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Tesla Model X proves maneuvering skill after passing Swedish moose test with ease

The Swedish moose test is known to have victimized many in the past, including the Toyota Hilux that massively failed. So knowing that many cars from trusted and leading automakers have failed, how do you think Tesla's all-electric Model X will do? Surprisingly, it did very well.

But before getting into detail, it was confirmed last week that the Tesla Model X officially became the highest safety rated SUV, earning a 5-star rating in every single category from NHTSA.

Though the moose test is not part of the NHTSA, the Tesla Model X did particularly well in the rollover test, all thanks to its battery pack located at the bottom of the chassis - developing a low center of gravity.

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Tesla has been granted dealership license in Arizona to sell its vehicles

After a number of failed attempts, Tesla finally gets an Arizona dealership license by winning a court battle that allows them to sell directly to consumers. The automotive dealer license is a standard license traditional automotive dealerships are required to hold in order to sell vehicles.

Late last year, the DMV issued a dealer license to Tesla, which had only been approved last week after a Maricopa County administrative law judge confirmed that the process for blocking such a license from the Arizona Department of Transportation did not apply to Tesla in the first place.

After claiming the license, the electric automaker will now be able to conduct test drives and sell vehicles out of their service centers and the gallery they are currently operating in Phoenix.

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Tesla expands its Autopilot feature following recent software update

Tesla has been rolling out significant improvements to its 2nd generation Autopilot system since January. In connection to this, the EV company last week performed another major update in hopes to achieve fully autonomous driving by the end of the year.

Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot 2.0 now consists of AutoSteer and Auto Lane Change, Forward + Side Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Summon, Parallel + Perpendicular Autopark and Traffic Aware Cruise Control.

Knowing that fully autonomous driving is right around the corner, All Model S and Model X produced since October 2016 have been equipped with all the necessary hardware to self- drive completely. This includes 8 cameras with 360-degree visibility with 820 feet (250 meters) range as well as 1 radar sensor with enhanced processing feature to help see through dust, fog or heavy rain.

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2017 Tesla Model X scores five stars in all of NHTSA safety tests

Tesla Motors could now confidently say that its Tesla Model X is the safest sports utility vehicle and perhaps the safest electric vehicle so far.

After all, no other SUV or vehicle could surpass the recent ratings scored by the Tesla Model X (2017 model year) in the latest round of independent tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of course, there is nothing that exceeds the maximum five stars awarded by NHTSA to vehicles following testing. This means other SUVs or vehicles could – at best – match the ratings earned by the 2017 Tesla Model X.

Overall, five variants of the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV were tested: Model X 60D AWD, Model X 75D AWD, Model X 90D AWD, Model X P90D AWD and Model X P100D AWD. All these variants were made to undergo three test categories: front crash, overall side crash (both side barrier and pole crashes) and rollover resistance.

Read the entire article 2017 Tesla Model X scores five stars in all of NHTSA safety tests

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has already revealed the first teaser image of the upcoming Model Y during the company’s shareholder conference this week in California. The compact SUV, which will underpin an entirely new platform, is expected to hit the roads in 2019.

Along with some of the company’s initiatives, the CEO finally discloses more information about the Model 3 sedan. The Model 3 will reportedly come with limited configurations at least for the choices of alloy wheels and body color.

Also at the meeting, Musk reiterated the fact that the Model Y will have a different architecture from the Model 3, saying it is a “big mistake” to come with the same platform as they did with the Model X and Model S. Having said that, Musk thinks it would be more appropriate to design a sedan or an SUV based on their own separate standards.

Read the entire article Tesla shares first teaser of the Model Y, its upcoming all-electric compact SUV

There will be fewer than 100 various configurations for the upcoming Tesla Model 3. There also won’t be as many battery options and there would likely be a simplified Design Studio. Now, the Elon Musk-led Tesla recently updated its online configurator for the Model S and X design studio that packages vehicle configurations into 3 divisions: standard, premium and performance. The updates take effect before the company's planned production of its $35k mass market Tesla Model 3. This gives us a glimpse of what the Model 3 will possibly look like.

