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Official unveiling of Tesla Semi truck is postponed to November 16

Earlier this year, Tesla sent “Save the Date” emails to customers with regards to the reveal of the Tesla Semi truck. The event had been set to take place on October 26, after being postponed from the original release date of September 28.

Back in April, Elon Musk even tweeted, saying that the team has done an amazing job building the Tesla Semi truck. He described it as the “next level” vehicle. But just recently, Tesla announced that the Semi’s reveal date will again be moved to November 16. You are probably wondering what’s with the delay this time. Well, Musk tweeted that it has something to do with production bottlenecks for the Model 3, plus the company had to increase battery cell production for the energy storage system that is currently being sent to Puerto Rico and other areas that had been affected by tragedies.

Despite all that, we found that Tesla will actually cover travel and accommodation expenses caused by the delay of the Semi truck’s reveal, so customers should not be disappointed.

Read the entire article Official unveiling of Tesla Semi truck is postponed to November 16

Investment analyst foresees Tesla Model 3 market domination over BMW 3 Series

Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya has presumed the entire (BMW 3 Series) business will “go to zero” judging by the number of pre-orders made for Tesla Model 3. Appearing on CNBC’s Fast Money Half Time Report, Palihapitiya claims that orders for the 3 Series are already being hit significantly by Tesla’s more affordable EV, adding that people do not know anything about the level of demand surrounding the popular Tesla Model. Adam Jones of Morgan Stanley has opposed the claim, citing both political and international contexts to the businesses.

Palihapitiya is a former member of Facebook’s senior executive team and has just attended the 2017 Delivering Alpha conference in New York last September 12. Earlier this week, the investment analyst pointed out there is not one person in his right mind who would choose BMW 3 Series over Tesla.

Despite this, BMW i3 has received a makeover in the hopes of competing with Tesla’s long ranging, lower priced sedan. The revamped i3 will be featuring a host of optional driver assistance technologies including adaptive cruise control though we know it won’t make the range any better. Like before, the i3 can only run up to 160 kilometers per charge plus it comes with an extended range of about 290 km. In contrast, the Tesla Model 3 boasts a range that goes somewhere between 350km and 500km.

Read the entire article Investment analyst foresees Tesla Model 3 market domination over BMW 3 Series

Patent filing reveals possible mobile battery-swapping stations for Tesla vehicles

Tesla Motors may soon revive its plans to offer battery swapping services using a new approach. This comes as the carmaker was discovered to have filed a patent months ago with the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new technique in swapping batteries in its electric vehicles.

Unlike conventional vehicles or even fuel-cell units, electric cars -- like those offered by Tesla Motors – take at least 30 minutes through a supercharger to have their batteries charged considerably. A battery pack typically employs electrochemical cells to store and provide electricity to the vehicle system. Even Tesla admitted in its patent filing that the process of charging electrochemical cells usually takes some amount of time. On the other hand, refilling a conventional or a fuel cell vehicle takes at least five minutes.

To address such a gap between recharging and refilling times, Tesla had come up with an innovative yet simple solution – to swap the empty battery pack with a fully recharged unit. In concept, doing so would result to a fully recharged electric vehicle in a matter of minutes, instead of waiting for at least half an hour to recharge a battery pack up to 70 percent to 80 percent of its capacity. Tesla designed its vehicles so that an empty battery pack could be replaced with a completely charged one, thereby replenishing the vehicle’s power supply.

Read the entire article Patent filing reveals possible mobile battery-swapping stations for Tesla vehicles

Luxembourg police goes electric with purchase of 2 Tesla Model S as patrol cars

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

No one is expecting this right in the middle of what its CEO calls “production hell” for Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. But then it happened. Much to everyone’s surprise, the standard model’s starting price dropped overnight by $3,000 after the company updated their website.

At the moment that Tesla launched the Model X, its CEO Elon Musk announced that its price would be higher than the Model S by at least $5,000. Sounds too good to be true? Well, not anymore.

Pricing for the Model X 75D was originally pegged at $82,500 which is significantly higher compared to the Model S 75D that sells for only $74,500. Soon after the $3,000 price cut, the base Model X now costs only $79,500. A small $5,000 difference.

Read the entire article Tesla cuts $3,000 off the price of base Model X, more standard features will be offered

Last July 28, Elon Musk held a special event for the first 30 customers of the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is the company’s first mass-produced vehicle and is also their most affordable model. The reason why only 30 units were delivered that day is because production is currently moving slow for the Californian automaker. However, they did say that production will hike up exponentially. But even after saying that, car owners who order one today won’t get their Model 3 until 12 to 18 months after.

Here is the thing, not everybody is that patient or can wait that long for a car to be delivered to their garage, so a lot of these people cancelled their pre-orders. As of now, there have been around 63,000 cancellations that were made by customers, according to Elon Musk as he revealed this during their quarterly earning call. All in all, reservations for the Tesla Model 3 have gone down from 518,000 to 455,000.

Musk further added that the cancellations were recorded in the span of over a year. Having said that, Tesla does not seem to be very much affected by the cancellations. In fact, the company feels more relieved probably because there is less pressure put on them. Musk even compared themselves to a restaurant, saying that if people queue up for a hamburger when there is already an hour and a half wait, there’s really no reason to attract more customers.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 cancellations exceed 63,000 units but Musk thinks it is inconsequential

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

Tesla was able to keep its promise of offering the Model 3 for the affordable starting price of $35,000, but there’s a treat available for those who want more features and have money to spare. In fact, the top-of-the-line Model 3 costs just $59,500. This is quite a relief for those who find the entry level Model S’ $69,500 too high-priced.

