Elon Musk, in his typical dramatic fashion, unveiled Tesla’s semi-truck at a special event last night in Hawthorne, California. Instead of diesel, the truck is powered by a massive battery, capable of hauling 80,000 pounds of freight for 500 miles.
Tesla Motors Inc. will develop an engineering presence in Minnesota with its purchase of Brooklyn Park-based Perbix, the electric automaker said.Perbix has quietly been working with Tesla for nearly three years and helped create some of the most advanced tools it uses in its factories, including a system to make the drive-unit rotors for Tesla cars at the company's Fremont, California factory.
After securing another battery supplier, Tesla will be more equipped to scale production for the Model 3. Out of the three battery suppliers, LG Chem will likely be awarded with a partnership agreement.
Tesla has reached a deal with the Shanghai government to build a factory in the city's free trade zone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The deal would make Tesla the first foreign automaker to build wholly-owned plant in China and will help Tesla gain a foothold in the growing Chinese market for EVs.
On May 19, 2017, Tesla announced that current owners can refer five friends to buy a new Tesla. Those referred will get free unlimited Supercharging.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday, May 21st to let the world know that a revised version of Tesla's Autopilot software will be available for compatible cars next month. Musk tweeted “A software update coming next month includes a new control algorithm that "feels smooth as silk."
Recently, FutureCar was provided the opportunity to perform a real-world road test of Tesla’s Model X SUV. Although the Model X has many features, FutureCar was especially interested in trying out Tesla’s self-driving technology, Autopilot 2.0.
A Model X owner I spoke with said his lifetime power consumption on the vehicle over the course of a year is 420 watts/mile, which roughly translates to a real-world range of 170 miles on a full charge, about 30% less than what Tesla advertises.
Tesla has begun to roll out an updated version of Autopilot which brings incremental improvements to its Autopilot 2.0 driving-assist feature on Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with self-driving hardware.
Tesla's Gigafactory started producing a high performance cylindrical '2170 cell' in January of this year which was jointly designed and engineered by Tesla and Panasonic to offer the best performance at the lowest production cost in an optimal form factor for both electric vehicles and energy products.
Robust battery technology would allow EVs to go further without recharging. Additionally, it would let the business sell its vehicles at lower price points, while offering more storage or space for passengers.
Elon Musk recently announced plans to expand the application of Tesla’s proprietary technologies to other markets, specifically one that will experience full disruption in the next decade through mature autonomous driving platforms: trucking.
2017-05-10Vineeth Joel Patel
To ensure that Tesla owners, especially prospective Model 3 buyers, aren’t plagued with extremely lengthy body-shop repairs, Tesla has plans to open its own set of body repair shops.
At the recent TED conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Musk revealed some bold ideas about the Boring Tunnel— a transportation solver that can ease the congestion through underground tunnels.