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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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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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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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Tesla Celebrates The Holidays With Santa Mode Easter Egg 26
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 12 26th, 2017


To help celebrate the holiday season, Tesla has introduced a special ‘Santa Mode’ easter egg for the Model S and Model X.

Santa Mode can be accessed through the Easter egg section of the infotainment system which now features a reindeer button. Once engaged, Santa Mode transforms the car usually displayed on the digital gauge cluster into a Santa sleigh and surrounding vehicles into reindeers.

Additionally, Santa Mode starts playing ‘Run Rudolph Run’ and when a turn signal is engaged, the sound of sleigh bells fills the cockpit. Last but not least, the road displayed on the dash turns icy on those Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles with Autopilot.

Last year, Tesla introduced a different Christmas easter egg. At the press of a button, it saw the vehicle opening and closing its doors, flashing the lights, and playing Christmas tunes in a rather dazzling display.

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CR Owners Survey Lists Top 5 Most Satisfying New Cars 24
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Consumer Reports, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-Series, Honda Odyssey, Lincoln Continental, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius, video on 12 24th, 2017


Whether you’re a petrolhead or not, there aren’t many things as enjoyable as buying a new car, but choosing among the plethora of models that are out there could prove to be quite difficult.

Enter Consumer Reports and their new study, which might make this task a bit easier.

Based on data collected from owners, who rated their rides in six categories that include driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems, and to answer the ultimate question, which is whether they would buy or lease it again, CR has put together the five most satisfying new cars on sale in the U.S. market right now.

#1 Tesla Model S

Elon Musk’s all-electric executive saloon is the car that put most smiles on the faces of consumers, with 92.5 percent of them saying that they would gladly buy it again. The Model S impressed buyers with its styling, comfort, and driving, managing to become more desirable than some highly established sports cars.

#2 Porsche 911

This brings us to number 2, the Porsche 911, with its impressive driving credentials, interior comfort, and great styling that has evolved over the years, yet it’s instantly recognizable. The sports car from Stuttgart is great as a daily driver, too, and in the publication’s survey came right under the Tesla Model S, with 92.1 percent of buyers admitting that they would happily choose one again.

#3 Chevrolet Corvette

The bronze medal goes to an all-time American classic that’s getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation that ditches the front-engine for a mid-engine layout when it comes out next year. However, until the C8 arrives, the Corvette C7 wowed 91.2 percent of its owners, who love the way it drives and consider it great value for money.

#4 Lincoln Continental

Missing the podium by an inch is the Lincoln Continental, which scored 91 percent in owner satisfaction. Unveiled at the beginning of the year, it shares its nuts and bolts with the Ford Fusion (or Mondeo in other markets), has a very imposing design, is tech-friendly and made its owners appreciate its comfort, driving characteristics, equipment and spacious cabin.

#5 Ford F-350

You might have noticed that, so far, that no crossovers, SUVs or pickups have made it on the list, which given their popularity, is remarkable. In fact, just one made it to CR’s number five, namely the Ford F-350. No less than 90 percent of the Blue Oval’s trusty heavy-duty truck owners say that they would absolutely buy it again, as they were impressed with the driving experience and rugged styling.

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Tesla Model X And Hummer H2 Engage In A Tug Of War 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, HUMMER, Hummer H2, Hummer Videos, Offbeat News, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 12 22nd, 2017


The Tesla Model X has already proved its credentials by offering a very good electric range, and being surprisingly faster than some supercars on the drag strip.

It also confirmed that it’s not afraid to get mud on that expensive body, or take its chances on sand, but how does it fare against a true off-roader such as the Hummer H2?

For this adventure, the two very different SUVs haven’t been taken on a challenging terrain, as they remained on the comfort of the asphalt, for a good old-fashioned tug of war game, split into three different rounds.

This is where the Tesla Model X’s instant electric torque should have made a difference, but the road surface was either wet or icy, so it quickly became a grip challenge, as whichever vehicle lost traction first, lost.

However, we do know that the EV had no trouble in showing a Toyota Land Cruiser who’s boss on snow, so surely the Hummer H2 could not have driven away victorious. Or could it?

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All-Wheel Drive Now Standard On All Tesla Model S and X Vehicles 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 12 21st, 2017


Tesla has announced that all new Model S and Model X vehicles will now come equipped with all-wheel drive as standard.

It was only three years ago that Tesla first unveiled its dual-motor setup after Elon Musk shared a mysterious teaser image on his Twitter. Since then, an increasing number of Tesla Model S and Model X variants have been introduced with all-wheel drive straight out of the box.

All-wheel drive has also allowed the two vehicles to redefine the boundaries of production car acceleration. It’s therefore of little surprise that in its December newsletter, Tesla has decided to announce that it will ditch rear-wheel drive variants of the Model S and Model X.

