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Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla Model S 70D brings AWD to $75k entry-level

Tesla has whipped the covers off a new version of its electric car, with the Model S 70D distilling the all-wheel-drive performance of the company's flagship model into a more affordable package. Promising 250 miles of range, the Model S 70D borrows the independent front and rear motors concept from the 155mph P85D, though scales back on the power and performance in order to hit a $75k+ price tag. It also means that Tesla's whole Model S range now consists of all-wheel-drive cars.

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Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla taps ex-F1 engineer for service skills

Tesla has snapped up an F1 chief mechanic to lead its car servicing efforts, with CEO Elon Musk hoping Kenny Handkammer can inject a little high-octane pitstop practice into his EVs. Formerly of Red Bull Racing, Handkammer will now be based in the US as Tesla's Global Director of Service Training, helping shape how Tesla dealerships handle electric cars brought in for routine servicing along with any unforeseen issues. The appointment comes ahead of Tesla's range expanding with the Model X SUV, not to mention ambitious upgrading procedures for the older Roadster.

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Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla Motors banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Thanks to a decision made Friday by West Virginia's governor, Tesla Motors will not be allowed to practice its direct-sales approach in the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that protects franchised auto dealers, making them the only outlet where new vehicles can be purchased from. The new law states that auto manufacturers are prohibited from acting as a new car dealer or operating as a dealership. Not surprisingly, Tesla is unhappy about the decision, which just so happens to have been supported by West Virginia's Senate president, Bill Cole, himself a car dealer in the state.

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Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla delivered 10,030 cars last quarter, their most ever

Tesla is reporting a record quarter to start 2015. According to the company, they delivered 10,030 cars in Q1 2015 alone, their best ever. The company also says their figures are highly accurate (with a 1% error rate) due to the fact they do ship directly to customers, and a delivery is only counted if the customer takes ownership and all the paperwork is finalized. This all comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave some telling commentary on his company’s performance in China, suggesting they were ‘misled’ about interest in the country.

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Tesla’s rumored batteries tipped in late-stage, in-home testing

Tesla’s rumored batteries tipped in late-stage, in-home testing

When announcing something new, Elon Musk sometimes just talks about plans, or sometimes just gives his plans away. With Hyperloop, Musk essentially said he was too busy to make it work, and was just giving the concept away. A few days ago, Musk said Tesla had a new product category lined up for release, and it was “not a car”. Our minds immediately went to batteries for the home, and we might have been right. According to a new report, Tesla has been testing batteries in homes for sme time, now.

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Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla teases “major” April news: Home batteries ahoy?

Tesla will reveal a "major" new product at the end of April, CEO Elon Musk has teased, but don't expect a new car. The outspoken chief exec took to Twitter to announce the April 30th launch, which will take place at Tesla's Hawthorne Design Studio in California. While exactly what's on the agenda hasn't been confirmed, recent chatter points to the new product being a battery system intended for domestic use, rather than to power an electric vehicle.

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Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Musk: Tesla ‘misled’ about consumer interest in China

Speculation often leads to more of the same, unless you act upon those speculations. It’s a lesson Elon Musk and Tesla learned the hard way, it seems. In China, Tesla has found itself withering on the vine with a slower-than-expected adoption rate among customers. Previously, Musk said misinformation was to blame for Tesla’s slow rollout in China; that Chinese consumers didn’t quite grasp what his all-electric vehicles were about. It seems analysts may have taken him for a ride, though.

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Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

Video: Tesla Model X seen in California highway testing

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!

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Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

A benefit of owning a Tesla — aside from being an early adopter in a pretty cool company — is their update cycle. Unlike the car the rest of us own, Tesla updates their automobiles over-the-air, and it’s not just to change the clock for daylight savings. Tesla usually brings significant updates to their cars, and yesterday was no different. Plenty of cool new changes are incoming for Tesla owners, and if you happened to miss it — here’s a tidy little recap for you.

 

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Tesla Model S Autopilot update due in 3-4 months

Tesla Model S Autopilot update due in 3-4 months

Tesla will deliver a bevy of new safety tech for the Model S in an upcoming update, with full auto-driving promised for certain roads in an update that follows. The first update, already in beta with select owners, will add not only the Range Assurance and Trip Planner apps that Elon Musk expects to remove range anxiety, but enable features like automatic braking, blind spot warnings, and side collision warnings as previewed at the P85D AWD launch last year. However, it's software update version 7.0 that's likely to be even more hotly anticipated by Model S owners, which will add Autopilot functionality.

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