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Tesla’s New 21″ Model S Wheels Go For The Princely Sum Of $4,500 20
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Wheels on 01 20th, 2018


Tesla Model S buyers who would rather ditch the car's standard 19" wheels in favor of something larger, finally have something new they can order.
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Tesla Employee Charged With DUI After Crashing Model 3 In California 18
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Offbeat News, Police, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 18th, 2018


A Tesla employee has been charged with DUI and obstructing the work of a police officer after crashing a Model 3 in Morgan Hill, California.
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Tesla To Improve Voice Control Functionality On Model 3 17
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 17th, 2018


Tesla intends to improve the voice command functionality of the entry-level Model 3 in an effort to make the sedan even more straightforward to use.
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Another Lawsuit Over Tesla Model S P85D True Output Surfaces In Norway 14
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 01 14th, 2018

The Tesla Model S is becoming somewhat of a controversial car in Norway. The electric automaker is facing another lawsuit in the country, as Model S P85D owners are suing Tesla on the basis of false advertising, reports Dagens Naerlingsliv.

Towards the end of 2016, 126 Model S P85D owners in Norway sued Tesla, claiming the electric sedan only produces 469 horsepower instead of the claimed 691 hp. The latest lawsuit, which has 79 plaintiffs, claims that the automaker misrepresented the EV’s performance figures.

The latest batch of drivers are looking to get the same settlement as the previous owners, which saw each car Model S P85D owner receive 65,000 Norwegian crowns ($7,700) in an out-of-court settlement. Some, though, opted to get a smaller payout in addition to receiving upgrades to their Teslas.

“It’s the same kind of case that ended up in a compromise the last time,” said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Christoffer Falkeid. “It’s about the power of the car and the mistakes in marketing and in the sales process, but I do not want to go into amounts.”

While there’s a substantial gap between a car that has 469 hp and one that has 691 hp, there’s a simple reason for the discrepancy. As Teslarati points out, the Model S P85D has a dual motor configuration. The front motor is rated by Tesla to make 221 hp, while the back generates 471 hp, giving the electric car a combined rating of 691 hp.

Unfortunately for Tesla, in Norway this constitutes false advertising, leading to the lawsuits. The trial will take place at the Oslo District Court in June and is expected to last six days.

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Edmunds Buys Its Own Tesla Model 3, Delivers First Impressions 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Film, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018


After placing a reservation in early 2016, Edmunds received its own Tesla Model 3 to put through its long-term testing process.

As with all the cars in this first production batch, this Model 3 is the Long Range version that also features the mandatory-for-now Premium Upgrades pack as well as the Autopilot semi-autonomous system. All this equipment increased the price of Edmunds’ Model 3 up from the base $44,000 to $55,000.

First impressions of the Model 3 are more than positive, with the car being pretty quick, while the chassis feels sorted and showing off its good balance and low center of gravity.

The biggest talking point however is the ergonomics of the minimalist cabin; cramming everything into a big, landscape-oriented touchscreen requires more time than usual for the driver to learn where everything is. But even when he does, things like not having a speedometer ahead of the driver remain less than ideal.

The Model 3 is definitely the brand’s make-or-break car, but the first impressions so far point at a well-sorted compact saloon that has that special Tesla character people seem to like so much.

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Tesla Model 3 Does 0 To 60 In Just 4.6 Seconds, 1/4-Mile Took 13.3 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Film, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


In case anyone was worried about whether or not the Tesla Model 3 can keep up with various petrol-powered sports saloons, the answer is a resounding yes.

According to a VBox test performed by Brooks from DragTimes, this Model 3 managed to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 4.66 seconds. That makes it quicker than the previous generation E90 BMW M3.

The car in question featured the Premium package and a bigger battery pack, but was otherwise stock, making these results even more impressive.

In fact, this car (with the 70 kWh battery pack) should have done 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds, according to Tesla. Although seeing it do even better doesn’t exactly come as a shock.

We can only imagine how quick the upcoming dual-motor performance version will be, since it will also feature a Ludicrous mode like its Model S and X siblings.

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First World Problems: Tesla Model 3 Owners Furious Over Lack Of An Alcantara Headliner 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 11th, 2018


The Tesla Model 3 is finally trickling into the hands of consumers but not everyone is happy with what they received.

As Autoblog discovered, a number of owners have taken to Twitter and Tesla forums to complain the $5,000 Premium Upgrade Package didn’t include an Alcantara headliner.

While this obviously seems like a first world problem, the Telsa Model 3 website simply mentions “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” The site doesn’t specifically mention Alcantara upholstery but the company has previously released interior photos which shown an Alcantara-like material.

