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Tesla supplier buys 23 Model S sedans in an attempt to ‘get more work’ from Tesla

Yesterday, on the same day we reported on Tesla launching its corporate fleet program, a company took delivery of a fleet of 21 Tesla Model S sedans in Maumee, Ohio.<p>The company in question, Maumee Assembly & Stamping, is a Tesla supplier and the owner, Stanley Chlebowski, said that he ordered the …

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Elon Musk to reportedly share more info about the Tesla Model Y ‘next week’

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company’s all-electric compact SUV, called Model Y, is still “a few years” away from production.<p>Today, the CEO reportedly teased that an announcement about the vehicle is coming “next week”.<p>He reportedly told Ars Technica in a private direct message on …

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Tesla launches its corporate fleet program, claims Model S and X are ‘perfect company cars’

Tesla has been working on a business to business corporate fleet program since last year. Last August, the company hired Micheal Strafford, Audi’s former corporate sales manager, to lead the effort, but they created a new web page for the program and recently started sending out promotions about it …

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Tesla expands in the Bay Area ahead of Model 3 launch, new BART station opens to enable growth

Tesla plans for the launch of the Model 3 to increase its overall production by a factor of 3 by the end of the year. The company has been betting on several expansions around its Fremont factory in order to prepare for the production ramp up.<p>In December, the city of Fremont approved important …

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Tesla (TSLA) is now more valuable than Ford and why it doesn’t matter

Tesla’s stock recently gained in value while Ford’s took a tumble and today it resulted in Tesla’s market capitalization surpassing Ford’s for the first time. Tesla closed at $45.47 billion today while Ford is now worth $45.35 billion, according to Google Finance, despite the latter selling 30x …

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Tesla exec explains vision: ‘You have solar, battery pack, EV and you control everything on your phone’

Since Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, the company’s mission slightly changed from “accelerating the advent of electric transport” to “accelerating the advent of sustainable energy”. The company wants to offer solutions throughout the entire energy production and consumption process.<p>At a …

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Elon Musk is trying to get Tesla Model 3 reservation holders to buy the Model S

Yesterday, we were blessed with an always appreciated and unusually long Tweetstorm by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He shared a few new details about the Model 3 and its rollout, but I feel like the main point that transpired from the Tweetstorm is that Musk is trying to down-sell the Model 3 and push the …

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This week’s top stories: Tesla Model 3 details & video, Chevy Bolt EV, hybrid Ford F-150, BMW’s EV plans, Gigafactory 1 & more

<b>In this week’s top stories:</b> New Tesla Model 3 details and the first release candidate video, Chevy Bolt EV, a hybrid Ford F-150, BMW’s electric vehicle plans, Gigafactory 1 aerial shots and much more.<p>Best iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game controllers<p>We kick things off this week with the latest Model 3 …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model S P100D 1/4-mile record broken for third time in a week by removing the frunk

This past weekend we saw not one, but two new quarter-mile records set by Tesla Model S P100Ds on the drag strip. And today we learn of another new record, this time by the folks over at the Tesla Racing Channel. They’ve managed to bring the record down by another two-tenths of a second, with a …

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Tesla Model 3’s user interface is designed with self-driving in mind, Elon Musk says no head-up display

After almost a year of rumors and speculation, Elon Musk did everything but confirmed today that the Tesla Model 3 will not feature a head-up display. Interestingly, Musk didn’t offer any alternative for the instrument cluster and instead, he said that drivers don’t need the information as much due …

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Tesla Model 3 control computers will reportedly be built by Pegatron Technology, says report

As Tesla is getting closer to bringing the Model 3 to production, we are learning of more contracts from suppliers. Earlier this week, we reported on an Austrian company announcing that they secured an order of high-power cables for the Model 3.<p>Now we learn of Pegatron Technology reportedly landing …

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Elon Musk now says Tesla’s highly anticipated 8.1 update is coming March 28-29

11 days ago, Elon Musk said that Tesla’s highly anticipated 8.1 software update will come in “about 10 days”. Today, he updated the ETA to next “Tuesday-Wednesday”, but owners don’t have their hopes up since the update has been delayed on several occasions since last December.<p>What is still unclear …

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Electric plane startup steps out of stealth mode to announce plan for 150-seat battery-powered plane

Battery-powered air travel is not currently commercially viable simply because the energy storage capacity of batteries has yet to compensate for their heavy weight. A lot of companies are eyeing the possibility as energy density is improving and we have seen some progress with Airbus’’ E-Fan being …

Aerospace

Tesla battery cell breakdown shows what is inside and difference with Panasonic’s regular cells

There are thousands of them inside the Model S and X yet it’s one of the least understood part of Tesla’s vehicles. While Panasonic, Tesla’s battery cell manufacturers, lists the specifications of almost all its different cells, they don’t release the specs of the custom cells it developed with …

Batteries

Tesla Model 3: supplier says it received an order for 3,000 km of ‘shielded aluminum cables’ from Tesla

Since any delay would complicate their plans, the eyes of over 400,000 reservation holders are currently on Tesla’s Model 3 production program. In order to reduce the risk of delays, Tesla is running a rigorous sourcing program for the upcoming all-electric vehicle, which made a victim earlier this …

