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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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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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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 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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Midnight Silver Metallic Tesla Model 3 Shows Its Darker Side With Chrome Delete 27
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, tuning, video on 12 27th, 2017


If you fancy the Tesla Model 3 and you’d like to explore its “darker side”, adding matte black accents, black wheels and tinted windows should definitely do the trick.

After getting their hands on this Midnight Silver Metallic Model 3, tuner T Sportline ditched the chrome window surrounds by using a satin black film, and added a 3M Crystalline tint to all the window surfaces.

Other mods include the custom matte black 19″ TST wheels, plus the matte black door handles and T emblem, giving the car a slightly more sinister appearance.

The tuner went with a 70% window tint for the windshield and the glass roof, while the driver and passenger side windows and the rear hatch got a 40% tint.

As for those wheels, they’re available in three different colors (Matte Black, Gloss Black, Metallic Gray, Brilliant Silver) and cost $1,600.

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Drone Footage Reveals That Tesla Has Ramped Up Model 3 Production 23
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 12 23rd, 2017


Tesla is well behind schedule with its Model 3, but drone footage of the carmaker’s Fremont factory shows that it has increased its entry-level model production in recent months.

In October, Tesla revealed that it built just 260 examples of the Model 3 in the third quarter of the year “due to production bottlenecks.” This was significantly less than the 1500 units which Musk asserted Tesla could build in September alone.

This clip perfectly captures the enormity of the automaker’s facility and the large number of Model 3s sitting in parking lots at the site. At the same time, it’s baffling why so many new Teslas are still in the company’s parking lots, especially since over 400,000 people are waiting for their EVs to be delivered.

Nevertheless, Tesla fanatics and Model 3 customers will, in all likelihood, be happy with the news that the automaker is finally is increasing its inventory.

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SEC Were Investigating Tesla Over Model 3 Sales 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 12 19th, 2017


It has emerged that the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating Tesla and its plans to sell the Model 3, information which was never provided to investors.

Legal documents obtained by Probes Reporter under a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that Tesla was being investigated between June 2016 and May 2017.

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asserts that the investigation was triggered following a move from Goldman Sachs on May 18, 2016 to upgrade Tesla on the same day it and Morgan Stanley underwrote a $2 billion Tesla stock offering. Upon looking into the electric automaker, the SEC discovered that it “may have been or may be making false statements of material fact or failing to disclose material factors concerning the Company’s Model 3 vehicle.”

As part of the investigation, Tesla was required to produce documents about Model 3 reservations, cancellations, and deposits. Additionally, documents detailing how Tesla had used or planned to use the deposit money was required. Furthermore, the SEC demanded the names and credit card numbers of all customers who’d placed an order on the Model 3.

The SEC investigation into Tesla ended on May 2017 without action taken. However, the SEC said that this decision “must in no way be construed as indicating that the party has been exonerated or that no action may ultimately result from the staff’s investigation.”

Probes Reporter says the SEC has blocked access to other records on Tesla, indicating that “there is at least one other unresolved SEC probe” into Tesla.

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Study Claims One In Six New Cars Will Be Electric By 2025, Tesla Will Lead The Pack 3
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Study, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 12 3rd, 2017

According to an UBS global autos study, 16% of cars sold around the world in the year 2025 will be electric, and most of them will be wearing a Tesla badge.

The study, which you can check out here, also indicates that total EV sales should hit 16.5 million by the middle of the next decade, marking a 16% increase over previous estimates of a 14 percent share, reports Bloomberg.

“The shift to electric cars will come faster and in a more pronounced way, fueled by the diesel demise in Europe, battery technology advancements and regulation in China and Europe,” said UBS analyst Patrick Hummel, who expects Tesla to be on top when it’s all said and done.

Yet, it’s also looking like Europe will have the highest EV market penetration, with nearly 30% of all new cars sold expected to be electrified.

Meanwhile, established automakers such as BMW and Daimler AG continue to spend billions trying to leapfrog Tesla, but may find that this is not an easy task.

“Tesla’s increasing popularity seems directly correlated to the launch of the Model 3, the brand’s first mass-market car. Most of the other brands have lost ground in the current survey,” Hummel concluded.

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EPA Confirms 310 Mile Range For Tesla Model 3 30
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, EPA, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 11 30th, 2017


The EPA has finally detailed the official range of the Tesla Model 3, the electric automaker’s first affordable EV.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the long-range variant of the Model 3 has a combined range of 310 miles (499 km), exactly the same figure as quoted by Tesla at the vehicle’s delivery event in July.

In the city, Model 3 Long Range owners can expect to travel 321.9 miles (518 km) on a single charge and 295.5 miles (476 km) on the highway.

Alongside confirming the vehicle’s range, the EPA has given the range-topping Model 3 a combined 126 MPGe rating, calculated from 131 MPGe in the city and 120 MPGe on the highway. This places the Model S Long Range below the 136 MPGe of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric but above the 119 MPGe of the Chevrolet Bolt and the 118 MPGe of the BMW i3.

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Watch A Tesla Model 3 Expertly Parallel Self-Park 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Tech, Tesla, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Videos, video on 11 24th, 2017


The Tesla Model 3 won’t reach a considerable number of buyers for quite some time, but one fortunate owner has taken to YouTube to demonstrate the sedan’s self-parking feature.

The 36-second video shows Tesla’s entry-level model precisely manoeuvring into a parking space without hesitation. Other than that, the video doesn’t tell us much about the Model 3.

For starters, the parallel parking feature itself, while impressive, is nothing new. In fact, Toyota first introduced a rudimentary version of automatic parallel parking back in 2003. In the 14 years since, dozens of cars have featured self-parking, even affordable hatchbacks like the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

Tesla delivered the first 30 production cars to employees in late-July. Although Tesla won’t admit it, it’s widely believed to have done this to fine-tune the sedan and ensure it is free of any faults by the time it arrives in the hands of the general public.

Sadly, the 500,000-odd people to have ordered a Model 3 aren’t close to taking delivery. In fact, production bottlenecks have forced Tesla to delay volume production of the car until late in the first quarter of 2018.

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