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Tesla Roadster Could Be Even Faster With A ‘Special Option Package’

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Tesla has recently announced a new car in the form of the Roadster, which according to the company is the fastest production car in the world. The car has a “Plaid” mode which when enabled, allows it go from 0-60mph in a whopping 1.9 seconds, which is indeed insanely fast, but it seems that it could potentially go faster.

In a tweet by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, he has revealed that the Roadster’s current advertised speed is only the “base model”, and that the company plans on introducing a “special option package” for the car that will take it to the next level. At 1.9 seconds that’s incredibly fast so we can’t really imagine how much faster it could be.

Should clarify that this is the base model performance. There will be a special option package that takes it to the next level.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2017

We would also be interested to hear about this special option package’s cost, and given that the Roadster will be priced starting at $200,000 ($50,000 deposit to reserve the car for yourself), we can imagine that this option probably won’t come cheap. That being said, the Roadster is still a few years away from being released.

The new Tesla Roadster is the successor to the company’s original Roadster from close to a decade ago, and the new model is currently slated for a release in 2020.

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Tesla Roadster’s ‘Plaid’ Mode Demonstrated On Video

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Tesla recently unveiled their new Roadster which they are calling the world’s fastest production car, with claims that the car will be able to go from 0-60mph in under 2 seconds. This actually doesn’t come as a surprise as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk had teased the feature several years ago which is being dubbed as “Plaid” mode.

Unfortunately the price of the Tesla Roadster at $200,000 makes it a bit out of reach for most of us, which means that we’ll never get to experience this “Plaid” mode that the company is talking about, however the good news is that the folks at DragTimes have put together a video in which they demonstrate Plaid mode, thanks to Tesla allowing several attendees of its event to get a test ride.

It should be noted that Tesla already has a “Ludicrous” mode for its vehicles that allows it to go pretty fast, but it seems that Plaid mode is “next level”. While we’re not sure if it really manages to go from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, it is clear from their faces in the car that it is pretty damn fast! In the meantime heading in the opposite direction, Tesla had also previously announced a “chill” mode which allows for a more gentle acceleration for those who don’t really see the need for speed.

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Walmart Announces Plans To Test Tesla’s Semi Electric Trucks

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

At a recent Tesla event, the company unveiled their new lineup of electric vehicles which includes the new Roadster and also the Tesla Semi, which is the company’s first electric truck, which is clearly aimed at companies who make a lot of deliveries and who transport a lot of goods, such as Walmart.

According to CNBC, Walmart has confirmed to the news outlet that they have pre-ordered 15 of Tesla’s Semi electric trucks. Ten of these trucks will be used for Walmart’s operations in the US, while five will be used in Canada. With about 6,000 or so trucks used by the company in their operations, clearly 15 trucks is but a fraction, but presumably if these tests go well, they could add more to their fleet in the future.

According to a statement made by Walmart, “We have a long history of testing new technology – including alternative-fuel trucks – and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle. We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”

The Tesla Semi is boasting a range of 500 miles and will come with features like Enhanced Autopilot, jackknifing preventing, data-logging, and more. Walmart’s plans to start testing electric trucks also isn’t new as delivery company UPS has also announced plans to convert some of their diesel trucks into electric ones.

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The Tesla ‘Semi’ Is An Electric Truck Of The Future

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Tesla has recently taken the wraps off their new Roadster, which they are claiming it to be the world’s fastest production car. For the most part Tesla’s offerings have typically been catered towards the consumer market, but what about those who might have need for something a bit more industrial?

It seems that Tesla has expanded their offerings and instead of just making electric cars, the company will now be making electric trucks too, which the company has unveiled in the form of the Tesla Semi. The company had previously teased the announcement of the vehicle and now it has been made a reality. Unsurprisingly Tesla’s take on electric trucks is in line with the design of the rest of their cars, sleek and futuristic, or as Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has described it, “designed like a bullet”.

