Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

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 »

Tesla has a huge team of “Jedi engineers” working on Autopilot

Tesla’s Autopilot is designed to seem simple, smooth and effortless to the driver. We all understand that there’s a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes, but few realize how many highly skilled people are working on this ever-evolving system. CleanTechnica’s Zachary Shahan was fortunate to score an interview with Elon Musk, who… Read more »

Elon Musk expects manufacturing to be Tesla’s ace in the hole

Tesla is increasing its focus on perfecting its manufacturing process. As Zachary Shahan writes in a recent CleanTechnica article, “the machine that builds the machine” just may be Elon Musk’s favorite phrase these days. In fact, Musk expects Tesla’s manufacturing prowess to give it an edge over other EV-makers. “Tesla’s long-term competitive advantage will be… Read more »

Elon Musk offers to let automakers license Tesla’s tech (again)

Tesla’s mission has always been to advance the transition to electromobility, and Elon Musk has said many times that he’s open to licensing deals that would allow other automakers to use the company’s technology. As far as we know, only two major brands have ever taken Tesla up on the offer: back in the 2010s,… Read more »

Former Tesla VP Chris Porritt joins Rimac Automobili as CTO

Croatian supercar builder Rimac Automobili has appointed Chris Porritt to the role of Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Porritt has spent over three decades in the automotive industry—previous positions include Chief Engineer at Aston Martin, VP of Engineering at Tesla, and lead at Apple’s Special Projects Group. He has overseen the development of several bespoke performance… Read more »