The updated configurator provides you the options to choose between 75 and 100 kWh battery packs. It’s also apparent that it removed the 90kWh battery pack option that's scheduled for discontinuation this June 8. The American automaker indicates that the 75 (no all-wheel drive option) is the standard model. The 100D is appointed as the premium trim and the P100D is considered the performance model. Model S and Model X purchasers can opt for either a "standard" configuration with a 75kWh battery pack that can run 249 miles of range on the Model S and 237 miles on the Model X, or a premium configuration that uses Tesla's long range 100 kWh battery pack.

Model S is capable of 335 miles of range on the 100kWh pack and the Model X will definitely have 300 mile per single charge. Adrenaline lovers can now opt for a performance package that swaps driving range with increased acceleration. Only recently, the Tesla models will not be categorized by its battery size, as they will be classified by trim comparable to what conventional automakers do. As the American automaker is aiming for the mass production of the Tesla Model 3, it has had the opportunity to appreciate its simple system.

Read the entire article Tesla updates configurator for Model S and X, 90kWh option will be removed on June 8

In the automotive industry, it is uncommon to see the words Tesla and tuners in the same sentence. But what’s more complicated is tuning a car that does not even have an exhaust system or engine parameters, considering that most of the time, performance enhancements are part of the tuner package, along with aesthetics of course.

And guess what? Prior Design, took their time and effort to play with the Tesla Model S, giving it their personal touch, and the outcome looks amazing. The German company specializes in the design, development and distribution of exclusive aerodynamics. They aim to create cars that combine sporty and aggressive designs with enhanced elegance. They have worked on several automobiles including Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque 5D, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F458 Italia, McLaren 570S, and now, Tesla Model S

Prior Design begins with a updated front bumper that has a spoiler lip built in. This instantly gives the Model S a brighter, but at the same time, more aggressive face. They stick with the theme with a new diffuser. The updated spoiler hugs the rear end of the hypercar, which supposedly reduces lift when it accelerates. We are not sure though if customers are interested in downforce at higher speeds, considering that straight line acceleration is the Model S’ claim to fame.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S gets a makeover from Prior Design

Notwithstanding Tesla’s effortless marketing and anti-selling initiatives, its CEO, Elon Musk has finally announced that paid reservations for the Tesla Model 3 continue to go up every week. After commencing the reservation procedures barely a month ago, the CEO once shared that the company has already taken about 400,000 pre-order reservations. Since discussing these numbers however, Musk no longer wants to share the exact figures. He explained that if he does this, many people will speculate or make wrong assumptions on what’s going to happen next.

In the recent 1st quarter earnings call, Musk neither answered directly nor tried to eschew the inquiry. Instead, he replied by saying that although he’s not willing to share the actual number, the reservations continue to climb on a weekly basis. That is, in spite of their attempts to encourage their customers to buy the Model S instead of the Model 3.

When asked to provide the exact number of reservations, the CEO said that the problem lies in the probability that people will run off and make all kinds of conclusions based on the number and he thinks that this isn’t “predictive” of the future. He also mentioned that these people aren’t even allowed to test-drive a Model 3 and that the company doesn’t do a thing to sell the Model 3 but increasingly more reservations are made every week.

Read the entire article Tesla says its Model 3 reservations are on the rise

California has a resourceful goal of having all new homes produce "zero net energy" by the year 2020, it roughly translates to producing at least as much energy as they can consume. Now the Elon Musk-headed company is no longer only selling electric vehicles, but renewable energy sources as well. And now Tesla has its only production factory in the city of Fremont.

