We’ve heard so much about it and for so long, but production of the Tesla Model 3 is yet to start. Tesla’s most affordable model is still undergoing testing as we type, and there have been plenty of on-road sightings. Most of those have been of the EV’s exterior, but here’s the best view yet of the Model 3’s dashboard. These pics were shot by Thomas Preisler from the Tesla Model 3 Facebook group, and it shows a silver Model 3 on test in California. If this is it, when it surfaces, the Model 3’s dashboard is set to be the most minimalist of any car on sale. There’s a steering wheel and a large screen, and that’s it. A full-width slot serves as air con vents, and there’s some wood trim to break the monotony. Dual cupholders in the centre console too, that’s very important. No traditional instrument panel. These pics match earlier ones that weren’t so clear, and also the recent official-looking comparo chart between the … [Read more...] about SPIED: Best view of the Tesla Model 3 interior so far
The launch of the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace will be interesting. Automakers usually avoid introducing a new vehicle on a new architecture powered by a new drivetrain. And there's another twist in the I-Pace launch: The aluminum-bodied, battery-powered crossover is being built in a new body shop at Magna Steyr's plant in Austria. What could possibly go wrong? Actually, to hear the story of how the I-Pace came to be, probably not much. Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Magna Steyr's president of vehicle technology and engineering, told me that Magna engineers have been involved in the I-Pace project almost from the start: While Jaguar Land Rover engineers created the vehicle, Magna engineers figured out the best way to build it. "We were invited very early in the product development time frame in order to provide our process and manufacturing engineering proposals," Stracke said. "We tried to include the right processes in the product early on. In other words, do … [Read more...] about Jaguar I-Pace aims straight for the Tesla Model X
It’s not quite as severe as “any color as long as it’s black,” but buyers of the Tesla Model 3 will have a very limited number of options to choose from -- at least from the outset. At a shareholder’s meeting earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that buyers of early cars will select the wheel size and the paint color.That’s it. No trim levels, no battery pack sizes, no option of all-wheel drive (though that will probably come sometime in 2018). This is decidedly different from the approach Tesla took with the Model S and Model X, which have several trim levels, powertrain options and battery sizes.We admire Musk's ability to turn a paucity of features into a news event, but this move actually makes a lot of sense. Tesla can’t afford to botch the rollout of its first mass-market offering. It needs to produce the Model 3 in volume, and quickly: Hundreds of thousands of people have paid money to preorder the car, and … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 will launch with just two options
Varroc Lighting Systems' senior VP (Global Product Development) on the company's India operations and the future of lighting. An e-mail interview by Amit Panday. What are the new lighting solutions that Varroc has developed in the past year?Varroc Lighting Systems is working on a variety of innovations for our customers. Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB), which is sometimes referred to as Matrix Headlamps, will allow the driver to permanently use his headlamps on high beam while not blinding the oncoming drivers. This will result in a significant improvement in visibility and safety. This system uses on-board cameras and sensors, and sophisticated electronics and software algorithms to adjust the beam pattern depending on road, traffic and other driving conditions. We are also developing new headlamps that utilise lasers for more improved visibility with a compact package space inside the lamp. For signal lighting applications, LED innovations continue to evolve to allow customers to achieve … [Read more...] about Our focus is to develop new technologies and bring them to the mass market, provide very flexible customer service and expand our global footprint.
Tesla started its journey towards making cars that could function by themselves without the need of any driver, only a year back and it has come a long way now by launching its new auto-pilot software for the Tesla Model S. Car manufacturers these days try to incorporate all sorts of technological advancements in their vehicles and potentially make them perform different functions or even drive by themselves as and when they develop such technology. For instance, cruise control systems in almost all modern cars, Volvo’s park assist pilot, Audi’s piloted parking, BMW’s self drifting function, Mercedes’ latest self-driving technology, etc. are attempts by different manufacturers towards making their cars truly autonomous in some or the other manner. But recently, there’s a new entrant in this league of autonomous car makers taking the reign further. American electric automobile manufacturer, Tesla recently launched its autopilot software called the … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S Gets Autopilot Parking Feature In OS 7.1
Volkswagen plans to roll out four new electric vehicles in the next few years, Bloomberg reports, with the company indicating it has made "huge progress" in reducing the production costs of EVs. The Wolfsburg-based automaker recently debuted its I.D. sub-brand at the 2016 Paris auto show, showing off a concept hatchback. That car will be one of several electric models Volkwagen plans to offer in just a few short years amid a sharp pivot to electric vehicles and car-sharing concepts, taking aim at Tesla and others. The lineup of the first potential electric vehicles is taking shape: Right after VW debuted the concept hatch in Paris the automaker brought the Microbus-styled I.D. BUZZ concept to the Detroit auto show, previewing a long-awaited production MPV with a range of 372 miles on the European cycle and an output of 369 hp. At the Shanghai auto show this week Volkswagen will show a smallish crossover that will also use the I.D. platform, the third potential vehicle to join the new … [Read more...] about Will VW pose the biggest threat to the Tesla Model 3?