In the newsletter, the automaker pinpoints the improved traction and all-weather usability of all-wheel drive as its key benefits, although we’re sure the added straight-line performance provided by dual electric motors has helped convince Tesla of its superiority over rear-wheel drive.

Also, the lack of rear-wheel drive doesn’t mean that all Model S and Model X vehicles are now focused more on acceleration than range. For those wanting to travel long distances between charges, the Model S and Model X 100D variants remain on offer, with 335 miles (539 km) of range for the Model S and 295 miles (474 km) in the Model X 100D.

Tesla’s decision means the Model 3 is now its only vehicle offered with rear-wheel drive. In the not too distant future, it too will be available with a dual-motor setup.

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Tesla Says Certain Owners Can No Longer Use Superchargers 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X on 12 20th, 2017


Tesla has revealed that all new vehicles it sells that will be used for commercial purposes can no longer use the Supercharger network.

The electric startup recently updated its legal page to specifically “ask” commercial operators of Tesla vehicles not to use the expansive Supercharger network. Tesla defines these ‘commercial’ vehicles as taxis, those used for ride-sourcing or ride-sharing, delivery and transport vehicles, Tesla’s used for government purposes or those used for any other commercial venture.

“If you charge your vehicle in a manner that does not comply with this Supercharger Fair Use Policy, we may ask you to modify this behavior. We may also take additional action to protect the availability of Superchargers for their intended purpose, such as limiting or blocking your vehicle’s ability to use Supercharger stations,” Tesla asserts.

Tesla initially created the ever-expanding Supercharger network to allow for long-distance travel but as many predicted, owners have started using Superchargers for a whole range of other purposes, including short trips.

The brand’s decision will inevitable hurt many commercial operators around the world. A few months ago, Dubai’s main taxi company accepted delivery of 50 Model S and Model X vehicles to use as part of an airport taxi fleet. Additionally, there are also large taxi fleets currently operating in the Netherlands, including dozens that have just hit the used car market. These taxi operators will be forced to use other charging stations or to create their own solutions.

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Tesla Model X Goes Sand Surfing In The Desert 11
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Offbeat News, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 12 11th, 2017


The Middle East has a very different car culture, one that often includes high-speed drifting on public roads and the ever-popular dune bashing.

So how do you combine that with Tesla’s Model X without ruining the electric crossover? Why, you take it on a milder sand-surfing adventure, of course, in Dubai’s desert, in this case.

The video posted online shows the zero-emission crossover having fun in the sand, and even if it’s not as extreme as those Qataris jumping over the dunes in their Toyotas, Nissans, and other SUVs, it’s not like you see a Tesla Model X being taken out of its comfort zone every day, is it?

This film reminds us of yet another Tesla Model X, which was subjected to an off-roading adventure earlier this year, towing a small trailer packed with firewood behind it, and proving that grass and mud aren’t enough to scare it away.

We have the weirdest feeling that Teslas will be punished a lot in the future, once Elon Musk’s company finally rolls out that electric pickup truck, which looks pretty much ready to tackle some challenging terrains in the teaser posted by the automaker.

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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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Mercedes Reportedly Caused $18K In Damage To A Rented Tesla Model X 4
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, mercedes, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model X on 12 4th, 2017


Mercedes is preparing to launch its electric EQC crossover in 2019 and it appears the company recently decided to check out the competition by doing a teardown on a Tesla Model X.

While this isn’t too unusual, Mercedes reportedly rented the Model X for seven weeks through Sixt instead of purchasing the vehicle outright. According to Spiegel and Jalopnik, the crossover belonged to Monika Kindlein and Manfred van Rinsum and when it was returned the couple discovered it was significantly damaged.

The report says the crossover was subjected to an assortment of different tests and extreme conditions as well as disassembled and put back together again. The model was also tested on tracks near Barcelona, Spain and Sindelfingen, Germany which was prohibited as part of the rental agreement.

The Model X reportedly suffered significant damage and Sixt told Spiegel that the owners were compensated for the damage and depreciation that resulted from its improper use. However, the couple isn’t satisfied as an appraiser reportedly estimated the company caused €15,674 ($18,584) worth of damage and that will cause the crossover to lose about €2,000 ($2,371) in value. The couple is seeking a total of €99,392.79 ($117,906.68) but don’t expect to get the full amount as they simply don’t have the resources of Daimler or Sixt if the case were to go to court.

When Jalopnik reached out to Daimler, a spokesperson declined to comment on the story but said “renting vehicles for comparison purposes is a common procedure in the automotive industry.” The spokesperson added “In case the rental vehicles are damaged in the course of the rental period, the normal insurance procedure is started and a claim settlement is made.”

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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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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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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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