The Tesla Semi will feature a 500 mile range and will come with features like Enhanced Autopilot, jackknifing prevention, sensors that can detect blind spots, data-logging, and more. The Semi is also relatively fast for a truck, with Tesla boasting 0-60mph in 5 seconds when empty, and 0-60mph in 20 seconds when filled with 80,000 pounds of cargo.

Tesla is also promising and guaranteeing that the Semis will not break down for at least a million miles. That being said, Tesla is definitely not the first to the market with an electric truck. Companies such as Daimler and Mercedes-Benz also have their own electric truck offerings, all of which seems to indicate the direction that many of these companies are heading.

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Tesla’s New Roadster Claims To Be The World’s Fastest Production Car

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

Electric cars used to get a pretty bad rap as being slower (in terms of getting from 0-60mph) and being able to travel shorter distances before requiring a recharge, at least compared to more traditional gas-powered cars. However those perceptions have definitely changed over the years, and Tesla is certainly helping with that narrative.

The company has recently held an event in which they unveiled the new Roadster (the first model having been announced way back in 2008), a car which they are claiming is the world’s fastest production car that can go from 0-60mph in a stunning and jaw-dropping 1.9 seconds. Tesla’s CEO also claimed that the Roadster would only take 4.2 seconds to go from 0-100mph, and is capable of clearing a quarter mile in just 8.9 seconds.

Musk would not confirm the car’s top speed, but stated that it would be above 250mph. Exactly how many of us would actually reach those speeds or come even close is probably a very small fraction, but it’s still good to know. The new roadster will also be packing a 200kWh battery and a 620-mile range, which Musk claims will allow drivers to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back without recharging.

Of course with such power comes a pretty hefty price tag as well. The new Roadster will be priced starting at $200,000, and customers who want to reserve the base model for themselves will have to drop a deposit of $50,000. So, any takers?

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Volkswagen Considering Making An Electric Version Of The Beetle

Tyler Lee November 12, 2017

Putting aside the diesel scandal that Volkswagen was embroiled in in recent times, the company has put out some pretty good cars, although it’s safe to say that one of the company’s most iconic cars is the Beetle, which has seen some upgrades and given a more modern design since its inception.

However it looks like the iconic Beetle could be getting a different upgrade, and that is there could be an electric version of the car in the future. According to a report from Autocar, Volkswagen is said to be considering creating an electric version of the Beetle. However this is something that’s under consideration, and that Volkswagen has not actually started working on anything yet.

According to the company’s chairman Herbert Diess, he denies the rumors that Volkswagen has a Beetle successor already made. He also revealed that should they make a successor, they will be returning to the roots of the Beetle where it will return to a rear-wheel drive model. “If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive.”

No word on if and when we will ever see the electric version of the Beetle, but given that electric cars are gaining in popularity, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was something that the company is seriously considering.

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UPS To Convert Diesel Trucks To Electric Truck For NYC Deliveries

Tyler Lee November 12, 2017

With the number of deliveries that UPS makes on a daily basis, it also means that the company has their trucks out for delivery all day, and the number of miles that they cover is huge, and we’re just talking about the US market. However in a bid to cut down their carbon emissions, UPS has announced a new green initiative for their New York City operations.

The company has announced that they will be investing is more electric trucks, where they are hoping to replace the diesel trucks used in NYC with these greener vehicles, or to be more specific, the company hopes convert 1,500 of its diesel-powered trucks to an all-electric system. UPS has been given a $500,000 grant by NYSERDA and will be using Unique Electric Solutions to help with the conversion of its trucks.

This will involve swapping out the UPS  trucks’ chassis for 225kw electric motorized ones. The company is hoping to ramp up the conversion to three vehicles a day, and this is expected to begin in the Spring of 2018. This won’t completely convert UPS’ NYC operations, as 1,500 vehicles is said to represent about two-thirds of their NYC fleet.

