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Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

Why is Tesla no longer including mobile charging cables with its vehicles?

First-time EV buyers are famously nervous about charging, which is one reason that most new EVs come with a portable charging cable—it’s reassuring to know that you can plug your new car in as soon as you take it home, without having to deal with charger installation right away. Some drivers find the portable adequate… Read more »

Tesla expanding capacity in Shanghai to one million EVs per year—or is it two million?

Tesla has announced a new round of investment aimed at expanding production at Gigafactory Shanghai. Reuters reports that Tesla recently filed documents with the local city government to allow an expansion of its parts production in order to meet growing demand for exports. The automaker plans to add production workshops, increase the number of workers… Read more »

Ford Mustang Mach-E dethrones Tesla Model 3 as Consumer Reports’ top EV recommendation

Has a legacy automaker finally produced an EV that can challenge mighty Tesla? Consumer Reports has named the Ford Mustang Mach-E as this year’s Top Pick in the EV category, dethroning Tesla’s Model 3, which held the honor for the past two years. The Ford earned the accolade based on its Overall Score, which incorporates… Read more »

Our Next Energy tests 750-mile battery pack in a Tesla Model S

A two-year-old Michigan startup, Our Next Energy (ONE), has built a custom battery pack that recently propelled a modified Tesla Model S for 752 miles. John Voelcker, writing in Car and Driver, reports that ONE retrofitted the car with a pack that stores twice the energy of Tesla’s original, and fits in exactly the same… Read more »

Tesla says fire incidents are 11 times lower for its vehicles than for the average US vehicle

A vehicle catching fire is no more newsworthy than a dog bite—unless of course it’s an EV that goes up in flames. Tesla, which suffered a spate of bad publicity following three highly-publicized vehicle fires in 2013, wants to set the record straight. In its 2020 Impact Report, the company presents data to demonstrate that… Read more »

Proposed legislation would restore federal EV tax credit to GM and Tesla

Democrats in the House of Representatives have reintroduced the GREEN Act (Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now), which among many other tax code revisions would once again allow Tesla and GM customers to claim federal EV tax credits. A similar bill failed to pass in 2020, but the prospects for passage seem bright under the… Read more »

Refreshed Tesla Models S and X to ditch lead-acid for Li-ion 12 V battery

Elon Musk and Sandy Munro covered a lot of ground in their recent video chat, discussing a great number of advances and improvements to Tesla’s vehicles and manufacturing processes. Here’s just one tidbit that many may have overlooked: beginning with the upcoming Model S/X refresh, Tesla plans to abandon the century-old lead-acid battery technology in… Read more »

Model S refresh includes completely revamped interior, powertrain updates and more

Over the past couple of years, as Tesla rolled out a seemingly endless stream of new features for Models 3 and Y, folks have been saying that the two elders of the line-up were overdue for an update. Now Tesla has announced a sweeping new refresh for Models S and X, featuring an entirely new… Read more »

Tesla caps a winning year with record production and delivery numbers

Tesla reached so many milestones in 2020 that it’s impossible to list them all: the first Model Y deliveries; the start of construction on the German Gigafactory; the announcement of Austin, Texas as the site of Cybertruck production; the wonders of Battery Day; Tesla’s coronation as the world’s most valuable automaker and its addition to… Read more »

EV West unveils Tesla crate motor for EV conversion projects

EV conversion one-stop shop EV West has announced a new Tesla crate motor kit designed to convert V8 muscle cars to EVs. The drop-in package consists of a complete Tesla drive unit, including inverter and mounting brackets. “Our new Revolt Tesla crate motor mounts to your small block motor mounts and attaches directly to your… Read more »