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Bob Lutz Claims Tesla Is “Going Out Of Business” 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Tesla on 11 21st, 2017


Former vice chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, isn’t one to shy away from making bold proclamations. His latest? An assertion that Tesla is “going out of business.”

Speaking to CNBC shortly after Tesla unveiled both the next-generation Roadster and its all-electric Semi in California, Lutz claimed the event was simply a distraction to shift focus away from the brand’s production issues.

“The company, folks, is going out of business. At this rate they’ll never get to 2019,” Lutz said.

According to Lutz, Tesla has no distinct advantage over any other established automakers, including when it comes to producing electric vehicles.

“There is no secret sauce in Tesla. They use the same lithium-ion batteries as everybody else.

“They are hemorrhaging cash. They’re going to have to go for another capital raise,” he said.

It’s worth noting that Lutz has been a long-time skeptic of Tesla and may have made these comments in a bid to fluctuate the value of Tesla. However, we do partially agree that Tesla may have decided to unveil the new Roadster as a way to deflect attention away from its Model 3 woes.

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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Tesla Pickup Truck Teased, Looks Like A Giant Toy Car 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Concepts, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla showed a first teaser image of an electric pickup truck during the unveiling event of the new Semi and Roadster models.

The company’s plans for a pickup truck are well known for some time but information remains limited at this point, with the teaser suggesting it will look like a smaller pickup truck version of the Semi.

According to Elon Musk, the upcoming Tesla utility model will be “a pickup truck that can carry a pickup truck”, something that was portrayed in these early sketches. Tesla wants their pickup truck to share as much of the Semi’s technology as possible but allow everyone with a normal driving license to be able to drive it.

“You’ll actually be able to legally drive that with a driver’s license” Musk jokingly said at the presentation. “It’s kind of wrong, but I like it.”

So it appears that the Tesla pickup truck will be a rather large vehicle that will feature a bed big enough to host something like a smaller one-tonne truck, which gives us a good idea of how ridiculously big it will be.

The concept is still in a very early stage of development so Tesla isn’t expected to reveal a fully working prototype for the next few years. After all, it appears that they have their hands pretty full at the moment.

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Tesla Asks The Full $250,000 Upfront For Special Roadster ‘Founder’s Edition’ 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Semi on 11 17th, 2017


Did you like the new Tesla Roadster so much that you want one of the first ones in 2020? That’ll be $250,000 up front, like right now, thank you very much. 

Tesla has opened the reservation books for both the Roadster and the Semi truck but unlike the Model 3 pre-order scheme, the deposits are understandably larger.

Pre-order reservations for the new Tesla Semi are available now for a $5,000 deposit, with Musk saying that production will start in less than two years.

As for the new Roadster, the deposit rises to $50,000. Nothing strange here, we’ve seen a lot of sports cars and supercars demanding a hefty deposit in order to get you in front of the line but that’s where Tesla is going a different route.

Tesla quotes $200,000 for the base version of the new Roadster, where the $50k deposit applies; if you truly want one of the first examples on the road in 2020, you’ll have to opt for the special ‘Founder’s Edition’ version which is applied for the first 1,000 Roadsters. The cost for that one is $250,000 but securing one means paying Tesla upfront the full price of the car right now.

Some might say that Tesla’s move to ask for the whole $250k for a car that theoretically will arrive in three years at best is a bit of a stretch, especially since the company has made a reputation of missing its targets consistently. Other might argue that this will be basically a free, zero-interest loan to a company that burns cash at an alarming rate. After all, if Tesla does sell all 1,000 Founder’s Edition Roadsters, it’ll be a $250 million capital raise for the company.

With the company currently struggling to kickstart mass production of the Model 3 -essentially the most crucial of their models- the new cash flow coming from the deposits of their two new models could be used towards solving some of their “production bottlenecks” while the hype of the two new models might drive once again the value of the company up in the stock market.

Is this a stretch? Or the very impressive numbers promised by the new Tesla Roadster are worth paying the full price three years ahead of its launch? Only time will tell.

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This Is How Fast The New Tesla Roadster Really Is 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, new cars, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


It’s one thing to read about a new car’s specs, and a completely different story to experience it firsthand.

However, in the case of the all-new Tesla Roadster, most of us won’t get near it until early next decade, so the only way to check it out right now is by watching these short video posted online.

