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Posts Tagged: Tesla Model 3

Teslas now being produced with full self-driving hardware

Tesla’s latest revelation is out, it’s a big one, and this time everyone should be able to appreciate its significance. In less than two years, all Tesla models should be capable of full level-5 autonomy, driving themselves without human input. Tesla has leapfrogged far, far beyond every other automaker to introduce an innovation that could… Read more »

Tesla submits plan to double the size of its Fremont factory

Tesla has submitted a new Master Plan to the city of Fremont, in which the company proposes to construct twelve new buildings around its existing factory. The new buildings could add as much as 4.6 million square feet, doubling the size of the facility. The Disruptors of Detroit will need the new space to meet… Read more »

Chinese man sues Tesla over Autopilot vehicle crash

Another grim milestone on the road to vehicle autonomy has been reached – the first autonomy-related lawsuit against an automaker. Ironically, it happened not in the litigation-obsessed US, but in China. Gao Jubin’s 23-year-old son, Gao Yaning, died in January after crashing his Model S into the back of a road-sweeping vehicle on a highway… Read more »

Elon Musk: Tesla can increase the speed of its production line 20-fold

Tesla’s future depends on being able to ramp up to high-volume production quickly. The main pillar of its strategy for doing so is making the production process more efficient – “building the machine that makes the machine,” as Elon Musk puts it. The mathematically-minded Musk has even formulated an equation to quantify the challenge: Production… Read more »

Musk to employees: Tesla could show a profit in Q3 if we buckle down

Tesla has been driving on a rough road lately – a thoroughfare called Wall Street. The company’s future depends on being able to ramp up Model 3 production in a timely manner, and recent news items about the SolarCity deal, the new master plan and the new P100D battery pack make some folks think that… Read more »

What’s the point of BMW’s trivial Tesla-taunting ad spots?

If the major automakers really want to begin selling their EVs in volume (and not everyone is convinced that they do), sooner or later they will have to start advertising them. BMW has been ahead of the curve in this regard – it has run several TV ads for the i3 featuring cool people discovering… Read more »

Tesla Q2 earnings: Continued losses, but steady progress

As expected, Tesla posted a larger-than-expected loss for the second quarter of 2016. The company’s plans to revolutionize several more industries are proceeding nicely, even as it stays resolutely focused on achieving the fastest production ramp-up in the history of the auto industry. If that sounds a little crazy, well, these are crazy times. Stock… Read more »

Tesla reveals Master Plan, Part Deux

Is it madness, or genius? Will it save civilization, or summon the Terminators? Either way, Tesla is determined to make the next ten years mighty interesting. With Model S in a vigorous prime and Model 3 gestating, Elon Musk’s first master plan is nearing completion. That plan, unveiled 10 years ago, is familiar to Charged… Read more »

Changes to California ZEV rules could threaten Tesla income

As is the case with most government regulations, the California Air Resources Board’s Zero-Emission Vehicle rules are complex, and changing them tends to create winners and losers (and acronyms). CARB regulators are now considering changes to the rules that would make it harder for automakers to comply with ZEV targets by buying credits, rather than… Read more »

Panasonic expects to double sales of EV batteries in three years

The unprecedented demand for the upcoming Model 3 presents major opportunities not only for Tesla, but for its partners. Panasonic, which will be the exclusive supplier of batteries for Model 3, expects its annual sales of automotive batteries to more than double in three years. Kenji Tamura, the head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems… Read more »