Tesla's connected vehicles and were able to find several security holes. What's particularly alarming about the flaws they found... Read more...
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