BMW USA recently released a few video commercials to promote the 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance, which undoubtedly takes aim at Tesla, and more specifically, the Model 3 with the hashtag #WaitOrDrive. Why such a curious hashtag? Well, considering the fact that the much-hyped Tesla Model 3 won’t be available anytime soon, BMW saw fit to take a jab at the electric carmaker, saying rather than “paying a deposit and waiting,” you can have a 330e instead. The ads are the work of boutique agency, The Vault of New York, and star a rather sad-looking man, as well as a woman walking past what appears to be Tesla Supercharger stations. A voiceover can be heard as well, reading out copy that certainly isn’t subtle when it comes to poking fun at Tesla. Tesla’s reveal of the Model 3 was met with encouraging response, with around 115,000 orders notched up in just 24 hours. However, the all-electric car is still undergoing revisions to its styling, and the model will not … [Read more...] about VIDEOS: BMW 330e ads poke fun at the Tesla Model 3
If immitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jaguar must be grinning ear to ear now. The above is not a facelifted Jaguar XF but is in fact the eagerly awaited Tesla Model S electric car, which has been unveiled to world press today. Tesla claims a maximum 300 mile (483 km) range, but the baseline model will come with a battery pack capable of 160 miles and there is also a 230 mile version. These battery storage systems range from 42kWh to 70kWh and greater, made out of 8,000 cells. These batteries are housed in the car’s floor. Power from the batteries are channeled to the road via a 9-inch liquid-cooled electric through a single-speed transaxle gearbox. The 9 inch motor can take the Tesla Model S from 0 to 100km/h in under 6 seconds, and will have an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h. Stopping power is provided by Brembo Monobloc calipers with 6 pistons and 4 pistons for the front and rear respectively. The front discs are floating slotted 405x34mm 2-piece discs … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model S Electric Car unveiled!
Being able to quickly glance at your road and engine speeds, fuel level or engine temperatures is taken for granted, but Tesla seems to want to make it a whole lot more difficult Fans of common sense should look away now. The Tesla Model 3 is going to have no displays other than a giant tablet device attached to the middle of the dashboard. That means no speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge, temperature gauges or even a damn clock in front of the driver. Elon Musk has confirmed that all the Model 3’s readouts will be confined to the central screen, which could easily be compromised by glare in daylight. Anyone who’s driven an old Citroen C4, or another car that relocates the crucial info away from the driver, will know what a colossal ballache this can be. It takes longer to read the necessary data, turns your eyes away from the road and just feels… wrong. Tesla is making the move to boost the futuristic, minimalist interior feel of the new Model 3, focusing … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 Has Just One Display, And It’s Not In Front Of The Driver
Tesla may soon get some competition from across the Pond when it comes to battery-electric SUV supremacy. Volkswagen's Audi division is preparing an SUV sized between its Q5 and Q7. And the company is suggesting that the model's single-charge range may challenge that of the Model X.Audi's battery-electric SUV, which was first shown off in a concept version at the Frankfort Auto Show in 2015, may start sales as soon as next year. More importantly, the model could have a single-charge range of more than 300 miles, UK's Autocar says, citing an interview with Audi executive Dietmar Voggenreiter. Granted, that estimate is likely for Europe's more generous NEDC cycle, which would put the range at closer to 250 miles by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Still, 250 miles would beat the 200-mile range of the base-model Tesla Model X and would be in spitting distance of the 100D model's 295 miles. What that means for US customers - price, on-sale date, and range - is unclear. … [Read more...] about Will Audi’s e-tron SUV’s range match the Tesla Model X?
