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    Audi will build an upscale car on VW's affordable electric-car platform. Ford is taking orders from police departments for its more efficient hybrid police cruisers. Tesla will refund the full amount if it doesn't deliver cars in time for the full federal tax credit. And how do our readers see the future of the Chevy Volt's plug-in hybrid tech? All this and more on Green Car Reports. Audi's version of VW's new affordable electric car platform is likely to offer MEB's full potential, including all-wheel drive, a big battery, and luxury features. Ford announced that it is taking orders for its...

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    LA Auto Show electrics, no Volts, 1 billion Tesla miles: The Week in Reverse

    Which company plans on introducing a new electric pickup and SUV? What car caused a ruckus when its manufacturer announced it would be discontinued? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending November 30, 2018. This week was all...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla (again) says buyers must order today for full tax credit

    If you want to buy a Tesla and get the full tax credit, today is your last day to order for Tesla to guarantee delivery by December 31. With the tick-over of the new year, the federal tax credits on Teslas will be reduced from $7,500 to $3,750. That could raise base price of a Tesla from $39,700...

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    EV Drive coalition begins lobbying effort to save tax credit

    Members of the lame-duck Congress all got letters on their desks Tuesday stating why the electric-car tax credit should be revised and extended. Along with a five-point fact sheet made public Tuesday, the effort is the first salvo in a battle by the newly-formed EV Drive Coalition to extend the...

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    Commentary: Tesla's carrot sells more electric cars than California's stick

    If you build them, they will come—as long as what you build is attractive. That's the message of Tesla's dominant sales reports and awards this month. Buyers seem to be clamoring for the Model 3. There was a time when electric cars seemed unattractive to a lot of drivers. Even with reports of...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla will soon be compatible with all DC fast charging—in Europe

    When the Tesla Model 3 arrives in Europe in early 2019, it will carry a special toolkit: the ability to charge—quickly—in more places than any other electric vehicle. Tesla revealed this week that Model 3 sedans sold in Europe will come with a CCS charge port (inlet). Full compatibility...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3

    Tesla confirmed last Thursday that Track Mode has started rolling out for the Model 3 Performance, in an update for vehicles that have already received Version 9 of the automaker’s vehicle software. The company emphasized that Track Mode is intended specifically for closed circuits. It’s primarily a series of updates to the vehicle dynamics controller—to allow more ‘steering’ of the vehicle using the front and rear motors. It also includes stronger cooling for the vehicle’s power systems and higher regenerative braking levels. While stability control...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Tesla Model 3

    The Tesla Model 3 is Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2019. It’s the second time a Tesla product has won our annual award, which was captured by the Tesla Model S in 2013. Many have called the Model 3 Tesla’s “iPhone moment.” But that was the Model S—the shock to an...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla news, VW pricing, electric Harley, and Best Car To Buy: The Week in Reverse

    Who will fill the role of Tesla's chairman to replace Elon Musk? Which cars made the list of finalists for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy for 2019? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Nov. 9, 2018. Toyota teased an...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Tesla bumps price of Autopilot post-delivery

    After removing its former Full Self-Driving Mode feature, Tesla is doubling down on selling Enhanced Autopilot. In a new software rollout, the company has temporarily enabled Enhanced Autopilot on all the cars that have the hardware to run it in a 14-day free trial that chief executive officer Elon...

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    New Tesla chairwoman, Model 3 contender; electric Harley-Davidson: Today's Car News

    Tesla announced a new chairwoman to replace Elon Musk in a settlement with the SEC. Harley-Davidson commits to building its electric Livewire motorcycle. Nissan shows off a rescue truck with two Nissan Leaf batteries for backup power. And we consider the Tesla Model 3 as a contender for our 2019...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Finalist for Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2019: Tesla Model 3

    Just 16 months passed from when Tesla first showed its Model 3—and we got our first ride in a Model 3 prototype with its VP of engineering Doug Field—to when it made the first batch of deliveries. And it was certainly not our intent to wait nearly another 16 months before considering it...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017

