Tesla Model S News

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X

    It's one thing not to qualify for a product rebate, bonus, or credit. It's another to qualify, then have to pay it back. That's what Germany said Wednesday, alleging that 1,050 Tesla buyers weren't eligible for an incentive aimed at spurring electric car sales. The 1,050 people who bought or ordered a Tesla Model S and received the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control's "environmental bonus" (Umweltbonus) could be on the hook to repay the government 2,000 euros (about $2,200) according to Reuters. READ THIS: Germany's $1 billion electric-car incentive plan approved by...

  • Director Michael Morris's Tesla Model S on fire [PHOTO CREDIT - MARY MCCORMICK]
    Director's Tesla Model S catches fire in L.A.

    A Tesla fire in Los Angeles last week is drawing attention again to the safety of the cars' lithium-ion batteries. British television and stage director Michael Morris drove his Tesla Model S on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood when a couple in another car flagged him down and told him to...

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    Report: Tesla rejected additional driver sensors for Autopilot

    In Tesla’s earnings call last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk addressed a spate of crashes with cars using the automaker’s Autopilot system, noting that the crashes usually seem to involve experienced Tesla drivers who become complacent in using the system. On Monday, an article in the Wall...

  • 2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color
    Tesla Model S Electric Car: Software Changes Since 2012 (UPDATED)

    Even though the Tesla Model S has retained its same basic shape since it went on sale in 2012, what's going on under the hood has been anything but stagnant. The automaker's over-the-air updates for the electric car have put the old guard on notice: People expect their cars to act like the...

  • Tesla Model 3 teaser image with Model S and Model X, March 2016
    If you can't order your Tesla Model 3 yet, how can you pick up a used Model S (or X) instead?

    We checked out several used Model Ses on Tesla's website, and found several in the Northeast for around $55,000, reportedly about the going rate for today's new Model 3s with the big battery pack, Autopilot, and a few sundry options.

  • Used 2015 Tesla Model S P85D on day of purchase  [photo: Jay Lucas]
    Why I traded my Chevy Bolt EV for a Tesla: one reader's story

    As a nation, the U.S. takes lots of road trips, because most of the country has no viable mass transit between city pairs. If electric cars are ever to enter the mass market in North America, they have to be usable on those road trips. Last year, our reader Jay Lucas of Alexandria, Virginia, wrote...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S Signature

    Tesla will recall roughly 123,000 of the Model S electric cars it built from 2012 through April 2016 to replace bolts in the power-steering units of the electric cars. The company said the bolts could corrode in cars used on roads where calcium or magnesium salts are used to melt ice. The Model S steering would not fail even if the bolt sheared, Tesla said, but the effort required to turn the wheel would increase. DON'T MISS: Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S, Model X electric cars for parking-brake issue (Apr 2017) Tesla calls yesterday's action a "voluntary recall," and noted that the issue had...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S 100D on cross-country trip from New York to California  [photo: David Noland]
    Life with Tesla Model S: coast to coast in a new 100D (and how it differed from my old 85)

    One of the reasons I traded in my 2013 Tesla Model S 85 last summer for a new Model S 100D was to get extra range. The newer car’s 100-kilowatt-hour battery gives it an EPA-rated range of 335 miles—70 miles more than the old car’s rating of 265 miles. Over four-plus years and...

  • Tesla Model S P100D Electric Production Car Series race car
    Tesla Model S racing is now a real thing, approved by FIA sanctioning body

    It's formally called the Electric Production Car Series, but for the moment it may come to be known as "the Tesla Model S series" by electric-car fans and racing followers alike. After being unveiled almost two years ago, it's now officially a legitimate racing series: On Wednesday that the FIA...

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    NHTSA to investigate Tesla Model S on Autopilot that hit parked fire truck on freeway

    Investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are scheduled to examine the crash of a Tesla Model S that hit a fire truck parked on a California freeway. The driver claimed the Model S was operating with Tesla's AutoPilot functionality turned on, according to a tweet sent by...

  • Zev Gitalis takes his 97-year-old grandfather for a ride in his Tesla Model S electric car [YouTube]
    One Tesla Model S plus one 97-year-old grandfather: video magic

    "I hear you got an electric car," says a 97-year-old man, looking every bit like a 97-year-old man, suspenders and all. "Is it outside?" The man behind the camera is Zev Gitalis, and the man in front of the camera is his grandfather. DON'T MISS: South's good ol' boy drag racers whupped by Tesla...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    All-wheel drive now standard on all Tesla Model S, Model X cars

    Tesla now offers roughly the same percentage of its model lineup with standard all-wheel-drive configuration as famed AWD proponent Subaru. The Silicon Valley electric-car maker has completely ditched rear-wheel drive in its Model S hatchback sedans and Model X crossover utility vehicles. Only its...

