In a stunt that attempts to promote its electric Model S sedans as well as its Supercharger network, Tesla will commencing what it has dubbed as the Coast to Coast Supercharger rally. In this event, the company will be aiming to set a world record for the world's shortest charge time while traveling across the US.
Tesla discussed its Model S pricing for the Chinese market yesterday, doing so alongside the launch of its online design studio in the nation. For Chinese buyers, the Model S will come with a 734,000 CNY price tag, a figure the auto maker has described as both risky and fair in comparison to its competitors' prices.
There appears to be some confusion over the word "recall" when it comes to the current Model S Tesla vehicles out there in the wild, while the actual situation, instead, deals with a distribution of new power adapters and a software update. With a number of possible factors in play with the standard NEMA 14-50 power adapter such as "corrosion, physical damage to receptacles or inappropriate wiring/installation of electrical outlets", according to Tesla, they've done two things, neither of which are a recall of the entire vehicle.
Suggesting that despite the sizable presence of the Tesla Model S in the news as of late for auto accidents, the NHTSA has gone out of their way to reaffirm their “highest safety rating in America” for the vehicle. Letting it be known that the Tesla Model S still has a 5-start safety rating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration effectively told the world to cool their heels this holiday season. They say the Tesla S is just as safe as the first time they tested it.
Tesla's Model E could be revealed as soon as January 2015, chief designer Franz von Holzhauzen told AutoBild last week. The Model E is the rumored name for Tesla's EV for the masses in its all-electric vehicle product spread. Prices for the Model E range from $25,000 to $35,000, depending on your source and whether you apply a possible US government tax credit for green fuel.
The owner of a Tesla Model S recently survived a catastrophic collision with an errant three-pronged trailer hitch while doing 70 MPH on the Interstate, and wrote an account of his adventure for Tesla Motors' website. The tale tells of a chillingly smart warning system built into the full-size hatchback, a granite-solid undercarriage, and a seemingly fireproof cabin.
This week the folks at Tesla have shared their financial third quarter of the year results, centering on their star automobile: the Model S. This electric vehicle is now on the road with more than 19,000 drivers across 20 countries, and this quarter saw Tesla's largest delivery numbers in their relatively short history. Tesla also suggests that they're now producing 550 cars per week.
Tesla has been busy getting its SuperCharger stations in place, having announced various plans and ambitions related to them over the course of this year. There's good news for Model S owners located on the west coast, with Tesla SuperCharger stations now stretching all the way between Vancouver, Canada and San Diego, California in close enough increments that owners can go on a long road trip.
At a conference in Germany today, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk has revealed some upcoming plans for the auto maker's popular Model S: an Android emulator and Chrome browser. This will work alongside the car's snazzy capacitive touch-based dashboard control system, swapping out the current browser for Google's offering and opening up possibilities for developers.