    Tesla's board has promoted from within to fill the role of chairman, replacing Elon Musk, who agreed to step down in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Robyn Denholm, one of the two independent directors appointed to Tesla's board in 2014 will be its new chairwoman, the company announced on Wednesday night. Musk agreed on Sept. 29 to step aside as board chairman for three years following a settlement with the SEC over his August 7 tweet that he had "funding secured" to take the public company private. The funding, which Musk later said was to come from the Saudi Arabian...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Feds reportedly probing further into Elon Musk's claims about Tesla Model 3 production

    Federal investigators may be looking into whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk knowingly lied to investors when he said that the automaker could build tens of thousands of Model 3 sedans by the end of 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The newspaper reported that the FBI is looking closer at...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S loses spot on Consumer Reports’ recommended list

    The Tesla Model S has slipped back off Consumer Reports recommended list, due to a dip in reliability, as the consumer organization assesses it. Suspension problems are to blame, reported CR. In 2017 Tesla made its air suspension standard on the Model S, and all versions were dual-motor (all-wheel...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla Model 3 range-efficiency edge is a serious market strength

    Although Tesla may still sometimes be finding its way in terms of how to build cars themselves, it retains a distinct advantage over pretty much every other automaker in one respect: superb power management. Buried in the company’s third-quarter 2018 financial results—hailing a...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla reports profit, explains $46k Model 3 Mid Range model, hints about leasing

    Tesla’s quarterly earnings call today was shaping up to be, at long last, an earnings call. Tesla reported a net income of $312 million for the third quarter of 2018. The all-electric vehicle maker made money. It also claimed that, given its financial results—and some creative...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Lower-cost Tesla Model 3: Does 260 miles, $46K before incentives split the difference? [Updated]

    UPDATE: Tesla originally rolled out the Model 3 Mid Range at a base price of $45,000 on 10/18. Less than six days later it's raised the price $1,000, and we've adjusted the numbers in this piece to reflect that. “We made a slight adjustment to our pricing for Model 3 following the...

  • Tesla Motors production line for Tesla Model S, Fremont, California

    Last year employee parking lots overflowed at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant. By comparing the headcount of Tesla's factory at present versus historically, it’s easy to grasp why the facility has seemed so crowded. At its heyday, Toyota and GM needed 4,400 people at Fremont. Tesla has an on-site workforce estimated to be 10,000—including some administrative staff, according to Tesla—although that's for a pace of maybe 250,000 cars annually (versus Toyota and GM's 450,000 vehicles). Even at that, not every Model 3 is assembled under the roof of the assembly plant...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla removes Full Self Driving option from website for all models

    Friday marked exactly two years since Tesla announced that every one of its cars was being produced with the hardware needed for Full Self-Driving. Friday was also the first full day that Tesla removed the option from its configurator—at the same time that it introduced a new $45k Model 3 Mid...

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    Short(er)-range Tesla, Porsche Taycan wagon, U.S. cuts CO2: Today's Car News

    A new shorter-range Tesla Model 3 drops into the mix—but not the $35,000 model that many deposit-holders have been waiting for. Porsche will add a more utilitarian hatchback design to its upcoming Taycan electric-car lineup. And VW gives its vehicle lighting more of a message. All this and...

  • Mazda Kai concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    2020 BMW i4, Google Maps chargers, Jaguar I-Pace efficiency, Tesla factory: Today's Car News

    Tesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla announced it has now acquired the land...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S in China
    Tesla secures site for Chinese factory

    In the midst of escalating trade wars, Tesla is moving ahead with its plans to build a factory in China. The company announced on Wednesday that it signed a "land transfer" agreement with the Shanghai government for a 212-acre plot to build its proposed Chinese factory. The land transfer agreement...

  • Tesla Model 3 dashboard in Autopilot testing with IIHS [CREDIT: IIHS]
    Teslas to get new self-driving, Autopilot chip in spring 2019

    Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk took to Twitter Tuesday to announce that owners will get a new Autopilot chip in about six months that will be much more powerful and enable the company's long-awaited Full-Self Driving Mode. In a series of tweets, Musk said that owners who have prepaid for...

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