Tesla is set the start large-scale deliveries of the Model S electric vehicle in eight days and about 17 hours at the time of writing. Deliveries will begin on Friday, June 22, and ahead of those deliveries, Tesla is holding some events around the country to allow prospective buyers to take a test drive. Tesla is also showing off an interesting video this week of its assembly line.
This week the folks at Tesla have delivered news that their first delivery of 2012 Model S electric sedans will begin in just one month. This delivery will be several weeks earlier than planned as Tesla's public relations teams move to bolster the view of the car so that it might gain wider adoption after its initial launch. This new model brings on a whole new era of electric car for the company, taking what they'd learned from the Tesla Roadster and moving forward with elements such as enhanced regenerative braking with the Model S.
NVIDIA's Jen-Hung Huang spoke this week at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) on all things graphics processing, revealing that a new family of Tesla GPU units built on NVIDIA Kepler GPU computing architecture would be released inside 2012. What's being released specifically are the new NVIDIA Tesla K10 and K20 GPUs, both of them "built to handle the most complex HPC proclaims in the world. Kepler here is three times as efficient the architecture that came before it, NVIDIA Fermi, here once again establishing NVIDIA as a head in the whole world's computer processing environment.
Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk took to the company's blog today to respond to rumors being spread that its EV Roadster batteries can get "bricked" as in becoming completely inoperable if owners don't keep the cars plugged in. Musk calls this an "irrational fear" and that it stems from a complete misunderstanding of Tesla's battery system.
Touchscreen, gadget and multimedia rich dashboards like the vast touchscreen in Tesla's new Model X could end up largely non-functional on the move, if the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way. New guidelines around digital distractions have been proposed by the NHTSA this week, applicable to "communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation devices or functions that are not required to safely operate the vehicle", with future phases potentially encompassing smartphone and tablet use.
Following premium electric vehicle maker Tesla's financial reports yesterday, which included a hefty $81.5 million loss in Q4, the company continues to emphasize a turnaround this year with revenue almost triple that of last year. This boost relies on the upcoming Model S sedan that's expected to be a hit in the second half of 2012.
Tesla Motors released its financial results today for the quarter and the full year ending December 31, 2011. Revenues for the quarter were $39.38 million, up from the $36.29 million during the same period last year, while full year revenues reached $204.24 million, up from $116.74 million from the year before.
Tesla has already clocked up over $40m-worth in sales of its new Model X SUV, breaking a record for the company in only 24 hours and also seeing a significant uptick in reservations of its new electric-powered sedan. Announced on Thursday last week, the Model X - which features distinctive "falcon-wing" rear doors and an all-electric powerplant - went up for pre-order the following day, with paid reservations exceeding $40m the company has confirmed.
Relatively hot on the heels of the IPO of electric car making company Tesla and the reveal of their newest Model X, the head of the group Elon Musk is speaking of an IPO for SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. Musk is a man who is set to be one of the few in the history of the world to head three separate companies opening three separate IPOs in the span of three years, and riding high on the wave of press he and Tesla are receiving today amid the reveal of the Model X, he's been vocal about his next big adventure. This man is so well known for his ability to conceive of and execute giant-style plans like this that he was given a cameo in the film Iron Man 2 pitching an electric jet to Tony Stark - how's that strike you?
Tesla's new Model X SUV is already dividing opinion over its external design, with some loving the "falcon-wing" rear doors and others arguing the crossover looks like a chubby, yawning hamster, but it's the interior tech that really has us drooling. Like the Model S before it, the Tesla Model X offers a huge 17-inch touchscreen as its center console, as Jalopnik's photos show, with a fully digital drivers binnacle.