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Tesla just rolled out its latest electric vehicle, the Model Y. The Model Y is a compact crossover that is largely based on the preceding Model 3 sedan. And as you can see by the vehicle’s styling, it looks like a Model 3 from nearly every angle, only with a taller greenhouse and a hatchback instead of a trunk. Given that its shape is dictated primarily by aerodynamics, it has a sloping roof like the Model X instead of a two-box design like most other crossover utility vehicles on the market. With a drag coefficient of just 0.23, the Model Y is also the most aerodynamic crossover on the market. Inside, the Model Y has the same dashboard as the Model 3, which means you get a large,... Read more...
Tesla is on the verge of pulling the wraps of its latest electric vehicle: the Model Y. Elon Musk confirmed the reveal date for the vehicle earlier this month following a whirlwind of Tesla stories involving price cuts and next-generation Superchargers. The Model Y will enter the fray at a time when crossovers are an incredibly hot segment of the entire global automotive market, and U.S. demand for the Model 3 compact sedan is starting to taper off. First, let’s talk about the name: Model Y. The names of Tesla’s EV family were deliberate, and the Model 3 was initially supposed to be called the Model E. However, the threat of a lawsuit from Ford forced... Read more...
Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company’s V3 Supercharger would be revealed this week. True to his word, the company lifted the veil on its third-generation charging stations at a private event last night, and they promise a higher charging capacity of 250 kW. For comparison, V2 Superchargers currently peak at 120 kW (more on that later). So, what does this actually mean for customers in the real world? According to Tesla, a Model 3 Long Range can now get a 75-mile boost in range in just 5 minutes, which the company is wildly claiming translates into a charge rate of 1,000 miles per hour. More importantly, the company says that the amount of time... Read more...
There's no question that Tesla is at the top of electric vehicle (EV) field with respect to battery technology, performance and efficiency. However, a number of companies -- most recently, Rivian -- are looking to challenge the American automaker. The latest is Piëch Automotive, a startup helmed by Toni Piëch. The company's first vehicle is the Mark Zero, and it's quite the looker with its shapely curves, low hood line, and large wheels filling out the fenders. At first glimpse, you'd be forgiven if you mistook this EV for an Aston Martin. In fact, the vehicle is quite conventional in the looks department, and if we didn't already know that this was an EV (and paid... Read more...
Tesla's next big unveil has been confirmed, and it's happening on March 14th. That's right, the company's Model Y compact electric crossover will finally be revealed in less than two weeks according to a tweet this afternoon from CEO Elon Musk. At this time, we don't have many specifics regarding the vehicle, but we can infer a lot given comments that Musk has tweeted about the vehicle over the years. It will reportedly share about 75 percent parts commonality with the Model 3 compact sedan, which should simplify production and increase economies of scale. That means that we should see similar powertrain (single-motor/rear wheel drive, dual-motor, all-wheel drive) and battery configurations.... Read more...
It's finally here; the $35,000 Model 3 that Elon Musk first promised nearly three years ago has come to fruition. Tesla announced this afternoon that the Model 3 is finally available to order with a base price of $35,000 before any applicable federal ($3,750) and state rebates. Previously, the cheapest available Model 3 started at $42,900 for the Mid Range, rear-wheel drive model. The new Standard Range, rear-wheel drive model will travel 220 miles per charge compared to 264 miles for the Mid Range model. The vehicle will also go from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph. The $35,000 price comes with a de-contented interior, meaning that you'll get cloth seats, basic audio... Read more...
Volvo is putting the Tesla Model 3 on notice, and is doing so with the reveal of its new Polestar 2 electric car. Like the Model 3, the Polestar is a compact car that will be available in an all-wheel drive configuration. But whereas the Model 3 has a traditional trunk, the Polestar 2 features a hatchback design. Starting off with the styling, you won’t mistake the Polestar 2 for anything but a Volvo, as the company’s current design language is sprinkled throughout. You’ll notice the Thor’s hammer headlight detailing, chiseled lines, and sharp creases along the shoulders. Interestingly, the vehicle almost takes on a sort of sedan/crossover hybrid appearance (a la... Read more...
