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Spanish artist creates rendering of Tesla Model EXP

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 CEO Elon Musk confirms plans to release new semi and pickup trucks

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

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

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 launches fan-suggested ad contest dubbed Project Loveday

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.

Read the entire article Telsa stock blows up after Chinese tech company Tencent acquires 5% of its stake

Tesla marked a major milestone as it surpassed Ford in market capitalization. Automaker Tesla, formerly known as Tesla Motors, closed out the trading on March 27, 2017, with a market cap of a whopping $45.47 billion while Ford had dropped to around $45.35 billion.

From Wall Street's viewpoint, the company led by Elon Musk is considered now as a more valuable car manufacturer than the Ford Motor Company which is over 100 years old. Tesla has been trailing Ford's market capitalization for about a month.

As of February 28, FM stock price dwindled from $12.53 a share to $11.46 as of yesterday's trading while Tesla's stock price rose from $249.99 to $270.22 in the same time period. The market cap serves as the overall value of a firm/company's outstanding stock. Tesla's skyrocketing figure reveals that the investors of the company are pleased with how the company is performing so far, but it doesn't mean that it has become a much bigger company than the Blue oval in the real sense.

Read the entire article Tesla’s stock price surpasses Ford amid strong Model 3 optimism

The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you were not one of the first few hundreds to sign up for the test-drive.

What I mean is that if you purchase a Tesla Model S online or at the showroom, there is a higher chance of you getting your vehicle way ahead of time, than you getting that 20- to 30-minute test drive. In fact, the wait list is so long that it would take six months for those who signed up last. And nope, that was not a typing error when I wrote six months.

The reason behind this is that Tesla only has two showrooms in South Korea, and both of them are fairly new. Each showroom can only accommodate around 10 test drives per day, giving each person the chance to take the car out for a drive for about 20-30 mins. So, ten times two, that’s just twenty people per day for the whole nation. Having said that, there’s probably around 3,600 people in line to test drive the Model S. And the only way to fix that problem is for Tesla to open more showrooms, or to accommodate more people per day.

Read the entire article There’s a six-month waiting list to test drive Tesla’s Model S in South Korea

We are all aware that certain models and configurations of the Tesla Model X, as well as the Bentley Bentayga, both cost over six figures. So, what if both models were combined together? Well, it had already been done by Tesla tuner, TSportline. It gave this Model X such a grand makeover that anyone on the roads will definitely do a double take.

With over $60,000 worth of customizations, the model is stunning. For instance, it has a bespoke Bentley Red leather interior - with perforated leather and signature diamond stitching. The interior alone costs $25,000. And it’s not just that of course, it comes with two-toned gloss carbon fiber and Bentley leather steering wheel that costs an additional $3,200, plus a gloss carbon fiber interior package, and extra thick hand-carved floor mats.

The sound system, which is priced at $11,500, is a Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3 EQ Processor that can individually tune 13 component speakers to create the perfect sound. The good thing is that this custom sound system does not draw power from the battery system.

Read the entire article TSportline is selling this Tesla Model X with a Bentley interior on eBay for $180K

Tesla confirms that they will be discontinuing the fairly new Model S 60 and 60D sedans as soon as next month. Why, you ask? The company wants to make enough room for the upcoming Model 3. But do not worry, orders of the entry level Model S (at $68,000) will be received until April 16. You should hurry up then if you still want to get any of those models before they’re scrapped.

The 60 line is currently Tesla’s most affordable electric car. It’s much more affordable than the Model S P90 D which starts at $90,700. The base model offers a 210-mile range and a battery pack capable of storing 75kWh. However, it is software limited to 60kWh, unless the buyer decides to pay an extra $6,500 to unlock its full power - increasing the driving range to 249-259 miles. Also, it will cost another $3,000 to enable the AutoPilot semi-autonomous features. Basically, you have to pay more, to get more. But not always, as the Model S 60 buyers can have access Tesla’s Supercharger network free of charge.

For the upcoming Model 3, the company plans to come out with seven options. However, if there would not be a new powertrain introduced soon enough, then they might reduce options to just five. This effort was done by the company to ensure that they have an affordable unit on hand, especially with the interest people are showing in the Model 3.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S 60, 60 D will be discontinued starting April 17

Tesla is finally setting a more “definite” schedule with regards to the official launch of the Tesla Model 3 electric car. A “limited production” is said to be slated to begin in July of this year although it appears that the first group that will come out of production has been earmarked for investors and employees at Tesla. CEO Elon Musk however did also say that customers may be able to begin configuring their vehicle within 3 to 4 months.

