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Tesla introduces a new software update for Model X and Model S to let drivers select between standard or a more gradual acceleration setup. Chill Mode, being the newest option, is quite the opposite of Tesla’s Ludicrous and Insane modes as the Chill offers a softer acceleration unlike the previous features which we know are focused towards performance.
In a bid to provide “smoother driving” and a “gentler ride”, the new option has been added to tone down the rather quick acceleration that comes with both the Model S and Model X. This specifically becomes more useful when drivers want to slow down from Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode or standard setup. On a Model S 100D for example, the standard acceleration can allow it to go from a zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. When set under Chill, the Model S can go from zero to 60 within 7.2 seconds. Although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the slower takeoff provides an option for those who prefer a more relaxing ride. The Ludicrous Mode, as we know, is capable of taking off in 2.28 seconds.
While it is still uncertain at this point whether or not the update will ever make its way to the new Model 3, it is interesting to note that Tesla has come to realize that not all owners are after the quick Modes. The Chill is only currently available on the Model S and Model X.Read the entire article Tesla launches Chill Mode on recent over-the-air update; includes easier entry and exit feature too
Starting this month, the Uber Service in Dubai will begin to offer the new Tesla Model S or Model X to bring passengers to their destination. This comes as Uber entered into a partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation to become the company’s exclusive ride-hailing partner for its fleet of luxury electric vehicles.
Earlier this year, Tesla inked a deal to deliver 200 units of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV – all ‘fully self-driving-capability’ to Dubai Taxi. The taxi company took delivery of 50 of these Tesla vehicles in September and is now readying them for public use. To this regard, Dubai Taxi entered into a partnership with Uber, which will deploy these 50 new Tesla vehicles under UberONE service in Dubai.
This means that riders across Dubai now have the chance to request a Tesla Model S or Model X from their smartphones. The service could be accessed just by downloading the Uber app and selecting the UberOne option.Read the entire article UberOne service is launched in Dubai, Tesla Model S and Model X are available for booking
Police cars, especially those doing rounds patrolling the streets and chasing criminals, should be both quick and fast. After all, police officers don’t want the one they’re chasing in a hot pursuit operation to evade the law. But could an electric vehicle, like the Tesla Model S, do such an arduous job? The police force in Luxembourg confidently believes that Tesla’s fully electric sedan is up to the task.
According to RTL news, the Grand-Ducale police of Luxembourg has already confirmed that they have ordered two Tesla Model S sedans to be employed as patrol cars. The purchase of the new electrified cars from Tesla is actually part of a program being implemented by the Ministry of Sustainable Development to adopt electric cars as the government’s primary mode of transport.
Furthermore, the police force won't be the only government employees to be riding on electric cars as Luxembourg is also reportedly planning to acquire electric vehicles for use by administrative employees.Read the entire article Luxembourg police goes electric with purchase of 2 Tesla Model S as patrol cars
Not so long ago, Tesla had decided to make environment friendly electric cars. And now, they have become vegan-friendly too, by completely eliminating genuine leather options for the interior, leaving only synthetic leather options for the cars, as they are better for the environment. This is because vegan customers started lobbying for a premium option that was animal-friendly. This is relevant only to the higher-trim models as these models were tied to leather seat packaging. Now, the premium models are getting the same package that was first introduced in 2016.
Though organizations like PETA were impressed with what Tesla has done, not all customers are happy with the vegan options, especially those who want an over the top luxurious interior. But do not worry as Tesla Model S and Model X owners can now give your cars a leather and carbon fiber interior. These definitely won’t be from Tesla, but instead, a tuner is offering this package instead. That would be T Sportline.
The tuner is known for their luxurious customizations on whatever Tesla model you can name - from the Roadster to the Model X. Now, they have introduced a custom leather package for any Tesla Model S or Model X. Unlike what the company is offering now, T Sportline can give you a full grain Nappa leather cabin like that of the OEMs. These are durable and luxurious, and can be had in a range of unique colours.Read the entire article T Sportline can give your Tesla Model S and Model X a full leather interior
But that was not the only report that attracted a lot of attention. A spokesperson from the company had just confirmed that the Tesla Model S and Model X are both getting a series of upgrades. Not many details were provided, but changes will involve both software and hardware modifications, which will likely boost the performance of the new models.
For the entry level 75 variant Tesla Model S, there is a noticeable difference in terms of performance as its 0-60 miles per hour time is cut short by 1.2 seconds - from 5.5 seconds to only 4.3 seconds. As for the 75D trim, it reduced its sprint time from 5.2 seconds to only 4.2 seconds. For the 100D, change is not as prominent with only a 0.1 second difference compared to its predecessor, now performing the 0-60 mph run in just 4.1 seconds.Read the entire article Tesla upgrades both the Model S and Model X, now boasting quicker sprint times
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.Read the entire article Tesla expands its Autopilot feature following recent software update
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
There are already rumors suggesting that the next generation BMW 5-Series GT is expected to be joining the 6-Series range. The latest reports instead tell us that that 3-Series GT will also be transitioning to the next level. Are any of these true?
Autocar reported earlier that this is actually what BMW has in store for the upcoming 3-Series GT. It should be noted though that the current 3-Series line has had its mid-cycle refresh only recently. In that case, the 4-Series GT or what is believed to be its new successor may be way too far ahead.
If ever, the new member of the 4-Series family should arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 year model. According to the insider, BMW by that time should come out with better-performing EVs and it only makes sense if they will be offering an electric version of this as well. At the very least, BMW is expected to come out with an electric X3 within the next three years.Read the entire article Will the all-electric BMW 4-Series GT be a real rival for the Tesla Model S?
Another day, another record. Is the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the fastest car to date? According to some sources, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon had just beaten the Tesla Model S’ record for being quickest at accelerating.
Not so long ago, Tesla announced that its non-performance Tesla Model S broke the record of its fastest car to accelerate, the Model S P100 D - which is the performance version. The performance version clocked at 2.3 seconds, while the non-performance beat that record with a 2.28 second run from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour). But move over Tesla, because you are not alone in this game.
This world of ours never gets satisfied. We always want more - more of everything. But in this specific community, we know what we want - more powerful or faster cars. Having said that, the Dodge Challenger DRT Demon had to take up a challenge, under the same circumstances as Motor Trend’s P100 0-to-60 mile run. The rules were basic - from a stop, the Dodge will accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kph) in 2.3 seconds, but with a rollout of an extra seven inches before the timer begins.Read the entire article Dodge Challenger SRT Demon breaks 0-60 mph record set by Tesla Model S
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors has just said goodbye to the P90D version of its Model S electric vehicle, albeit quietly. The death of the P90D version comes as Tesla has quietly changed its design studio – at its own Web site -- for the Model S. The P90D option is now nowhere to been seen although.
Meanwhile, Tesla has added an optional all-glass roof for the Model S. This move could be interpreted as part of the EV maker’s efforts to further streamline its electric car range. For now, Tesla is offering three EV models, each having its own standard premium features and optional elements, depending on the package or version that the customer has chosen.
Now, the removal of the P90D option on the design studio means that there would be a substantial gap in terms of pricing between the Tesla Models S 90D and P100D versions – a price gulf pegged at around $45,000. Moreover, the removal of the P90D option for the Model X results to a price gap of around $40,000 between the S 90D and P100D versions.Read the entire article Tesla Motors kills P90D package for Model S, adds new glass roof option
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