The California-based energy company is venturing on a new business by the latter part of this year- the solar roof business, and this further undertaking will be initially observed at the homes located in the vicinity of the company's main factory. This is all due to the ordinance passed by the city council of Fremont, California on May 2 that firmly requires newly constructed houses and apartment complexes to install solar roof panels. The decision will work with a measure dating back from October that will require new construction to install mandatory wiring to be able to charge electric vehicles. The prescribed solar cell size will differ based on the size of the structure, and the ordinance necessitates an installation location that augments exposure to the sun.

Rachel DiFranco, Fremont's sustainability coordinator, said that they have over 5,000 electric vehicle drivers found in Fremont and they would like to observe if the drivers preferring an electric vehicle would increase and double over the next handful of years. Moreover, there’s also a call to obtain permission to install the cells found on the ground or one can utilize a wind turbine as a substitute. The state's building standards and energy commissions urge to approve the plan before all of it becomes official while this ordinance is through the city government. The process may take a few months, according to the local East Bay Times newspaper.

Read the entire article Ordinance filed at Tesla’s hometown requires new houses to use solar panels

Having $250 billion in free cash certainly gives Apple Inc. massive buying power. Apple could approach and take over valuable companies whose operations and business are in line with its interest or that will expand the tech giant’s reach. Interestingly, one of these companies is luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc.

This comes as Citigroup recently published a list of companies – seven in total -- that could possibly become takeover targets for Apple. Tesla’s name surfaced on the list, which also includes Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Hulu, Netflix, Take Two Interactive Software and Walt Disney.

Jim Suva, an analyst at Citigroup, said in a note to clients that more than 90 percent of Apple’s free cash is sitting beyond the United States. He quipped that should the tax proposals of US President Donald Trump be realized, Apple would have cash coffers amounting to $220 billion, which the tech giant could use for acquisitions or buybacks.

Read the entire article Tesla may become a takeover target for Apple, says Citigroup analyst

Even before Tesla has yet to start the production of the Model 3, its CEO, Elon Musk has his eyes set on the upcoming Model Y. For a while now, we’ve come to know that the Model Y will be a compact electric sport utility vehicle as Musk himself has already confirmed. As reported earlier by The Verge, Musk also said the Model Y will be getting a new platform and is likely to arrive in 2019.

Since the new architecture will be totally different, the CEO intends to replace the existing Tesla models’ 12-volt battery with a new power system. The change in architecture would mean there is no longer need for a lead-acid battery aside from a having new way of running the vehicle’s in-car electronic system. In doing so, the production will be a lot simpler since there is lesser amount of wiring involved with the new setup.

Musk refers to the electric SUV as an important factor in achieving Tesla’s objective of one million cars per year in the upcoming new decade. While at a conversation with some analysts about the company’s financial results in this year's 1st quarter, the CEO reassures everyone that the Model Y should be available either in late 2019 or 2020 at the most.

Read the entire article Tesla Model Y to launch as early as 2019 with new architecture

Tesla is shaking up the automotive industry once more by entering the semi-truck market. The Elon Musk-led company is set to debut its own electric semi-truck in September this year. And now, Elon Musk has given us the first sneak peek on the up-and-coming unnamed electric truck.

Tesla's head honcho Elon Musk was in Vancouver, Canada having a TED talk- discussing underground transportation. In between, he also revealed tidbits about his new electric Semi-Truck project. Furthermore, he also revealed the first ever shadowy teaser image of his Tesla Semi Truck.

The image expectedly went viral, but is not as dramatically different compared to the other concept vehicle images truck makers have revealed in the previous years. While there is an apparent rise in advanced electric techs in the passing years, it has been suited for smaller automobiles that cover shorter distances. The Semi Truck looks tall and the concept is quite futuristic, especially the headlights. And it appears there are no side mirrors present. It is possible that a camera system is fitted instead.

Read the entire article Tesla electric Semi Truck partly revealed in first teaser

Rap legend Snoop Dogg, aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr, has taken delivery of his new Tesla Model X. To our amazement, this famed music producer and actor from Long Beach, California took to Snapchat and other social media platforms to share a quick preview of his recent purchase. Soon enough, a video with “The Dogg” and his White Tesla SUV was uploaded by a YouTuber that goes by the name “My Tesla”. Of course aside from Snapchat, the rest of “Mr Dogg’s” posts have also gone viral whether it came from his Reddit or Instagram account.

