2018 Tesla Model 3

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Tesla’s first electric car for the masses

Say what you will about Tesla – the company’s ambition is undeniable. Founded in 2003, the California-based electric carmaker set out with the goal of overturning the auto industry status quo and hastening “the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” To that end, Tesla’s latest play (and arguably its more important) is called the Model 3. Framed as a more affordable alternative to the highly successful Model S full-size sedan and Model X SUV, there’s no shortage of excitement behind the more compact 3, and now, after countless rumors and practically unending speculation, the veil has been lifted. Following a massive live streaming event celebrating the handover of the first Model 3’s off the production line, it was revealed that buyers get two trim levels to pick from, with as much as 310 miles per charge and a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds for the range-topper.

But, as you might expect, there’s a whole lotta footnotes that go along with the above-mentioned specs. For starters, actually getting a Model 3 into your driveway is no simple endeavor. Following a brief pre-production reveal in April of 2016, an estimated 400,000 people plunked down $1,000 for a pre-order, and that means if you don’t have a spot in line, it’s gonna be a while. Then there’s the list of ultra-pricey extras that add significant weight to the bottom line. Simply put, the question remains – does the Model 3 live up to the hype? Read on to find out.

Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders

Tesla’s not making it easy for everyone to place orders for its models

Tesla has put a stay in its decision to raise prices on most of its models worldwide due to what it described as “unusually high volume” on orders being placed on its website. The slight price adjustment was supposed to take effect midnight Pacific Time last Monday, March 18. Now, the price hike will happen midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 20. The decision to raise prices by three percent on some of its models was announced last week after Tesla abruptly reversed course on its plan to close all of its retail stores and focus all sales online. With the deadline fast approaching, it’s gonna be interesting to see if Tesla experiences the same “unusually high volume” when the clock hits midnight Pacific Time today.

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Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y Are Too Similar For A Reason

Tesla’s obsession with simplistic futuristic design is perhaps best captured in almost terrifyingly similar stature of its two most important cars - the Tesla Model 3 and the recently revealed Tesla Model Y. Unraveled secrets of the new mid-size electric crossover led the world almost unanimously settle on the fact that the new Model Y is essentially an ideal conjugation between the reasonable Model 3 and the lush Model X.

While the design cleverly infiltrates the new mid-size crossover into the world of more expensive coupe-looking propositions on the market, it also resoundingly accepts all the styling cleverness of Tesla’s cheapest model. The Tesla Model Y differs from the Model 3 in what seems to be a few minor details, but it is clear that all of them matter a lot. I explored all the design minutiae between the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model X for you, and it becomes clear - the Tesla Model Y is the smartest thing Tesla ever did. And that because almost nothing is entirely new.

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Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production

Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production

Is this an opportunity for Rivian to dethrone Musk’s company?

Tesla announced a record-breaking number of deliveries in the Q4 of 2018, but that did not reflect in its financial reports. Tesla delivered 90,700 vehicles from September to December - a new record since its inception, but the share prices took a hit. The shareholders felt a certain unsteadiness as stock prices declined and investors expressed their disappointment over failed expectations to close out the year. That is harsh on Tesla.

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Here's How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners

Here’s How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners

Tesla seriously needs to do something to address this, and it needs to do it as soon as possible

Tesla owners, specifically those who own the Model 3, have become the targets of a growing number of car break-ins in recent weeks. A number of owners took to forums and social media to report the thefts, a lot of which have happened in the Bay Area. The incidents reportedly involve thieves breaking the rear-quarter window of the Model 3 to lower the seat and see if there are any valuable items in the trunk. If the thieves see something, they break the whole back side window, get in the car, and steal the items. Unfortunately, the Model 3 doesn’t have a sensor to detect that a window has been broken, giving the thieves free run to shatter windows and steal to their heart’s content. For its part, Tesla has started offering and installing a new Enhanced Anti-Theft system that would help prevent these types of break-ins. Unfortunately, the system is only available for the Model S and Model X at the moment.

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What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More

What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More

2019 is going to be quite the busy year for the EV manufacturer

Tesla is set to expand its operation further in 2019, building on 2018, a year when the automaker’s main goal was to ramp up production of the Model 3, while at the same time addressing the many quality issues new owners were reporting. Model 3 production is still not at the level Tesla would want (neither in terms of quantity or quality), but in 2019 it looks like there is a lot more on its plate.