This isn’t the first time that UPS has embraced new technology. Earlier this year the company explored the idea of using drones for delivery purposes.

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Tesla Model S Hacked To Run On Hydrogen

Tyler Lee November 10, 2017

When it comes to “green” cars or cars that can be powered by renewable forms of energy, it seems that electric cars are more or less the more popular choice, although we have seen companies attempt to create cars that can be powered by hydrogen, in which one of the benefits is that its byproduct is simply water and is harmless to the environment.

Tesla is a company that is probably best known for their electric cars, but it seems that over in the Netherlands, gas supplier Holthausen Group has hacked a Model S vehicle so that it is powered by both electricity and hydrogen. According to a report from The Drive (via Futurism), they have dubbed their project with a rather appropriate name: Project Hesla (hydrogen + Tesla, get it?).

It should be pointed out that Tesla was not involved in this hack/modification, so we’re not sure how the company feels about their vehicles being tinkered with unofficially. That being said, the team at Holthausen had a hard time trying to put the system together, with engineer Max Holthausen calling the Model S system a “big maze”, but ultimately they were able to get it up and running.

Their modified Model S is now powered by two power sources: one is the battery that comes with the car, and the second is the hydrogen which is stored in tanks inside the car. This also effectively more or less doubles the range of the vehicle, where previously it would get a range of 315 miles per charge, it can now go up to 620 miles using the battery and the hydrogen.

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Tesla’s Latest Update Introduces A ‘Chill’ Driving Mode

Tyler Lee November 10, 2017

A couple of years ago, Tesla introduced a new driving mode for its cars in the form of Ludicrous mode, which is actually a step above the “Insane” mode. Basically these two driving modes were for drivers who wanted some pretty crazy acceleration, but what if you didn’t want all that speed?

Turns out Tesla has a new mode for you guys as well and this comes in the form of a “Chill” mode. This new driving mode is part of an update to its cars that comes in the 2017.44 update. According to Tesla’s description of the new mode, “You can now choose between two acceleration options in your vehicle: Chill and Standard. Chill makes acceleration more gradual – ideal for smoother driving and a gentler ride for your passengers.”

Since not everyone sees the need to accelerate so quickly, this could come in handy, but as with all the driving modes, it can be enabled/disabled so you can swap between the modes depending on your mood. In addition to the Chill mode, the update will also introduce other changes and features to your Tesla vehicle.

The changelog reads, “Starting in this release, you can get in and out of the driver’s seat more easily. When you park, the steering wheel and driver’s seat will automatically adjust for an easier exit. After you return to the vehicle, they automatically adjust back to the recent driving profile when you step on the brake. Or, if your keyfob is linked to your driver profile, the seat and steering wheel adjust accordingly.”

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Tesla Struggling To Mass Produce The Model 3

Adnan Farooqui November 2, 2017


The Model 3 is a very important car for Tesla. It’s the company’s first mass-market electric car that’s actually affordable enough for the average buyer to consider going electric. However, the company has been facing problems in mass producing the Model 3. The associated supply chain and production issues have led Tesla to post a loss of $671 million in the third quarter of this year, one of its highest quarterly losses ever.

There are more than 500,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 and Tesla will certainly want to fill them as soon as possible. That seems to be a difficult proposition for the company at this point in time given that it only managed to produce 220 units of the Model 3 during the third quarter. Its original target was for 1,500 units.

Tesla has blamed the delay on its highly automated production systems that are taking longer than expected to run flawlessly. The production delays have impacted Tesla’s targets for the Model 3. The company previously expected to produce 20,000 units of the Model 3 in December this year. It now expects to hit that figure by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

“Bringing this level of automation online is simply challenging in the early stages of the ramp,” the company said in an SEC filing, adding that it continues to make progress to resolve these bottlenecks. Tesla has reiterated that there are no fundamental problems with its supply chain or any of its production processes.

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