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

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

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

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 Model S 60, 60 D will be discontinued starting April 17

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 will begin limited production of Model 3 by July

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

The much-anticipated Autopilot update from Tesla Motors is finally here, a good sign that the electric carmaker is inching closer to making its entire vehicle lineup capable of autonomous driving. Certainly, this would be a big reason to rejoice if you are an owner of a Tesla vehicle.

But before you celebrate, Tesla Motors has clarified that not all Tesla units will receive the update called the Enhanced Autopilot system. The latest Autopilot update will only be sent over-the-air to 1,000 new Tesla cars, including the brand new Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X.

As far as we could remember, the newer versions of the Model S and Model X feature the so-called Hardware 2, a redesigned suite of hardware that includes 12 ultrasonic sensors and eight cameras that allow the new modes to monitor on-road activity. However, these ultrasonic sensors and cameras can’t be utilized well because they lack the necessary complementary software.

Read the entire article Tesla sends Enhanced Autopilot update to 1,000 new Model S and Model X units

Tesla is being sued by a famous South Korean actor and singer because his Tesla Model X electric SUV allegedly accelerated and crashed into his house in California.

As reported by Reuters, Ji-chang Son is claiming that while he was slowly driving his Tesla Model X into his driveway on September 10, 2016, the SUV suddenly accelerated at full power, “jerking forward” and then crashing through the interior wall of the garage.

It ultimately halted in his living room. Son filed a lawsuit in United States District Court in the Central District of California, seeking class action status based on seven previously reported cases of alleged sudden acceleration events involving Tesla vehicles as compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Son’s lawsuit alleges product liability as well as negligence and breaches of warranty. He is also seeking still undetermined damages.

Read the entire article South Korean actor sues Tesla alleging his Model X unintentionally accelerated

If you live somewhere in Missouri and you’re looking forward to buy a new Tesla Model S, chances are you might not be able to purchase one within the state soon.

No, Tesla is not shutting down and is very much operational in the United States. The California-based carmaker still has the full ability to manufacture, as well as market and sell its electric vehicles. However, it couldn’t sell its vehicles in any place within Missouri, simply because the state and the court have said so.

Actually, Tesla had a license to sell new vehicles in the state. However, such license has to be renewed yearly, and the latest one was only good until 2016. An application to renew the license for 2017 had been rejected, thus leaving Tesla no legal permit to sell new vehicles in Missouri. So simply and generally, Tesla is not anymore allowed to sell its new vehicles in the state.

Read the entire article Tesla sales in Missouri hit brakes in 2017 as state refuses to renew dealer licenses

We will be frank. Tesla Motors’ electric technology, exterior looks, aerodynamics, speed and quickness are all superb – except for its interiors. Yes, the inside of the Tesla Model S is sporty, but it is not luxuriously and comfortably sporty. In short, Tesla’s interior doesn’t live up to the brand’s reputation as a manufacturer of all-electric premium cars.

However, Tesla’s recent move indicates how serious it is of turning things around and putting the focus on interior quality and design. The California-based electric carmaker has tapped Anders Bell as its senior director of engineering.

According to Bell’s LinkedIn profile, he served as the head of the interior engineering department at Volvo Cars Group. His position gave him global responsibility for strategy, concept development and design & release as well as industrialization & launch of all future Volvo models. This department – consisting of 360 engineers in Sweden and 40 in Shanghai, China, is in charge of designing and creating the interior of Volvo’s vehicles. These include functional areas like the instrument panel, center console, and all interior surface materials as well as interior soft and hard trim.

Read the entire article Tesla brings in Volvo’s interior engineering chief Anders Bell in a bid to improve cabin quality

Owners of the Tesla Model S P100D are sure to end the year with a bang as none other than Tesla owner revealed an early Easter Egg to be released in December. Musk initially made the announcement on Twitter though he later said that this will be applicable to all 100D models considering that the Easter Egg is in fact a software optimization.

Through this Easter Egg, owners will be able to experience their electric sedans experiencing acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 2.4 seconds. In addition, it can have the model go from 0 to a quarter of a mile in just 10.6 seconds. Through this optimization, it can result in the Model X P100D going from 0 to 60 mph in merely 2.8 seconds.

According to Electrek, Musk probably means the 8.1 software update being implemented by Tesla. Some of the changes part of the upgrade include allowing owners to control the minimum and the maximum values of the always-on temperature control. This allows occupants to ensure that the interior is within a particular range, even if the vehicle itself is turned off. Electrek added that the main question is in fact how long it would take for people to discover the particular Easter Egg that gives their Model X or Model S that added zip.

Read the entire article Elon Musk reveals Easter Egg that allows for very fast sprints on Tesla Model S P100D

In a bid to acquire new production technologies and reduce per-vehicle manufacturing costs, Tesla has entered an agreement to purchase German firm Grohmann Engineering. Considered as one of the global leaders in highly automated manufacturing methods, Grohmann Engineering should allow Tesla to boost its manufacturing capability and know-how.

Tesla has acknowledged that only by having high-volume manufacturing sites will it be able to achieve a sustainable energy future. Such high-volume production facilities would enable Tesla to manufacture high-quality products with economies of scale, which means vehicles rolling off these sites would be more affordable and more accessible. In addition, Tesla considers such a high-volume factory as a product itself. Based in Prum, Germany, Grohmann Engineering would allow Tesla to get involved in high-volume highly automated manufacturing and make it possible for the California-based carmaker to realize its increased output target of 500,000 cars per year by 2018.

Tesla’s planned acquisition of Grohmann Engineering – led by founder and chief executive Klaus Grohmann -- includes the company’s development and production center in Germany, locations in Chandler, AZ, and Charlotte, NC, as well as a base in Shanghai, China. With the acquisition, Klaus Grohmann will also be brought into Tesla’s highly capable team of experts and leaders.

Read the entire article Tesla acquires Germany-based Grohmann Engineering to speed up its manufacturing operations

Tesla has been known to diversify and boost its global presence regardless of the cost. A second Gigafactory in Europe only proves this so well. In fact, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has confirmed something more during a recent press conference in Germany. Aside from batteries, the gigantic manufacturing plant will also be used for vehicle production.

Musk met the press following announcements that they had already acquired Grohmann Engineering. The recent acquisition of the business group is intended to increase quality, speed up the production and bring in more cost-effective strategies to the company.

While in the press meeting, the CEO also explained how the company is bent on pushing the Model 3 in the market, at the soonest possible time. In addition, he also mentioned that the company has other important “investments”. He further described this investment as “the machine that builds the machine”, and that, it will be one of Tesla’s most significant production strategy.

Read the entire article Tesla Gigafactory II is confirmed to rise in Europe

Tesla's latest Model 3 may come with the most advanced solar roof technology. The roof, designed to harness solar energy is currently being considered for the first time. Though the Model 3 has yet to be released, there seems to be the possibility that the solar roof will be featured on Tesla’s new and upcoming line-ups.

The said roof can generate solar energy and can power up the vehicle and its components. Tesla has developed a type of glass panel, which they embedded with solar cells and is expected to come with the latest Model S.

Twitter was there as the witness. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO happened to divulge juicy details of the possibility of solar roof in a recent tweet. To make it more exciting, Musk hinted about “a deployable solar shield, like a retractable hard top”. This was his response to queries regarding the photovoltaic charging capacity on the solar roof panel. Musk continued responding to another tweet by a certain user, asking whether the solar rooftop would be expensive, and he answered “No.”

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 with solar roof technology is hinted via Twitter exchange
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