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Chris Harris Can’t Get Excited About The Tesla Model S P100D 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chris Harris, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, Top Gear, video on 12 9th, 2017


Our favorite Top Gear presenter finally gets a go in Tesla’s Model S P100D, giving us some of his thoughts on arguably one of the most hyped automobiles out there.

It’s easy to understand why the Model S P100D created such a huge ripple effect in the automotive scene, as it’s basically a long-range electric vehicle that can accelerate faster than almost anything in the market right now.

It’s also a really good road car, offering plenty of room for five or seven passengers and their luggage as well as tons of grip and near-silent comfort, not to mention that it’s supported by the most complete charging infrastructure out there.

Despite all the amazing credentials Tesla’s ultra-fast Model S comes with, and unlike other reviewers, Harris wan’t that impressed by it and makes some very interesting observations, as you can see in the video that follows.

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Chris Harris Can’t Get Excited About The Tesla Model S P100D 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chris Harris, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, Top Gear, video on 12 9th, 2017


Our favorite Top Gear presenter finally gets a go in Tesla’s Model S P100D, giving us some of his thoughts on arguably one of the most hyped automobiles out there.

It’s easy to understand why the Model S P100D created such a huge ripple effect in the automotive scene, as it’s basically a long-range electric vehicle that can accelerate faster than almost anything in the market right now.

It’s also a really good road car, offering plenty of room for five or seven passengers and their luggage as well as tons of grip and near-silent comfort, not to mention that it’s supported by the most complete charging infrastructure out there.

Despite all the amazing credentials Tesla’s ultra-fast Model S comes with, and unlike other reviewers, Harris wan’t that impressed by it and makes some very interesting observations, as you can see in the video that follows.

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Can Mercedes-AMG E63S Outrace A Tesla Model S P100D? 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in AMG, Drag-Racing, Electric Vehicles, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, video on 12 9th, 2017


With the Mercedes-AMG E63S repeatedly impressing everyone with its sheer acceleration force, it was always a matter of time before someone would pit it against a Tesla Model S.

UK’s Top Gear magazine has a love affair with drag races and they just had to see if the latest weapon from AMG has any chance of wiping that smug smile off the Model S’s face.

The latest E63 S features a special all-wheel drive system which clearly has made it a true monster when taking off from a stop.

Its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 sends 604hp and 627lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a nine-speed Speedshift MCT gearbox, propelling the E63 S to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds. The Tesla Model S P100D on the other hand has two electric motors for a total of 680hp and a 0-62mph in a mind-boggling 2.7 seconds.

Stupid amounts of power combined with all-wheel drive equals good drag racing, so let’s find out which one is faster.

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Analyst Claims It Costs Over $2,000 A Year To Service A Tesla 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 12 8th, 2017


It appears as though the maintenance costs to keep Tesla vehicles on the road are much higher than many would have you believe, at least according to an analyst who went through the companies revenue statements.

In a lengthy analysis, a writer at Seeking Alpha A asserts that, on average, it costs more than $2,000 a year to maintain a Tesla Model S or Model X.

The article itself and the methodology used to come to that figure is extremely convoluted but we’ll summarize it briefly.

What the writer has done is note the maintenance service revenue disclosed by the electric automaker, the number of Tesla vehicles delivered each quarter, and estimated how many months a Tesla vehicle typically spends being driven around.

In 2016 for example, Tesla reported just over $178 million in maintenance service revenue, equating to roughly $107 revenue per car per month. The writer then analyzed the gross cost of Tesla’s car-servicing business throughout 2017, calculating an approximate monthly service bill of over $160 for a Tesla.

As intriguing as the math is, it’s worth noting that the website responsible for these figures is catered towards investors and far from unbiased.

Take a read of the full analysis in the link above and let us know if we failed horribly at summarizing the figures.