We already know that Porsche is fully committed to electrifying its vehicle lineup. The German automaker has dabbled with hybrid-electric performance vehicles for the past decade, and its first production electric car -- the Taycan -- is expected to be revealed in production form later this year. However, the company today just announced some jaw-dropping news regarding its best-selling vehicle, the Macan. The second-generation Macan, which will go into production early in the next decade, will be electric-only. What makes this move so shocking is that fact that this isn't some low-volume vehicle that Porsche can just "experiment" with. Porsche sold nearly 90,000 units globally... Read more...
Watch out, Tesla. There’s a new EV startup in town and it has the backing of one of the largest companies in the world. Earlier this week, we reported that both General Motors and Amazon were considering investing in Rivian, which is on track to deliver an all-electric pickup truck and crossover SUV early next decade. Today, Rivian has confirmed that Amazon has invested a healthy $700 million into the company. Amazon is not a company that throws around money on a whim, so it must see some incredible potential in Rivian and its product lineup. It’s also likely that Amazon got a peek at some strong preorder numbers for the R1T (pickup) and R1S (crossover) that eased any fears... Read more...
Tesla got the ball rolling with the modern take on electric vehicle back in 2012 with the Model S, and arguably no other manufacturer has been able to combine the good looks and long range into a competing production vehicle...yet. The closest to matching the luxuries afforded by Tesla matched with a long driving range and good looks comes from Germany, and Audi has just teased its it upcoming Q4 E-Tron. The Q4 E-Tron is a compact crossover vehicle that will slot under the current E-Tron mid-sized crossover EV. The vehicle will be built on Volkswagen's new MEB platform, which will form the basis of a wide range of electric vehicles across the company's corporate brands. Size wise, expect... Read more...
When the Rivian R1T pickup and its R1S SUV counterpart were first revealed back in late November, many were understandably skeptical. After all, we’ve heard a lot about “Tesla Killers” over the years, but none has really stepped up to the challenge… yet. But according to a new report, Rivian could soon be getting a big boost in confidence (and funds) from two unlikely sources. According to Reuters, both Amazon and General Motors are looking at taking minority stakes in the Michigan-based automotive startup. Based on comments from people familiar with the backroom financials, the investment would value Rivian at between $1 billion to $2 billion. If all goes... Read more...
Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk is known for encouraging his software engineers to incorporate Easter Eggs into the company's EVs. That's why we've been graced with such niceties as a Santa Mode, and more recently, the game Pole Position that can be played using your steering wheel and brake pedal. Tesla's latest Easter Egg will have you yelling "Great Scott," because "you're about to see some serious sh*t!" It was found by a redditor earlier this week who just so happened to stumble across the Back to the Future reference in the Tesla iOS app. When your Tesla EV has 121 miles of range left, you simply tap on the battery icon within the app which will enable the Easter... Read more...
When Tesla CEO Elon Musk first announced the Model 3 over two years ago, he billed it as an "affordable" mainstream electric vehicle that would be available at a price of $35,000 before federal tax credits. More than a year after customers first starting taking deliveries of the Model 3, the mythical $35,000 Standard-Range model still isn't available. In fact, Tesla's website still lists it as being 4 to 6 months away. The next best thing for customers is a price cut on the existing models, and that's just what Tesla did today. The company has cut prices across the board on the Model 3 by $1,100. This is after Tesla cut the price of the cheapest currently available Model 3 by... Read more...
Porsche is set to reveal the production version of its highly anticipated Taycan EV later this year. The vehicle concept, which first bowed in 2015 as the Mission E -- is based on a new electric car platform and promises to deliver the thrills that Porsche is known for with the instant torque of electric motors. However, there's one metric where the Taycan won't be able to compete with its established competition: acceleration. The Tesla Model S P100D can rip off sub-3-second 0-60 runs in Ludicrous Mode, while the Taycan should do the deed in a still mind-numbing 3.5 seconds. But Porsche is looking to take the crown in a more important and practical way: charging... Read more...