One of the clips bears Electrek’s name, and it shows Tesla Motors’ sportiest vehicle ever doing a couple of short accelerations, shot via a 360-degree camera, so that you can adjust the angle.

To those that missed our initial coverage of the second generation Tesla Roadster, we will remind you that it packs a 200kWh battery pack. Zero to 60mph (96km/h) takes just 1.9sec, or approximately half a second faster than a Bugatti Chiron, and its digital speedometer will show 100mph (160km/h) after 4.2sec.

Moreover, the initial numbers also reveal that it can run down the quarter mile in 8.9sec, before topping out at over 250mph (402km/h).

This impressive performance comes at a steep price, as the new Tesla Roadster is said to start at $200,000.

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Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, featured, Tesla, Tesla Semi, Top 5, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla has officially unveiled its long-awaited Semi, and as expected, company chief executive Elon Musk is touting it as the future of trucking.

First, the most important number of them all. 500 miles. According to Tesla, that is the official range of the Tesla Semi under highway conditions when it is towing its full 80,000 lbs load. When fully loaded, the semi will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-truck on the market. Remove the trailer and it’ll reach the same mark in five seconds.

Making the Tesla Semi so brisk off the line are the four independent electric motors, driving the four wheels at the rear.

Another interesting thing about the Tesla Semi is that Musk says it will be impossible for the vehicle to jackknife. In order to avoid this, the Semi will use its independent rear wheels to dynamically adjust torque to ensure a jackknife never occurs.

Unsurprisingly, every Tesla Semi sold will come with Enhanced Autopilot as standard. Consequently, the Semi will include automatic lane keep assist and autonomous braking.

Despite being the brand’s first attempt at a truck, the Tesla Semi will allegedly be incredibly reliable. In fact, the automaker will guarantee that it will not break down in the first million miles. Owners will also benefit from the brand’s new Megachargers, powerful chargers which can add up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

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Tesla Shocks Us With New 2020 Roadster, Does 0-60 In 1.9 Sec! 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, featured, new cars, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Top 5 on 11 17th, 2017


Tesla has used the unveiling of its long-awaited Semi to shock the world and unveil the second-generation Roadster, a car which will be the sportiest vehicle every created by the electric automaker.

Elon Musk has been promising a new Roadster for a number of years and has just announced that it has arrived. Like the original, it is a sleek two-door but unlike its predecessor, is totally bespoke and adopts a seriously sexy design.

Incredibly, the base second-generation Tesla Roadster will reportedly reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds and reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in a mere 4.2 seconds. What’s more, it will run down the quarter mile in 8.9 seconds thanks to a 200-kWh battery pack and apparently hit over 250 mph.

According to Musk, the new Tesla Roadster has a 620-mile range and despite what the images may suggest, it does have four seats, however, the rear seats are exceptionally small.

From a design standpoint, the new Roadster is a dramatic departure from any other Tesla before it. The front end is characterized by a pair of slim LED headlights and typical Tesla curved body panels, while the rear looks more like a radical concept car than anything remotely close to a production model. Among the most intriguing design elements are wafer-thin taillights and an aggressive diffuser.

During his speech announcing the second-generation Tesla Roadster, Musk said he wants it to serve as the final nail in the coffin for ICE vehicles, hence why such lofty performance targets have been set. If they’re all achieved, it could very well represent the future of performance cars.

Unsurprisingly, the second-gen Tesla Roadster will be more expensive than its predecessor. In fact, the base price will start at $200,000 with a $50,000 reservation required. For true die-hard Tesla enthusiasts, a Roadster Founders Series will be available, starting at $250,000.

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This Is The All-Electric Tesla Semi 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, new cars, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Videos, Trucks, video on 11 17th, 2017


After being delayed from its original October 26 debut, Tesla is just minutes away from finally introducing its all-electric Semi, aimed at revolutionizing the trucking industry.

As we await specific details of the Tesla Semi to be announced in the live stream embedded below, it’s worth briefly recapping what reports state we can expect to see.

Most significantly, the Tesla Semi is expected to feature a large lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of between 200 and 300 miles.

Although specifics about the powertrain remain up in the air, the exterior design of the Tesla Semi is already believed to be out in the open, following shots that captured a prototype without any camoflage. As with Tesla’s current vehicles, the Semi’s design will be minimalist and lack traditional truck design elements, including a front grille.