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Tesla Model 3: Autopilot is most popular option among reservation holders and 58% want a battery upgrade

Ben Sullins from the Youtube channel <i>Teslanomics</i> – the same who brought us the new travel tool for Supercharger costs – build a new interesting data visualization tool about Tesla. This time it’s about demand for likely options on the Tesla Model 3.<p>Unsurprisingly, the Autopilot is most popular …

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Tesla’s quality issues will be harder to overlook for Model 3 owners, says J.D. Power

Consumer insights and data analytic firm J.D. Power conducted “multiple focus groups of Tesla owners and an in-depth evaluation of Tesla models against competitive vehicles by automotive research experts”.<p>Based on their research, they released a new report highlighting the fact that quality and …

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Tesla Model S P100D sets new real-world quarter-mile record: 10.723 seconds

Last month, Motor Trend managed to make a 10.5-second quarter mile run in a stock Tesla Model S P100D with the new ‘Ludicrous+’ software upgrade, but it has not been replicable in the real world, aka uncorrected time on the dragstrip.<p>Before that, the best time recorded on the dragstrip since …

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Tesla’s global fleet reaches 4 billion electric miles driven ahead of Model 3 launch

Tesla’s fleet keeps racking up mileage. Back in October, we reported on Tesla reaching the 3 billion electric mile milestone and the company’s global fleet has managed to add 500 million in less than 3 months – bringing the total to 3.5 billion in December.<p>Over the weekend, the fleet reached …

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Tesla’s full list of new features enabled with software updates is a glimpse at the future of the auto industry

Tesla has been pushing the use of software updates, and especially over-the-air software updates, like never before in the automotive industry. Other automakers have been held back by their dependence on third-party dealerships who want to retain their monopoly on servicing vehicles, which is …

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Tesla Autopilot 2.0: Watch the latest and ‘greatly improved’ version of Autopilot at work

As Tesla is reportedly close to finishing its Autopilot 2.0 update that will remove the speed restrictions and bring the system to parity with the first generation, we get a good look at the latest version of Autopilot on the new hardware suite through a 30-minute drive by a Model S owner.<p>Håkan …

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A custom Tesla Model X with a Bentley’s interior goes on sale for $180,000

The interior of Tesla’s vehicles often comes up as a weak link for the company – especially for people coming from other luxury brands.<p>A few custom tuners have taken this as an opportunity to offer modifications, like a Model S modified with a BMW’s interior. Now we get to see a Model X with an …

Renewable Energy

Tesla is discontinuing its least expensive Model S with 60 kWh battery pack next month

Electrek has learned that Tesla is planning to discontinue the least expensive versions of the Model S next month. Today, Tesla started sending out emails to warn potential buyers who have shown interest in the vehicles that the change is coming and Electrek confirmed the news with Tesla.<p>April …

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Electric GT reveals how it reduced Tesla Model S P100D’s weight by 1,100 lbs with biocomposite

Electric GT, the all-electric and all-Tesla racing championship, has promised to deliver a stripped-down racetrack-ready Tesla Model S P100D that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds). The weight reduction is critical to this accomplishment and they have now …

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Tesla Model 3 ‘release candidates’ are currently being built – Musk notes ‘almost entirely built with production tooling’

We recently reported that Tesla disclosed being currently in the process of building Model 3 “beta prototypes” ahead of the start of production in July. We mentioned that they are cutting it close with just 4 months left before production, but we now learn that they are actually referring to those …

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Tesla starts deliveries of the Model S/X 100D – new longest range electric vehicles – after EPA hiccup

Last week, we reported on deliveries of Tesla’s new Model S and X 100D being delayed by a few weeks even though some of the vehicles were sitting in Tesla’s parking lots in stores and service centers. The problem was with the EPA’s certification for the vehicle.<p>We now learn that the issue has been …

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Jaguar tests its all-electric I-PACE on the streets of London – Full Gallery

As we reported earlier this month, Jaguar unveiled a new prototype of the I-PACE, its first all-electric car, at the Geneva Motor Show.<p>The British automaker has now “unleashed” the prototype onto the streets of London for the first time and released a gallery of pictures showing the new design, …

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Tesla Model 3 as a coupé: unofficial renders

Tesla’s third-generation platform, which will first go to production for the Model 3 later this year, is expected to enable several new models for Tesla, including the Model Y crossover and Roadster 4.0.<p>But how about a coupé? A Tesla enthusiast took to photoshop to see how the Model 3 would look …

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Tesla’s latest update only allows performance vehicles to reach max power on ‘Launch Mode’

We spoke too soon last month when we reported that “the controversy around Tesla’s undisclosed performance restrictions is finally truly coming to an end” as the automaker was deploying a new update to seemingly remove those restrictions.<p>As it turns out, the update was interpreted poorly by most …

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Tesla Model Y unofficial render ahead of launch

The Tesla Model Y is expected to be a compact SUV built on the same platform as the Model 3. The automaker hasn’t officially commented on when it plans to unveil the vehicle, but we have to assume that it will be relatively soon based on comments made by CEO Elon Musk.<p>In the meantime, we get …

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