The Standard Model 3, which packs about 220 miles of range, boasts a 130mph top speed and the ability to take only 5.6 seconds to sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour. On charging, the base model gets at least 130 miles of range per 30 minutes using Tesla’s Supercharger while the 240V home outlet with 32A gives about 30 miles of range per hour.

Since the most affordable model won’t be ready until the following year, Tesla buyers for the meantime might need to shift their attention to the Long Range trim option that sells for about $44,000. The slightly higher price can be attributed to its 300 miles of range, 5.1 seconds quicker acceleration and 140mph top speed. More than that, the Long Range also gets to charge faster than the base model with up to 37 miles of range per hour on a 240V home charger and 170 miles of range per 30 minutes on a 480V charging station.

Read the entire article Top-ranging Tesla Model 3 is not bad at all for $59,500

Definitely, the powertrain is considered as the heart of any vehicle. Without this propulsion system, a vehicle is as good as a dead block on the road. At Tesla Motors, the electric powertrain is basically the lifeline of its vehicles, including the newly launched Tesla Model 3. As to how durable the electric powertrain in the new Model 3 would be, Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has the answer.

According to Car Advice, Musk remarked during the global launch of the first Model 3 production vehicles in Fremont, California, that the next generation powertrains found in the Model 3 are designed to go for “a million miles between services.” Musk’s statement shows how confident Tesla’s top honcho is about the durability and longevity of the new powertrain used in the new Model 3.

The powertrain of the new Model 3 – including its electric motors, battery pack and drivetrain – is completely new when compared to the ones employed in the Tesla Model S and Model X. Musk firmly believes that the powertrain of the new Model 3 would need little maintenance in the future. The new Tesla Model 3 comes with a four-year vehicle warranty and an eight-year battery warranty.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 powertrain will need very little maintenance, could travel a million miles before servicing

Tesla Motors has finally commenced delivery of its new Tesla Model 3 electric luxury sedan. While Tesla is still basking over the hot reception for its newest model that is underpinned by its new third-generation platform, there are already inquiries whether the carmaker is planning to release a performance version of the Model 3.

Just days after the official market launch of the Model 3, someone dared to ask no other than Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk about whether a performance version of the new electric sedan is on the way, noting that the top honcho mentioned this in 2016.

Musk, as engaging as he is in social media, was kind enough to answer the inquiry, saying that a performance variant of the Tesla Model 3 would arrive probably in the middle of the year. Musk added that the carmaker’s focus right now is to be done with the Tesla Model 3 production. He then noted that more versions of the Model 3 would sink the electric carmaker into deeper hell.

Read the entire article Elon Musk confirms performance version for new Tesla Model 3

Last July 3rd, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors announced on Twitter that the first 30 Tesla Model 3s will be delivered earlier to customers earlier than they have expected. He even added that the first ever model will be ready on Friday, July 7th.

We did not get an update over the weekend whether it was finished or not, but now, the company has confirmed that the first Tesla Model 3 has been built, and is just going through a final checkout.

Unsurprisingly, the new owner of the #0001 is the CEO himself. He did explain that to get the rights to have the first model, you have to be the first person to make a full deposit. He also told the Brad Sams, the guy that asked who the lucky owner of the Model 3 is, that it was Ira Ehrenpreis who had the rights as he was the very first person who paid the full deposit. But Ehrenpreis gave the rights to Musk as his 46th birthday present. The number one Tesla Model 3 is dressed up in a black exterior finish, as seen on Musk’s post.

Read the entire article First Tesla Model 3 goes to Elon Musk as a birthday gift

Tesla has been all over the news lately. Earlier, Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Model 3, their first mass market electric vehicle, will be delivered to the first 30 customers on July 28.

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’s Elon Musk had promised to provide updates about the release of the highly anticipated Model 3. And after several teasers including the ones on his Twitter page, he finally confirmed their arrival. He had announced recently that during a special ceremony on July 28, the first 30 Tesla Model 3s will be delivered to their respective owners.

Luckily for them, the Tesla Model 3 passed the regulatory requirements needed for production earlier than expected - two weeks ahead to be specific. Having said that, the entry-level model will be delivered six months ahead of time too.

Elon Musk posted on Twitter on July 3 that the Model 3 passed the production requirements early. He then added “Expecting to complete SN1 on Friday”. The company seems to be moving quickly with their new entry-level car.

Read the entire article Tesla Model 3 deliveries will start on July 28, Musk confirms production is ahead of schedule

While the Model 3 is expected to arrive later this year, Tesla will be rolling out the new Model Y CUV in 2019. Given that, how would Tesla even think of introducing yet another new generation Model Y Roadster real soon? Very unlikely, right? But just for fun, allow us to share with you a drop top convertible ahead of its time. After all, the CEO himself confirms that the new Tesla Roadster will be “some years away.”

Introducing the 2nd generation Tesla Roadster as rendered by aspiring industrial designer, Vinicius Buch of Brazil. Barely resembling anything we see on the road, Buch’s futuristic Roadster Y at least has no side mirrors. It’s something that we’ve heard Tesla is set to implement in the next five years.

Truth is, Tesla hasn’t given away much info about its upcoming Roadster model, but from what we’ve heard, the EV startup is aiming for a 0-60 miles per hour sprint time in less than 2 seconds. And for the convertible to achieve such outstanding pace, a set of street legal tires would also be necessary.

Read the entire article What do you think about this rendering of 2nd-gen Tesla Model Y Roadster?

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

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

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

Read the entire article Tesla Model X proves maneuvering skill after passing Swedish moose test with ease

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

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

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

Read the entire article Tesla has been granted dealership license in Arizona to sell its vehicles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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