More details as they come…



The White House Didn’t Really Give Musk Approval To Build A Hyperloop 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla on 11 16th, 2017


In July, Elon Musk shocked many observers by claiming he had received “verbal governmental approval” to build a Hyperloop between New York City and Washington, D.C.

However, it has just emerged that the whole thing may have just been a misunderstanding and that Musk jumped the gun when announcing the project.

Speaking to Recode earlier in the week, a top tech advisor to President Donald Trump, Reed Cordish, admitted that he may have been the one to get Musk’s hopes up.

“I think that I was the culprit. As I said to Elon after, I think what you heard was ‘verbal government excitement,’” he said.

Despite admitting that Musk hasn’t been given the approval he initially thought he was, Cordish did throw his support behind the entrepreneur’s plans to challenge how tunnels are built with The Boring Company.

“In essence, we’ve had the same technology for tunneling, it hasn’t changed in the last fifty years. And what Elon has done is he’s challenged his best engineers to reimagine that approach and we are working with them every day.”

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Tesla Responds To Racism Allegations, Calls Them A “Hotbed of Misinformation” 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla on 11 16th, 2017


Tesla responded to a recent lawsuit alleging racist behavior at its Freemont factory with a lengthy blog post called “Hotbed of Misinformation”.

Last Monday, an ex-Tesla worker named Marcus Vaughn filed a lawsuit against them, claiming that he and more than 100 African-American Tesla workers were subjected to racist behavior, with slurs being used to address them by supervisors and co-workers, with the company ignoring them despite their complaints. Vaughn also claims that he was fired from the company for “not having a positive attitude”.

In its response, Tesla acknowledged that several African-American and Hispanic individuals made use of racial language, including the “n-word” and “w-word” towards each other after investigating a group of people who worked on or near Vaughn’s team. The investigation resulted in the firing of three people.

“Several months ago we had already investigated disappointing behavior involving a group of individuals who worked on or near Marcus Vaughn’s team. At the time, our investigation identified a number of conflicting accusations and counter-accusations between several African-American and Hispanic individuals, alleging use of racial language, including the “n-word” and “w-word,” towards each other and a threat of violence. After a thorough investigation, immediate action was taken, which included terminating the employment of three of the individuals.”

“We believe this was the fair and just response to the facts that we learned. There will be further action as necessary, including parting ways with anyone whose behavior prevents Tesla from being a great place to work and making sure we do everything possible to stop bad behavior from happening in the first place. Our company has more than 33,000 employees, with over 10,000 in the Fremont factory alone, so it is not humanly possible to stop all bad conduct, but we will do our best to make it is as close to zero as possible.”

Tesla also claims that there are a number of false statements in the class action lawsuit filed against them.

– There is only one actual plaintiff (Marcus Vaughn), not 100. The reference to 100 is a complete fabrication with no basis in fact at all.

– The plaintiff was employed by a temp agency, not by Tesla as claimed in the lawsuit.

– Marcus was not fired, he was on a six month temp contract that simply ended as contracted.

– His email to Elon was about his commute and Tesla’s shuttles, which was addressed as he requested. There was no mention of racial discrimination whatsoever.

– The trial lawyer who filed this lawsuit has a long track record of extorting money for meritless claims and using the threat of media attacks and expensive trial costs to get companies to settle. At Tesla, we would rather pay ten times the settlement demand in legal fees and fight to the ends of the Earth than give in to extortion and allow this abuse of the legal system.

Finally the company included Elon Musk’s full email sent to workers on May 31 in a bid to clear things up.



Could The Tesla Semi Have Up To 450 Miles Of Range? 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 11 16th, 2017


Tesla’s long-awaited all-electric semi-truck will be unveiled in less than 24 hours and according to two analysts, could have a range of up to 450 miles (724 km).

Last month, Elon Musk took to Twitter to assert that the semi’s specs are more impressive than what recent reports have suggested, most of which have indicated a range between 200 and 300 miles, potentially giving the Tesla semi roughly the same range as Daimler’s recent concept.

Inside EVs says that according to Berstein analysts Toni Sacconaghi and David Vernon, the semi’s range may actually sit between 300-450 miles and be offered to customers from mid-2019.

Interestingly, the analysts don’t believe that even with a range of up to 450 miles, the semi will be a success for the company.

