Elon Musk set an aggressive deadline for Tesla to achieve full self-driving capability, but the electric automaker might have an ace up its sleeve that mostly went under the radar: project ‘Dojo’.
This weekend, Musk hinted that it could make the difference.
During Tesla’s Autonomy Day earlier this year, Musk and other Tesla executives gave presentations about what the company is doing to try to achieve full self-driving capability by the end of next year.
While most people were focused on the unveiling of Tesla’s new HW3 ‘Full Self-Driving Computer’, which was being explained for the first time and is now installed in all new Tesla vehicles, there was a brief mention of another computer, the Dojo computer, that Tesla is working on and it could be a game-changer
Tesla has announced that all of its inventory Model S and Model X today will be granted with Free Unlimited Supercharging, a perk that was previously retired when the electric car maker ended its long-running Referral Program ( http://ts.la/hectorr3948 ). The Free Unlimited Supercharging offer will run until June 30, the end of the second quarter.
The plan is to sell them at 38 percent less than the US average.
Tesla plans to sell its solar panels at a price that’s 38 percent lower than the national average in an attempt to halt the decline of its solar business. The New York Times notes that the head of Tesla’s solar department, Sanjay Shah, wants to sell panels for between $1.75 and $1.99 a watt, compared to the national average of $2.85.
Tesla’s newest theft deterrent, Sentry Mode, is proving itself to be quite a useful feature. Recently, a vandal who reportedly keyed a Tesla Model 3happened to be caught by the surveillance system and was promptly arrested for causing the damage.
J. Emilio Flores | Corbis | Getty ImagesElon Musk, Tesla CEO
“I think we will be feature complete — full self-driving — this year,” Musk said. “Meaning the car will be able to find you in a parking lot, pick you up and take you all the way to your destination without an intervention, this year. I would say I am of certain of that. That is not a question mark.”
Tesla released a new feature called ‘Dog Mode’ that aims to keep unattended pets inside a vehicle at a comfortable temperature while also informing passersby of their safety.
It can take a matter of minutes for a vehicle’s interior cabin temperature to climb to lethal levels for dogs and other pets that are left without air conditioning turned on. Each year, hundreds of dogs die from heatstroke as a result of their owners leaving them inside a vehicle while running out for a ‘quick errand’.
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.
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 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.
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.