Mercedes-Benz Tesla Model S

Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

By on July 11, 2016 at 11:51 AM.

Confirmed: Mercedes is making a Tesla Model S killer

Tesla makes the hottest electric vehicles in town, but that’s only because Tesla is the only carmaker that’s been serious about electric cars for any decent amount of time. But as Tesla tries to figure out how to manufacture and deliver its cheapest electric vehicle yet on time, Tesla’s competitors are readying plans to make their own electric cars. Among them is none other than Mercedes-Benz, a former Tesla shareholder, which will manufacture a Tesla Model S killer by 2018.

This isn’t a rumor anymore, as the German company confirmed it’s working on such a car, offering expected range, price and launch details for the vehicle. Even better, the car will be on display at this year’s Paris car show. More →

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Elon Musk Rant

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

Is Elon Musk’s brash attitude hurting Tesla’s brand?

By on July 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM.

While many corporate executives tend to err on the side of not stirring up trouble or controversy, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is nothing if not outspoken. One could even argue that Musk’s unabashed willingness to shoot from the hip, criticize the status-quo and more or less say whatever pops into his head is precisely why he has garnered such a devoted following. Say what you will about Musk, but he has never been someone you’d associate with the word boring.

But in the wake of all the controversy surrounding a fatal Model S crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot software, some are now wondering if Musk’s brash demeanor — which often manifests itself online — is a detriment.

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Tesla Model S Commercial

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

By on July 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM.

Elon Musk would never approve of this Tesla commercial full of drugs and guns

While most car companies have no problem with spending small fortunes on TV and print ads, you might have noticed that adverts for Tesla are conspicuously non-existent. This is no accident, nor is it surprising. With Tesla hoping to reach a manufacturing capacity of 500,000 cars by 2020, the company needs to pour every spare dollar it has into infrastructure and R&D.

In fact, throughout the company’s entire existence, the company has not ever — not even once — paid for a single piece of advertising. Not that it matters really, Tesla owners are incredibly passionate and vocal enthusiasts who effectively serve as unofficial yet effective and knowledgable brand ambassadors.

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Tesla Model S Crash

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 5, 2016 at 5:53 PM.

Everything we know about the fatal Tesla Model S crash

Last week, word emerged that Tesla’s Autopilot software was being investigated by  the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in the wake of a tragic auto accident wherein a Tesla Model S crashed into a tractor-trailer, killing the driver of the Tesla in the process. The accident occurred in Florida this past May but was only brought to the public’s attention a few days ago.

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Tesla Model S Sales

Tesla Model S sales fall short of expectations as company makes bold new promise

By on July 5, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Tesla Model S sales fall short of expectations as company makes bold new promise

Over the weekend, Tesla quietly released its sales figures for the second quarter of 2016 and the results were somewhat disappointing. By the time the curtain closed on this year’s second quarter, Tesla managed to sell 14,370 vehicles. And while this figure was higher than Tesla’s sales figures during the same quarter a year-ago, the number fell short of the 17,000 figure Tesla initially projected.

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Tesla Autopilot Crash

Tesla is planning a major Autopilot update following fatal crash

By on July 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM.

Tesla is planning a major Autopilot update following fatal crash

Tesla continues to change the game, pushing the auto industry away from unsustainable gas-powered tech faster than we ever would have seen otherwise. But it’s not just the general electric vehicle market where Tesla is a leader. Elon Musk’s EV giant is also at the forefront of exciting new technologies including autonomous driving.

Though the company’s fast-paced software updates are adored by fans and the tech media, Tesla has also been scrutinized for using its end user base as a mass beta test, so to speak. Those criticisms boiled over recently when Tesla confirmed that its Autopilot software was active at the time of a fatal crash in Florida. Now, the company is reportedly prepping a major update to its Autopilot software following that widely publicized crash. More →

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Tesla Model S Crash

Images of Tesla Model S crash emerge as investigation continues

By on July 3, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Images of Tesla Model S crash emerge as investigation continues

This past May, a driver of a Tesla Model S was tragically killed when his car slammed into a tractor-trailer that had veered into his lane. At the time, the Tesla had its Autopilot software engaged, a fact which has since prompted an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) so that they can  examine “the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”

Recently, ABC Action News ran a news segment that happens to include images of the aftermath of the crash while also providing some new details surrounding what happened before and following the fatal accident.