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Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds

Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds

Timelapse reveals the entire Model 3 assembly process

Tesla employs a highly automated assembly process that was implemented in full for the Model 3. Humans still play a part in it, but as you’ll see in this time-lapse that follows a Model 3 from bare shell all the way to finished automobile, there’s more automation than human intervention. Even cooler, however, is that you can see the whole process in just 48 seconds.

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If You Have Ordered or Will Order a 2019 Tesla Model 3, Here are the Quality Issues You Can Expect

If You Have Ordered or Will Order a 2019 Tesla Model 3, Here are the Quality Issues You Can Expect

This after many fresh Model 3 owners complained about how their vehicle was assembled

Taking delivery of a Tesla Model 3, which is more than likely your first true EV, must be a pretty exciting moment. Some of that positive vibe may wear off quite quickly, however, due to the many quality issues that have been reported since the Model 3 started reaching its new owners.

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Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux

Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux

Even the Model 3’s system isn’t impenetrable

Tesla’s "people’s car." the Model 3, was thought to be harder to crack into than the Model S and Model X that proved to be a field day for hackers. However, we’re now seeing a Model 3 owner on Reddit showcase his ability to run YouTube and Ubuntu on his car.

This is not the first instance of a Model 3 getting hacked into. Earlier this year, an owner, who goes by the name of ’Ingineerix’ online, was able to crack open Tesla’s ’Factory Mode’ to reveal interesting information about the car’s full battery pack capacity, information that Tesla only offered as a range figure.

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Tesla Releases an Update to Address Model 3 Cold Weather Issues but It's the Laziest Fix Ever

Tesla Releases an Update to Address Model 3 Cold Weather Issues but It’s the Laziest Fix Ever

Props to Tesla for trying to amend the problem, although this leads to other issues

Less than a week since we were talking about the trials and tribulations experienced by Tesla Model 3 owners as wintery weather hit the northern hemisphere, Tesla released a so-called fix that should act as a temporary solution to the problem of freezing windows, door handles, and charge ports. The fix, though, seems to be the cause of further problems.

Tesla’s compact Model 3 sedan is experiencing its first full winter since being introduced late last year. While the bigger Model S didn’t seem to be troubled by colder temperatures, the cheaper Model 3 is a bit on the sensitive side. Many customers have reported finding their door handles frozen as well as their windows which meant they couldn’t access their vehicles - even after pre-heating them for 10 or 15 minutes straight. Now, Tesla pushed through a new system update that’s meant to make things right again, but, apparently, it’s barely a knee-jerk reaction to a more complex issue.

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Check Out This Cool Tesla Model 3 Key Fob

Check Out This Cool Tesla Model 3 Key Fob

Time to get rid of the hotel-type keycards

The Tesla Model 3 keycard has had polarising opinions from the very beginning, but there’s no denying that is a pain in the ass to use. In fact, even Musk was quoted saying, “We really need to provide a normal key to the customers of the car.” The answer to this – a key fob -was “leaked,” thanks to an FCC application. The key fob is now available at Tesla’s website for $150, but don’t rush over there just it - it’s already sold out.

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Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues

Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues

Tweeting the issue his way might help

Winter is upon us, and this might just be worrying news for Tesla Model 3 owners living in colder climates as reports have emerged of some models encountering issues in low temperatures such as the door handles freezing or the recharging system malfunctioning due to the cold.

The Model 3, which was launched last year, is now facing its first full winter, which can get cripplingly cold in the northern hemisphere. That’s why a number of owners in countries like Canada were aghast to find out that, despite the car’s pre-heating system it would sometimes lock them out due to freezing door handles and windows.

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Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine

Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine

This is how it works

One of the coolest advantages of electric powertrains over internal combustion engines is that power and torque are available instantly. And this is one of the reasons why the Tesla Model S is the quickest production car with a 0-to-60 benchmark of only 2.5 seconds. Now, Tesla wants to put the Model 3’s instant torque to good use on the race track through a new driving mode. It’s called Track Mode and turns the compact sedan into a drift machine.

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Best Electric Cars of 2018

Best Electric Cars of 2018

The battery battles are heating up, but who walks away the winner?

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular these days, and manufacturers are responding by pouring in the investment and releasing oodles of new models. As such, competition between EV’s is growing, and 2018 was no exception. But the question is, which of these machines is the “best”? To find out, we lined up the usual suspects up and looked at all the critical specs, including range-per-charge, battery capacity, charge times, interior space, interior tech, and more. Read on to see which EV came out on top!

