Tesla News

  • 2018 Tesla Model S

    Tesla is known as the car of the future. Now the collector-car community that venerates cars of the past has also taken notice. Collector-car insurer Hagerty Insurance named the Tesla Model S the greatest car of the 2010s. DON'T MISS: South's good ol' boy drag racers whupped by Tesla, not happy about it That may have been obvious for some Green Car Reports readers, but it represents a breakthrough in mainstream thinking evidenced by Teslas regularly dusting off Dodge Challenger Hellcats at drag strips. Hagerty has become a motivating force in the collector car industry, publishing a price...

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    Germany claws back clean-car bonus from Tesla Model S owners

    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...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 shows bigger profit in latest cost breakdown

    Tesla isn't the only one with a lot riding on the financial success of the Model 3. CEO Elon Musk has called ramping up production of the Model 3 a "bet the company" decision, and said that if the company couldn't build 5,000 of the cars a week, Tesla would "die." Thousands of individual and...

  • Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]
    Tesla Model 3 Performance gets EPA rating, Supercharging referrals extended

    A new picture by an early buyer of a Tesla Model 3 Performance shows the car's EPA rating of 116 MPGe. That's down 14 MPGe, or almost 11 percent from the base long-range Model 3's rating of 130 MPGe, owing to the battery's and bigger motors' higher output. The EPA does not yet list the rating on...

  • Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]
    Tesla sales, rebates ending, oil studies, and dirty tricks: The Week in Reverse

    Which brand's electric cars won't get a tax credit after next year? Which electric car is in extremely short supply? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending July 13, 2018. Friday, we listed the best deals on green cars for July...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X
    Tesla sells 200,000th car, starting phaseout of federal tax credits

    Tesla's vehicle purchase incentives web page on Thursday morning reported that the wind-down of incentives for buyers of its cars has begun. The change was first noted and reported by Jalopnik. Following the change, Tesla buyers will only be eligible to receive the full $7,500 federal tax credit...

  • Tesla Autopilot

    Tesla has increased the price of a feature that doesn't yet exist—at least for customers who haven't bought it yet. That's according to Tesla's online configurator, which lists the price of Tesla's Full Self-driving Capability feature at $5,000 following the company's latest software update to its cars. Electrek first reported the price jump. Ever since the company launched its Autopilot 2 system it has offered the feature for an extra $3,000, only at some unspecified point in the future when the software becomes capable of doing all the things drivers do. Once Tesla perfects the...

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    Tesla hikes prices in China in first response to trade war

    In a move largely seen as the first response to a trade war that has broken out between China and the United States, Tesla has hiked prices of its Model S and Model X luxury cars in China. According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, Tesla raised the price of the Model S from about $107,000 to...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 production target reached but did automaker cut corners?

    Tesla pulled out all the stops to get 5,000 Model 3s built by July 1 including pulling workers from other assembly lines, halting Model S and X production to paint nothing but Model 3's, but also critically eliminating an industry standard brake test designed to ensure quality, according to a...

  • Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]
    Tesla Model 3: 456 sales in May Canadian debut

    Tesla started off Model 3 sales in Canada in May with a bang and sold 456 cars after a flurry of deliveries at the end of the month, according to vehicle registration data compiled by IHS Auto. Model 3 sales in Canada continued building through June. The evidence points to Tesla boosting Model 3...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 production reaches 5,000 cars in last week of June

    Tesla released critical production numbers for its Model 3 early Monday, showing that in the last week of June, it produced 5,031 Model 3s. CEO Elon Musk has said repeatedly that reaching production of 5,000 Tesla Model 3s a week is critical to the company's financial survival, and that he expected...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 production still likely short of 5,000-per-week goal as June ends

    The end of June has come and gone, and Tesla is planning to update investors, fans, and the media later this week with results of its efforts to ramp up Model 3 production to 5,000 cars a week. That number is crucial to the company's success and even its survival, CEO Elon Musk has said repeatedly...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3

