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Consumer Reports Calls on Tesla to Deactivate Autopilot System

Tesla is one of the leaders of manufacturing electric vehicles. It has since been doing various developments in perfecting its autopilot system and has even started to venture out into autonomous or self-driving cars. The American automaker’s futuristic mindset is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.

Now Tesla is under fire after a fatal accident occurred early this year that involved their autopilot system. On May 7, 40-year old ex-Navy SEAL Joshua Brown met his unfortunate end after his Tesla Model S on autopilot mode nearly collided with a truck before tumbling a few yards away.

Since then, Tesla has been under NHTSA’s scrutiny because its self-driving system has been pinpointed as one of the main reasons for the accident; the brake and forward-collision warning functions on Brown’s Model S seemed to have not worked as it should, thus resulting to the man’s death. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also been keeping its eye on Tesla after the American automaker failed to report the accident which most people believe would potentially decrease their stock prices and lose investors. Now, non-profit product evaluating American magazine Consumer Reports has been calling for Tesla to make changes on the way that the automaker has advertised its self-driving cars to the public.

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Tesla Model S tops owner-satisfaction survey at Consumer Reports

Drivers of Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan were the most satisfied among auto owners, according to the latest owner-satisfaction survey conducted by Consumer Reports. The Model S scored 98 of 100 to top the survey a second straight year.

Behind the Model S as the satisfying vehicle in the survey are: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with a 95 percent satisfaction rating, and the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, both scoring a 91 percent satisfaction rating. With two models scoring high ratings, Porsche managed to cling to the No. 2 spot, getting an average score of 87 out of 100 across its model lines.

Consumers Reports remarked that the Tesla Model is roomy, comfortable, and fun to drive, adding that it has low operating costs. The latest top ranking should further boost Tesla’s image as the leader in the producting high-end electric cars.

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Tesla Model S fails to impress Consumer Reports in the long-term test

Although it received a near-perfect score from Consumer Reports (99 out of 100), it appears that the Tesla Model S failed to impress the well-known magazine in the long-term test. The electric car impressed the magazine with its smoothness, effortless glide and clever yet elegant simplicity, the vehicle bought by Consumer Magazine had several problems.

Driven for almost 16,000 miles and purchased for $98,650, the Tesla Model S saw the first problems with the center screen when it was driven for over 12,000 miles. This means that the driver didn’t have access to many functions of the vehicle but Tesla fixed the problem as the vehicle was under warranty.

After a hard reset, the functions were restored to the car. The retracting door handles also showed problems and were occasionally reluctant to emerge. Consumer Reports were not the only one having problems with the Tesla Model S as the guys from Edmunds also reported problems which included replacing the main battery pack after the car stalled.

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Tesla Model S named best overall pick by Consumer Reports

The Tesla Model S became the first American car to be named “best overall” pick from Consumer Reports and beat the Audi A6, Toyota Prius and BMW 328i in the independent product-testing magazine’s annual ranking. The reviewers singled out the Tesla Model S for its “blistering acceleration, razor-sharp handling, compliant ride and versatile cabin.”

“It’s truly a groundbreaking car,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing, told Bloomberg in an interview.  Consumer Reports reviewed around 260 vehicles. “You get into it, and it really stands out. It’s the very best car I’ve ever driven,” Fisher said. The top vehicle model ranking for US electric car maker may further boost its profile, expecting sales of Model S to surge around 56 percent to 35,000 cars this year.

Adam Jonas, a Morgan Stanley analyst, remarked that Tesla could almost double its share of the global car market to 1 percent if it could lower battery costs.

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Tesla Motors Inc. is now one of the top brands, according to a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports. In December, the magazine surveyed 1,578 vehicle owners asked to rank brand attributes including quality, safety, value, design and technology. The survey found out the consumers rank Toyota as the best brand, followed by Ford, Honda and Chevrolet.

"Consumers are influenced by word of mouth, marketing and hands-on experience," Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports deputy automotive editor, said in a statement.

He said that perception can be a trailing indicator, reflecting years of good or bad performance in a category, and it can also be influenced by headlines in the media." The magazine said in November that the Tesla Model S topped its owner satisfaction poll despite a review by US regulators after two crash-related battery fires.

