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May 4, 2016

An interesting Chevy-branded concept debuted this week: A sporty, 230-mile-range, 2-door ELR-inspired EV coupe, said to be available by “late 2018.” Quick and attractive, it has much of what the Chevy Bolt will be missing once it is up against the Tesla Model 3. Like the Tesla, it will accelerate to 60 mph in less than six seconds, five to be exact. Like the Tesla, it will have automated crash avoidance safety features and fast charging.

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April 3, 2016

Elon Musk took to Twitter this afternoon to answer questions pertaining to the Model 3. The result is one of the most information-dense Elon “tweetstorms” in recent memory.

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March 31, 2016

“I’ll get there an hour early,” I thought to myself. “Maybe there will be ten or fifteen people in line, but I need some time to get photos before the doors open.” I arrive at 9:06 to a packed parking lot and a long line. I’m #56 in line at Tesla’s Cleveland location, one of three stores in my home state of Ohio, and it’s raining.

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March 29, 2016

Thursday evening, Tesla will unveil, perhaps, their most important vehicle in company history, the $35,000 Model 3. Tesla certainly will not be taking their time getting an eye on the demand. Pre-orders begin at the company’s brick-and-mortar storefronts Thursday morning and online Thursday at 8:30pm Pacific (3:30am UTC), during the unveiling event.

You’re reading that correctly: Tesla will be allowing public pre-orders for the Model 3 hours before anyone even sees it. So why would anyone put down $1,000 to reserve a car, sight-unseen, that is probably 2 years away from delivery? expand full story

March 24, 2016

One of the most eye-catching elements of Toyota’s new Prius Prime may not be its Tesla-inspired center touchscreen, but a slightly concave rear window that channels air over the spoiler and was unnoticed during our first look. expand full story

February 10, 2016

Tesla announced this evening that the Model 3 will be unveiled on March 31. No further details about the event were provided, but the company did reiterate that the mass market car is “on schedule for production & deliveries in late 2017.”

Tesla also mentioned, in its letter to shareholders, that installation of Model 3 production machinery will begin this year. expand full story

December 11, 2015

Typically, Tesla forbids video and photo during factory tours, on occasion only granting permission to professional camera crews for preplanned shoots. Recently, however, an individual was allowed to capture some impromptu images during his visit.

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November 18, 2015

Comparison of the old and new Gigafactory plans on top of a recent satellite photo of the project.
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The final size of Tesla’s $5 Billion battery factory is growing. Originally announced to occupy up to 10 million square feet (930,000 square meters), the Gigafactory is now expected to reach 13.6 million square feet (1.3 million square meters), according to a senior Tesla executive talking to Fast Company. The new number is a 36% increase to the two-story structure’s planned size, and is the equivalent of adding the entire square-footage of One World Trade Center to the project. expand full story

November 3, 2015

Tesla has already begun production at their $5 billion battery factory, according to the company’s third quarter 2015 shareholder letter. In October, production of Tesla’s Powerpacks and Powerwalls moved from Fremont to an automated assembly line at the Gigafactory. expand full story

October 20, 2015

Consumer Reports is pulling their recommendation of the Tesla Model S after a recent survey of 1,400 owners.

Owners reported problems with the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, and center display. Some cars squeaked, rattled, and/or leaked. Drivetrain complaints appear to be increasing in older cars, especially the 2013 model. expand full story

October 12, 2015

Musk with the Tesla Model S in Fremont on Oct. 1, 2011.
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In a radio interview today, Telsa CEO Elon Musk spoke about future demand for Tesla’s vehicles.

“I think the demand for the Model 3 is going to be very good,” said Musk today’s Marketplace report.

“As it is, we’ve got pretty good demand for the X and the S. And I think over time, the combined X and S demand is, you know, maybe a hundred thousand units per year, or maybe a bit more as we mature various markets,”

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September 28, 2015

The Model X can be seen rocketing off on Tesla’s test track and pulling a trailer in two new spy videos. The test track video presumably shows “Ludicrous Mode,” which is advertised to bring Tesla’s Model X P90D to 60mph in 3.8 seconds. The acceleration from a stop can be seen around the one minute mark.