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Tesla Summon - Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws

Tesla Summon - Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws

The future is now, and it’s suuuper convenient

You could argue that the original automobile was invented to get around the hassle of dealing with horses and all the difficulties associated with using a giant mammal to get from A to B. Sure, that’s a gross simplification, and there were certainly other factors at play, but convenience undoubtedly played a major role all the same. Now, with the advent of autonomous drive systems, our lives are about to get a whole lot easier, as evidenced by this Tesla owner’s novel use of the Summon feature.

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Help your Tesla Model 3 stand out with RevoZport widebody kit

Help your Tesla Model 3 stand out with RevoZport widebody kit

Makes the Model 3 look like an electric touring car

RevoZport already provides kits to fit the Tesla Model S and Model X, but now they’ve launched one for the smaller Tesla Model 3 too. They call it the R-Zentric Model 3R Aerokit, and it is essentially a widebody aero kit for Tesla’s smallest offering, one that completely transforms how the EV sedan is perceived.

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The Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Now Comes Standard with the Performance Upgrade

The Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Now Comes Standard with the Performance Upgrade

Will this be a limited-period offer?

Tesla has been changing Model 3 prices very frequently lately. In its latest change, the automaker has added the $5,000 performance upgrade package as standard equipment on the top-trim of the Model 3 without any increase in the price. This time, the change is a good thing!

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You Can Now Browse Tesla's Parts Catalog for the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster, and Even OEM Tools

You Can Now Browse Tesla’s Parts Catalog for the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster, and Even OEM Tools

This is just the beginning

Lately, Tesla has been talking about ‘Right to Repair,’ and how it is trying to get on board with the idea. Now, Tesla has taken the first step by releasing its parts catalog for Model 3, Model S, Model X, and Roadster. There’s even a tool catalog that will allow you to, eventually, order all the specialized tools you need to tear down and rebuild any Tesla model.

This is good news for you if you like to work on your own car, or if you prefer to have a mechanic outside of Telsa perform maintenance and repair.

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"Dog Mode" Will Turn Your Tesla into your Dog's Best Friend

"Dog Mode" Will Turn Your Tesla into your Dog’s Best Friend

It’s a great idea, but let’s hope it won’t be misused

Are you worrying about your four-legged companion’s well-being while waiting for you back in your Tesla? Well, soon, you’ll have no reason for concern as Tesla’s poised to introduce a "Dog Mode" to keep dogs cool and calm inside while they wait for your return.

Following a series of tweet exchanges between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and some inquiring users, it seems like Tesla looks at ways to implement a "Dog Mode" that will keep the temperature inside the car cool, or warm, depending on the season, to have them relaxed until the owners come back.

While it’s unknown when will this mode will drop, supposedly as part of an upcoming system update; it isn’t Tesla’s first feature of this kind. The American manufacturer released two years ago the Cabin Overheat Protection mode which does exactly what its name suggests it would.

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Tesla Offers New Mid Range Model 3 To Tempt EV Buyers, But Base Trim Buyers Might Be Out Of Luck

Tesla Offers New Mid Range Model 3 To Tempt EV Buyers, But Base Trim Buyers Might Be Out Of Luck

The Fed Tax Credit is going away, so what’s it mean for all those reservations?

A new Model 3 is now available to order. It’s called the “Mid Range,” and it offers 260 miles per charge, a top speed of 125 mph, and a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds, all for $45,000. Factor in the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit and $4,300 in average fuel savings, and the final price comes to $33,200, which makes it quite tempting for those looking to live the Tesla lifestyle without dropping a ton of coin. However, with the base Model 3 not hitting production until next year and the Federal Tax Credit on its way out the door, will the Mid Range be the best Tesla you can buy?

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Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA

Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA

NHTSA refutes the claim, however

Tesla’s compact Model 3 sedan is clearly one of the safest cars on the market today, receiving a perfect 5-star safety rating after being tested by the NHTSA. To add to that, Tesla has claimed that the Model 3 scored the lowest probability of injury score ever recorded by the NHTSA.

The Model 3 is fresh off receiving a 5-star rating from the NHTSA after completing the full NCAP tests earlier this year. The smallest Tesla was awarded five stars across the board, including each sub-category, and for standard safety equipment. Now, Tesla posted on their blog that the Model 3 is also the car with the lowest likelihood of injury in case of a crash out of all the cars ever tested by the NTHSA.