Production trials though have already started with the company stating that material sourcing and crash testing of the Model continue to be on schedule and will likely be able to support the volume deliveries expected in the second part of 2017. The actual volume production though is not expected to start until September. Tesla disclosed that it expects to deliver around 5,000 units per week by the fourth quarter of this year with the goal of increasing it to 10,000 units weekly sometime in 2018.

During a conference call, Musk revealed to reporters that the brand will slowly speed-up the production of the Model 3, in fact looking like an “S curve” that will increase the speed as initial bugs are detects and problems are fixed.

Read the entire article Tesla will begin limited production of Model 3 by July

In racing, driving a quicker and lighter car doesn’t always result in a win. However, such a car definitely has some advantages over other competitors. This could be the reason why the Electric GT Championship is changing the base car from the Tesla Model S P85+ to Tesla Model S P100.

When the Electric GT World Series was announced in March 2016, organizer Electric GT Holding Inc. also disclosed that it has chosen the Tesla Motors S P85+ as a base model for the 10 teams bound to enter the event in its 2017 inaugural season.

Agustin Paya, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, remarked back then that the Tesla model S was chosen because of its impressive circuit racing potential with its power, acceleration, weight distribution and low center of gravity as well as superb cornering speed. The race-bound Model S P85+ would race with the same powertrain, battery and programming as the one available for the market, although it has received modifications with regards to braking, aerodynamics, suspension and cooling, as well as steering and overall weight.

Read the entire article Tesla’s Electric GT Championship turns into a much faster race with shift to P100D

They were so near, and yet so far. This is how we could describe the saga of two electric cars -- the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 – in their attempt to earn the highest safety award being given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Of course, every carmaker wants their vehicles to earn at least the Top Safety Pick award. However, there is nothing much better than earning the Top Safety Pick+ (Plus) award. Why? Simply because a good chunk of possible customers also regard vehicle safety as one of the parameters in choosing a new ride. IIHS has already commenced testing vehicles for 2017.

As far as we could remember, a vehicle model could qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, if it has managed to score good ratings in five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. For a vehicle to earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. In addition, it should have an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S and BMW i3 fail to earn 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS [w/video]

Tesla accuses its former Autopilot head, Sterling Anderson of stealing sensitive information and poaching Tesla employees while still working for the company. The lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of California against Anderson and another Tesla employee, Chris Urmson.

Anderson has worked for the electric car company since 2014 and was appointed as the head of the Autopilot team. Tesla found out that Anderson and Urmson have started recruiting co-workers to join them in their new startup since 2016. Tesla claims Anderson has allegedly downloaded the secret files using the company’s laptop, but has apparently deleted all the traces. Due to this, the company filed a suit against the two former employees for stealing intellectual proprietary information.

Since Tesla is so advanced when it comes to self-driving technology, other car companies are trying to catch up with the pace by purchasing startups. Tesla is very much aware of how automakers have built a “get rich quick environment” because of this. It was also stated in the charges how a demoware could be bought from a team of programmers for billions of dollars. To cite an example, General Motors has acquired Cruise Automation for almost 1 billion USD in 2016. Otto, another self-driving startup firm, was bought by Uber by as much as 680 million USD in the same year.

Read the entire article Tesla files a suit against ex-chief of Autopilot division for stealing company info

Meet the fastest-accelerating four-door production car in the planet. No, it is not a Lamborghini, a Ferrari or a Porsche. It is an updated Tesla Model S. This was proven during a recent drag race against a Cadillac CTS-V.

Actually, the Model S is already certified as the quickest four-door production car when it managed to complete the quarter-mile run in just 10.76 seconds in September 2016. This particular Model S is the top-of-the-range P100D version that employs a 100-kWh battery pack and the game-changing Ludicrous mode. In theory, the Model S P100D with Ludicrous could go as quickly as 2.5 seconds in the zero to 60 mph sprint. In the September quarter-mile run, an industrial generator was used by a team of Tesla enthusiasts in order to achieve the absolute best time possible -- by doing drag runs at 100-percent state of charge.

But recently, Tesla Motors launched a software update for the P100D version – the Ludicrous Plus. This update furthers unlocks the capabilities of the Tesla Model S P100D. When the Ludicrous Plus mode is activated – done by pressing the “Ludicrous” button on the settings screen for five seconds – the temperature of the 100-kWh battery pack is raised to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the max power output from the electric motors of the Tesla Model is further increased by an estimated 30 hp.

