Tesla’s all-wheel-drive Model S P85D might just be the best car on the planet, at least according to Consumer Reports. In fact, Tesla’s top of the line Model S performed so well during testing that it quite literally broke Consumer Reports’ testing scale, initially scoring 103 on a 100 point scale. Subsequently, the publication was forced to implement a few changes to its scoring scale just to account for the Model S.
When there’s smoke there’s fire, and when it comes to rumors surrounding Apple’s alleged plans to develop an electric car, there’s a whole lot of smoke.
Following up on a recent report that Apple is already scouting locations to test drive whatever type of mysterious vehicle it’s working on, Reuters is now reporting that Apple has hired yet another notable auto industry veteran to its fledgling and secretive car development team.
Stories surrounding car hacking seem to be all the rage these days. The issue was first thrust into the spotlight a few weeks ago when famed hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to take over Wired reporter Andy Greenberg’s jeep as it sped down the highway at 70 mph.
Such is the risk involved with connected cars. On the one hand, the technology that underlies modern vehicles makes driving more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable than ever before. On the other, expanded capabilities opens up the door for hackers to potentially wreak havoc.
That being the case, there’s one car company, above all others, who has their security game on lock down. Not surprisingly, that company is Tesla.
We’re back! Thanks for all the emails and tweets. This week Zach & I cover what could be Apple’s most important event ever, rumored to be taking place on September 9th with a boatload of new product announcements. We also discuss Jonathan’s trip to Cape Cod and his ongoing struggle with the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus, and Zach’s complete hatred of Android. Ok fine, I made that last part up. Also someone talks about an Apple Watch!
For reasons that defy comprehension, a purposefully misleading narrative about Tesla has been gaining traction in the press this week. In an article originally published on Reuters, Joseph White and Paul Lienert laughably claim that Tesla loses $4,000 on every car it sells. Even their chosen headline is an exercise in bombastic and deceptive journalism: “Insight: Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold.”
Insight. An ironic choice of words.
Remembering to plug in your Tesla at night for charging isn’t something that most Tesla owners forget on a regular basis. Nonetheless, Tesla is working on a solution – albeit a very creepy one – that will make sure you never have to bother remembering to charge your car at night ever again. More →
In a letter to shareholders published yesterday evening, Tesla confirmed that the hotly anticipated Model X will, in fact, launch in September. While there were already rumors pointing to a September launch floating around the web, it’s reassuring to hear the news directly from Tesla given the company’s history of perpetually pushing back launch dates.
When it comes to raw acceleration relative to price, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a car as impressive as the Tesla Model S P85D. With a push of a button, Tesla’s upper-tier model can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds flat. Fittingly, Tesla calls this mode Insane Mode.
But as any physics student could tell you, acceleration and speed aren’t the same thing. So while the performance edition of the Model S is an absolute beast getting off the line, that doesn’t necessarily translate into being the most impressive car on the track, speed wise.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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.