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Aston Martin Not Chasing Tesla Customers With Electric RapidE 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 12 6th, 2017


The upcoming all-electric Aston Martin RapidE may seem like a direct rival to the Tesla Model S but according to boss Andy Palmer, the RapidE won’t target Tesla buyers.

During an interview with Autocar, Palmer said customers of the RapidE won’t be interested in the mind-boggling straight-line performance of the Model S and instead place a greater emphasis on luxury.

“Most of the people who buy a Model S are buying it fully loaded. They’re not limited by their cash; they’re limited by the offer.

“We’re looking to those guys looking for something above Tesla. That customer probably isn’t looking for ‘Ludicrous mode’. Our offer will have very credible acceleration – equal to a petrol Aston Martin – but you’ll be able to drive the car rapidly all the way around the Nürburgring without it derating or conking out on you,” Palmer said.

The British automaker has been developing and testing the all-electric RapidE for quite some time now and will limit production to just 155 units. Rather than chasing huge sales figures, the car is a short-term answer to demand for an electric Aston Martin and in the future, could be superseded by an EV developed from the ground up.

According to Aston Martin, the RapidE will be based on the performance-oriented Rapide AMR and therefore receive a more aggressive design than a typical Rapide. The car is being co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering and is set to launch in 2019.

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Aston Martin Not Chasing Tesla Customers With Electric RapidE 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, aston martin rapide, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 12 6th, 2017


The upcoming all-electric Aston Martin RapidE may seem like a direct rival to the Tesla Model S but according to boss Andy Palmer, the RapidE won’t target Tesla buyers.

During an interview with Autocar, Palmer said customers of the RapidE won’t be interested in the mind-boggling straight-line performance of the Model S and instead place a greater emphasis on luxury.

“Most of the people who buy a Model S are buying it fully loaded. They’re not limited by their cash; they’re limited by the offer.

“We’re looking to those guys looking for something above Tesla. That customer probably isn’t looking for ‘Ludicrous mode’. Our offer will have very credible acceleration – equal to a petrol Aston Martin – but you’ll be able to drive the car rapidly all the way around the Nürburgring without it derating or conking out on you,” Palmer said.

The British automaker has been developing and testing the all-electric RapidE for quite some time now and will limit production to just 155 units. Rather than chasing huge sales figures, the car is a short-term answer to demand for an electric Aston Martin and in the future, could be superseded by an EV developed from the ground up.

According to Aston Martin, the RapidE will be based on the performance-oriented Rapide AMR and therefore receive a more aggressive design than a typical Rapide. The car is being co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering and is set to launch in 2019.

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Tesla Model S P100D Seeks Spotlight By Taking On Stock Ferrari FF 5
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Ferrari, Ferrari FF, Ferrari-Videos, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, tuning, video on 12 5th, 2017


It’s been a while since we last saw the Model S P100D challenge a V12-powered supercar, and as far as the latter goes, the Ferrari FF is a good a choice as any.

It’s got 660 PS (651 HP) and 683 Nm (504 lb-ft) of torque, which play their part in taking the Italian thoroughbred from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, before maxing out at 335 km/h (208 mph).

This particular FF also features a set of golden Ankry wheels and an aftermarket iPE exhaust, although making more noise isn’t going to scare the P100D away, especially since this race is about which car accelerates faster, rather than which has the highest top speed.

So while the Ferrari sounds extremely menacing, the Tesla did what it does best as soon as it got off the line. In fact, its performance was impressive enough to take us back to a time before the McLaren 720S became the most exciting car in drag racing circles.

As for the FF, it did show signs of catching up to the Model S at one point, though not soon enough to change the outcome of the race.

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Tesla Excluded From EV Subsidies In Germany, Company Denies Wrongdoing 3
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BAFA, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 12 3rd, 2017


Elon Musk is surely buoyant about Tesla, but he won’t be happy with Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Controls (BAFA) decision to removed the EV maker’s models from the list of electric cars eligible for subsidies.