Some people have chimed in saying their Model 3 has Alcantara instead of the new material and this has caused some buyers to complain that Tesla is pulling a “bait and switch.”

That doesn’t seem to be the case as Tesla regularly makes changes to their vehicles and a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek “As we continue to increase production of Model 3 and produce more high quality cars for customers, all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner found in our flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, which has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That probably won’t appease owners who were expecting an Alcantara headliner but the whole situation probably could have been avoided with better communication and more realistic photos showing customers exactly what they would receive.

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First World Problems: Tesla Model 3 Owners Furious Over Lack Of An Alcantara Headliner 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 11th, 2018


The Tesla Model 3 is finally trickling into the hands of consumers but not everyone is happy with what they received.

As Autoblog discovered, a number of owners have taken to Twitter and Tesla forums to complain the $5,000 Premium Upgrade Package didn’t include an Alcantara headliner.

While this obviously seems like a first world problem, the Telsa Model 3 website simply mentions “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” The site doesn’t specifically mention Alcantara upholstery but the company has previously released interior photos which shown an Alcantara-like material.

Some people have chimed in saying their Model 3 has Alcantara instead of the new material and this has caused some buyers to complain that Tesla is pulling a “bait and switch.”

That doesn’t seem to be the case as Tesla regularly makes changes to their vehicles and a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek “As we continue to increase production of Model 3 and produce more high quality cars for customers, all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner found in our flagship Model S and Model X vehicles, which has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That probably won’t appease owners who were expecting an Alcantara headliner but the whole situation probably could have been avoided with better communication and more realistic photos showing customers exactly what they would receive.

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Tesla Introduces Trip Planner To Give Potential Customers A Real Look At Ownership 6
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Reports, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 01 6th, 2018


With the release of the Model 3, Tesla is finally expanding into a fully-fledged manufacturer that appeals to a significantly higher number of buyers. While the more affordable price tag of $35,000 before tax incentives surely is a major factor in drawing in customers, the automaker’s trying out new things, including launching a trip planner on its website, as Fortune reports.

Up until now, only Tesla owners could plan a trip out in one of their electric vehicles through the car’s built-in navigation system. The company has added the new planner in an effort to provide drivers with a realistic view on what taking a trip with its all-electric vehicles would be like.

The website allows users to choose between the Model S, Model X, and Model 3, and it’s available on all of the Model S and Model X’s versions, namely the 75 kWh, 100 kWh, and 100 kWh ones. The Model 3 is only available with the long-range battery pack, which was confirmed to have a range of 310 miles (500 km). After choosing a vehicle, users can plan their trip by entering their location and intended destination.

The nifty thing about the trip planner is that it shows users where and how long they’ll have to charge their electric vehicle for on the journey. Your truly, for instance, messed around with a trip from Detroit to Washington, D.C., which is a trip I made multiple times last year.

With a Model 3, I would have to make three stops to get to my destination: one in Macedonia, Ohio, another in North Huntingdon, Pa., and an additional stop in Breezewood, Pa. The stop in Macedonia would be the longest at 40 minutes, while the one in North Huntingdon would be a quick one at 25 minutes and the last one in Breezewood would be for 30 minutes. The trip, including the necessary stops, would take 10 hours and 17 minutes and span 548 miles.

The trip planner also provides an estimated gas savings amount. For the aforementioned trip, Tesla believes it would save me $23. That figure’s on the safe side, as I know my 2002 Toyota 4Runner would take about $75 in fuel on that exact trip.

Being able to see exactly where you have to stop and for how long is a nice touch for Tesla customers. Fortune, though, claims that the in-car navigation system is, for now at least, better than the website, as it provides more details.

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Professional BMW Driver Tries Tesla Model 3, Compares It To An M3! 6
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in BMW, BMW M3, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 01 6th, 2018


The Tesla Model 3 was one of the most anticipated electric vehicles since… well, since we can remember. With a confirmed EPA range of 310 miles (499 km) and a starting price tag of $35,000 before incentives, it could really be a viable option to gasoline- and diesel-powered cars.

However, so far we didn’t have any info about the way it drives. A professional BMW driver manage to get behind the wheel of a Model 3 and had good things to say about the sedan.

The lengthy review, if you can call it that, was posted on BMW Car Club of America, and while it doesn’t feature a lot of details, it does provide some juicy tidbits. The placement of the headlight switch, for instance, isn’t on a stalk or a knob like a regular car, but is accessed through a menu on the massive center screen. That sounds like it would incredibly annoying.

The switch for the hazard lights was in an even more precarious position. For the majority of cars, it’s a button located somewhere on the dash, usually in an easily-accessibly area. That’s not the case for the Model 3, though, which has a hazard switch that’s located in an overhead panel next to the rearview mirror. Again, not the best of ideas.

