Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

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 »

Documentary offers some new footage from Tesla’s Gigafactory (but you might want to mute the sound)

A new documentary segment from Discovery’s Science Channel offers a rare, brief look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. The 10-minute segment, part of an episode of the Super Factories series, features a bit of new footage from inside the Gigafactory, where few mortals have been permitted to tread. Highlights include some cool shots of… Read more »

Tesla used a variety of technical advances to increase Model S range to 400 miles

Tesla’s vehicles continue to get better. The company recently announced that all North American Model S Long Range Plus vehicles now have an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles—an increase of almost 20% compared to a 2019 model with the same battery pack design. How did Tesla’s engineers achieve such a significant improvement? It was… Read more »

Tesla and Panasonic sign new three-year battery supply deal

Lately it’s seemed that the relationship between Tesla and Panasonic might have hit a rocky patch. The two companies have been partners at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory since the beginning, but more recently, they’ve been seeing other people. Last year, Tesla said Panasonic’s battery cell production was constraining Model 3 production. In February, the carmaker announced… Read more »

Tesla slays expectations, delivers over 88,000 cars in the first quarter

Tesla pulled off a massive upset, announcing record first-quarter deliveries despite disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis. Analysts were expecting to see a delivery figure of around 77,000 vehicles for Q1 2020. The Great Electrifier delivered 88,400, its best first-quarter performance ever. The production figure was 102,672 vehicles, just a shade off the record of… Read more »

Tesla announces shutdown of Fremont factory

Editor’s note: This information is current as of the evening of March 19. Further updates may follow. After several days of contradictory information, and what appears to have been a valiant attempt to keep the vehicle production lines open, Tesla issued the following statement Thursday: Despite taking all known health precautions, continued operations in certain… Read more »

Tesla Fremont factory stays open, workers can stay home if they choose

As the San Francisco Bay Area goes into near-lockdown mode, Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont will remain open. Alameda County’s “shelter-in-place” order makes exceptions for “essential businesses,” and a county spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that Tesla falls into this category. UPDATE: Tesla forced to shut down production at Fremont factory The Palo Alto-based… Read more »