February 17

A few weeks ago, we reported on two Tesla Model 3 vehicles spotted in air freight inbound for Germany. We assumed that they were purchased on the used market by a German automaker to be reverse-engineered and benchmarked.

Sure enough, a report from Germany now confirms our suspicion and gives us insights into the German effort to learn from the Model 3. expand full story

February 16

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we are discussing the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla reaching a new production milestone, a Model 3 crash report demonstrate Tesla’s quick feedback loop, and more. expand full story

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We still don’t have official crash test results for the Tesla Model 3, but some owners have already crashed their new electric cars, which is giving us some insights into the vehicle’s safety.

Now CEO Elon Musk took some feedback from an owner involved in a crash and plans to make some improvements. expand full story

February 15

Tesla sent out a new batch of invitations to configure the Model 3 this week, but it’s still only to current Tesla owners in the US.

Interestingly, even owners who have just recently placed a new reservation can get the invitation and configure the vehicle for a delivery in ‘about 4 weeks’ – just like some Model S or Model X vehicles. expand full story

February 13

Tesla went all-in on the phone-based key system with the new Model 3, but it comes with a new set of challenges.

Now the company released a new software update to help manage the feature. expand full story

Tesla is still limiting the options on the Model 3 to a single interior configuration over 6 months after the start of production.

It’s not clear yet when more options will be available, but a Model 3 with a different interior was spotted in the wild this week. expand full story

February 12

Even though the Model 3 has officially been in production for over 6 months now, Tesla appears to still be testing the vehicle.

A Model 3 test vehicle has now been spotted in Halifax, Canada. expand full story

February 11

We have often discussed how electric cars in the $30,000 to $40,000 range weren’t on par with the Tesla Model 3, which led us to believe that those vehicles will have a tough time competing in the segment as the Model 3 becomes more widely available.

But with Tesla’s recent changes in the timeline for different and less expensive configurations, it has become clear that the Model 3 will not be available at a price point nowhere near $35,000 for almost the entire year, which could have a major impact in the EV market. expand full story

February 9

During its financial results and conference call, Tesla reiterated that it plans to reach production of 2,500 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of March and 5,000 units per week by the end of the second quarter.

But some comments led people to believe that those levels of production relied on a whole production line being moved from Germany to the US.

Tesla now clarifies those comments to try to reinforce the expectations for its goals. expand full story

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we are discussing the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a review of Tesla’s Q4 earnings, Model 3 delivery timelines being updated, Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy launch and Roadster publicity stunt, and more. expand full story

Over the last month, Tesla has been building its Model 3 display fleet and expanding it across the US for reservation holders to see it in person before ordering – but it also has a broader impact.

Now, the automaker is bringing the vehicle to Chicago and Washington state – two other important markets for Tesla. expand full story

February 8

Tesla’s (TSLA) stock price took a tumble (down 6% at the time of writing) today following the company’s fourth-quarter financial results released yesterday.

The concern doesn’t seem to be about the actual results as much as the outlook on the Model 3 production ramp up. expand full story

In a positive repercussion of Tesla updating Model 3 delivery window for reservation holders and pushing the standard battery pack to ‘late 2018’, it looks like Tesla is planning to bring the vehicle to Canadian reservation holders sooner than originally planned. expand full story

February 7

Tesla updated today the delivery window of many Model 3 reservation holders in the US – resulting in delays for many and a confirmation Model 3 will be available with a dual motor powertrain before the standard battery pack. expand full story

One fear of current Tesla owners, who have had to deal with long waits for certain service visits in the past, was that a huge influx of Model 3s would swamp service centers, causing even longer waits for basic service appointments.  These are reasonable concerns, since Tesla has only ever delivered on the order of 100,000 cars a year so far, and are targeting 500,000 cars a year for the Model 3 once production gets up to snuff.

In anticipation of this, Tesla has been working to add significant service capacity this year.  Today in Tesla’s Q4 earnings report, they gave us an update on their progress by noting that they have doubled service capacity over the course of the last year both through opening new locations and increasing productivity by 50% in existing locations.  Most interestingly, Tesla noted that their Mobile Service trucks are already responsible for 30% of service jobs in North America.

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After a few difficult months in what CEO Elon Musk called “production hell”, Tesla gives an update on the status of Model 3 production as part of the release of their fourth-quarter financial results after market close today.

The company says that it is on track for 2,500 units per week by the end of next month, but it is leaving room for more delays. expand full story

Polestar made a big deal about its next electric vehicle, the Polestar 2, being a ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor’, but those plans are apparently becoming increasingly weaker as we learn more about them.

Now, the CEO even admits that Polestar 2 will ‘not be a Tesla Model 3 killer’ as he confirmed the price and pushed production to 2020. expand full story

February 3

We are getting more evidence that Tesla is getting closer to expand Model 3 options to include its dual motor all-wheel-drive powertrain. expand full story

February 2

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we are discussing the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Model 3 vehicles being spotted going to Germany – presumably to be reverse-engineered, a Chinese EV startup raising a lot of money to produce its ‘Tesla clone’, Mercedes-Benz revealing its electric car production plans, and more. expand full story

January 31

The original unofficial Tesla Model 3 road trip in North America gave thousands of reservation holders the opportunity to see the vehicle in person weeks or even months in advance.

Now, the Model 3 owner behind the effort is doing it again, but this time in Europe. expand full story

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