Tesla Model S Ludicrous Mode

How Tesla transformed the Model S into a speed demon

By on July 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM.

How Tesla transformed the Model S into a speed demon

Tesla yesterday made a number of important product announcements, not the least of which is a new $10,000 upgrade to its already impressive Model S P85D. That extra 10 large will now provide drivers with even more speed and acceleration as Tesla’s top of the line sedan will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds flat and drive a quarter of a mile in 10.9 seconds.

In typical Tesla fashion, tapping into the Model S’ improved acceleration is accomplished by turning on “Ludicrous Mode”, a fitting name for a car that already has an “Insane Mode.”

Improving acceleration by 10% on a car that’s already wicked fast is no small feat, which is why Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s explanation regarding how Tesla engineers managed to do it is worth highlighting.

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Tesla Model S Upgrade Ludicrous Mode

Tesla unveils big Model S upgrade – car will go from 0 to 60 in ludicrous 2.8 seconds

By on July 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM.

Tesla unveils big Model S upgrade – car will go from 0 to 60 in ludicrous 2.8 seconds

Tesla is known for delivering cars that have crazy acceleration, but it’s newest upgrade to the Model S P85D is positively ludicrous. Tesla on Friday announced an upgrade to its Model S car that will give it a range of 300 miles per charge and let it accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a “ludicrous” 2.8 seconds. In fact, this acceleration is so impressive that Tesla is literally calling it “Ludicrous Mode.” More →

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Uber Tesla Self Driving Cars

How Tesla Might Make Boatloads of Cash From Uber

By on July 8, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

How Tesla Might Make Boatloads of Cash From Uber

After Uber poached 40 researchers and scientists from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Center earlier this year, there was little doubt left that the somewhat infamous ride-sharing company was dead serious about autonomous driving. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors, led by the iconic and future-thinking Elon Musk, hasn’t been shy about its own feelings regarding autonomous driving. More →

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Tesla Model 3 Range

Tesla Model 3 may have more range than anyone imagined

By on June 10, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Tesla Model 3 may have more range than anyone imagined

Tesla in recent years has done an impressive job of quelling the notion that driving an electric car is a risky proposition. This is largely due to the Tesla Model S (which sports an impressive range of approximately 250 miles) and Tesla’s ever expanding fleet of Supercharger stations. As a result, Tesla owners these days can drive their vehicles across the country with ease, stopping at strategically positioned charging stations along the way.

Nonetheless, electric cars are still something of a niche product. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk, always one to dream big, has grand visions of bringing electric cars into the mainstream in the next few years. His secret weapon in this regard is the Tesla Model 3.

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Tesla Sales Texas

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:56 PM.

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

Despite Tesla’s best efforts, the Texas legislature this week opted not to pass a bill which would have allowed the electric automaker to sell cars directly to consumers. Instead, if Tesla wants to sell its highly revered vehciles in the lone star state, it looks like it’s going to have to do it through local franchise dealers, something the company has no intention of doing.

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Tesla Powerwall Performance iPhone Charges

How many iPhones can Tesla’s home battery recharge during a blizzard?

By on May 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

How many iPhones can Tesla’s home battery recharge during a blizzard?

Tesla’s Powerwall home battery is already a hit, and the device could prove to be quite useful in a variety of instances, including keeping the lights on during a power outage or feeding back energy to the grid. But how how much power can Tesla’s new Powerwall battery store, and how can you quantify it in the context of the devices in your home? More →

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Tesla Powerwall Powerpack Battery Reservations

Tesla’s battery business is already looking much bigger than anyone imagined

By on May 12, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Tesla’s battery business is already looking much bigger than anyone imagined

Last week, Bloomberg crunched some numbers and estimated that Tesla has already received a crazy $800 million worth of reservations for its Powerwall and Powerpack batteries. To put this number in context, Bloomberg compared this number to the early sales numbers of products such as the iPhone and Viagra and has found that “if Tesla converts even a fraction of those reservations into actual sales, the battery roll-out could measure up as one of the biggest ever for a new product category.” More →

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Tesla Powerwall Powerpack Battery Sales Estimate

Tesla has already received an estimated $800 million worth of battery orders

By on May 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Tesla has already received an estimated $800 million worth of battery orders

When Elon Musk said demand for Tesla’s new home batteries was “crazy off the hook,” it seems he wasn’t exaggerating. Bloomberg has crunched some numbers and has estimated that Tesla has already taken $800 million worth of Tesla Powerwall and Tesla Powerpack batteries. Breaking things down a little further, Bloomberg says that Tesla has likely received just under $179 million worth of Powerwall reservations and $625 million worth of Powerpack reservations. Tesla has already said that it’s received 38,000 total reservations for Powerwall and 2,500 reservations for Powerpack, so figuring out how much revenue they generated is a matter of simple arithmetic. More →

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Tesla Powerwall And Powerpack

Elon Musk: Demand for Tesla’s new battery packs is ‘crazy off the hook’

By on May 8, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Elon Musk: Demand for Tesla’s new battery packs is ‘crazy off the hook’

Tesla’s recently introduced battery packs, for both home and utility use, are already proving to be tremendous successes. If you recall, Tesla last week introduced a Powerwall battery pack (available in 7kWh and 10kWh configurations) for home owners alongside a Powerpack battery designed for corporate use and utility companies.

During Tesla’s earnings conference call this week, CEO Elon Musk said that the response to Tesla’s new batteries has been overwhelming and “crazy off the hook.” Impressively, the Powerwall has already yielded 38,000 reservations while the industrial-oriented Powerpack has netted 2,500 reservations.

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

During Tesla’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, Elon Musk finally disclosed when Tesla plans to begin production of the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, and what it will look like. What’s more, Musk at long last gave us a launch window (read: year) that, we can only hope, won’t be subject to change in the months ahead.

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Tesla Powerwall Solar Power Problems

Tesla’s game-changing 7kWh home battery has a significant flaw

By on May 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM.

Tesla’s game-changing 7kWh home battery has a significant flaw

Tesla recently unveiled its Powerwall battery system that aims to change the way we use and store energy in our homes. However, Bloomberg is reporting that the 7kWh Powerwall doesn’t yet work well with rooftop solar power sources, which could be a major issue for early adopters hoping to use it as a way to store energy generated by rooftop solar panels. In fact, Bloomberg says that even SolarCity — the solar power supplier that’s chaired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk — won’t be supporting the 7kWh version of the Powerwall when it launches. More →

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Tesla Powerwall Release Date and Price

Everything you need to know about Tesla’s new home batteries

By on May 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Everything you need to know about Tesla’s new home batteries

Late on Thursday, Tesla finally unveiled a brand new product, one that’s not a car but was detailed long before Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk took the stage at Tesla’s Design Studio to announce it. The Tesla home battery, which lacked an official product name in all the rumors and reports that preceded the keynote, will be known as the Powerwall. And the device can already be reserved online for a summer delivery. More →

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Tesla Home Battery Prices and Financing

Tesla home battery: What it’ll cost you to keep your iPhone online during blackouts

By on April 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Tesla home battery: What it’ll cost you to keep your iPhone online during blackouts

Tesla this week will unveil a brand new product that’s not a car, yet it’ll feature some of the same amazing energy technology found in its electric vehicles. According to hints coming directly from Tesla as well as many other reports from the media, the new product line includes home batteries that could power a house during blackouts, but also batteries that could be used in stores and other large facilities. More →

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