Learn more about how safe the Model 3 is and why NHTSA doesn’t quite agree with Tesla

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Tesla Updates Autopilot with "Mad Max" Mode for Assertive Overtaking

Tesla Updates Autopilot with "Mad Max" Mode for Assertive Overtaking

Let the autopilot do it for you, like a road warrior!

Tesla keeps on improving its Autopilot system and the new version is now able to overtake other cars in traffic with the "Navigate with Autopilot" function. It features a "Mad Max" mode for more assured passes.

Tesla cars have been driving themselves around and about for quite a while now, but passing hasn’t been anywhere near second nature for the American EVs. To initiate an overtake when navigating with the Autopilot system turned on, you had to toggle the turn signals yourself. Now, with version 9 of the system being available, this is no longer the case.

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Tesla Model 3 Sells Like Crazy, Leaves Hyundai, Nissan in the Dust

Tesla Model 3 Sells Like Crazy, Leaves Hyundai, Nissan in the Dust

The Model 3’s sales momentum should grow once production issues are fixed

Despite nagging production issues, the Tesla Model 3 is fast becoming one of America’s best-selling sedans. Monthly and quarterly sales totals in the last three months ending in September revealed that the Model 3 outsold all but four of the top sedans sold in the U.S., regardless of their size and price. In that time span, Tesla sold around 55,800 units of the Model 3, outselling far more established models like the Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Fusion, and Chevrolet Malibu. The only four models that outsold the Model 3 are the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, and Honda Accord.

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Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla

Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla

This man cannot catch a break!!

Elon ‘Controversy’ Musk is in the news yet again. This time, it seems serious. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Musk of fraud. What fraud, you ask? The agency says he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. They want him fired from Tesla.

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NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating

NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating

Good going, Tesla

The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.

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Tesla Can't Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away

Tesla Can’t Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away

It’s nice to see Musk already looking ahead to the future of Tesla’s vehicular lineup

The Tesla Model 3 is currently the most affordable vehicle in the company’s lineup, but that could change in the future after CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company could make a $25,000 electric car at some point in the near future. Musk didn’t elaborate on the details of the proposed vehicle, but he did say that it could be a compact model that would become a cheaper alternative to the BMW 1 Series or the Mercedes GLA-Class.

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Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

More build issues for the 3?

Another day, another Tesla drama. The latest pertains to the California automaker’s new Model 3 compact, it’s most-affordable, and arguably most-important, offering to date. Apparently, the car is having some trouble holding on to its rear bumper when driving through puddles.

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Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile

Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile

Shorts confuse delivery logistics with demand shortcomings

There’s certainly been no shortage of drama in the world of Elon Musk lately. The billionaire CEO of Tesla had a few choice words for a diver involved in the recent Thai cave incident after he criticized Musk’s plan to use a submarine to rescue the stranded children. Musk eventually apologized, but Tesla’s stock took a plunge all the same. Now, a raft of Tesla haters have revealed a stockpile of freshly minted Model 3’s parked in California, leading to a host of unfounded accusations thrown at the EV producer.

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Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s

Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s

Better late than never, right, Elon Musk?

It took longer than most people, including Tesla, expected, but finally, it appears that the electric car maker has finally achieved its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 units in a span of seven days. It took 24-hours, 7-days-a-week schedules to do it, but the company reported earlier this week that it had concluded its three-month build period that ended Saturday by building 53,339 vehicles, including 28,578 Model 3 sedans.

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Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 - 9 Months

Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 - 9 Months

Won’t happen before 2019 though

We recently learned that Tesla had to refund almost a quarter of all the 400,000 reservations made for the Model 3 due to production delays, but Elon Musk is already looking into the future and says that pricing for the sedan could drop once production increases. The CEO also said that Tesla might start offering Model 3 leases in "six to nine months."

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After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla's Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers

After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla’s Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers

Lingering production delays are the biggest reason behind the big volume of refunds

Two years after posting more than 400,000 reservations for the Model 3 electric car, Tesla is now facing a big pushback from customers, a lot of whom have begun asking for their money back because of frustrations with the extended production delays on the Model 3. According to data from analytics company Second Measure, almost a quarter of all the $1,000 deposits made on the Model 3 have been refunded.

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An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports' Approval

An Over-The-Air Update Was All it Took For The Tesla Model 3 To Get Consumer Reports’ Approval

Well, that didn’t take long, did it?

