For a long time I’ve been skeptical of not only the Apple Watch but of smartwatches as a whole. However, a new video posted by YouTuber Mark Schey has opened my eyes to just how incredibly cool it can be to have a mini-computer on your wrist. In short, Schey summons his Tesla Model S by only using an app on his Apple Watch. More →
Much like other larger-than-life CEOs from the tech world, Elon Musk isn’t one to shy away from holding a grudge.
Earlier this week, venture capitalist Stewart Alsop penned a post on Medium appropriately titled Banned By Tesla! The gist of the post is that Alsop ordered a Tesla Model X only to have his order directly cancelled by Musk himself.
Now you might naturally be wondering: What in the world might compel Musk to cancel any Model X order? A sale is a sale, after all, and Tesla needs as many as it can get.
Well, the backstory here is a bit interesting.
And the war wages on. Tesla and Apple have been openly battling for more than a year now. These two companies are not direct competitors — at least, not yet — but the notion that Apple is working its way toward releasing an electric car, or at least toward diving head-first into the automotive industry in some capacity, is the worst kept secret in tech. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk said so.
As a result, Apple and Tesla have developed something of a rivalry that has manifested itself in the form of trading talent. Or should we say, stealing talent from each other. Both companies have been hiring staff away from each other for quite some time now, and Tesla’s latest score could be one of its most significant victories to date. More →
All of a sudden, it looks like Apple’s March product launch event won’t be the most exciting one in the tech world. Seth Weintraub is reporting that Tesla is planning to announce two new cars at an event this coming March and it sounds like both of them are going to be variations of the highly anticipated Model 3. More →
If you think Tesla’s plan for world domination begins with the Model S and ends with the Model 3, you’re sorely mistaken. While the Model 3 is of course the mass consumer vehicle Elon Musk is betting the company on, the Tesla CEO is certainly open to developing other types of vehicles in the future.
Let’s say either you’ve just bought yourself a Tesla Model S or a friend is letting you drive theirs around for the first time. What should you know about driving this vehicle that makes it different from any other car you’ve used? A Reddit user recently asked this question to Tesla owners and they offered some terrific advice for what everyone should know before they drive a Tesla for the first time. More →
Spearheaded by the Tesla Model S, the all-electric vehicle market continues to pick up steam with each passing year. Encouraged by Tesla’s success, not to mention an ever-increasing interest in electric vehicles from consumers, other car manufacturers have been steadily allocating more and more engineering resources towards EV development.
Today, the EV market is brimming with all sorts of makes and models from a variety of manufacturers. From the BMW i3 and the Ford Fusion Energi to the recently unveiled Chevy Volt EV, the number of available EV options is markedly and impressively larger today than it was just two years ago.
With a base price of $70,000, the Tesla Model S isn’t exactly a car that one can rightfully describe as affordable. Still, there are ways for folks interested in owning a Model S to pick one up on the cheap. There is, of course, the option to lease. Another, and perhaps lesser-known option is to purchase an “inventory car”, effectively the car equivalent of buying a refurbished iPhone.
As a quick primer, an inventory car from Tesla is one that has been used for test drives, loaned out to Model S owners when their car needs to be serviced, or has been displayed in showrooms. In effect, purchasing an inventory car is akin to buying a car that while not exactly new, doesn’t necessarily have any serious signs of wear and tear either.
Tesla’s Model S is certainly no slouch in the speed department, especially when Ludicrous Mode is enabled. If you thought Insane Mode was blazing fast, Ludicrous Mode pushes the Tesla Model S even further, improving acceleration by 10% and transforming the Model S into a 762 horsepower speed demon.
Its 0-60 time? Just 2.8 seconds. What’s more, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can reach 155 MPH 20% faster than Insane Mode. Without question, performance on the Model S is beyond impressive as far as luxury sedans go. Still, with Elon Musk always bragging about how fast Tesla makes its cars, it’s always interesting to see how the Model S stacks up against a true supercar.
Elon Musk sure is keeping busy this week. Following up on his remarks that Tesla in two years time might have a vehicle capable of driving itself from coast to coast, the outspoken CEO appeared on BBC where he spoke candidly on a number of topics.
One of the more interesting exchanges occurred when Musk was asked about Apple’s rumored foray into the car industry. Rather than viewing Apple as a competitive threat, Musk said that he gladly welcomes any all newcomers who want to help accelerate a shift towards electric vehicle adoption.
Elon Musk’s vision for the future is bold and ambitious, and much to his credit, the Tesla CEO doesn’t shy away from making brazen predictions that other CEOs would be too embarrassed to express publicly.
During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, and originally recapped by The Verge, Musk said flat-out that Tesla’s new Summon feature may soon enable its fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles to drive themselves all the way from New York to Los Angeles. As we reported over the weekend, Tesla’s latest software update includes Summon, a mode which lets users park and retrieve their cars even with no one inside it. Of course, as a new feature emblazoned with a Beta tag, the feature in its current form only works up to a distance of 39 feet.
Tesla earlier today began pushing out version 7.1 of its software to Model S and Model X owners and, suffice it to say, it’s a doozy of a software update.
While we’ll get to the full changelog shortly, we first wanted to highlight a feature called Summon which enables users to park their cars without having to be inside it. Conversely, it also lets Tesla owners summon their cars that already happen to be parked.
One of the reasons behind Tesla’s success is that it managed to create an incredible electric car that didn’t look like an electric car. Combined with chart-topping performance, impressive safety features and a sleek design, the Model S effectively showed the world there’s a viable market for electric vehicles.
Despite Tesla creating a clear blueprint for EV success, other auto manufacturers seemingly didn’t get the memo. Instead, most other electric cars from companies not named Tesla were visual abominations with laughably poor range. The 2015 Spark EV, for instance, featured a range of just 82 miles. What’s more, some EV models were bizarrely uncomfortable and cramped; if you ever have the opportunity to take a spin in a Chevy Spark, don’t.