2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hudson Valley, NY, Apr 2018Enlarge PhotoBuyers want to know when they can order their Tesla Model 3s with all-wheel drive; Elon Musk hints at the answer. Upgrading the dirtiest diesels in Germany could prove costly. Canadian university researchers show that all green-car drivers want is the same thing as everybody else. Rising gas prices don't necessarily make people drive less. And we have a chance to drive the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. All this and more on Green Car Reports. When will Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive, lower-range models be available? Elon Musk hints at the answer. Fixing the dirtiest diesels in Germany could prove pricey for automakers. Electric-car buyers don't want much, just the same range, price, quick refills, and features as everybody else, a Canadian study shows. When gas prices rise, people drive less—most of the time. We have a first-drive report on the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The famed Pininfarina name … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 options, Honda Clarity Plug-in drive, German diesels, what buyers want, gas prices
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As Tesla ramps up production of the Model 3 and continues to deliver cars to its long list of reservation holders, many buyers are wondering when they will be able to configure Model 3s with "D" all-wheel drive or with the smaller base battery pack. We can't yet address the smaller battery packs, but CEO Elon Musk left a clue for buyers waiting for all-wheel drive models when he responded to reservation holder Brandon Ledford on Twitter. Ledford asked for more specific information on when his AWD model might be available, and Musk said Tesla won't build all-wheel drive models until after it reaches its full production rate for the Model 3 configurations now available. We need to achieve 5k/week with Model 3 before adding complexity that would inhibit production ramp — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 8, 2018 Musk says the problem is that adding any further configurations would make production so much more complicated that it would jeopardize the company's ability to produce the Model … [Read more...] about When will Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive, lower-range models be available?
Our First Time Behind the Wheel of the Hot Little Tesla The Model 3 brings the Tesla magic to a smaller, more affordable package. However, the car isn’t in press fleets, so it’s been hard to get any time with one. Luckily, a friend of mine shared hers with me on a sunny Saturday morning. The friend connection gave us a chance to experience one of the hottest new cars The car looks a lot like its big brother, the Model S. The designers managed to capture the same flowing shape in a foot-shorter package. The grill-less nose resembles a Porsche, while the taillamps are generic-looking, lacking the chrome garnish of the S. My white Tesla Model 3 Long Range wore satin finish chrome trim and the optional 19-inch wheels. Not a hatchback, the Model 3 has a rear trunk, but it looks roomy. The “frunk” in the nose would easily accommodate some modestly proportioned soft luggage. What you won’t see at either end is a motor or other technical component—as it … [Read more...] about Flash Drive: Tesla Model 3 Long Range
You've read the review (or maybe you haven't), and you've learned how the Tesla Model 3 is a bit of an odd duck. As we spent a couple days with the EV, we came to learn a few of its quirks. Here are five nifty features that — in addition to the electric powertrain, unique styling and loads of tech — really make the car unique. Smartphone/key card unlocking The Model 3 knows you're coming. Its key is actually a card, and it uses short range radio-frequency identification (RFID) signals to communicate with the car. Using the key card, though, you can authenticate your smartphone, allowing it to communicate with the Model 3 via Bluetooth. Then you can control certain functions with your phone, including the door locks. The key card, when used instead of the phone, needs to be swiped over a sensor in the B-pillar, but you can leave your phone in your pocket, so long as you have the "Walk Up Unlock" and "Walk Away Lock" features enabled. Still, you should keep a card with you … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3: These 5 fun features help make this electric car unique
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When the Tesla Model 3 appeared in production form last summer, the hype was already at a fever pitch after months — years, even — of anticipation. With hundreds of thousands of reservations already on the books, it appeared this could be the car that transforms Tesla from a startup to a true competitor. Then, crickets, for most customers anyway. Production delays have left customers frustrated and analysts speculative about the company's future. With that in mind, we found an owner lucky enough to have already received his Long Range Model 3 — and kind enough to let us drive it — and we traveled to Silicon Valley to see what all the hubbub is about. Model 3 production is off to a slow start, but the first units produced are top-of-the-line, far above the $35,000 base price. The long-range battery ($9,000) normally provides 310 miles of driving range, but the 19-inch wheels ($1,500) reduce that to 290 miles. The high-end interior … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 First Drive Review