Remember the whole brouhaha involving Consumer Reports’ review of the Tesla Model 3? The review publication had some good things to say about the electric sedan, but it also had some issues with some aspects of the car, none more glaring than the braking issues that overshot Tesla’s claims. Well, the automaker came out with an over-the-air software update to fix the issue, and that’s all it took for Consumer Reports to give the Model 3 its full recommendation.

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Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance

Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance

Update comes as a response to criticism from Consumer Reports

Tesla didn’t take long to fix an issue with the braking capabilities of its models after a Consumer Reports test criticized the automaker after inconsistencies surfaced in testing for the stopping distance of the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company found an issue with its “ABS calibration algorithm” and has rolled out an over-the-air software update to fix the problem.

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Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade

Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade

They never made it to the production… until now!

The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in 2016 and received a thunderous response, garnering 232,000 bookings within two days. One thing that surely contributed to this number was the design of the wheels. The Model 3 prototype came equipped with a set of smoking-hot wheels, which unfortunately didn’t make it to production then. However, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that this design would be available as an upgrade later this year! Yes, we are definitely excited about it!

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Video of the Day: Top Gear Plays with the Tesla Model 3

Video of the Day: Top Gear Plays with the Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 almost feels like more of a unicorn than a car that’s on the market, doesn’t it? There are so many customers still waiting for theirs. Those who have theirs have had complaints about the materials and build quality. It was just knocked hard as hell for poor brake performance (Elon Musk has promised a fix, by the way.) The thing is, a lot of people haven’t actually had the chance to see one up close yet. I’ve seen three different Maseratis in the past two weeks and haven’t seen one Model 3 – and I live in a big city with plenty of public chargers.

The point is, you’re probably curious to see just what it’s like to be inside the Model 3, how it drives, whether or not it’s powerful enough. Hell, maybe you’re just outright curious. It’s an intriguing little car with a minimalist design and downright quick performance. The long-range model can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of sports cars its size on the road today, and it does it without using a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel.

With that said, Top Gear was nice enough to take a nice long drive with the Tesla Model 3 and they took the time to record the whole trip. Go ahead and watch the video below, then click on the link at the bottom to learn all about the Tesla Model 3!

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Pops' Rants: Tesla Should Change its Name to "Fix It Again Elon"

Pops’ Rants: Tesla Should Change its Name to "Fix It Again Elon"

Leave Tony alone, Fiats are actually nice nowadays

Hey folks, it’s Friday again, and I’m here to say "I told you so!" Yes I know, you need more than that. Here it is: I told you Elon Musk has a hard time admitting that Tesla cars have certain issues that take several months to fix.

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Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model 3 Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It

Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model 3 Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It

CR says it will run another test

Tesla is again under fire after Consumer Reports said it will not recommend the Model 3 due to braking issues. Elon Musk was quick to respond and promised to fix the issues with a firmware update.

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Consumer Reports Claims that the Tesla Model 3 Has Big Flaws

Consumer Reports Claims that the Tesla Model 3 Has Big Flaws

Other outlets found issues too

A few years ago, Tesla made headlines with the Model S scoring the best-ever Consumer Reports ratings. Nowadays, things aren’t going as good. The Model S isn’t getting the best reviews, and the Model 3 falls short of the outlet’s recommendation. You probably remember that Consumer Reports reported some issues before the compact sedan was out. And Elon Musk freaked out, claiming a conspiracy against Tesla. Well, CR just finished testing the Model 3 it bought a while back, and it reports "big flaws," including "long stopping distances in emergency braking tests" and "difficult-to-use controls."

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Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3

Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3

Musk aims to open a can of whoop ass on the Germans

The Tesla Model 3 isn’t the prettiest car on the road, it’s not the fastest, and it’s not even being delivered on time thanks to a slew of production problems. There have even been complaints about customers not getting the right and/or expected materials inside their Model 3 once they’ve taken delivery. Maybe all of these hiccups happened because Musk was too busy working on a high-performance version of the Model 3. Okay, that’s probably not the case, but he really was working on one, and it’s set to rival the BMW M3 with better performance, AWD, and a similar price.

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History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again

History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again

Turns out that humans really are underrated

When Tesla announced the Model 3, it seemed that Elon Musk finally found a way to offer an electric car that middle-class drivers can afford. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and much like it happened with the Model X, production of the Model 3 suffered a few delays. Come April 2018, and Tesla has halted production once again in order to improve automation and address bottlenecks in the production process. The action comes a few days after Elon Musk tweeted that "excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake" and that "humans are underrated."

