Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

German Environment Minister prefers a Model S

It’s not unusual for government officials to drive EVs. Elected officials in Norway, Switzerland, the US and several other countries proudly drive on electrons. Even the USA’s Climate Change Denier-in-Chief reportedly owns a Model S. However, when the Environment Minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia bought a Tesla Model S as his official… Read more »

China logs record EV sales, Tesla top foreign brand

Plug-in sales in China are going wild – annual sales for 2016 are expected to exceed 350,000. The country now has the largest plug-in fleet in the world: over 650,000 vehicles, surpassing Europe (630,000) and the US (560,000). Upcoming changes to government incentive programs contributed to a sales surge for small EVs in November. The… Read more »

Tesla Supercharger V3 could have power output greater than “a mere 350 kW”

As EV ranges increase, charging levels are on the way up too. Phoenix Contact, EVgo and Porsche are among the companies developing more powerful charging systems. Naturally, Tesla has plans to outdo them all. In a recent tweet, Elon Musk hinted at something called Supercharger V3, which presumably will offer charging levels higher than the… Read more »

Tesla subsidies amount to a fraction of what the Big Three have received

Tesla has been the target of trolls, misinformation and fake news stories since its founding. Whole web sites are devoted to trumpeting the company’s failings, real and invented. Since the US presidential election, the torrent of tirades has kicked into high gear. The Institute for Energy Research, a think tank funded by oil and coal… Read more »

Tesla acquisition of German engineering firm should help with production ramp-up

Tesla has announced plans to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a German company that the California carmaker called “one of the world leaders in highly automated methods of manufacturing.” Grohmann currently has around 700 employees, and had revenues of 123 million euros ($136 million) in 2015. It has developed battery production lines for several automakers. The company… Read more »

Tesla will end free Supercharging for vehicles ordered in 2017

It was bound to happen. Four years ago, when Tesla introduced the Supercharger Network, EVs were unfamiliar to most consumers, and their limited range made them a tough sell. Offering unlimited free charging was a great way to nip that particular objection right in the bud, and it surely closed many a sale. However, today… Read more »

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 »