Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car maker is prepared to cover a promised federal tax credit for any customers who ordered vehicles before December but do not receive them until after a Dec. 31 deadline.
Over-the-air updates help to improve your Tesla over time, while remote diagnostics and the support of our Mobile Service technicians reduce your need to ever visit a Service Center. In the rare case that your car requires a shop visit, service will be quick and seamless—and likely be complete before you finish your coffee.
It took multiple bet-the-company situations, trips to “production hell,” and a massive push towards profitability in the third quarter, but Tesla has pretty much become the undeniable leader in premium electric mobility.
With the Model 3 proving to be a success in the United States and getting a lot of interest in markets such as Europe and Asia, Tesla is practically becoming an inconvenient truth to traditional automakers — particularly those that have held off on the development of zero-emissions vehicles.
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Tesla’s ambitious plan to establish a 250 MW/650 MWh “Virtual Power Plant” in South Australia is moving to its second phase. In an announcement last week, Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan stated that initiatives are now underway to install Powerwall 2 home battery units and solar panels to another 1,000 Housing SA properties.
The proposed Virtual Power Plant was conceived by Tesla and South Australia’s former Labor government earlier this year. The project is undoubtedly ambitious, involving 50,000 connected homes, each fitted with a 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery and a 5 kW rooftop solar system. The 50,000 houses are expected to deliver 250 MW of solar energy and 650 MWh of battery storage capacity. Just like Tesla’s Powerpack farm in South Australia, the VPP will be capable of providing additional grid stability by shifting demand away from a stressed grid during peak hours.
At first, the episode sounds just plain weird, but the car was a Tesla Model S, which can be driven on Autopilot, a mode that offers a certain degree of self-driving functionality.
Understandably unhappy about the occupant apparently sleeping at the wheel of a moving car, officers with the California Highway Patrol had to work out how to bring the vehicle to a halt as it motored along the road.
They opted to call in additional patrol cars, several of which drove behind the Tesla to slow down traffic that was coming up the rear. At the same time, one of the cars took up a position just ahead of the Tesla before gradually slowing down, causing the Model S to follow suit.
Tesla‘s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 production ramp has been the primary focus for the electric-car maker all year. But after enduring some setbacks and falling behind production targets earlier this year, the company is reportedly finishing 2018 on a much brighter note than it started.
Tesla has achieved a production rate for Model 3 of 1,000 units a day, according to a report from Tesla-focused blog Electrek that cites an email from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to employees.
During Tesla’s third-quarter earnings call, Elon Musk noted that the company continues to make headway on its future vehicles. Musk noted that he had already approved the production of the Model Y prototype, while pointing out that the company is making progress on the next-generation Roadster and the Tesla Semi. Musk reiterated his enthusiasm about the Tesla pickup truck as well, which he admits is a vehicle he is most excited about.
One of the stronger arguments Tesla bears have put forward is that they expect major car makers like Ford, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota to eventually release a “Tesla-killer.” Gorden Lam, one of my managers, doesn’t see this happening anytime soon. There are good reasons why Tesla has no real competitors at this time. If one does not emerge soon, Tesla looks poised to dominate the auto industry in a few years.
Where’s The Competition?
Pretty much everything has been said about Tesla: it was selling vehicles at a loss and would never be able to make them under the right conditions and fast enough, that its founder was crazy and would lead the company to ruin, while one industry veteran acclaimed the Model S, calling on car collectors to buy one “before the company goes belly up.” But this quarter, Tesla has not only made tons of money, boosting its share price and giving the NASDAQ its best day in months, but has also fulfilled its production and distribution objectives, showing every sign of staying in the black, at least until it has to pay interest on loans in the first quarter of next year.
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The vast touchscreen that anchors the Tesla Model 3’s button-less interior has its fair share of pros and cons. Good: it’s a forward-thinking attempt at reimagining how we interact with our vehicles, and it looks pretty slick. Bad: there’s always a chance that a police officer will think you’ve got an actual computer strapped to your dashboard and pull you over for distracted driving, as seen in this video spotted by InsideEVs.