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Pops' Rants: All This Hype about Tesla Outselling German Luxury Cars in Europe Is Misleading

Pops’ Rants: All This Hype about Tesla Outselling German Luxury Cars in Europe Is Misleading

Check these facts!

Tesla has been offering mass-production electric cars for six years now, and it’s safe to say that Elon Musk’s company is doing great. Sure, the Model X came a bit late and Tesla is still struggling to put the Model 3 on the assembly line, but the carmaker’s EVs are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Europe.

Norway continues to be Tesla’s second largest market after the U.S., where the Model S actually climbed atop the all-popular Volkswagen Golf. More recently, the Model S also began outselling German luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series in Europe for the very first time. It’s a big deal, and I can understand why most outlets are going crazy about it, but all this talk about Tesla ripping the Germans to shreds is misleading.

For starters, this has happened before in the U.S. I know, the U.S. is Tesla’s home turf, and it’s easier to sell cars here rather than export them to Europe, but it’s a valid precedent. Second, and what everyone seems to be missing, the Model S is not a competitor for the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. It’s actually more the size of theE-Class, 5 Series, and Audi A6, something Elon Musk himself stressed a while back. Here’s why this is important.

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Tesla Can't Ramp Up Model 3 Production Until Elon Musk Gets All the Tooling From Germany

Tesla Can’t Ramp Up Model 3 Production Until Elon Musk Gets All the Tooling From Germany

It’s another logistical issue from a company that has a long list of delays

It’s the classic case of Tesla being Tesla. The electric car maker says that production of the Model 3 is on track to meet its first-quarter targets. The only problem is that the tools it needs to actually build the Model 3 are still not in its Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. They’re still 5,429 miles away in Dausfeld, Germany. It might seem like an easy problem to solve because Tesla could just have them shipped from Germany, it’s still a long distance to ship a lot of hardware that needs to be disassembled, shipped, and assembled once it hits its destination.

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Tesla Insiders Claim More Model 3 Setbacks Imminent; Tesla Says the Opposite

Tesla Insiders Claim More Model 3 Setbacks Imminent; Tesla Says the Opposite

We’ll see who’s telling the truth in the coming months

For all the gains Tesla has made as a company, the electric car maker still can’t seem to get out of its own way when it comes to meeting its production timetables. Production of the Model X was delayed for a few years and the same is happening with the Model 3. Now, MSNBC is reporting that Tesla employees are concerned that more production delays are on the horizon because of a slew of issues happening inside Tesla’s Gigafactory, including the alarming number of inexperienced workers and the slow pace of manually assembling the car’s batteries.

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An AWD Version of the Tesla Model 3 Could Break Cover in Spring 2018

An AWD Version of the Tesla Model 3 Could Break Cover in Spring 2018

Then again, this is Tesla we’re talking about so expect some delays

An all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 has been in the cards for some time. We all know it’s coming; we just don’t know when it’s coming. Turns out, it could arrive sooner than we thought because Tesla appears to be rolling out the dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 as early as the Spring of 2018. Unless your calendars are acting up, the dual-motor Model 3 could arrive as early as March 2018 or as late as June 2018.

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Tesla Employee Crashes Model 3, Charged with DUI After Run-in with a Deer

Tesla Employee Crashes Model 3, Charged with DUI After Run-in with a Deer

It can’t be stressed enough: do NOT drive when you’re intoxicated

A Tesla employee found himself in hot water after crashing a Model 3 in California. Adding insult to injury, the man, identified as 38-year-old Colin Flynn, was also charged with DUI.

Flynn’s harrowing adventure occurred in the early morning of Saturday, January 13. According to police reports, the Tesla employee overshot a turn on a road in Morgan Hill, California, sending the car flying around 70 feet before crashing into the far bank of Coyote Creek.

Local police arrived shortly afterwards to find Flynn, unhurt from the crash. The Tesla told the police that the crash occurred after he swerved to avoid a deer, and not because he reeked of alcohol smell. The police asked him to take a breathalyzer test, and when he refused, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported to the local precinct. Once there, Flynn also refused to have blood work done, as required by California law in cases like this. That discretion earned him a charge of obstruction. It wasn’t until officers obtained a search warrant that Flynn decided to cooperate.

