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Posts Tagged: Tesla

JB Straubel talks Tesla, Redwood and the massive challenge of building an EV supply chain in new video

When I was a kid, everyone had a favorite Beatle (mine was George). Now I have a favorite Tesla co-founder: JB Straubel. He’s a visionary who converted a Porsche to electric drive and built a solar-powered racer, long before EVs were cool. He’s the engineering genius who personally went through and redesigned almost every component… Read more »

Yet another generation of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving chip in the pipeline, to be produced by Samsung

As Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system slowly evolves, it seems to be requiring ever more computing power. Back in 2016, Tesla announced a hardware upgrade, including a new computer from Nvidia, which it said would enable full self-driving capability, with future software updates. Since then, Tesla has upgraded the computer twice. In 2019, it introduced the… Read more »

NHTSA finds no cause to investigate Tesla battery fires

Sorry, Tesla-haters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declined to open a formal investigation into fire risks involving Tesla vehicles, after finding no relevant incidents in the United States in the last two years. In 2019, a California lawyer filed a petition with NHTSA on behalf of a group of Tesla owners, requesting… Read more »

Tesla delivers 241,300 cars in Q3, sets new record

Things just get crazier and crazier at Tesla. Earlier this month, crazy CEO Elon Musk warned employees that this would be “the craziest month of deliveries Tesla will ever have,” and that prediction turned out to be…well…not crazy. Tesla’s direct-to-customer sales model necessarily results in a gonzo delivery push at the end of every quarter,… Read more »

Tesla buyers offered a choice between LFP or NCA battery packs

For most car buyers, their technical automotive knowledge amounts to this: they know a car has an engine (or motor), and they want the biggest, most powerful one they can afford. Early-adopting EV buyers seem likely to be a little more knowledgeable, and Tesla is taking the unprecedented step of giving buyers a choice between… Read more »

Tesla Model Y launch helps Norway reach 72% EV market share

Tesla’s Model Y is hitting Europe like an electrical storm. In Norway, it became the best-selling vehicle (yes, of any kind) within a week of beginning deliveries. The Vikings’ buying spree pushed EV sales to a new monthly record: 72% of the total auto market in August, compared to 64% in July. Adding PHEVs and… Read more »

Tesla gets 4 models certified in India, could enter market soon

India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has tested four Tesla models and certified them to be roadworthy. “The tests ensure the vehicle matches the requirements of the Indian market in terms of emission and safety and road worthiness,” states the ministry. The models tested appear to be variants of Models 3 and Y. Tesla… Read more »

Tesla could become a major power retailer in Texas

Texas has wide-open spaces, and a wide-open deregulated electricity market with over 120 players at last count. It also has problems with grid reliability that were brought to light last year, when a cold snap caused widespread outages. Tesla to the rescue—Texas Monthly reports that Tesla Energy Ventures has applied with the Texas Public Utility… Read more »