Sleek, with pronounced shoulders and a roofline that slopes to the decklid, the newest Tesla remains over a year away from production, but at least it now has a face. Or lack thereof. But more on that later. Tesla founder Elon Musk said the Model 3 will have an EPA-rated range of “at least” 215 miles, and will retail for $35,000. Every Model 3 — even base versions — will hit 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. “These are minimum numbers,” said Musk. “We hope to exceed them.” Musk’s allusion to a performance range implies that a dual motor setup could be an option. The Model 3’s recessed dash means that front-seat occupants will sit well forward, allowing enough legroom for five adults. The rear roof is a solid pane of glass that begins just ahead of the rear seat passengers and continues to the trunklid. With storage up front and in the back, Musk promised that the Model 3 would have “more cargo capacity than any … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model 3 Offers 215 Miles of Range and a Vague Delivery Date
Engineers working on electric vehicles tend to talk about the freedoms afforded by getting rid of that big, hulking piece of metal—the conventional internal-combustion engine—in front of the passenger compartment. It allows not just smarter packaging but extra space for crash-energy absorption, they boast, making for better occupant protection. However, the results for one new crash test show that the Tesla Model S hasn’t entirely delivered on that promise. In testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Model S underdelivered in a couple of areas and was denied a place on the organization’s Top Safety Pick honor roll. The demerits included a second-best rating of Acceptable in the small-overlap front crash test, Poor for headlight performance, and an asterisk that excludes the top P100D from the top Good roof-strength (rollover protection) rating. This is in sharp contrast to 2013 results from the National Highway Traffic Safety … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S Misses Top Score in IIHS Small-Overlap Front Crash Test
Summer is always a slow time in the industry, so what better way to boost traffic than to manufacture a controversy out of thin air about a “third rail” topic like electric cars? The past week or two has seen Jalopnik take reviewers and Tesla to task over the short drive times offered during the Tesla Model S launch. One of the biggest criticisms leveled at Tesla was that drive times only worked out to around 10 minutes, which, Jalopnik rightly claimed, is not enough time to properly form a driving impression. What they left out was that press drives, on the whole, aren’t a great place to form real impressions of a car, full stop – but Jalopnik and other outlets do it anyways. This is the precise reason why we offer Take Twos (and sometimes, additional reviews beyond that). I was on the same Hyundai launch as Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky, where we reviewed the Elantra GT, Veloster Turbo and Elantra Coupe. Drive times were relatively short (a couple hours, … [Read more...] about Enough About The Tesla Model S And The Manufactured Controversy Over Reviews
Chinese companies have knocked off Western vehicles for years, but the tide of such clones has slowed as the Chinese auto industry has transitioned from its infancy to a more boisterous toddlerhood. But that doesn’t mean the tap has totally switched off, as evidenced by the Youxia Motors Ranger X, a claimed all-electric sedan that looks an awful lot like a Tesla Model S. Youxia’s website proclaims—according to Google Chrome’s language-translation function—that the Ranger X is “YOUR.BIG.TOY!” We don’t know what that’s all about, but there’s little doubt about Youxia’s intention to mimic Tesla beyond the way its cars look and operate. The company’s blog is filled with references to becoming “the Chinese Tesla” and how the fledgling automaker needs to engineer its own chassis because it has no “way to directly use Tesla’s.” Straight-up copying actual Tesla bits having apparently been … [Read more...] about Ranger X: The Tesla Model S Copy That’s “YOUR.BIG.TOY!” from China’s NEXT.BIG.STARTUP
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is so enamored with his company’s Model S, he thinks it can walk on water. Or at least drive through it, making it the world’s first all-electric amphibious car. Sort of. Apparently inspired by watching this video of a Model S driver in Kazakhstan successfully driving through a flooded underpass, Musk tweeted that the Model S totally can be driven through water, with the spinning wheels helping to propel the car. Tesla owner drives through a flooded tunnel & out the other side http://blog.caranddriver.com/the-tesla-model-s-is-amphibious-elon-musk-thinks-so/https://t.co/RmPxdZShhq — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016 We *def* don’t recommended [sic] this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016 Musk has a history of daydreaming about amphibious cars. Back in 2013, the Tesla CEO purchased a Lotus Esprit used in the … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model S Is Amphibious? Elon Musk Thinks So
