Tesla Model 3 Price Now Starts at $35k — After Incentives

Tesla slashes Model 3’s prices. February 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget If you visit Model 3’s “Design Your Car” page, you’ll notice that it looks a bit more affordable than before. Tesla has lowered its price across versions by $1,100, so you can now get the mid-range battery option for $42,900 before incentives. Meanwhile, the car’s long-range version now costs $49,900, while the performance option will set you back $60,900 before savings. Elon Musk said that means Model 3 now has a starting price of $35,000, though that’s after you apply tax credits and fuel savings — you’ll have to wait a bit more for a Tesla car with a $35,000 base price. “We’re doing everything we can to get there,” Musk tweeted. “It’s a super hard grind.” A spokesperson told Electrek that the price decrease was enabled by the cancellation of the “referral program, which cost far more than [the company] realized.” […]

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Elon Musk Has Started Building a Tesla Gigafactory in China, and It Could Let Him Dodge Trump’s Trade War

Musk on Twitter on Monday said that the factory would make Tesla’s Model 3, and that the Model S and the Model X would still be built in Tesla’s two U.S. factories. January 7, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Elon Musk has kicked off construction of his new Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai, a project that could help him avoid tariffs on cars that have recently been inflamed by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Musk gave a speech at the site of the planned $2 billion factory in the Lingang district of Shanghai at about 3 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) on Monday. The new factory, first announced in July, could be a remedy to problems operating in China, which Tesla attributed partly to President Donald Trump’s trade war. Musk said the factory would be finished by the end of 2019 and might […]

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Tesla’s Supercharger Network Will Cover All of Europe in 2019

Elon Musk has revealed the expansion on Twitter. December 27, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Elon Musk has revealed on Twitter that Tesla is planning a Supercharger expansion that will cover “100 percent of Europe” next year. “From Ireland to Kiev (Ukraine), from Norway to Turkey,” he added, in response to a tweet that some parts of Ireland are badly in need of Superchargers. The automaker started preparing the Model 3 for European markets back in November, displaying it in showrooms in various countries across the continent. That time, the company also said that the vehicle’s European version will come equipped with Combined Charging System (CCS) fast charging-compatible ports. In addition, Tesla said it will upgrade its existing Superchargers in the continent with CCS plugs before Model 3 arrives. Yes. Supercharger coverage will extend to 100% of Europe next year. From Ireland to Kiev, from Norway to Turkey. https://t.co/7FQZgLCTVJ — Elon […]

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Elon Musk’s L.A. Tunnel Turns Teslas Into a ‘Rail-Guided Train’

According to Musk, its cars could drive through it at over 150 MPH. December 19, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tonight The Boring Company hosted a launch event for the test tunnel it successfully built in L.A. running from SpaceX’s property to “O’Leary Station” at a reported cost of about $10 million. In tweets, he showed off a Model X equipped with gear that guides the car between elevators at each end of the tunnel, where it then simply drives right back onto the road. The rig itself is really just a set of wheels, and TechCrunch reports that Musk said during a media briefing that they will be available as an aftermarket add-on for $200 to $300. Attendees have ridden the setup, with Electrek calling it “surprisingly bumpy” and CNN noting it mostly traveled at around 35 MPH. As Musk described it during his speech, it’s “like a highway system underground, basically.” By moving the cars […]

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Tesla Shoots Down Leaked Model Y Production Schedule

The documents said it planned to produce 7,000 Model SUVs a week at its Gigafactory 1. December 4, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said its notorious Model 3 manufacturing issues almost bled the company dry. So it’s no wonder everyone is interested in whether it’s learned from past mistakes ahead of the launch of its new EV, the Model Y. The latest news suggests that as recently as October, Tesla was pursuing an aggressive production schedule for the crossover SUV. Citing internal documents sent to staff before Tesla’s last earnings call, Business Insider reports the company planned to produce 7,000 Model SUVs a week at its Gigafactory 1 in Nevada by December 20th, 2020. In addition, it was eyeing 5,000 Model Ys a week at its China Gigafactory by February 2021. The leaked documents also reiterate that the car will be based on the Model 3 platform. And, more […]

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Police Catch Tesla Autopilot Driving Home Sleeping Drunk

It took the police officers in two vehicles seven minutes to outsmart Tesla’s Autopilot system. December 3, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag One day in the not too distant future, sleeping at the wheel will become commonplace because we’ll all be traveling around in autonomous vehicles. However, in 2018 that’s not the case, even if Tesla Autopilot is capable of driving a drunk man home. As HotHardware reports, California Highway Patrol officers recently spotted a Tesla Model S driving south on Highway 101 with what looked to be a person asleep behind the wheel. Sure enough, when officers looked more closely they discovered a man who was both asleep and unresponsive. That man was 45-year-old Alexander Samek, a Los Altos planning commissioner, and he was drunk. Related: This Is What It’s Like to Drive the Ferrari Hatchback, the World’s Most Practical Supercar Tesla’s Autopilot is quite an advanced autonomous […]

