Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.
More good news comes Tesla’s way as the Government ends its investigations regarding the Model S fires. Earlier, we reported about the dealership tussle that the electric car company is embroiled in and how New York’s Governor took a softer stand on them. Presently, the NHTSA has closed its inquiries into the fires that broke out in the Model S, in three separate incidents.
In a move that appears to be to reinforce an already extremely safe vehicle in light of massive media coverage that suggests otherwise, Tesla is adding a free-of-charge element to their Model S. This "triple underbody shield" will, as they say, reduce the risk of a severe underbody impact to virtually zero.
Tesla Motors' direct car sales have been a hotly contested issue in many states, Ohio among them. In December, an amendment being pushed by the Ohio Auto Dealers Association wasn't addressed by the Ohio House committee, which meant it would roll over into this year. For the time being, the auto maker has reached an agreement with the Auto Dealers Association to operate three stores in the state.
After facing a ban on Tesla sales direct to customers in the State of New Jersey this week, Tesla Motors Chairman of Product Architecture and CEO Elon Musk wrote a letter. This letter speaks up on the state of the industry, suggesting that it’s not for "consumer protection" that Tesla has been banned from selling cars in the state, but to promote a monopoly for the gas-dependent auto industry in place today.
Tesla Motors has been battling challenges to direct sales for a while now across many states, with the matter going as far as a White House petition. The good fight has been lost in New Jersey, however, and as such Tesla Motors will end direct sales of its vehicle in the state on April 1.
The same crew that brought you Tesla for Glass, aka GlassTesla, are now pushing a system for Tesla vehicles called Smartcar. This system would create a learning environment for the vehicle to know you for your daily activities, moving and changing in response. This system is part of a self-made crowd-funding venture with subscription model from the start.
Consumer Reports has published its 2014 automotive top picks, and the top ten is riddled with well-known models spanning multiple auto makers and automotive types. Standing at the top of them all, however, is Tesla Motors' Model S, which has earned the title of "Best Overall" in the latest Top Picks listing.
This afternoon Tesla shared the results of their financial fourth quarter for 2013, making clear their successes in selling their electric Model S vehicle worldwide. Tesla made clear that this quarter they’ve sold 6,892 Model S automobiles, a record for the quarter for the company. They’ve also shown that with 22,477 vehicles sold, they’re rolling quite comfortably into 2014.