    Now that Tesla Model 3 orders are open to all U.S. and Canadian reservation holders, we have more insight into features and pricing. As shown by a new post on Teslarati with screen shots from the Tesla Model 3 order guide, reservation holders can now configure a Model 3 with the Dual Motor and Performance Packages. Rear-wheel-drive models with the long-range battery, the cheapest version of the Model 3 available today, start at $49,000. Ordering all-wheel drive alone without the Performance Package adds another $4,000. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3 orders open to all US, Canada buyers Moving up...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla Model 3 orders open to all US, Canada buyers

    Tesla Model 3 reservation holders who have been patiently waiting for their turn to order their cars just got a chance to move up in line. The company invited all reservation holders in the United States and Canada to place their orders, according to a Bloomberg report. To place their orders...

  • Tesla Model S crashed in Ft. Lauderdale, at storage yard
    Tesla battery reignites twice after fatal Florida crash: NTSB report

    Following a crash in early May that killed two teenagers, the battery in the Tesla Model S the teens were driving reignited twice after firefighters had initially extinguished it, according to the preliminary report released Tuesday by the NTSB. The report notes that the car was traveling 116 mph...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3
    Tesla Model 3 gets new features via OTA update

    Buyers of the Tesla Model 3 never thought they were getting all the luxury features of the Model S or Model X. Now, with the latest over the air update, Model 3 owners will get a few more that will bring them closer to the levels of luxury found in Tesla's more expensive cars. As part of the...

  • Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada [CREDIT - YouTube user California Phantom]
    Tesla sues saboteur who claims he is a whistleblower

    On Thursday, Tesla sued former employee Martin Tripp for stealing trade secrets and transferring several gigabytes of data to third parties, including pictures of the company's battery assembly line at the Gigafactory in Nevada, where he worked. The details of the suit point to a testy...

  • Tesla Solar Roof
    Tesla layoffs hit 20 percent of Solar City installation locations

    Last week, Tesla announced it would lay off 9 percent of its workforce in an effort to keep its doors open as it tries to ramp up production of its critical Model 3 electric car. Now internal emails obtained by Reuters show that 13 or 14 of Solar City's installation centers will be shuttered as...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure

    After laying off 9 percent of its workforce last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent a company-wide email in which he claimed an employee had committed "extensive and damaging sabotage" against the company. The news comes on the heels of another Musk tweet that congratulated employees for building the first all-wheel-drive Performance version of the Model 3. Assembly took place on a new line hastily constructed in an aluminum-framed shelter adjacent to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. Musk had long promised to ramp up production of the Model 3 to 5,000 cars a week, but had been challenged...

  • 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...

  • 2018 Tesla Model S and 2018 Tesla Model X
    Tesla eliminates 9 percent of its workforce, cutting costs

    Tesla's been in "production Hell" for the past nine months as it attempts to ramp up the Model 3. On Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the Silicon Valley automaker is letting go 9 percent of its workforce. Musk noted that no production workers would be let go to ensure that...

  • Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
    Investigators: Autopilot sped up before fatal Tesla Model X crash

    A preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday said that a Tesla Model X traveling on Autopilot increased the vehicle's speed before it crashed into a highway barrier and killed its driver. The report of the March 23 crash that killed 38-year-old Walter Huang...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Tesla Model Y coming in 2020; Roadster and Semi still on the way, says Musk

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk told shareholders Tuesday that the last few months have been "hellacious" for building the Tesla Model 3, but that the automaker expects by the end of this month to build 5,000 of the mid-size luxury sedan each week and beyond. "It's insanely hard to stay alive," Musk added. The...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car, road test in greater Atlanta area, Feb 2018
    Study shows 23 percent cancellations on Tesla Model 3 deposits

    Tesla has staked a lot on the number of reservation deposits it has received for the Model 3. When the company first opened reservations for the car two years ago, it said that more than 400,000 people had put down a $1,000 deposit for what Tesla billed as a $35,000 car. That number eventually rose...

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