These are minor quibbles that don’t provide any information on the car itself. But the author managed to drive the Model 3 in a spirited manner that revealed its sportier side.

“Despite my lack of seat time in the car, it did what I asked with ease; it was communicative, composed, and surprisingly neutral, despite my not being able to figure out how to defeat the stability control. The steering, brakes, and balance were all on par with my expectations of a sport sedan – think E46 M3…”

Comparing a vehicle, any vehicle, to a BMW E46 M3 is high praise. For those that forgot about one of BMW’s purest M3’s, this video should freshen up their memories.

Despite being a diehard BMW fan, BMWCCA’s reviewer managed to like the Model 3.

“This car is a game-changer; it will be relatively attainable compared to its predecessors, and it was even able to satisfy the driving bias of an old-school BMW-lover like me. I really didn’t want to like it, but I found little to complain about.”

If an old-school BMW fanatic liked the Model 3, we have a feeling that the rest of the Press will do the same, too. Heck, if it’s quirky enough for Doug DeMuro and sporty enough for a BMW fan, then it’s going to be very interesting indeed.

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Tesla Model X Exceeds Towing Limit, Pulls Volvo Semi In The Snow 5
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Film, Offbeat News, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, Trucks, video, VOLVO on 01 5th, 2018


Despite some very slippery conditions, this Tesla Model X managed to pull a struggling Volvo semi truck up a hill in Raleigh, North Carolina.

One reason why it looks as though it’s having a hard time is the snow. If the road was dry and there wasn’t an incline, that Model X would have probably done a cleaner and better pull.

If you think it wouldn’t, just remember that a Touareg V10 TDI once pulled a Boeing 747, and that a Cayenne S Diesel once towed a 285 tonne (628,317 lbs) Airbus A380.

On paper, the towing limit for the Model X is roughly 5,000 lbs (2,2 tonnes), but it’s safe to assume that the all-electric SUV can easily exceed that number over short distances – especially when fitted with the correct weather tires to improve grip.

When asked how far the Tesla had to tow the semi, the person who posted the video stated that it was “up the whole hill,” and confirmed that there “really wasn’t much stress on the car at all.” To be fair, the Volvo semi was doing its part to help itself, constantly searching for grip.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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Aston Martin CEO Open To A Tesla Roadster Rival, Says PHEVs Don’t Make Sense 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ASTON MARTIN, Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 01 4th, 2018


Aston Martin has a lot on its plate but that hasn’t stopped CEO Andy Palmer from revealing he’s open to a high-performance electric vehicle that would compete with the upcoming Tesla Roadster.

When asked about the possibility of offering an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, Palmer told Auto Express “It’s possible.” When went on to say “There are various challenges involved in making an EV, and the one everyone focuses on is the battery – the management system and the chemistry involved.” However, he said companies such as Aston Martin are really good at other issues that affect electric vehicles including “weight, aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance.”

As Palmer explained, this experience “puts us at an advantage over other brands who are making some big claims – such as Tesla, with a lightweight roadster.”

Besides talking about a potential Tesla rival, Palmer said Aston Martin won’t offer plug-in hybrids because they add too much cost and complexity. Instead, he would rather “spend my engineering dollar on going to what, after all, will be the final goal: pure-electric vehicles.” Despite this, the company has plans for mild-hybrids which use 48V technology.

In related news, Aston Martin announced it sold 5,117 vehicles last year and this is the first time since 2008 they have surpassed the 5,000 unit mark. The company expects that success to continue as the Vantage will go into production this year and it will be joined by a replacement for the Vanquish.

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Tesla Delivered 1550 Model 3s In Fourth Quarter, Production Plans Pushed Back Again 4
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 01 4th, 2018


Tesla has fallen short of Wall Street expectations by revealing that it delivered just 1550 examples of the Model 3 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Confirmation of these lower-than-expected delivery figures come just a couple of days after the Californian EV startup pushed back its target of producing 5000 Model 3 sedans per week until the end of the second quarter. Tesla initially intended on reaching this mark at the end of December.

On the back of these revelations, shares in Tesla fell by 1.7 per cent to $312 in after-market trading.

Many analysts believed Model 3 production would ramp up significantly in the fourth quarter this year and that roughly 4100 examples would be delivered.

Beyond the Model 3, Tesla says it delivered 15,200 Model S vehicles and 13,120 Model X SUVs in the fourth quarter, bringing total deliveries up to 29,870.

In a statement, Tesla said Model 3 production is increasing.

“In the last seven working days of the quarter, we made 793 Model 3s, and in the last few days, we hit a production rate on each of our manufacturing lines that extrapolates to over 1,000 Model 3s per week.”

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