As for the Model 3, the electric car was eventually removed from the creek after spending a few hours retrieving it. Authorities also advised all drivers to keep a lookout for the deer that supposedly caused Flynn to fly his Model 3 into the bank of a creek.

Most importantly, don’t drink and drive, folks.

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Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile

Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile

Can somebody give us an explanation?

Tesla has found itself in the middle of a new controversy, though the issue has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology going awry. The issue at hand revolves around the Model 3’s headliner and the material that’s being used on it. Apparently, some owners who have taken delivery of their Model 3’s were surprised to see that the headliner in their cars was covered by weaved textile as opposed to Alcantara.

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Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans

Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans

Gone are the days when Ferrari and Lamborghini topped lists like this

A recent survey conducted by marketing agency Digital Third Coast and automotive products company Golden Eagle revealed the average car tastes of most Americans. The survey had some predictable results, most notably the Ford Mustang staking claim as the often-stated “dream car” among most Americans. Surprisingly, though, Tesla came in second, followed by a Jeep, a Corvette, and a Camaro.

The sample size of the survey is small - only 2,000 Americans participated - relative to the study’s topic, but it did paint a seemingly accurate picture of the car tastes of most Americans. It’s not surprising that baby boomers still long to own a Chevrolet Corvette while Gen-Xer’s are still captivated by the mystique of the Chevrolet Camaro. For their part, millennials identified Tesla as their dream cars, an understandable answer considering that they’re literally coming into adulthood at the same time as Tesla is coming into its own as a legitimate automaker.

The survey also revealed that Tesla has a foothold in the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific as the dream car among Americans living in those regions. The Mustang is well-represented by folks in the Midwest and Southeast while those living in the Mountain regions surprisingly identified the Range Rover over any kind of Jeep as their dream cars.

Tesla continues to pop up at various times in the survey, but there is a good bit of irony in the revelation that most people who identified themselves as “not knowledgeable” about cars chose the electric car maker as their dream car. It’s likely that they identify Teslas, whether it’s the Model S, Model X, or Model 3, as the cars of the future, in large part because of the company’s status as a pioneer in electrification and autonomous driving technology. These people are less captivated by the mechanical and technical intricacies of a car as they are about the possibility of going to work while the car drives them there autonomously.

On the flip side, those who identified themselves as “car experts” chose the Mustang as their dream car. Hardly a surprise there, either.

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Shocker: Tesla Misses Model 3 Goals; Delays Production Again

Shocker: Tesla Misses Model 3 Goals; Delays Production Again

Goal reduced from 5,000 to 2,500 for Q1 2018 production

Tesla is no stranger to production woes as both the original Model S and the trendy Model X experienced major delays early on, so it comes as no surprise the automaker announced the budget-friendly Model 3’s production volume won’t be ramping up to the 5,000-unit-per-week goal until the second quarter of 2018. That goal was originally set for December of 2017, but production delays sacked those plans. Despite the delays, Tesla still delivered 1,550 Model 3s in Q4 of 2017.

Continue reading for more on Tesla’s production woes.

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Tesla Could Limit Use of Superchargers for Commercial Use

Tesla Could Limit Use of Superchargers for Commercial Use

Taxi fleets that use Tesla models are likely the ones that will most be affected

Tesla is laying down the law on all new vehicles it sells that will be used for commercial purposes. The California-based electric car maker has revealed that these vehicles will be restricted from using its Supercharger network to avoid abusive use by owners. The company has already updated its legal page to reflect this change in policy, but with commercial operators of Tesla vehicles still using these Superchargers for a whole range of other purposes, the automaker could take “additional action” to protect the availability of the Superchargers.

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Tesla Finally Gives Early Model 3 Owners a Radio and a Trip Odometer

Tesla Finally Gives Early Model 3 Owners a Radio and a Trip Odometer

Its time to right a few wrongs, don’t you think?

The Tesla Model 3 has already been criticized for being pretty basic, but the biggest criticism it got was that there was no GM radio and no odometer – two basic features that have been around for decades in every car produced. Well, with standard over-the-air updates, Tesla has finally added a trip odometer and FM radio. Whether or not these were originally intended to be paid options in the future, or simply overlooked remains to be seen, and even sounds a little absurd to have to question, but they are now considered standard equipment, which makes the latest OTA and win-win. In addition to these two features, the OTA update also brings in new apps that providing information on energy consumption and tire pressure monitoring. And, it also gets the “easy entry and exit” feature found on the Tesla Model S and Model X.