The Tesla Model S has benefited from constant revisions throughout its life cycle, but its looks have stayed almost exactly the same since it was introduced in 2012. That finally changes with an update for the 2017 Model S that brings it in line with the recently revealed Model 3 sedan and the Model X crossover. Gone is the faux front grille, which is replaced by a new front fascia with slightly reshaped headlights and a sleeker, more streamlined look. Tesla also claims increased driving range for the 90D and P90D models but doesn’t cite any mechanical changes that account for the improved numbers. The 90D, with its 90-kWh battery, improves from 270 miles to 294 miles on a full charge, while the P90D sees range go from 253 miles to 270 miles. These numbers haven’t yet been published on the EPA’s website, although Tesla’s own site says they’re EPA-official. Another significant mechanical change is the newly standard 48-amp onboard charger that … [Read more...] about 2017 Tesla Model S Updated: A New Face and Improved Range
Jon Bereisa, an electric vehicle engineering consultant (and former General Motors systems architect responsible for the Chevrolet Volt), said recently that the Model 3 needs to be much more expensive for Tesla to break even, according to StreetInsider (via Electrek). Bereisa, who serves as president and CEO of Auto Lectrification LLC, was speaking on a broadcast hosted by UBS analyst Colin Langan. He said that the likely makeup of the Model 3 battery, as well as its capacity, would cause the factory variable cost (FVC) of the vehicle to be more than $1,500 above the EV’s stated price tag. Assuming a 60 kilowatt-hour battery (at a cost of around $190 per kWh), plus building costs, Bereisa said this would mean the Model 3 would have to sell for $45-48,000 to become profitable. Jeff Evanson, Tesla’s vice-president of investor relations, called in to dispute those assumptions. He said the cost of batteries at Tesla are already under $190/kWh, and added that the Model 3 will … [Read more...] about Can the Tesla Model 3 Break Even at $35,000? This Guy Says ‘Nope’
Sleek, with pronounced shoulders and a roofline that slopes to the decklid, the newest Tesla remains over a year away from production, but at least it now has a face. Or lack thereof. But more on that later. Tesla founder Elon Musk said the Model 3 will have an EPA-rated range of “at least” 215 miles, and will retail for $35,000. Every Model 3 — even base versions — will hit 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. “These are minimum numbers,” said Musk. “We hope to exceed them.” Musk’s allusion to a performance range implies that a dual motor setup could be an option. The Model 3’s recessed dash means that front-seat occupants will sit well forward, allowing enough legroom for five adults. The rear roof is a solid pane of glass that begins just ahead of the rear seat passengers and continues to the trunklid. With storage up front and in the back, Musk promised that the Model 3 would have “more cargo capacity than any … [Read more...] about Revealed: The Tesla Model 3 Offers 215 Miles of Range and a Vague Delivery Date
If you didn’t spent the first order day lining up around the block to put $1,000 down on the lower-priced Tesla, you can at least live vicariously through your computer screen. Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that tonight’s launch is “Part 1” of the reveal, with the second coming closer to the model’s production date. This implies the Model 3 shown tonight won’t be the exact vehicle you’ll drive when it hits the market in late 2017. It likely won’t be embryonic, either. Watch the Tesla Model 3 launch here Online orders begin at 7:30 p.m. PT for the Model 3, which is expected to cost around $35,000 and have a range greater than 200 miles. Only two per person, Musk cautioned. Musk, clearly excited as hell, spent the day tweeting details of the launch and but not revealing much about the car behind the curtain. For those who pounded the pavement in order to reserve a vehicle they won’t see for another year and a half, Musk … [Read more...] about LIVE: Watch the Tesla Model 3 Launch, Tonight at 8:30 PM PT
may have built its reputation on tuning the most iconic American cars like the , , and , but company front-man Steve Saleen seems bent on making his mark in the budding performance electric car category as well. Rumors have circulated for more than a year regarding Saleen’s entrance into the category, with TopSpeed’s own firsthand confirmation coming from Steve himself in a late-2013 interview. Well the rumors and speculation can all be put to rest as the company debuts the Saleen Foursixteen at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . This Tesla Model S receives a bespoke exterior design, interior updates, and of course, increases in power and performance. Thankfully this isn’t some one-off show car, but rather a pre-production example of what will be publicly available to those looking for extra spice in their Model S. The performance upgrades include a sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, upgraded rear differential, and more aggressive … [Read more...] about 2014 Saleen Tesla Model S Foursixteen