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Elon Musk says Tesla is ending its customer referral program

Tesla’s customer referral program, in which Tesla owners can give their friends a referral code to get six months of free charging via Tesla’s Supercharger network, will be ending on February 1st, Elon Musk said in a tweet on Thursday. Tesla’s customer referral program will come to an end on Feb. 1, chief executive Elon Musk said in a tweet Thursday.


Tesla releases a plug-in EV charger you can take with you.

It charges 25 percent faster than Tesla’s mobile connector.

Tesla has released its first non-hardwired Wall Connector with a NEMA 14-50 plug for EV charging. Boasting 40 amps (9.6kW) of power, Tesla says the home charging device can juice up Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars 25 percent faster than the company’s Gen 2 Mobile Connector, which comes as standard with its EVs.


Tesla delivers massive fleet to rental car company Avis

Tesla has delivered one of its biggest fleets to date. We have learned that rental car company Avis bought several hundred Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles.

Norway has historically been Tesla’s biggest market in Europe.

Last year, the Netherlands came within fewer than 100 vehicles from beating Norway.

According to registration data, Tesla delivered 8,614 cars in Norway and 8,585 vehicles in the Netherlands.

Now we learn that if it wasn’t from Avis, one of the largest rental car companies in the world, the Netherlands would have likely surpassed Norway as Tesla’s biggest European market.

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Tesla surprisingly increases range of the Model 3 with Mid-Range battery

A day after decreasing the Model 3’s base price by $2,000, Tesla is also surprisingly increasing the advertised range of the cheapest version of Model 3: the Model 3 with the new Mid-Range battery pack.

In October, Tesla surprised many with the launch of a new ‘Mid-Range’ battery pack for the Model 3.

Tesla says that the battery pack is the same as the Long Range pack, which was the only one in production for the Model 3, but it is equipped with fewer cells.

A source familiar with Tesla’s production of the new Mid-Range battery pack told Electrek that it has a capacity of 62 kWh.

The lower energy capacity results in a shorter range of 260 EPA estimated miles but Tesla was also able to lower the price of the vehicle to $46,000.

Yesterday, the company cut another $2,000 off the base price in order to compensate for the start of the federal tax credit phase-out in the US.

Now Tesla is also increasing the range of the latest version of the Model 3 to 264 miles (425 km) on a single charge according to its design studio.


Tesla reduces prices in the US as tax credit starts to phase out, Model 3 now starts at $44,000

Tesla confirmed the price change in a statement:

“Moving beyond the success of Q4, we are taking steps to partially absorb the reduction of the federal EV tax credit (which, as of January 1st, dropped from $7,500 to $3,750). Starting today, we are reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019, and may also be eligible for several state and local electric vehicle and utility incentives, which range up to $4,000. Combined with the reduced costs of maintenance and of charging a Tesla versus paying for gas at the pump – which can result in up to $100 per month or more in savings – this means our vehicles are even more affordable than similarly priced gasoline vehicles.”


Tesla to reimburse customers for tax credits on late shipments

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.

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Tesla Advancing Automotive Service

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.

Tesla Technician repairing door motor at Orlando Resort. 

Tesla earns nod of respect from legacy auto for pushing sustainable transportation

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 giant ‘Virtual Power Plant’ made of 50k homes and Powerwalls enters 2nd phase

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.

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Cops chased a Tesla S for 7 miles while its driver appeared to be sleeping

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.


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