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Tesla Semi orders have skyrocketed

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

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

Truck drivers don’t care about the Tesla Semi’s capabilities

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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Rimac Automobili might become Tesla’s closest rival by 2018

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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Tesla revealed that with its new Semi, truck drivers can expect better experience especially with heightened safety and the lower cost of transporting cargo.

Indeed, the cabin of the new Tesla Semi is designed to focus on the driver. Thus ingress and egress is easier because of the unhindered stairs. Full standing room is also offered inside and by having a centered driver position, visibility is optimized.

There are two displays, both of which have touchscreen capabilities, placed symmetrically on each of the driver’s side to allow for easy access to electronic data logging, blind spot monitoring, and easy access to navigation. Then there is the built-in connectivity, which by being directly integrated to the management system of the fleet, allows for remote monitoring and support scheduling and routing.

Read the entire article Tesla reveals new all-electric Semi

November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the Tesla Semi was enough, so he stunned all attendees with a new Roadster that he revealed alongside the truck.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster has been a long waited model, and it is finally here, well at least the prototype. Musk announced that we can expect to see the model on the road sometime in 2020, with some pretty impressive performance figures. Like many other models, this could just be hype, but maybe it really is worth all the marketing - we will leave that up to you.

Here are some of the details that Musk provided us with during the reveal. Though he did not say how much horsepower it has in terms of output, apparently, it will have 7,376 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, it will likely be the fastest ever production car in the world (as of today), with its 1.9 seconds acceleration for the 0-60 mile per hour sprint. Moreover, in only 4.2 seconds, it can hit 100 miles per hour from standstill, and only 8.8 seconds to reach a quarter of a mile - that beats every single production car out there. As for the top speed, it is said to have a little over 250 miles per hour. And for the range, it can do as much as 620 miles of highway.

Read the entire article Tesla surprises us with the 2020 Roadster prototype

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

BMW is eyeing to soon launch electric vehicles that could travel up to 700 km (435 miles) before needing to be recharged for another full-electric zero-emission driving experience.

This capability would be made possible by BMW’s fifth generation of storage and powertrain technologies. These storage and powertrain technologies were reported to be making their debut on the upcoming BMW i5, which was recently previewed by the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW designed the new BMW i Vision Dynamics as a progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions its future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, remarked that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept visualizes how the German carmaker partly plans to implement its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. This strategy partly entails the offering of around 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.

Read the entire article BMW is working on long-range electric vehicles that could rival Tesla

The Tesla Semi, the company’s all-electric heavy-duty truck, was supposed to make its debut a couple of months ago, after being delayed for a few times. But now, it seems like they are finally ready to reveal it later this month, on November 16, at their design center in Hawthorne, California. Why do we think that it will push through this time? Well, because they have already begun sending invites for the event. Guests will be entertained at 7:00PM Pacific time, while Musk will hit the stage after an hour or so.

The latest teaser shows the silhouette of the all-electric heavy-duty truck, and it sure does look a lot like the truck that was spotted a few months back. The teaser also highlights the truck’s aggressive LED headlights.

There isn’t much information available with regards to the Tesla Semi. However, it’s widely speculated that it will be a short to mid-range truck, as opposed to a long-hauler. He also teased a few record breaking specs in terms of torque and handling, saying that the truck is actually much better than anything that was suggested in the media to date. Other details that we have previously heard of are all just rumours at this point.

Read the entire article Tesla releases Semi teaser, sends out invites for November 16 official release

More than a week after Tesla Motors’ firing of hundreds of employees came into public’s attention, the top honcho of one of the world’s largest carmakers has some not-so-nice words for the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle company.

Matthias Muller, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG, was invited to share a few words at a major event in Passau, Germany – the “Menschen in Europe.” This event, described as a forum for international understanding, with discussions covering a vast array of topic like politics, arts, culture and business. Being the head of one of the largest carmakers in the world, Muller’s invitation into the event was next to being guaranteed. Muller, however, took advantage of the forum to hit Tesla, a rising superstar in the automotive world, especially in the field of electrified offerings.

Muller’s words against Tesla focused on three issues: small volume sales, regular quarterly losses and the firing of hundreds of employees. He remarked that while there are carmakers – like VW – that have sales of 11 million this year and have profits of between EUR13 billion and EUR14 billion, there are also companies that don’t even sell 80,000 cars annually – obviously referring to Tesla. He also noted that every quarter, Tesla is posting losses in hundreds of millions of dollars. Muller also chided Tesla for “willy-nilly” firing its workers.

Read the entire article VW CEO Matthias Muller tells off Tesla Motors during forum in Germany

While Tesla Motors continues to struggle with regards to the assembly of its much awaited Tesla Model 3, investment firm Oppenheimer & Co. is confident that its previous production estimates of the mid-size all-electric sedan would still be reached by the end of 2017.

There is no denying that Tesla is still ramping up production of the new Model 3, but previous reports had indicated that production woes have been bugging the electric carmaker. In its previous estimates, Oppenheimer said Tesla would be able to produce 3,005 units of the Model 3 in 2017. Considering reports that Tesla managed to deliver more than 200 units of the Model 3 sedan in the third quarter, the company would have to deliver around 2,800 examples of its newest offering in the current quarter covering October, November and December 2017.

While Tesla hasn’t updated its delivery guidance, Oppenheimer is expecting the carmaker to deliver 100,056 vehicles in 2017 – encompassing all its offerings like the Model S, Model X and Model 3. Tesla is aiming to produce around 5,000 vehicles per week in December.

Read the entire article Tesla is expected to deliver 3,005 Model 3 units by end of 2017

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

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

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

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
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