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Author Archives: James Ayre

3 MINI Countryman Panamericana PHEVs To Travel From North America To Tierra Del Fuego

April 1st, 2018 | by James Ayre

As a showcase for the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid, a group of 3 modified versions of the model will soon set off on a journey from North America to Tierra del Fuego in South America — traveling along part of the 25,750 kilometers Alaska-to-Argentina Pan-American Highway, according to a new press release


Tesla Stock Price Guesses Following Quarter 1 Financials Call, + Model 3 Production Guesses

March 31st, 2018 | by James Ayre

With the end of quarter 1 (Q1) 2018 nearly here — the time period by which Tesla CEO Elon Musk had most recently projected 2,500 Model 3 electric cars would be produced a week — it seems like it would be interesting to speculate a bit about the intersection of Model 3 production figures, investor and short-seller expectations, and company stock prices


Germany Reverses Decision To Remove Tesla Model S From Incentives-Eligible Vehicle List

March 30th, 2018 | by James Ayre

In December 2017, the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Controls (BAFA) removed Tesla's electric vehicles from a list of models eligible for the country's relevant purchase incentives. The reason for the removal of Tesla's offerings was the allegation that the base version of the Model S couldn't actually be purchased in the country — and thus that the company wasn't offering a Model S below the €60,000 (~$74,000) price limit of the electric vehicle (EV) incentives program


Tesla’s Voluntary Recall For 123,000 Early Model S Sedans Due To Bosch-Supplied Power-Steering Bolts

March 30th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Tesla has issued a new voluntary recall for around 123,000 Model S sedans -- those built before April 2016 -- due to complaints from some owners about corrosion of power-steering bolts when exposed regularly to calcium or magnesium road salts (used in some cold climates to melt snow and ice on roadways). We noted this earlier today, but we didn't highlight that these bolts don't come from any old supplier — they come from Bosch


Tesla Exec (In Employee Email): Daily Model 3 Production Well Into The 200s

March 30th, 2018 | by James Ayre

A recently revealed internal email, from Tesla Senior Vice President of Engineering Doug Fields to employees at the company, featured the comment that daily production rates were now "well into the 200’s on every single line." That is, the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 production lines were all now churning out well over 200 units a day, each. (No, the Model Y isn't making the cut yet.)



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