This has sparked a row between Tesla and BAFA over whether the Model S is too expensive to qualify for the incentive, Reuters reports.

Germany’s incentive scheme for electrified vehicles has a price cap of 60,000 euros ($71,500), and BAFA claims that Tesla customers cannot order the base version of the Model S without ticking some extra features first, which pushes its price above the price limit.

“This is a completely false accusation. Anyone in Germany can order a Tesla Model S base version without the comfort package, and we have delivered such cars to customers,” Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla has also said that the price cap was initially set by the German government to exclude them, but later the two sides reached a compromise “that allows Tesla to sell a low option vehicle that qualifies for the incentive and customers can subsequently upgrade if they wish.” The EV maker also said that they would investigate whether any customers were denied the entry-level version.

”If a sales person told a customer they could not buy the Model S base version without the comfort package, this is not accurate and clearly outside our policies and procedures and we will investigate and take appropriate action as necessary.”

Under Germany’s incentive scheme, buyers can get 4,000 euros off the price of a new electric vehicle and 3,000 euros off a new plug-in hybrid.

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Tesla’s Quality Woes Affect More Than 90 Percent Of Their Cars 1
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 12 1st, 2017


Nine current and former Tesla employees revealed that the vast majority of Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles require fixes after leaving the assembly line.

Citing Tesla’s internal tracking system, the same people said to Reuters that quality checks routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected following assembly.

Tesla responded to the report by saying that their “quality control process is unusually rigorous, designed to flag and correct the tiniest imperfections” but denied to provide any post-assembly defect rates.

Sorting the quality before initial assembly is crucial for automakers, because repairs don’t only cost money but time as well. In comparison, less than 10 percent of the cars Toyota makes have to undergo post-manufacturing fixes.

A former Tesla supervisor said that “so much goes into rework after the car is done … that’s where their money is being spent”. Tesla claims that most of their post-manufacturing defects are minor and resolved in minutes.

These issues are normal with any new car but the persistent defects with the established Model S and Model X paint the picture of a company “still struggling to master basic manufacturing”, the workers said.

Cars requiring fixing are known as “kickbacks” within Tesla and their issue ranges from minor things like dents and scratches to more complicated like malfunctioning seats. Defects included “doors not closing, material trim, missing parts, all kinds of stuff. Loose objects, water leaks, you name it,” another former supervisor said. “We’ve been building a Model S since 2012. How do we still have water leaks?”

The most serious cases however are headed to one of Tesla’s outdoor parking lots to await repair. The workers said that the backlog on the lots, known internally as the “yard”, has exceeded 2,000 vehicles at times. When asked about it, Tesla denied that such “repair lots” exist.

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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 Model S Shooting Brake Taking Shape In England 13
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, Electric Vehicles, featured, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, tuning, video on 11 13th, 2017


Since Elon Musk failed to make the Tesla Model S enough of a dog-friendly car, at least one owner chose to take matters into his own hands.

Meet Phil Hayton, a Model S P90D owner who wanted to help his dog fit better in the car. His solution? Cutting into the Model S so that he can turn it into an Estate, or a Shooting Brake, if you will.

In order to breathe life into this project, Hayton went to Norfolk-based coachbuilders QWest, asking them to transform this 4-door Tesla into something more practical and some say, perhaps even better looking.

At least that’s how Jonny Smith feels, a big fan of the family-friendly body style. Over the course of this Fully Charged Show episode, Smith talks to Hayton about the car, as well as to QWest engineering director, Jim Router, who says the Model S Shooting Brake will weigh about the same as the original once he’s done with it.

He also states that he expects it to be as good if not better than the original when it comes to aerodynamics, which is great news for any type of vehicle, not just an electric one.

As for when we can expect the car to be ready, according to Smith it’s going to be in about three weeks time, so stay tuned.