Read the entire article Video: Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous Plus breaks quarter-mile record by running 10.726 seconds

Apparently, Tesla’s keyless app is useless as soon as the driver goes into place where there is no cellular service or signal. This is based from the experience of an owner of a Tesla Model S electric sports car – a true story from Ryan Negri of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tesla launched its keyless app to allow owners to lock, unlock or power up their Tesla Model S even when they don’t use the factory key fob, which of course is still a vital part of driving. As long as a user has a smartphone – powered by Android (Google) or iOS (Apple) – with installed apps from Tesla as well as a cellular signal (for Internet connectivity), he or she could control and monitor his or her Tesla Model S from a far. The keyless app works by having the smartphone app send a request to Tesla’s servers, which in turn process it and transmit a command to the Model S.

Tesla’s keyless app has advantages and disadvantages over a typical key fob. In terms of range, Tesla’s keyless app could reach the electric car as long as there in cellular signal or Internet connection. This means that even if a user is a hundred meters away, he or she could use the keyless app to unlock the Model S. Meanwhile, a key fob employs short-range radio signals, which are good for around 20 meters. These signals are sent directly from the key fob to a receiver unit in the car. But Tesla’s keyless app doesn’t. The request from the app is first sent to Tesla’s servers before it is transmitted to the car. When the connections to the servers are gone, so is the owner’s access to the car.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S gets stranded in Nevada desert, exposes limitation of keyless app

Back in 2016, RevoZport for the first time modified the Model S for Hong Kong’s e-Touring Challenge. This was named the RevoZport R- Zentric P90D Model S safety car. The heavily modified Model S would later serve as the safety vehicle for the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix held last October 9 at the Harbourfront in Hong Kong. Certainly, RevoZport was one of the first auto tuners to dress up a Tesla this far.

Now with the new Tesla Model X, the aftermarket tuning company also has some new accessories built for the crossover. The Hong Kong based auto tuner offers the Model X with its new R-Zentric tuning package. The aero kit comes complete with the brand’s signature diffuser, rear spoiler, side sills and front splitter. It also has some enhancements for the front bumper as well as a new set of Klassen ID 22-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Overall, the RevoZport Model X has a sportier character compared with the previously modified Tesla Model X as done by Unplugged Performance and Villner auto tuners.

Read the entire article Now available: RevoZport tuning kit for Tesla Model X

New Tesla vehicles will have to pay when charging at any of the carmaker’s Supercharger stations once they exceed their annual limits. This comes as Tesla Motors announced revisions in rules regarding the use of its Supercharge network not only across the United States but also in other countries.

Currently, Tesla Motors has 5,085 Superchargers spread across 795 Supercharger stations in several places around the world. Most of these Supercharger stations are located in the US, mainland Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan and China. With the revisions on the rules, new Tesla vehicles ordered after January 15, 2017 will be granted 400 kWh (around 1,000 miles or 1609 km in range) of annual Supercharger credits. Once a Tesla customer has used up his or her credits, succeeding usage of the Superchargers will come with a small fee. The 400 kWh allowance is non-cumulative, which means that any unused charging credit in a year can’t be rolled over to the next year.

While the 400 kWh annual credit may seem too little, it is fair to note that more than 90 percent of charging by Tesla owners are done at the comfort of their home or at work. Likewise, Tesla intended these Superchargers for long-distance travels (range anxiety eliminator), which at around 1,000 miles is already aplenty. Tesla has observed that many customers access the Superchargers even for short-distance local drives, making the queue and waiting time at the stations less desirable.

Read the entire article Tesla scraps free supercharger access, now charges a small fee

Investors don’t seem to mind that Tesla Motors failed to achieve its delivery targets for the full year 2016. It seems that their optimism for Tesla’s growth is still very high despite the failed target achievement, simply because deliveries in 2016 are still much higher than the figure a year ago.

In press release published on January 3, 2017, Tesla said it produced a total of 83,922 vehicles in the full year 2016, or around 64-percent more than the California-based carmaker manufactured in 2015. Of these, 76,230 vehicles have been delivered to its new owners, which means that these units were promptly delivered to customers with no issue on paperwork.

Tesla doesn’t count ordered vehicles as delivered units. This delivery figure is short of the delivery prediction made in February 2016, when Tesla said that it aimed to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 vehicles for the full year 2016. Tesla had adjusted this predicted figure to 79,000 units, but still failed to achieve the adjusted delivery target.

Read the entire article Investors still hopeful for Tesla despite the failed target achievement in 2016
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