  • Tesla Model 3 found on Craigslist

    Competition for the title of most popular electric car has sparked a long and highly charged race between Tesla and Chevrolet. Though these brands offer vastly different versions of electric vehicles, they seem to be the two dominating electric vehicle sales in 2017. Reports show that top monthly electric car sales rotated between the Chevy Volt, the Chevy Bolt EV, and the Tesla Model S for the majority of the year. DON'T MISS: Plug-in electric car sales for Nov: Volt vs Prime neck-and-neck, Bolt EV just misses 3K The Tesla Model S is the current winner of overall sales for 2017, but the...

  • Dutch "Hesla," a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Tesla Model S
    A Tesla Model S that runs on hydrogen fuel cells? Dutch firm claims it built one

    Tesla has never built anything but battery-electric cars. Now a Dutch gasoline company believes it's improved upon the Silicon Valley automaker's design with a hydrogen fuel cell—so much so that it wants to sell its solution to the general public. The Holthausen Group, a Dutch gasoline...

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    Don't be fooled: only some electric cars are sold nationwide, even now

    Almost seven years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now more than two dozen battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models on sale in the U.S. But that impressive number shouldn't disguise a fundamental truth about those vehicles: only about half of them are widely...

  • 2016 Tesla Model S   [photo by owner Shiva]
    How Tesla Model S alters car ownership: a buyer's one-year notes

    In late July, we published an article describing one electric-car driver's experience in adding solar panels to his home to help with charging his family's five electric cars. That reader, who'd like to be known just as Shiva, has now owned a 2016 Tesla Model S for a year. He recently outlined for...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    RWD Tesla Model S 75 gone after September 24, as electric-car range continues to change

    This year has seen a dizzying profusion of changes to the features, options, and available versions of the Tesla Model S luxury electric car, now in its sixth model year. Anyone who wants to buy a new Model S with rear-wheel drive, however, must act fast. The 2017 Tesla Model S 75, the sole variant...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
    Which electric car will sell best in 2018? Take our Twitter poll

    OK, now the 2018 Nissan Leaf has made its debut, and we know the prices, specifications, and standard and optional features of the updated electric car with a projected 150 miles of range. Deliveries of the 2018 Leaf will start early next year, but meanwhile the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been on...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S 100D   [photo: David Noland, owner]

    About two years ago, under the influence of an eager Tesla representative, I briefly considered trading in my trusty 2013 Tesla Model S 85 for a new Model S 90D. But after a 24-hour test drive, the advantages of the 90D—40 miles more range, all-wheel drive, and Autopilot 1.0—didn’t seem to justify the $40,000 cost of stepping up to Tesla’s latest and greatest. “Not a chance,” I wrote at the time. “I’m good with the old car.” That was then. This is now. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model S durability: cars with 250K and 300K miles still humming along...

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    Tesla Model S durability: cars with 250K and 300K miles still humming along happily

    The latest reports on Tesla Model S durability and reliability should likely be considered a win for the Silicon Valley automaker. High-mileage cars aren't unusual, but we're only now starting to see the first truly high-mileage examples of electric cars. With less maintenance required compared to...

  • Tesla Model X P100D races Lamborghini Aventador SV
    Tesla Model S beats Lamborghini Aventador in 1/4-mile drag race; so does Model X SUV

    Tesla has not only put some of the world's longest-range electric cars into production, but its cars also happen to house some serious performance specifications. Everyone knows the P100D versions of the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X SUV are capable of accelerating at lightning speed, thanks to...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV vs Tesla's Model 3, Model S: CNET, Consumer Reports compare electric cars

    Five years ago, the only true battery-electric cars on the market were the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf, while the Chevrolet Volt offered a plug-in hybrid solution. A lot has changed since then, and choices for those interested in an electric car have become more abundant. Specifically, the...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S, in July 2017   [photo: David Noland]
    Life with Tesla Model S: beware Extended Service Agreement fine print

    A couple of years ago, as my 2013 Tesla Model S approached the end of its 50,000-mile warranty, I debated long and hard whether to opt for Tesla’s extended warranty, which they call an Extended Service Agreement (ESA). At $4,000, it wasn’t cheap. It provided four years and an additional...

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    Tesla Model S, Model X electric cars updated with new features

    Before the Tesla Model 3 officially entered production, the electric-car maker shuffled features on its Model S to provide a clear distinction between the two sedans. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has often said those looking for luxury will be happiest in a Model S, while the Model 3 remains a much more...

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