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Screenshots via Fully Charged / Youtube



Zero To 60 Designs Reveals Tesla Model S Bodykit 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show, Tesla, Tesla Model S, tuning on 11 10th, 2017


Zero to 60 Designs, the company which pissed off Ford with its Mustang GTT, has returned to the SEMA Show with a modified Tesla Model S, dubbed the Zero TS.

Instead of messing with the complicated electric powertrain of the Model S, Zero to 60 Designs has focused on overhauling the car’s interior and exterior with a bold bodykit that works surprisingly well with the Tesla’s classy design.

Modifications begin with a custom front bumper that incorporates new black accents, cooling ducts, and round fog lights. From there, the package has a small trunklid lip spoiler and a custom rear bumper.

Zero to 60 Designs has also changed the interior by applying bright red leather across the seats, doors, steering wheel, and the lower portion of the dashboard.

Prices for the company’s Model S package start at $6,500.

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Updated Tesla Model S 100D Faster Than Advertised, Gets CHILL Mode 9
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Tech, Tesla, Tesla Model S, video on 11 9th, 2017


According to Tesla, the updated Model S 100D should hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just over 4 seconds, although at least one test showed that it’s a lot quicker.

Brooks from Drag Times took out a loaner Model S 100D and managed to get from 0 to 60 in just 3.59 seconds, according to the sensors on his VBOX. It may not be as spectacular as the P100D with Ludicrous Mode, but it’s still quite an improvement compared to what Tesla says.

The Model S now also comes with something called ‘CHILL’ mode, meant to make acceleration more gradual, in turn offering passengers a smoother ride.

Of course, a smoother ride means slower acceleration times, and as the video shows, the Model S 100D needs 7.2 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) with CHILL mode engaged. They may as well have called it SLOW mode.

All things considered, if Tesla is trying to market the 100D as being slower than it actually is, we reckon that’s going to make some people very happy, especially if they weren’t planning on paying top dollar for the flagship P100D.

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Report Claims Tesla Model S Is Less Eco-Friendly Than The Mitsubishi Mirage 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 7-Series, Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Mirage, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 11 8th, 2017


The Tesla Model S is often heralded as the best electric vehicle on the market but a new report suggests it might not actually be that environmentally friendly.

As Auto Express reports, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared the lifecycle CO2 emissions of several different vehicles including a BMW 7-Series, a Mitsubishi Mirage, and a Tesla Model S. The results are a tad surprising as the report claims the Mirage is actually the most eco-friendly of the group as the car emits 192 grams of CO2 for every kilometer it is driven. The Model S wasn’t far behind at 226 g/km, while the 7-Series registered 385 g/km.

While you’re probably thinking how can an electric vehicle produce CO2 emissions, MIT Tranick Lab examined multiple factors including how much emissions were created in the vehicle’s production and how much emissions would be made when the vehicle was scrapped. They also examined how much CO2 would be produced as a result of powering the vehicle whether it used gasoline or electricity generated by power plants.

The researchers appeared to have made several assumptions but they stress they weren’t trying to shine a negative light on electric vehicles. As MIT’s Jessika Trancik explained, “Both hybrids and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars.”

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Pink Tesla Model S With Eyelashes Isn’t Something Batman Would Drive 3
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, Tesla, Tesla Model S, tuning on 11 3rd, 2017


Thanks to its potent electric powertrain, driving range, and clever features, the Tesla Model S is the car that has brought people closer to the future of motoring.

However, Elon Musk, the man behind the electric car company, probably never imagined that someone would turn a Model S into a pink Batmobile, complete with a set of eyelashes on its headlights, just when we thought this weird trend was finally over.

As you can see from the pictures from HowNotToDesignACar, this Tesla Model S has the Batman logo on the hood, flame stickers on the side mirrors, giant bat wings strapped to the rear fenders, and a strange set of wheels with the Google Chrome emblem.

Its owner continued the weird modifications inside too, where the seats and steering wheel have a white and black theme with leopard graphics, and even more pink trim. The kitschy dices hanging from the rearview mirror appear to be the final touch (hopefully).

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