Tesla Model X Lawsuit

Model X owner files Lemon Law suit against Tesla, claims car is unsafe to drive

By on May 27, 2016 at 11:16 AM.

Model X owner files Lemon Law suit against Tesla, claims car is unsafe to drive

When designing the Model X, Tesla went more than a little bit overboard in trying to trick out its crossover SUV with as many bells and whistles as possible. Not only did Tesla’s overly ambitious development delay the launch of the Model X, it has arguably resulted in a noticeably higher number of quality control issues than we’re accustomed to seeing. Hardly a controversial point, even Tesla CEO Elon Musk has conceded that the company was far too zealous when developing the Model X.

Over the past few weeks, the number of complaints involving the Model X have continued  to roll in at a steady pace. For starters, Tesla this past April issued a recall for every Model X on the road due to a faulty locking hinge. Next, Consumer Reports published a report calling the Model X’s reliability into question. More recently, Fortune’s review of the Model X, while mostly positive, found some worrisome safety and fit and finish issues with the vehicle.

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Tesla Model S TACC Accident

Watch a Tesla Model S autonomously drive itself into a parked van

By on May 26, 2016 at 9:50 AM.

Watch a Tesla Model S autonomously drive itself into a parked van

If you just got yourself a shiny new Tesla and you can’t wait to test its self-driving capability, you really should remember that driverless cars aren’t quite ready for primetime yet and Tesla’s Autopilot features are still in beta. That means you definitely shouldn’t fall asleep behind the wheel like this guy, and you always need to be ready to take control if something goes wrong.

The following video shows you what can happen with car software that’s not finalized even when the driver is actually paying attention to the road. In it, we see a Tesla Model S crash itself into a van that’s parked partially in the lane the Model S is traveling in. More →

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Tesla Autopilot Video Driver Sleeping

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM.

Welcome to the future: Video shows Tesla driver sleeping at the wheel while Autopilot drives

Tesla’s Autopilot feature is awesome, and it’ll surely be a great way to “drive” your car once self-driving cars are regulated, and once Tesla deploys a more advanced version of its software. However, people driving Tesla cars should remember that Autopilot is in beta right now. That means drivers should still keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control on a whim. It almost definitely does not mean that you can fall asleep behind the wheel and let Autopilot do its thing — we’re definitely not there yet.

But that’s exactly one driver did, and someone recorded it on video. More →

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Tesla Model 3 Release Date

Will the Model 3 really ship on schedule? Some Tesla suppliers are skeptical

By on May 22, 2016 at 9:37 AM.

Will the Model 3 really ship on schedule? Some Tesla suppliers are skeptical

With a reported 373,000 reservations for the Model 3 on the books, Tesla will have to engage in a full-on production sprint in order to meet its updated production deadlines. And given that Tesla has a history of delivering cars much later than promised, not everyone is optimistic that Elon Musk and co. can make good on an unquestionably aggressive production timeline.

Just a few weeks ago, Tesla said that immense demand for the Model 3 compelled them to accelerate their manufacturing plans. Whereas Tesla initially planned to reach a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 cars by 2020, the company now hopes to reach that milestone by 2018. And to help fund such an ambitious production schedule, Tesla just this week announced its intention to raise $1.4 billion in capital via a stock sale.

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Tesla Model X Quality Control

Tesla has a serious quality problem, and it needs fixing

By on May 20, 2016 at 5:47 PM.

Tesla has a serious quality problem, and it needs fixing

There’s no denying that Tesla is an incredibly forward-thinking and innovative company that’s made some big changes to the status quo. In what seems like the blink of an eye, Tesla not only managed to normalize the concept of electric vehicles, but it also changed the way we think about the driving experience altogether.

As a direct result, Tesla is a beloved company with an adoring and exceedingly passionate fan base. But there’s only so much crap even the most passionate fans will tolerate, and with Tesla anticipating rapid growth into a much cheaper market, its quality control issues need to be sorted out — fast.

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Tesla Model 3 Preorder Numbers

Tesla: 373,000 customers waiting for the Model 3

By on May 19, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Tesla: 373,000 customers waiting for the Model 3

Tesla’s Model 3 has been a huge success from the moment the company started preorders in early April. In the weeks that followed, Tesla execs kept saying the reservations number is approaching 400,000 units, without revealing an exact figure. More information has been made available since, and it looks like Tesla has some 373,000 Model 3 reservations, well below that 400,000 mark.