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September 24, 2015

We’ve all seen the videos. A Tesla Model S pulls up alongside an [insert name of supercar here]. The all-electric Tesla bursts off the line, immediately ahead of the other vehicle. Sometimes the other vehicle catches up. Sometimes it doesn’t. expand full story

August 18, 2015

Composite of final Gigafactory size over a recent satellite photo of the pilot plant.
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Satellite photos of the Tesla Gigafactory emerged this week, showing Tesla’s current progress in building their new battery plant. The recent photo shows an enclosed 1670′ (510 m) x 500′ (150 m) footprint with another section currently under construction. This means 1.6 million square feet (148,644 square meters) of space is already available for battery production in the two-storey Reno, Nevada facility.  expand full story

August 7, 2015

It’s no secret the Tesla Model X, which is expected to start delivering this Fall, will come with eye-catching falcon-wing doors. They’re hard to miss, and have gathered most of the new SUV’s press, including taking the blame for some of the vehicle’s delays. But, flying under the radar has been another engineering challenge: a special set of second row seats.

During the February earnings call, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, had this to say about the seats:

“And then the second row on the Model X… is a sculptural beauty. They’re amazing. They are the nicest second row seats you’ve ever seen in any car ever. That actually might have been harder than the door.”

Musk mentioned the seats again in each of the following two earnings calls. In May, he mentioned them alongside the falcon wing doors as challenges. This week, he mentioned that the seats will be a possible hang-up with some of Tesla’s suppliers.

“I don’t want to sort of name specific suppliers, but our biggest challenges are with the second row seat, which is, it’s an amazing seat, like a sculptural work of art, but a very tricky thing to get right. The falcon-wing door actually seems to probably not be a critical path item.” – Elon Musk, August 5, 2015.

Given these comments from Musk, it should be no surprise that there will be something special about the second row in the Model X. What’s perplexing, though, is why would Tesla be going through so much trouble to design a seat the driver will never sit in? After all, in most parts of the world, it’s the driver who purchases the car, not the passenger. Also, why would a seat be so difficult to design and manufacture to begin with? expand full story

August 5, 2015

Tesla is hosting their Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results Q&A Conference Call today at 5:30 pm EDT / 2:30 pm PT. Stay tuned here for live updates from the call, or listen live on Tesla’s website.

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July 22, 2015

Ludicrous Speed Badge Mockup by electrek.co. Pre-composite image credit: "Car and Driver"
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If you want others to know that your shiny new P90D came with the $10,000 Ludicrous Speed option, have no fear, Tesla is making a special badge for you.

According Tesla spokeswoman, Alexis Georgeson, “badges will be differentiated. P90D will simply be ‘P90D’ and the Ludicrous option will be the same badge with an underline: ‘P90D.'”

The P90D, despite some confusion, will not come with the Ludicrous Speed option (0-60 in 2.8 seconds), by default. Instead it will ship with Insane mode (0-60 in 3.1s), which debuted with the P85D. The base P90D, though likely to be rare, will come with the non-underlined badge.

July 17, 2015

What comes after “Insane Mode?” Well, apparently “Ludicrous Mode.”

In a conference call today, Tesla announced the release of the Model S P90D, an update to already one of the fastest accelerating production cars ever made, the Model S P85D. The vehicle, which is being sold as an upgrade to the still existing P85D, will come with nearly 6% more battery (90kWh from 85kWh) and will accelerate to 60 mph 10% faster (2.8 seconds from 3.1 seconds). According to Tesla, the faster acceleration option will be labeled “Ludicrous Mode” on the vehicle’s center display. expand full story

June 11, 2015

A Times-Picayune, Greater New Orleans author inadvertently created a Model 3 rumor Tuesday, after quoting Elon Musk stating a range of 250 miles for Tesla’s upcoming mass market vehicle. The sudden 50 mile range increase from what Tesla had been promising took many by surprise, especially considering it would place the range of the $35,000 Model 3 in the same category as the currently $75,000 Model S 70D (240 miles).

Today, video footage of the event the alleged quote came from, the Edison Electric Institute annual convention, surfaced online.

Thirty-Four minutes in, we hear this from Elon Musk:

We’re working on our third generation car, which is a smaller car, that’s meant to be an affordable long range electric car, which is the Model 3. And that’s due out in late 2017. And that’s going to be about $35,000 and have at least 200 mile useful range. Hopefully a fair bit more than that.

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June 9, 2015

Elon Musk has confirmed that the Model 3, Tesla’s first mass market vehicle, will not arrive with dual motor all wheel drive (AWD). He did say, however, during today’s annual shareholder meeting, that dual motors will be available as an option.

After the AWD Tesla Model S 70D replaced the Model S 60kWh to become Tesla’s entry level vehicle earlier this year, some assumed that perhaps Tesla would go the way of Subaru, making all future vehicles AWD. Unfortunately, to keep the price of the Model 3 down to Tesla’s projected $35,000 base price, Tesla will forgo the option for base model deliveries.

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