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Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

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.

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Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Though they face pushback when it comes to getting cars to potential owners via less-than-traditional retail means, Tesla is still on a tear. Their Model S is still in high demand, and CEO Elon Musk recently admitted they’d already sold through stock for their Model X. The Model 3 is coming soon, too. So are battery swapping stations, as well as the company speeding up the already ‘Insane’ P85D via a software upgrade. The car reaches speeds that, according to Musk, was an accident anyway.

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Tesla Model S “Insane Mode” freaks out unsuspecting riders

Tesla Model S “Insane Mode” freaks out unsuspecting riders

Electric cars come with a certain stigma that Tesla Motors is doing its best to squash. The auto maker's Model S has obliterated many of them, but still, electric vehicles aren't typically the first thing to pop into consumers' minds when it comes to zipping around at fast speeds. That has likely changed now that its "Insane Mode" has gone viral, with several of the uninitiated having been taken at breath-snatching speeds down the road inside of the Model S P85D.

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Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Gigafactories are crucial to the future of Tesla, even more than awesome cars and SUVs like the Model X. The delicate mix of car production and battery manufacturing will help Tesla roll cars off the line like never before, and if history is any indication — they’ll sell them all. How much will a ‘Gigafactory’ cost, though? What does it take to build one? Building permits give us those details, and shows just how big Tesla is betting on themselves as well as our desire to have an all-electric car.

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Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has been challenged in several states by dealership associations in much the same way ridesharing companies have been challenged by the taxi industry. Direct sales pose a threat to the dealership business model, some argue, and should be limited or eliminated altogether. Tesla has battled this issue more than once, sometimes seeing victory (or partial victory) and other times losing. Connecticut might end up proving to be a victory in the near future, with a new bill in place that looks favorably upon direct auto sales.

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Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Elon Musk sat down to talk all things Tesla. The CEO, who has a contentious relationship with both the auto industry and state of Michigan, opened up about the state of the union at Tesla. He answered questions, and gave a prospectus on where the auto maker was going. As stock fell roughly 6%, Musk explained it away, and further detailed their plans for world domination. Or, just being allowed to sell cars.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla 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.

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Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla is working on a robotic charging system which will automatically plug in its electric cars like the Model S, described by CEO Elon Musk as "a solid metal snake." The intelligent charger would presumably be positioned as a way to bypass one of the lingering frustrations around EVs, namely that drivers have to remember to plug them in. While Musk gave no timescale for the robo-charger's release, he did confirm that it would work not only with future models but all existing Tesla cars.

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Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla will push out a firmware update for the Model S P85D and 85D dual-motor EVs in the new year which will boost the top speed to 155 mph and tweak the torque, while also addressing lingering confusion over range of the new cars. At launch, and like all other Model S versions until now, the P85D and 85D are electronically limited to 130 mph, but Tesla will nudge that cap higher and in the process match the limiter commonly found on most high-end sedans. However, while early reports suggested dual-motor drivers would in fact see improved range over the RWD cars, it turns out the reality is not quite so clear-cut.

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Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

When you talk about torque, the instant shove of a performance EV like the Tesla Model S can't be ignored, but P85 owners used to being top of the tree may have some egg on their face if they take on a new P85D. The all-wheel-drive luxury sedan has already demonstrated its capabilities against a worthy - and traditionally-powered - challenger in the shape of the Lamborghini Aventador, but what about when old takes on new in an EV show-down? Thankfully we now know what that looks like, too.

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