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Tesla Summon Crash

Tesla has updated its Summon auto-park to stop cars from crashing

By on May 18, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

Tesla has updated its Summon auto-park to stop cars from crashing

Last week, a Telsa owner got in a spat with the company after his car crashed while parking itself. Tesla blamed the owner for the accident and said there was nothing wrong with the Summon feature. Regardless of who is at fault, Tesla has modified the software to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Summon is a feature that will auto-park a Tesla Model S or X without the driver being inside, and then un-park the vehicle when it’s time to go. The accident recent accident was during the parking phase: a driver in Utah watched on while his Model S parked itself into the back of a trailer.

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Renault Samsung Electric Light Commercial Car

Tesla, beware: Renault Samsung wants to make the world’s first electric light commercial car

By on May 18, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Tesla, beware: Renault Samsung wants to make the world’s first electric light commercial car

Tesla may be the leading electric car manufacturer right now, but competition is only increasing. Renault Samsung Motors just threw its hat into the ring, announcing that it plans to make the world’s first electric light vehicle. More →

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Tesla Summon Feature

Dad uses Tesla’s Autopilot software to scare the heck out of his son

By on May 17, 2016 at 2:39 PM.

Dad uses Tesla’s Autopilot software to scare the heck out of his son

Shortly after introducing its innovative Autopilot software to the world, Tesla, as it’s prone to do, issued a software update for the Model S which included a new ‘Summon’ feature. As the name implies, the feature allows owners to summon their car even when they’re not inside it. When activated, a Tesla will autostart, open up a user’s garage door if need be, and slowly roll out to greet the driver.

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Tesla 2019 Roadster Model 3

Tesla’s 2019 Roadster will be ‘different, faster and bigger’

By on May 16, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Tesla’s 2019 Roadster will be ‘different, faster and bigger’

Tesla’s Model 3 might be the most interesting electric vehicle coming out in the next two years, but it’s not the only hot new car the company is working on. It looks like a “different, faster and bigger” 2019 Roadster is also in the works. More →

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Tesla Working Conditions

Did Tesla use cheap labor for factory expansion? Elon Musk promises to investigate

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM.

Did Tesla use cheap labor for factory expansion? Elon Musk promises to investigate

Tesla is moving at breakneck speeds these days. In fact, there’s so much on Tesla’s plate that it can sometimes be tough to keep track of everything the company is up to. Not only is the company working furiously to finish the Gigafactory so that it can defy the odds and deliver the Model 3 on time, but the sheer volume of Model 3 pre-orders (more than 400,000 at this point) is far beyond the company’s wildest expectations.

At the same time, Tesla is continuing to ramp up Model X production, and that’s not to even mentioning the recently revamped Model 3. Over the weekend, The Mercury News posted a troubling and fascinating expose into Tesla’s hiring practices at its Fremont, California factory, the location where both the Model S and the Model X are manufactured.

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Tesla Model 3 Interactive 3D Render

Play with the first interactive 3D render of the Tesla Model 3

By on May 14, 2016 at 11:12 AM.

Play with the first interactive 3D render of the Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s affordable new Model 3 electric car is the talk of the town at the moment, but you can’t actually play with a real one just yet. More than 400,000 excited fans already paid $1,000 towards the purchase of a Model 3, which is an impressive accomplishment for the relatively young carmaker (even though not all of them will end up buying the Model 3). One especially eager Model 3 buyer took it upon him to build the first interactive 3D render of the Model 3, and it’ll keep you occupied while you wait for the Model 3 to become a reality. More →

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Tesla Model X Vs McLaren 650S

Watch a Tesla Model X in Ludicrous Mode go head to head with a McLaren 650S supercar

By on May 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM.

Watch a Tesla Model X in Ludicrous Mode go head to head with a McLaren 650S supercar

When it comes to raw acceleration, it’s no secret that the Tesla Model S and Model X provide more bang for the buck than any other car on the market. While a tricked out Model S in Ludicrous Mode is capable of going from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, the Model X, despite being an SUV, is no slouch in the speed department either. Specifically, a Model X in Ludicrous Mode can rocket from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds. And remember, this is an SUV we’re talking about.

With Tesla now getting a better handle on Model X production, deliveries have been increasing at a rapid clip all around the country. In turn, it’s no surprise that we’re finally starting to see the proliferation of Model X racing videos sprout up across the web.

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