May 8th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor
Tesla's Model S and Model X have gone through a refresh, but this time around, it's more of an engineering refresh rather than a design refresh — Tesla engineers were able to optimize the drivetrain design in such a way that these vehicles are able to provide significantly more range than they were able to deliver previously using the same 100 kWh battery pack
April 28th, 2019 | by Kurt Lowder
Disclaimer: I have been hesitating whether to write this article for some months now. I am not an engineer. I am an environmental advocate and avid cleantech follower. I had really hoped an engineer would cover this story, but I have not seen an article that covers this aspect of Tesla's technology. (I could have missed it.)
April 28th, 2019 | by Kyle Field
Tesla is, at its core, an engineering company. The company as we know it today was founded on the building blocks of lithium-ion batteries and electric motors. Having an early interest and exposure to supercapacitors, Elon Musk saw the potential with lithium-ion and electric motors and ultimately found the golden combination he was looking for at AC Propulsion
April 6th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse
The weekly Autoline show from the Detroit area recently invited Sandy Munro back to talk about Tesla in China. Munro was once one of Tesla's most ardent skeptics, when he famously compared the Model 3 build quality to a "Kia from the '90s." After spending some more time tearing down the Model 3 and learning more about it, Sandy warmed to the company and had much more complimentary things to say about the company, including calling the Model 3 electronics "Like a Symphony of Engineering."
August 26th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
Up until now, automotive enthusiasts have only been able to bolt on new modifications to vehicles to make them better. Whether getting faster speed through a supercharger, more quickly stopping a fast car via better brakes, or body roll improvements from upgrades to the suspension, making cars better and faster has driven gear heads for decades
May 30th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman
Tesla Autopilot is poised to be the self-driving industry leader. That said, many drivers are uneasy about trying Autopilot's current suite of semi-autonomous features. Lauren Larson writes in GQ that she was "skeptical of Teslas ... [because] Teslas have features that nobody has ever needed. They have features that most consumers aren’t even imaginative enough to want."
March 11th, 2018 | by Steve Bakker
Any Tesla enthusiast knows full well that the name originally chosen for what was then Tesla Motors was based on a motor design credited to Nikola Tesla, who lived in the 19th century. Virtually every car that Tesla has produced, from the Roadster to the Model S to the Model X, has been powered by a version of that venerable 3-phase AC induction motor
January 13th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
Our first thorough review of the Tesla Model 3, testing the car through the redwoods of Northern California
July 29th, 2017 | by Kyle Field
At the Tesla Model 3 production vehicle reveal tonight, Tesla shared the official pricing and range of the two versions of the Model 3 initially available to customers. It will come in Standard at the base $35,000 price tag, which will feature 220 miles of range. The Standard trim is no slouch and will speed along from 0–60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds, up to a top speed of 130 miles per hour
July 29th, 2017 | by Kyle Field
As part of the Tesla Model 3 production unveiling tonight, Tesla blew our minds with updates in the pre-event webcast. Updates came from across the Tesla manufacturing network live, including from within the Fremont factory itself and way out in Sparks, Nevada, at the Gigafactory. As part of the Gigafactory update, Tesla shared that when it was up and running at full capacity, the Gigafactory would produce more batteries than the rest of the world combined ... by a factor of 2!
July 28th, 2017 | by Kyle Field
In advance of the Model 3 Production reveal tonight, Elon Musk tweeted out the winner of Tesla's Project Loveday contest. Technophile Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) took top honors with his fan-made commercial depicting a day in the life of a Tesla owner, including a chance encounter and drag race against a Lamborghini
May 2nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Elon Musk has a long conversation with Chris Anderson, the moderator of TED2017, while he was in Vancouver last week. His remarks didn't reveal anything truly new, but they did show the breadth of his vision of the future.
March 29th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes
The European EV market had over 16,000 registrations last month, up 20% over February 2016, with YTD numbers up 38% year over year (YoY). The market is set to surpass 300,000 units (310,00) by year end. While the EV share is firmly north of the 1% mark, this growth is in no small part due to a refreshed BEV, that's just gotten a 40 kWh battery
February 24th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes
The European EV market had some 19,000 registrations last month, up 31% year over year (YoY), with the Renault Zoe starting the year in the leadership position again
July 29th, 2009 | by Derek Markham
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