Snoop Dogg’s Tesla Model X comes in white body paint and is fitted with a set of 22-inch matte black Onyx wheels. On the video, it does look like the music artist opted for the 6-seater configuration and dressed it up entirely in black leather while the rest of the accessories are in ash wood finish . Other than showcasing the highly renowned falcon wing doors open wide, the video happens to show the Model X’s highly impressive 17-inch touch screen monitor.

Not only is Tesla popular among high-profile Hollywood stars, sports personalities or the majority of New York's elite, but in recent years the eco-friendly vehicle has also impressed the who’s who in the music industry. The rapper, also known as “Snoop Lion” was just among the many internationally acclaimed celebrities to own a Tesla vehicle. Among them are Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, John Legend, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Jay Z. Radio personalities such as deadmau5, Skrillex and Zedd have their own Teslas as well. With this news hitting the Internet, it seems owning an EV is once again the coolest thing on earth.

Read the entire article Snoop Dogg is now the proud owner of a Tesla Model X

Xabier Albizu, a Spanish product and transportation artist, recently did a rendering of the Experimental Tesla Model EXP supercar. The third party design work looks quite sexy and has been the talk of the town recently. Albizu initially posted the first image of his rendering on March 6 on his Behance account.

As a third party designer, Albizu had all the time to make these renderings. His works show that the Tesla Model EXP is a high performance supercar with four electric motors (and independent torque vectoring), each one powering its own wheel, thus making it a four-wheel drive . But is controllable depending on the driver’s needs in that power delivery can be adjusted independently -for crazy handling and acceleration.

The high performance Tesla rendering has smart aerodynamics. With a flat bottom and the huge diffuser, there is an increase in downforce without sacrificing the drag. The rear end of the vehicle has an open design that extracts hot air from different components, and prevents it from overheating. But this design isn’t only functional. He designed this to give it a more aggressive and extreme look.

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Tesla Motors is still shocking the world with its electric vehicles built with performances are at par or even better than their conventionally powered rivals. However, it turned out that Tesla is planning to go beyond electric sedans and SUVs. As Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced it would soon unveil the carmaker’s first semi-truck and pickup truck.

Through a post in Twitter, Musk revealed that the carmaker is unveiling the new Tesla Semi truck in September this year. He added that Tesla’s development team did an amazing job in creating this new semi truck, which he described as on a “seriously next level.” As far as we know, Musk isn’t joking. Of course, “seriously next level” could mean that it could be entirely different from the semi-trucks we know, thereby possible changing the game according to Tesla’s own definition.

To note, Musk tweeted in 2016 that Tesla’s Jerome Guillen was already test-driving the carmaker’s new semi truck. He also noted that Guillen was responsible for leading Daimler’s most successful semi-truck program. In addition, Musk said during the unveiling of Master Plan Part Deux last summer that Tesla is already in the early stages of development of its new heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. By then, he announced that these units would be ready to be unfurled this year. Now, Musk is staying true to his words and confirmed that Tesla is indeed unveiling a new semi-truck this September.

Read the entire article Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks

The new Tesla Model S 100D has just broken the record for being the electric car with the longest range ever. A couple of months ago, an online website released an article of top electric cars, which have the longest range. While the list already included the 2017 Tesla Model S, it has only been proven just now.

The top electric vehicles on this list include: 2017 Tesla Model X at 295 miles (474.8 kilometers), 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV at 238 miles (383 kilometers), 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf at 126 miles (202.8 kilometers), and 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric at 124 miles (199.6 kilometers). A few others range from 84 to 114 miles.

