Tesla Model X News
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, announced at a shareholder meeting last week that Model 3 owners will be required to pay to access the company’s Supercharger network. For the Model 3 to succeed in the long run, Tesla needs to slice off as much starting cost from the car as possible without compromising the brand’s luxury credentials.
This week, Tesla began the process of wirelessly updating the software in all Model S and Model X vehicles to version 7.0. As a result, drivers will also be given the option of a fee-based upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system, which provides automated driving features. Could this be a step toward a future when electric cars autonomously drive to the nearest EV charging station?
The Tesla Model X was unveiled this week at the company’s Fremont, Calif. factory. Since the prototype of the stylish all-electric luxury SUV was unveiled in February 2012, there have been three or four production delays. The event on Tuesday night put that period to an end by confirming the first deliveries and reiterating basic specifications, as well as a set of very cool and highly unusual luxury features.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, was not very precise this week when he talked about production timing for the Model 3, the company’s planned $35,000 200-mile electric car. "We are hoping to show the Model 3 in March of next year,” said Musk. He quickly added, “Don’t super-hold me to that month. That’s our aspiration.” Production dates for the Tesla Model X have repeated been delayed.
Audi will introduce a new more powerful, lighter and more fuel-efficient version of its Q7 sports utility vehicle at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. Here’s the big news for plug-in fans: the new Q7 will be offered with a powerful one-two combination of plug-in capability and a 3-liter V-6 diesel engine.
In yesterday's conference call discussing Q3 2013 financial results, Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly said Model S production is limited not by customer demand, but constraints in supplies of parts, primarily battery cells. He hinted at a “giant” battery factory in the works.
Reservations for Tesla’s all-electric Crossover SUV, the upcoming Tesla Model X, eclipsed 6,000 orders over the weekend, marking an appropriate milestone to coincide with Plug In Day 2013.
Historically, there has been little love lost between established automakers and Tesla Motors. When Tesla was a little-known startup company, the big-name brands, like General Motors and Nissan, saw Tesla as a curiosity—or a loud annoying pest. Fast forward to today, and Tesla’s widely publicized successes have forced the same automakers to rethink their evaluation of the Californian company, which has set the benchmark for the industry.
Tesla Motors on Wednesday announced Q2 2013 financial results that showed increased sales and revenues. But the big story, arguably, is that Tesla is rapidly building up its capabilities as an auto manufacturer—in a slow and steady path toward developing a full line of electric cars.
Earlier this month, the inaugural TESLive conference—a two-day event devoted to Tesla Electric cars—took place in San Jose, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the featured speaker on the second day. In a townhall-style question and answer session, Musk shared updates for existing Tesla Roadster owners, chatted about the Model S’s safety record, and gave hints about future Tesla models.