The release of Tesla’s Autopilot Hardware 3.0 is just around the corner and the automotive firm has made a number of significant changes with this upgrade. A series of recent patents have confirmed that Tesla will utilize a new artificial intelligence chip, or “neural net accelerator”. This will replace the NVIDIA hardware that is currently used in the Autopilot 2.0 platform and should enable full self-driving capabilities in the future.  Why is Tesla working on a new AI chip? According to the patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “Processing for machine learning and artificial intelligence typically requires performing mathematical operations... Read more...
There's been a rash of negativity swirling around Tesla in the past week. First, the company announced that it was killing its referral program, which gave Model S, Model X, and Model 3 owners sweet prizes (including free Tesla Roadsters). Then, Elon Musk announced that the company would be cutting its workforce by 7 percent in order to increase probability – this came after the company increased its headcount by 30 percent in 2018. But in a bit of good news for company, Tesla says that its Model 3 has now been given the go-ahead for sales in Europe. Now that the initial rush of buyers in the United States has died down a bit (customers in the U.S. can now get a new custom-ordered... Read more...
It appears that Toyota still doesn't quite know what to make of electric vehicles (EVs). The Japanese auto giant was among the first to deliver a production hybrid vehicle to the public with the Prius. The Prius rode a wave of popularity starting with its first-generation and peaking with its third-generation. However, as traditional internal combustion engines (ICE) vehicles have become more efficient and the availability of hybrids has expanded, Prius sales have started trending downward. And according to Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz, electric vehicles are also starting to blunt Prius sales. More specifically, Lentz calls out the Tesla Model 3. Fourth-generation Toyota Prius... Read more...
It seems as though everyone is gunning for Tesla these days, and given the American EV company's success, it's understandable. Just yesterday, we reported that Nissan is actively developing the IMs to rival the Model 3 and Model S. Now, it's being reported that Audi has given the green light to produce the PB18 e-tron supercar that was first unveiled back in August. Bram Schot, who serves as Audi's chief in The Netherlands, told Auto Week NL that it will produce an extremely limited run of the vehicle. Just how limited? Schot stated that the German company will produce around 50 units.  The PB18 e-tron would most directly compete with Tesla's second-generation... Read more...
When it comes to modern electric vehicles, Tesla has become synonymous with advancing the genre. The company really caught a lot of attention with its Model S and has lit up the sales charts with its more mainstream Model 3. Now, Nissan is looking past its own econobox Leaf EV so push forward with the IMs concept.  The IMs features a brand-new car platform that was designed from the ground-up to be used for EVs. It is a mid-size sedan that at 190 inches in length is about 5 inches longer than a Model 3, but roughly 8 inches shorter than the Model S. It rides on a relatively long 114-inch wheelbase, which leaves plenty of room between the wheels to accommodate a large battery pack. In fact,... Read more...
Elon Musk and the crew over at SpaceX have announced that the company will be shedding about 10% of its workforce, which currently totals over 6,000 employees. SpaceX said that it was going to "part ways" with some workers noting that it had "extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead." The cuts came despite a successful 2018 for the company. A SpaceX spokesman said in an email Reuters obtained, "To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations." SpaceX was granted FCC approval last... Read more...
Tesla has been making some changes to its pricing strategy over the past week, and the biggest change in quite some time comes today with the premium-market Model S and Model X. CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce that the 75 kWh battery pack for both electric vehicles will be discontinued and that customers only have until Sunday night to place orders for vehicles with that battery option. For those that don't keep up with all things Tesla, the Model S 75D with the 75 kWh battery has a base price of $76,000 and can travel up to 259 miles with a full charge. The heavier $82,000 Model X 75D with the 75 kWh battery can travel up to 237 miles per charge. Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer... Read more...
The luxury electric vehicle sector is starting to heat up, years after Tesla turned the industry on its head with the Model S. Now, the competition is finally fighting back with new EVs of their own, with the latest coming from Nissan's Infiniti. The company first teased its QX Inspiration back in December, and now it has posted two renders of the vehicles from various angles (save for the rear).  It's definitely a new design direction for Infiniti and is littered with numerous sharp creases all around. Although it’s a new look for Infiniti, it doesn't break any new design ground in the EV space; however, the grille-less face is a bit unsettling at first.  Perhaps the most... Read more...
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