Posts Tagged: Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y uses a heat pump to reduce range loss in cold weather

Cold weather poses a challenge for EVs (though hardly a deal-breaker, as thousands of Norwegian drivers can attest). Not only does battery performance take a hit in low temperatures, but the resistance heating systems used in most EVs consume power, reducing range. Tesla has addressed that issue with the design of the Model Y, which… 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 »

Tesla now scheduling Model Y deliveries

Tesla started low-volume production of the new Model Y in January, months ahead of schedule, and is now beginning to confirm Model Y deliveries to customers. Buyers from around the country have reported receiving emails from Tesla offering delivery on or after March 15: “Congratulations! Your Model Y is ready for delivery in March 2020.”… Read more »

Tesla on a roll, shorts in the hole as record earnings and Model Y news send stock soaring

Should we pity the poor short sellers, who just lost a cool billion bucks in one day, and over 5 billion so far this year, according to S3 Analytics (via CNBC)? Nah – they should have heeded the old adage about repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results. Tesla announced a second straight… Read more »

Does Tesla’s latest patent have to do with its promised million-mile battery?

Last April, Elon Musk announced that a “1 million-mile battery pack” was in the pipeline. As a recent article posted on Forbes points out, today’s typical Li-ion battery packs are more than adequate for individual EV owners, but applications such as taxi services and long-distance trucking will require batteries optimized for longevity (according to writer… Read more »

Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen talks EV design on Ride the Lightning podcast

It’s rare for any current Tesla exec whose name isn’t Musk to speak to the press, so Ryan McCaffrey pulled off a coup when he scored an interview with Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen for his Ride the Lightning podcast. Holzhausen, the designer of Models S, X, 3, Y and the Tesla Semi, discusses… Read more »

Tesla’s new wiring architecture could greatly reduce vehicle build time

Tesla has devised a new wiring architecture for its vehicles that could greatly streamline production. The new wiring system is designed to allow robots to handle more of the assembly process. One of the main reasons for the highly-publicized delays in early production of Model 3 was that Tesla tried to introduce too much automation,… Read more »

Tesla Model Y electric crossover revealed – deliveries to begin in fall 2020

Electric cars are now officially S3XY. Tesla revealed the final component of Elon Musk’s suggestive orthographic adventure at the usual sound-and-light show at the Hawthorne Design Studio. There were few surprises, other than the fact that Tesla will offer an optional 7-seat configuration. The Y’s form factor is both practical (it’s smaller than the X,… Read more »