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Tesla Has Replaced Elon Musk as Board Chair With an Australian Telecom CFO

Telstra (not to be confused with Tesla) CFO Robyn Denholm has been named to the position. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget As part of his settlement with the SEC over tweets about taking Tesla private, Elon Musk agreed to step down from his post as chairman of the board of directors. Now, while he’s still CEO and retains his seat on the board, Tesla has announced his replacement: Robyn Denholm. Already a Tesla board member, she is currently CFO and head of strategy for the Australian telecom Telstra, but will leave that post once her six-month notice period is up to serve as board chair of Tesla full-time. In a statement, Denholm said “I believe in this company, I believe in its mission and I look forward to helping Elon and the Tesla team achieve sustainable profitability and drive long-term shareholder value.” She’s previously held […]

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Tesla Launches a $1,500 Surfboard

Only 200 boards were made available, and they sold out almost immediately. July 30, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Tesla made a few waves (sorry!) last night by quietly launching a very limited edition surfboard. It cost $1,500, only 200 have been produced, and unsurprisingly it sold out almost immediately. As Electrek reports, the surfboard was designed by the Tesla Design Studio with the input of Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, who has been sanding and shaping boards since leaving high school in 1987. The top is black and the underside red, with both sides carrying Tesla branding. Tesla designed the board to use the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes you find on the company’s cars. The top (“the deck”) is covered in “Black Dart” lightweight carbon fiber, and Tesla car owners will be pleased to hear the surfboard fits inside the Model 3, S and X. […]

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Tesla Will Start Enabling Full Self-Driving Features in August

June 11, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Tesla has been promising true self-driving features in its cars for the better part of two years, but there has been precious little to show for it. Now, though, you might get what you paid for. Elon Musk has revealed that Autopilot version 9 should arrive in August, and Tesla will “begin to enable” the full autonomous driving features with that release. The company has “rightly focused entirely on safety” with previous versions, Musk said, but now it’s time to spread its wings. This doesn’t guarantee that your Tesla will be a self-driving car, so you may want to forego dreams of your Model 3 traveling coast-to-coast by itself. However, the “full self-driving capability” package should actually mean something once Autopilot 9 arrives and the more advanced features kick in. There may be some situations where it’s genuinely […]

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Tesla Model 3 Moves to 24/7 Production

Elon Musk is serious about reaching 6,000 cars per week by June. April 18, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Yesterday, it was revealed that Tesla intended to stop Model 3 production for up to five days. The reason given was to improve automation. However, a letter sent by Elon Musk to employees reveals the real reason for the pause in production: Tesla is upgrading the plant for round the clock production from next week. As Electrek reports, in the letter Musk confirmed that Model 3 production had reached 2,000 per week, which is double that attained in January. The goal is to reach 5,000 per week no later than June 30, but in order to achieve that and allow for a margin of error, Musk is setting the new goal of 6,000 per week by that date. Going from 2,000 to 6,000 in just over […]

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Tesla’s New Semi Could Change Shipping As We Know It

Tesla is shaking up logistics world with its semiautonomous truck. April 16, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thanks in part to Tesla, the logistics industry is on the road to a transportation transformation. In November 2017, Tesla rolled out the heavy-duty Semi, an electric-powered, semiautonomous truck that’s already been pre-ordered by the likes of DHL, Anheuser-Busch, J.B. Hunt and Walmart. If all goes as planned, those companies will be among the first to transport goods aboard these sleek, modern vehicles in the not-too-distant future. Some forecasters predict electric-powered trucks will be the norm in as little as 10 years. And the timing for self-driving trucks could be in the same lane. Bill Meahl, chief commercial officer at DHL, says logistics companies need to think now about transportation’s autonomous future. “Semi-trucks controlled entirely by artificial intelligence (AI) may be a long way off, but companies managing […]

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Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Model X Crash

The driver’s brother told a reporter Autopilot had swerved the SUV toward that barrier before. April 2, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget After a fiery crash in Mountain View, Calif., last week killed the driver of a Tesla Model X, the company provided an update on the incident with a blog post. It did not name the driver, identified by ABC 7 News as Apple engineer and former EA programmer Walter Huang, while confirming that its Autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the crash. Tesla: “In the moments before the collision, which occurred at 9:27 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Autopilot was engaged with the adaptive cruise control follow-distance set to minimum. The driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the […]

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SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster)

Affiliate marketing isn’t just for recommending hosting companies or your favorite company on Amazon. Today I’m talking to Ben Sullins, the founder of Teslanomics. He tuned into the signals his YouTube channel was giving him, making a complete pivot into the Tesla space and creating a successful online business. And, he was able to refer so many people to Tesla (sixty-seven purchased Teslas!) that he actually won a brand new Tesla Roadster! Ben’s story is one of a kind. He started with a career in data science—consulting with Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Mozilla—while creating online courses in the meantime. Eventually he decided he wanted more flexibility and time when it came to his income, so he left his corporate career behind. What happened next was a surprising pivot for Ben—one video led to a complete shift in his YouTube channel and a successful online business. This is an […]

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