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The Tesla Model S received a near-perfect score of 99 (maximum is 100) from the highly influential Consumer Reports magazine, which cited the electric car's power, "pinpoint" handling and quiet well-crafted interior. The vehicle’s score places it ahead of competing electric and gas-powered models like the Porsche Panamera sports car and the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid.

In its review published Thursday, Consumer Reports said that "slipping behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S is like crossing into a promising zero-emissions future." The magazine added that the Tesla Model S is what Marty McFly might have brought back in place of his “DeLorean,” referring to the film “Back to the Future." The last time Consumer Reports gave a near-perfect score was six years ago, for the Toyota’s Lexus LS 460L luxury sedan.

Consumer Report’s positive review of the Model S came as Tesla reported its first quarterly profit in 10 years. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is trying to attract a wider group of consumers with the Model S electric sedan. According to Consumer Reports, a Model S equipped with an 85-kWh battery was able to travel 200 miles between electric charges.

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The charm of Tesla Motors’ vehicle offering lies in the fact that they offer a high level of performance with zero emissions. However, Tesla also wants its cars to be remembered as some of the safest vehicles in the automotive world. Just recently, Tesla is claiming that its Model 3 midsize sedan offers the best chance for passengers to avoid serious injury in case of a collision.

On its Twitter account, Tesla said its Model 3 boasts of having the lowest probability of causing injury of all cars that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has ever tested. Tesla noted that the Model 3 managed to receive a perfect 5-star safety rating in all categories – including sub-categories. Tesla had previously boasted that they expect the new Model 3 to have the lowest probability of personal injury than any other car.

The carmaker went on to say that the Tesla Model S electric sedan and the Tesla Model X electric crossover ranked second and third, respectively, on the list of cars with lowest probability of causing passenger injury as tested by the NHTSA.

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Since electric vehicles are becoming more popular, and are also becoming more viable for long distance trips, car enthusiasts would try and push the limits of what their cars are capable of on a single charge. Two men in Denver decided to take out the Tesla Model 3 over the weekend to drive it, and after 32 hours, they celebrated victory. However, that’s all their car can do.

EV aficionados have this term they use, “hypermiling”, to describe the idea of them getting the most juice out of their car’s battery, though efficient driving on a forgiving route. The guys we mentioned earlier were Sean M. Mitchell and Erik Strait, who set out on Friday to firmly beat the previous hypermiling record on a closed loop near the Denver Airport. The loop was about a mile in distance, and featured an elevation change of only 10 feet, while the two drove at speeds between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

Tesla rates the Model 3’s range between 220 and 310 miles on a single charge, but the two guys hoped they could reach 600 miles. So what they did was they live-streamed their circuitous journey on Youtube, interacted with those who commented, caught Chipotle burritos in a fishing net and were able to go past their goal 32 hours later.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3’s crazy new record is 606.2 miles

Tesla has just updated their online configurator for the Model 3, adding a number of new updates, and it seems like the $35,000 base model will arrive sooner than we expect to see it.

A couple of months back, we heard about all the issues regarding the Model 3’s production. And finally, Tesla is starting to deliver some of these vehicles. As a matter of fact, the automaker has already added the $35,000 base model as an option for “Early 2018” in their website. But knowing Tesla, early 2018 probably really means mid to late 2018 - though it still got us a bit excited.

If you are one of the lucky ones that received the invite to configure your Model 3, you would be able to get it for $49,000 instead of $44,000. But why, you ask? That is because Tesla is giving it a Long Range battery that costs $9,000. The Premium Upgrades package is also currently mandatory, adding another $5,000 to its price tag.

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Two months ago, there were reports about Tesla Semi sales as it skyrocketed just a few weeks after being launched in the United States. Huge companies like J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer had placed their reservations on the all-electric truck, as well as some other international companies. Also, the largest reservation that has been made was for 125 units (by none other than UPS).

Furthermore, Tesla received a total of around 140 pre-orders from the companies that ordered from them. And now, that number has probably doubled or tripled. The electric car maker promises to begin deliveries for the first batch of orders starting in late 2019.

Other companies that made reservations late last year include Sysco, DHL Supply Chain, Mecca & Son Trucking, Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder and some others.

