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Posts Tagged: Tesla Model 3

Tesla says it moves too fast for suppliers used to traditional auto development cycles

Over the past couple of decades, major automakers have built an ecosystem in which components of their cars are built by suppliers large and small around the world. This system has served them well, but it has several drawbacks that are becoming more apparent as cars become electric, autonomous and connected (Ian Wright eloquently described… Read more »

Tesla bulking up on workers and real estate as production gets ready to rocket

The Model 3 launch, which Tesla calls “the biggest consumer product launch ever,” is to be followed by what must be the biggest and fastest production ramp-up ever (those of little faith might prefer such adjectives as “quixotic” or “impossible”), Tangible evidence of this massive mobilization is beginning to appear. Tesla recently leased a million… Read more »

Even Bernie Sanders might approve of Elon Musk’s compensation plan

As Tesla promotes a more sustainable transportation system, it hopes to demonstrate a more egalitarian pay policy, at least for its CEO. While overpaid and underperforming executives are drawing the ire of the public (and one presidential candidate), Elon Musk has a compensation plan that’s not only good for him, but also for the company’s… Read more »

Tesla first quarter earnings overshadowed by questions about production ramp-up

Tesla’s earnings report for the first quarter of 2016 revealed that the company fell just short of its projected deliveries, and that revenue and loss figures came in fairly close to analysts’ forecasts. The company reached a new quarterly production record of 15,510 vehicles, up 10% from Q4 2015. It shipped 14,820 units, fewer than… Read more »

Nissan takes a poke at Tesla in new LEAF ad campaign

Charged and other EV boosters have long been critical of automakers for not doing more to advertise their plug-in vehicles. In Nissan’s case, this may be changing, as a direct result of Tesla’s attention-grabbing advance sales for its recently unveiled Model 3. As reported by Automotive News, Nissan has run print ads in the New… Read more »

Musk: Probability of accidents 50% lower with Autopilot

It’s generally expected that autonomous vehicles will prove to be safer than those driven by fallible humans, but hard figures will be needed to convince regulators and a skeptical public. During a talk in Norway, Elon Musk said that Tesla is beginning to amass some statistics on the safety of its Autopilot-equipped vehicles. “The probability… Read more »

A Tesla city bus?

By itself, vehicle electrification does nothing to alleviate the traffic jams in our cities or the sprawl in our suburbs. But autonomous EVs, working together as part of a coordinated public transit system, could move people around much more smoothly and conveniently. Naturally, Elon Musk has thought about this – he has called gridlock “a… Read more »

Will Tesla’s Model 3 finally inspire major automakers to get charged?

Tesla’s mission has always been to get more people driving EVs, even if it’s not the one selling them. Elon Musk has said many times that he welcomes competition from the major automakers. Musk and his crusading carmakers have had some success in this regard. Former GM exec Bob Lutz has acknowledged that Tesla was… Read more »

Does Manhattan really have more Tesla charging stations than gas stations?

Here’s a fun fact courtesy of the tabloid New York Post (and corroborated by more – shall we say – widely-quoted news outlets, including the Times and WNYC): Manhattan now has more public EV charging stations than gas stations. A lot more – in fact, fossil fuel pumps are outnumbered by Tesla-branded chargers alone. Tesla… Read more »