“On net, despite a potentially compelling value proposition, we do not see the Tesla Semi opportunity as a thesis changing initiative for the company, at least initially. It is somewhat unclear why the company needs another major initiative (beyond Model 3, forthcoming Model Y, battery production, solar roofs, and energy storage) on its already full plate,” they said.

Stay tuned for more details about the truck in the coming hours.

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Why Are Dozens Of Tesla Model 3s, Ss, And Xs Sitting In An LA Parking Lot? 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 11 16th, 2017


Dozens of Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles have been discovered in a parking lot in Southern California.

Reddit users, as well as a reporter from Automobile Magazine, have visited the facility to find dozens of new Model 3s collecting dust rather than being delivered to customers.

Upon scouring the facility, Automobile discovered that there were at least 26 Model 3s in there, some with Quality Assurance checklists displayed that revealed that they had failed inspections or suffered some kind of damage. Additionally, there were a number of Model S and Model X vehicles that had failed inspections, with one that had ‘Structure’ written across its windshield, perhaps in reference to an issue.

Could Tesla be using this facility to store defective vehicles? It’s hard to be sure, but it’s certainly a possibility.

On the other hand, Electrek (whose writers own Tesla stock…) assert that the cars may simply be in storage for the impending Tesla Semi reveal and could be used to provide test drives to members of the media attending the event. This seems unlikely, however, as it would be irresponsible to offer test drives of vehicles with issues significant enough to fail final inspections.

The last few months haven’t been easy for Tesla. Although the carmaker ceremoniously delivered a handful of Model 3s to employees in July, volume production of the entry-level electric sedan has yet to commence and isn’t expected to until next year.

Furthermore, Tesla has encountered quality control issues in the past, including a Model S being delivered with a split A-pillar and faulty Model X falcon doors. Furthermore, the carmaker often introduces incomplete and unproven features to its vehicles, such as Autopilot.

We’ve reached out to Tesla about this story and will update you when they get back to us.

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Tesla Is A “Hotbed For Racist Behavior”, Claims African-American Workers Suit 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla on 11 14th, 2017


Tesla was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming that their production facilities are a “hotbed for racist behavior”.

The lawsuit was filed in California by African-American workers who say that racial slurs were used to address them and that the company ignored their complaints.

Former Tesla employee Marcus Vaughn seeks permission from a judge to sue on behalf of more than 100 African-American Tesla workers affected at the company’s Freemont factory, Bloomberg reports.

Vaughn says that he was routinely called the “n-word” by supervisors and coworkers after he began working at Tesla in April. He also says that while he complained in writing to human resources, they never investigated his claims. Vaughn was fired in October for “not having a positive attitude”.

The former Tesla employee is now seeking unspecified damages as well as an order for Tesla to implement policies to prevent and correct harassment.

“Although Tesla stands out as a groundbreaking company at the forefront of the electric car revolution, its standard operating procedure at the Tesla factory is pre-Civil Rights era race discrimination,” the employee said in the complaint, filed Monday in California’s Alameda County Superior Court.

According to the same complaint, Elon Musk had sent an email to Tesla factory workers on May 31. “Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group,” Musk wrote in the email. “Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize. In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”

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Smoking And Relaxing In A Tesla With Autopilot Isn’t Smart 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


In 10-20 years, autonomous cars could be so advanced that human passengers will never have to worry about being involved in an accident. In 2017, however, semi-autonomous vehicles still carry with them a lot of risks.

Ever since Tesla introduced its Autopilot system, we’ve seen videos of owners pushing the limits of the system and placing far too much faith in it. Take Instagram user Lilduval, for example.

A couple of days ago, the social media star shared a video of him reclining in the driver’s seat of his Tesla while smoking and paying absolutely no attention to the road, all while traveling at 75 mph (121km/h). Some believe Lilduval was smoking cannabis at the time but he suggests it was simply a cigar.

Either way, the risks being taken here cannot be underestimated. Sure, Autopilot can be quite reliable on highways but the technology has been blamed for a number of crashes in recent times. Another interesting take away from the clip is how some people seem to have misinterpreted what Autopilot is.

Despite what the name might suggest, the system does not turn a Tesla into a fully-autonomous vehicle. Instead, drivers must always remain attentive because if something goes wrong, the car will rely on the driver to get it out of a sticky situation. It is for this very reason that some companies, including Ford and Google, have opted against semi-autonomous technologies and are instead planning to jump immediately to level 5 systems.

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