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There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.

Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.

He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.

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Niels van Roij Design has revealed a number of new renderings of the company’s upcoming shooting brake. Inspired by the Tesla Model S, this one-off model is scheduled to be unveiled this March 2018. In addition to having a stylish design, this model was developed to effortlessly match up with the Model S. Thus while the front fascia is indeed recognizable, many of the changes can be observed at the back of the A-pillar.

The most obvious change on this model would have to be the elongated roof. Its rear section meanwhile has been fitted with a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Further this model comes with new bodywork and it even has “kick-ups in the glass area.” It also uses chrome generously in its trim.

The company disclosed that it has been doing significant work on the shooting brake for quite some time. In fact according to Van Roij, the company did some design research even before it worked on the first sketches. Once the sketches were finished, the company then built on three various “design propositions” having a total of 16 different design themes. However the company knew it was also important to put emphasis on benchmarking this model versus other high-end one-off models and even high-end performance wagons.

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Since Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Semi a couple of weeks ago, the automaker began receiving a number of pre-orders of the all-electric truck. Many of these orders come from large American companies including J.B. Hunt, Walmart, Loblaws and Meijer. According to Reuters, the all-electric automaker has already collected a total of 116 reservations, and orders continue to increase daily.

And as of the other day, there were already 140 pre-orders from 11 different companies, according to Jalopnik. Other companies that are part of the list of include Italian company Fercam, European based Girteka Logistics, Ryder, DHL Supply Chain, Fortigo Freight Services, Mecca & Son Trucking, Flexport.com and some others.

Anheuser-Busch had just pre-ordered the most number of Tesla Semis to date. If our sources are correct, they pre-ordered at least 40 units of the all-electric trucks, which they will use for the transport of goods such as those from Budweiser.

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Truth be told, the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t have a complete software and user interface when the California-based electric carmaker commences deliveries in July. However, this didn’t worry Tesla Model 3 owners, as they know that Tesla will sooner or later keep its four-door electric sedan to date through over-the-air updates. Now, the latest software update endows the EV with a number of new – yet very basic – features.

The latest update for the Model 3 has been eagerly anticipated as Tesla has been updating its software since commencing deliveries for the electric sedan. When it was first rolled out, the Model 3 didn’t have features that are usually installed or fitted as standard even in the most basic vehicles, including affordable ones. The software for the Model 3 is basically incomplete, so it didn’t have those basic features.

For instance, the latest software update now provides the Model 3 with the FM radio feature. This puzzled many, considering that the Tesla Model 3 should be one of the most advanced vehicles in the market and yet it didn’t have an FM radio. A video of one of the first deliveries in Texas showed that a radio – a very basic feature – doesn’t come with Model 3.

Read the entire article FM radio and odometer finally find their way into the new Tesla Model 3

It took quite some time for Tesla to reveal their new all-electric truck called the Semi. And before it made its debut, it received a lot of hype and attention, which is why people were excited for its reveal. Apart from being an all-electric truck, it was also supposed to be quicker than any diesel alternatives.

But here is the biggest question: does performance matter to long-haul drivers? Well, according to the UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA), performance is not actually that important.

Rod McKenzie RHA policy advisor of Autocar said earlier this week that drivers do not really prioritize performance figures, and what actually concerns them would be the charging ports that are lacking, as well as the minimal range of the Tesla.

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As 2017 comes to a close, for sure, many of you are eager to learn what’s in store next year. If Rimac Automobili hasn’t been in your radar, we’re here to tell you that it should be. Have you heard what Rimac has been up to lately?

In case you didn’t know, this is the company that brought us the Concept One. Well, Autoguide has reported earlier that Rimac is hinting of coming out with its own electric roadster. If that plan pushes through, chances are high that Rimac’s electric hypercar could outrun the Tesla Roadster --- both on the road and with regards to the pace of production.

It’s easy to make this conclusion. After all, Rimac’s incredibly powerful Concept One coupe packs an awesome output of 1224hp (918kW) and 1180 (2548 Nm) on tap. It makes sense that the “soon-to-become-Rimac convertible” will be more potent (or at least as powerful) as the preceding coupe version, right?

