Posts Tagged: Tesla Model 3

Is the honeymoon over for Tesla and Panasonic?

The relationship between Tesla and Panasonic has been a rocky one from the start. When Gigafactory 1 was in the planning stages, the Japanese giant waffled about how much it planned to invest, causing TSLA stock to gyrate. Panasonic doesn’t seem to have prospered from the partnership – the conglomerate’s battery unit is reported to… Read more »

Tesla’s “biggest software update ever” includes Smart Summon feature

Tesla’s Software Version 10.0, which the company calls “our biggest software update ever,” will be rolled out to Tesla owners around the world this week. The star of the show is Smart Summon, which appears to be a major step towards full vehicle autonomy: With Smart Summon, customers who have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability or… Read more »

Tesla battery experts describe million-mile cell in new paper

At the Tesla Autonomy Event in April, Elon Musk said the Disruptors of Detroit were working on a new battery pack that would last a cool million miles, and said it would be available next year. Now Tesla battery research partner Jeff Dahn and his team have released a paper in which they describe this… Read more »

China grants Tesla a sales tax exemption for its vehicles

The Chinese government has added Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3 to a list of EVs that qualify for exemptions to the country’s 10% vehicle sales tax. No reason was offered for the move, which took China-watchers by surprise. Imported vehicles are generally not eligible for the exemption. As fate would have it,… Read more »

Tesla’s new wiring architecture could greatly reduce vehicle build time

Tesla has devised a new wiring architecture for its vehicles that could greatly streamline production. The new wiring system is designed to allow robots to handle more of the assembly process. One of the main reasons for the highly-publicized delays in early production of Model 3 was that Tesla tried to introduce too much automation,… Read more »

Tesla (finally) releases CHAdeMO adapter for Model 3

Tesla owners are fortunate to have their own network of DC fast chargers – the Superchargers – which are sufficient for many drivers’ long-distance travel needs. However, more charging choices are always better, so several years ago, Tesla introduced an adapter to allow Model S and X drivers to use CHAdeMO fast charging stations. Apparently,… Read more »

Maxwell’s Teflon-fibrilizing electrode process could save Tesla big bucks on battery manufacture

Tesla has completed the acquisition of Maxwell Technologies, a company that’s known for its pioneering work with supercapacitors. However, Electrek’s Fred Lambert and others have noted that Tesla’s interest in Maxwell probably has less to do with supercapacitors than with the company’s “dry electrode” technology. Randy Carlson, in an article posted on Seeking Alpha, provides… Read more »

Tesla developing new battery recycling process at Gigafactory

All forms of transport have environmental impacts, and the mainstream media is fond of speculating that those of EVs are just as bad as those of fossil fuel vehicles. Some facts and figures to rebut the croakers may be found in Tesla’s 2019 Impact Report, in which the company discloses the impacts of its products… Read more »

Tough times for Tesla – Q1 earnings report lays out large loss

Tesla had a rough week. In its first-quarter 2019 earnings report, it described a loss of $702 million, or $4.10 per share – quite large even by Tesla’s standards, and greater than the $1.81 per share that Wall Street analysts (surveyed by FactSet) had forecast. Q1 revenue of $4.54 billion also fell short of expectations,… Read more »

Lots of news to digest as Tesla demos latest Autopilot system

At the recent Autonomy Investor Day, Tesla highlighted the progress it’s been making on its Autopilot system, and discussed its vision for the future of self-driving. Elon Musk and several other company execs, including Director Peter Bannon, Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence Andrej Karpathy, and VP of Engineering Stuart Bowers, made presentations for an audience… Read more »