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Tesla Autopilot Software

Portable DVD player found in wreckage of fatal Tesla Model S crash

By on July 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Portable DVD player found in wreckage of fatal Tesla Model S crash

Yesterday, word broke that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) was looking into a Florida incident involving a Tesla Model S that crashed into a tractor-trailer this past May, tragically killing the driver of the Tesla. What prompted the NHSTA’s interest in the matter is that the Model S had Tesla’s Autopilot software activated at the time of the accident.

As a result, the agency indicated that the crash “calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”

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Model S Autopilot Accident

Man who died in fatal crash with Model S on Autopilot was allegedly watching a movie

By on July 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Man who died in fatal crash with Model S on Autopilot was allegedly watching a movie

Telsa’s much-lauded Autopilot feature on the Model S and Model X managed to log a combined 130 million miles without a single crash involving a fatality. That phenomenal streak came to an end recently, however, when Tesla acknowledged that the Autopilot feature was engaged on a Model S when it struck a tractor-trailer while traveling at high speeds. The driver of the Model S was killed in the horrific crash, and Telsa is now cooperating with an investigation being conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As impressive as Tesla’s Autopilot feature is, drivers are always advised to keep their attention on the road even while autonomous features are enabled. But according the driver of the truck that was struck by the Model S, the driver was actually watching a movie while Autopilot was engaged. More →

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Tesla Model S Rollover Accident

Video: Tesla’s Model S rarely rolls over, but it’s catastrophic when it does

By on June 30, 2016 at 3:21 PM.

Video: Tesla’s Model S rarely rolls over, but it’s catastrophic when it does

Being one of the hottest electric carmakers in town also comes with unwanted side-effects. Every Tesla-related incident, whether it’s an accident caused by human error or linked to the car’s AI features, receives plenty of scrutiny. Take, for example, a car rolling over. If it’s your average vehicle, it’s a scary incident but not terribly interesting. But if it’s a Tesla that rolls, then it’s major news — and for good reason, because Teslas rarely roll.

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Tesla Vs Lamborghini Huracan

Watch: Tesla Model S gets smoked by a Lamborghini Huracan in a drag race

By on June 30, 2016 at 9:44 AM.

Watch: Tesla Model S gets smoked by a Lamborghini Huracan in a drag race

If you’re looking for a car that can really scream and you’re not in a place to spend several hundreds of thousands of dollars in one fell swoop, a tricked out Tesla might be the way to go. With a Tesla Model S P90D capable of going from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds flat, you won’t find a car that provides more bang for your buck in that department anywhere else. Even the older Model S P85D is no slouch in the acceleration department as it can skyrocket form 0 to 60 in a still blazing fast 3.2 seconds.

But incredible acceleration, no matter how impressive, is still not a replacement for raw speed. So when DragTimes recently decided to pit a Tesla Model S P85D up against the beastly Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, the Model S gets absolutely smoked.

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Tesla Pikes Peak

Watch the fastest Tesla in the world take on Pikes Peak

By on June 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM.

Watch the fastest Tesla in the world take on Pikes Peak

Every year, the fastest and craziest cars in the world assemble at Pikes Peak, a three-mile hill climb in the Rocky Mountains. Among the cars on show this year was something unusual — a Tesla Model S, technically a “production” car, but completely stripped out and turned into a lean, mean, racing machine.

The car was driven by Blake Fuller, CEO of GO Puck, and set a record for the fastest production electric vehicle (although “production” was pretty loosely defined).

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