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After several delays, Tesla unveiled its new all-electric heavy duty truck – the new Tesla Semi. The Silicon Valley-based carmaker touted the new Semi as having the ability to offer truck drivers with better experience, thanks to heightened safety levels and lower cost of transporting cargo. But after the reveal, there is one enigma that needed to be unraveled – the price of the new Tesla Semi.

Tentatively, the pricing for the new Tesla Semi could go as low as $150,000. Yes, the price hasn’t been fully finalized yet, with some changes on the rate still possible. While the prices for the new Tesla Semi are still tentative, they could remain as they are when the carmaker finally announces the final pricing of its new electric heavy duty truck.

The carmaker will be offering the new Tesla Semi electric heavy duty truck in two flavors. The first of them could go as far as 300 miles (480 km) before needing to re-charge, and this version has a starting price of $150,000. For fleet customers seeking a Tesla Semi that could cover a longer distance, they could go for the version that has an all-electric range of 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge.

Read the entire article Tesla Semi all-electric heavy duty truck has base price of $150,000 and reservation fee of $20,000

Following the Tesla Roadster’s electrifying revelation on Thursday, Musk’s highly ambitious goals have skyrocketed when he tweeted about his future plans for the new sports car. Well, kind of.

The now controversial tweet, which was published on the 20th of November hints at the possibilities of enabling the 2nd generation Roadster to “fly short hops”. Does that mean the new Tesla Roadster could actually fly? We don’t know the answer. But according to Tesla’s CEO, the new Roadster’s special option package could take it “to the next level” while explaining how rocket technologies could open up ground-breaking possibilities if applied to a car. While he admitted flying is “certainly possible”, Musk at least is well aware of its threat to safety.

Let’s just say Elon Musk is simply having one of those “it’s not rocket science” episodes where he tends to dream big and doesn’t hold back when he wants the whole world to know all about it. And it doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure this out either. The “flight” option could only mean that the new Roadster could take off faster than 1.9 seconds or maybe go beyond what the entry level Roadster now has to offer.

Read the entire article Elon Musk might use rocket tech on new Tesla Roadster

Automotive industry veteran Bob Lutz has once again spoken out against Tesla. Known as one of Tesla Motors’ greatest skeptics, Lutz had stated two years ago that the Silicon Valley carmaker is doomed. Now, Lutz is saying flat out that Tesla is going out of business and won’t even get to 2019 at this rate.

In an interview with the show “Power Lunch” at CNBC, Lutz cited a number of issues or reasons why Tesla would not be able to last long in the automotive industry. The electric carmaker has been facing these issues for quite some time, and some of these have been known to the public.

According to Lutz, Tesla is burning its cash fast, no thanks to fixed costs that are now out of control. In fact, Tesla is also spending around $1 billion a quarter, which is at par with what GM spends. However, there is a big difference in the number of vehicles and models that the two carmakers are selling. For instance, Tesla is effectively selling just three models while GM has dozens on its lineup. While GM is raking profits, Tesla posted $619 million in losses in the third quarter of 2017 while managing to build just 260 examples of the Model 3.

Read the entire article Former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz says Tesla will go out of business by 2019

Just last week, Tesla’s Elon Musk surprised us all when he revealed the 2020 Tesla Roadster alongside the Tesla Semi truck. And in just a few hours, we have already seen renderings of the new Roadster, which proves that the internet does not sleep and that these rendering artists are always waiting to render something new.

Case in point, Tesla’s newest Roadster has already been rendered by a few artists, designing it in various variants. One that really caught our attention was the Shooting Brake variant that you are looking at right now. Because who wouldn’t want a bit more practicality in a roadster that does the 60 mile per hour sprint in under 2 seconds?

Of course, this rendering came from none other than X-Tomi Design, giving the Roadster a fuller rear. But when looking at its profile, it might remind you of a Hyundai Veloster, where the extended roof slopes down to meet the rear that has been slightly elevated. Naturally, once the shape of the car has been tweaked, it will have to go through a name change as well, and that is why it is now called a Tesla Shooting Brake. Though we do think that a removable targa roof could be implemented for a Targa Shooting Brake, perhaps? What do you think?

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