Tesla have announced the official unveil date of their Model S electric-powered car, the four-door version of the existing Tesla Roadster. While details on the Model S are currently scarce, we do know that it will use the same high-capacity battery technology as found in its sportier sibling; the new, road-legal prototype will be launched on March 23rd at The Tesla Design Studio inside the SpaceX factory in Hawthorn, California.
Update: Tesla have released a new photo:
Tesla’s Model X is a snazzy new SUV that’s set to arrive in the driveways of those who bought one (without even driving it!) later this year. If all goes according to plan, the third quarter of 2015 should see the Model X hit the road, officially. Unofficially, we’ve seen the Model X tested in semi-private locations. Again, unofficially, we’re now seeing the Model X tested in a very public way, as one lucky sleuth caught the Model X on test near Palo Alto, California. On the highway!
While electric cars seem almost ideal from an environmental point of view, one of the biggest hurdles to their massive adoption is their range capabilities. Tesla, whose business hedges heavily on EVs, knows only too well what it now calls "range anxiety". So when it promises to calm all those nerves come March 19th, people in the automotive industry, especially its rivals in the electric vehicle market, will definitely await that day with piqued curiosities, if not a new kind of anxiety themselves: Tesla anxiety.
Of all the James Bond movies that have been made, my favorite has always been the Roger Moore flick where his Lotus Esprit turns into a submarine. Apparently, Tesla's Elon musk liked that flick too. Back in 2013, he purchased the prop submarine used in the film and at the time word was that he planned to update the sub with some Tesla innards.
The launch of Tesla's Model X may have been pushed back until later in 2015, but someone is apparently getting to enjoy how the electric SUV launches from a standing start. A case of "right place, right time" saw Juan del Real catch the camouflaged car undergoing testing in Alameda, California, hooning up and down a runway as some lucky driver got to put the EV powertrain - and the prototype's brakes - through their paces. However, there's also speculation that what we're seeing is no Model X, and could in fact be something much more interesting: Tesla's upcoming "affordable" EV, the Model 3.
Chevrolet is set to reveal a second hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Bolt, in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, insiders claims, as a pre-emptive strike against the upcoming cheaper Tesla. The Bolt - its name a nod to the existing Volt, which itself will be updated for the 2016 model year at Detroit - will reportedly cost around $30,000 and be able to run around 200 miles on a charge. Like the Volt, it will not only support being plugged-in to replenish the batteries, but have a range-extending gasoline engine onboard.
Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.
Tesla plans to cut down on the number of options and variations it offers with the Model S in an attempt to trim complexity and cut down on production delays, as the company announces revenues up 55-percent year-on-year for the most recent quarter. Quarterly deliveries for Q3 2014 were actually at their highest ever, at 7,785 cars, with Tesla making as many as 907 deliveries in a single day. However, the electric car firm was again hamstrung by production bottlenecks, unable to meet demand.
This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."