The non-performance Model S sedan carries dual motors and the largest battery the company has, at 100kWh. The EPA officially rated the performance of this car and the official numbers are as follows: city range - 331.1 miles (532.9 kilometers), highway range - 337.2 miles (542.7 kilometers) and a combined range of 335 miles (539 kilometers). Take note, we even rounded the number off to just 335.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S 100D rated by EPA, breaks all records for how far an electric car can go

Tesla has officially launched a fan-made commercial competition titled as Project Loveday. According to the company, the competition started on March 4, 2017, and will end on May 8, 2017. Winners will be revealed on May 22. While Tesla did post the guidelines for this contest, the rules are pretty straightforward which is to make a commercial video no longer than 90 seconds, and then submit it for consideration.

According to the guidelines, the top 10 winning videos will be both featured as well as shared on all the company’s social media channels. Each of the top 3 videos will be given extra promotion on the social media channels. Finally, the Grand Prize winner will be invited to a future product launch event by Tesla and will be given the chance to introduce that product. The company said it will shoulder travel expenses and accommodation for 2 people good for 2 nights.

Tesla also said that the contest is open to everyone who is at least 18 years of age. For those who are below 18 years and want to participate, they will need to get permission from the parent or their guardian.

Read the entire article Tesla launches fan-suggested ad contest dubbed Project Loveday

CEO and Chairman of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk is a very ambitious man, and is known by many as the man who wants to redefine transportation on Earth and in space. He also plans to expand fully autonomous vehicles to the mass market - which indeed are pretty cool ideas. But sometimes, Musk has brilliant ideas that most people don’t agree with.

For instance, earlier this week, he confirmed to the public that he will ditch the head-up display (HUD) for the Tesla Model 3, and it that it will not feature any traditional instrument.

Instead, he feels that all the information the driver needs can be put on a large center display.

Read the entire article Tesla CEO confirms plan to scrap Model 3’s head-up display (HUD)

This can be a pivotal year for the Elon Musk-led company as the iconic American automaker made headlines as it reportedly delivered over 25,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2017, a new record for the electric car maker. This report from Tesla is surprising, considering that the firm has previously encountered a series of production delays and missed deliver targets.

Analysts had estimated that its deliveries for the quarter will be about 23,000 to 24,500, but Tesla proved them wrong. The powerhouse company marked a quarterly record with a 69% increase compared to last year's first quarter deliveries figure which indicates that business is booming for the folks in Tesla. The Model S leads the way for its deliveries as 13,450 S units were delivered while Tesla Model X is trailing behind by a narrow margin with 11,500 deliveries made. Around 4,650 automobiles were still in the process of being delivered, thus they will be counted as second quarter deliveries, Tesla remarked.

It is an incredible feat for Tesla to be able to do all these, especially as the Tesla Fremont plant was set offline a lot in the last few months. Tesla said that the numerous times that the plant’s operations were interrupted were necessary amid company plans to spearhead the production of the initial batch of the new Model 3s. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk raised more than $1.2 billion in a stock and debt sale the previous month to assist in the fund costs for the Model 3.

Read the entire article Tesla breaks quarterly delivery record with 25,000 units sold in Q1-2017

Chinese Tech Heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd. has secured a 5% asset from Tesla Inc., according to a report based on its U.S. regulatory filing. This move puts Tencent as one of the American company's largest investors at a time period when Tesla badly needs to increase its funds.

And Ford clearly has some catching up to do. Tencent, one of China's most profitable tech companies, dished out a whopping $1.8 billion for its share of 5% stakeout from Tesla. In return, Tencent acquired nearly 8.17 million worth of shares through a new Tesla stock offering at the open market. Per Bloomberg's report, the Chinese tech company's recently purchased stake makes it Tesla's 5th biggest shareholder to date.

Tencent took a passive stake which indicates that is highly unlikely to try to provide further tension to the electric automaker powerhouse to make any developments. In the aftermath of the press release, Tesla's stock expectedly surged from 3.42% to $279.39 per share in the early afternoon trading this Tuesday. Another detail worth mentioning is that the American automotive company is Zacks Rank #3.

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