Remember, current Model 3 owners are, for the most part, Tesla employees or “members of the family” that were able to purchase early examples in order to give near-immediate feedback, but customer deliveries are expected to kick off by the turn of the year. Customers who will receive initial deliveries in the coming weeks should expect somewhat routine updates that will continue to add features and software honing over the next year or so at the least.

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Tesla Customer Gets a Model 3 Owner's Manual from Tesla Roadside Assistance

Tesla Customer Gets a Model 3 Owner’s Manual from Tesla Roadside Assistance

Check it out – 160 pages of Tesla all for you

These days, it’s not uncommon for documents, images, or just about anything else pertaining to a new car to leak ahead of its debut. Sometimes it’s clearly at the hands of an Automaker (think the Jeep JL leaks or the Lamborghini Urus Leak from the other day), and other times it’s because some idiot behind a computer isn’t paying attention. In the case of the Model 3 owner’s manual, which we’ve yet to see in its entirety until now, it’s most likely the latter. What started out as a call to roadside assistance resulted in a member of the Tesla 3 Owner’s Club on Facebook getting a full, seemly official PDF version of the owner’s manual. And, it details everything from start to finish, including the new bi-directional thumb buttons, exterior mirror adjustments, Autopilot (just a copy and paste from other manuals,) hub cab (what we know as “aero caps”) removal and installation, and even motor information.

That’s right, even motor information is included, which tells us that the Model 3’s motor runs at a nominal voltage of 370 Volts with a maximum current of 800 Amps. Maximum motor speed is 17,900 rpm, while motor power is pegged at 165 kW or 221 horsepower. This is nothing new, of course, but what is new is the maximum wheel torque output – a mind-blowing 3,700 Nm or 2,725.980 pound-feet. Of course, that’s the glory of electric motors and electric vehicles in general – all of that gut-wrenching, near instantaneous torque on demand. And, even the Model 3 has plenty of that.

Of course, having enough torque stop the rotation of the earth is one thing, but it should be noted that as of the time of the manual’s publication, towing wasn’t permitted. So, while it could tow a skyscraper from one side of NYC to the other with all of that torque, it’s not a good idea to try right now. Then again, the manual says that it “currently” doesn’t support towing, which means it could, in the future, honor Musk’s previous promise that it would be able to. Finally, the manual confirms that the battery pack has a rated capacity of 75 kWh, which is exactly what we were expecting after previous leaks of EPA documents.

Check out the owner’s manual for yourself below – if you’re a reservation holder or just a curious reader, there’s plenty of material there to help you get familiar with the mini Model S.

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Tesla is Hemorrhaging Money at an Alarming Rate

Tesla is Hemorrhaging Money at an Alarming Rate

We’re talking about $8,000 a minute here

Elon Musk may have surprised the world by debuting the next Tesla Roadster side-by-side with the new Tesla Semi, but that’s not the biggest surprise to come out of the Tesla garage. The title of “biggest surprise” would be reserved for the fact that the company is burning through $8,000 per minute, $480,000 per hour, or $1 billion per quarter. And, at the current rate of expenditure, it is predicted that the company will run out of cash as soon as August of next year.

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Pops' Rants: Volvo Shamelessly Reheated an Old Concept to Revive Polestar

Pops’ Rants: Volvo Shamelessly Reheated an Old Concept to Revive Polestar

And Tesla complains too much about too many things

As much as I’m in love with the 1950s and 1960s when it comes to car designs, the automotive industry is living a golden era as we speak. The variety is incredible, there are plenty of attractive offers at dealerships, and nearly every car, no matter how affordable, packs a ton of tech that makes life behind the steering wheel easier. But this golden era also comes with a lot of bullshit, ranging from fancy and unnecessary PR talk to bragging about performance figures that aren’t that great. And of course, trying to justify overpriced special-edition model with extra features that are either barely noticeable or useless. Which brings me to the latest car that’s getting everyone excited: the Polestar 1.

A while back Volvo decided that Polestar should also make its own cars besides tuning what’s already available in dealerships. Polestar delivered and announced the 1. I mean the Polestar 1, because the "1" nameplate doesn’t make much sense by itself. Everyone got excited! Oh my God, pretty coupe, powerful hybrid drivetrain, shut up and take my money! Well no, the Polestar 1 doesn’t deserve all the attention. And it doesn’t deserve your hard-earned money. Let me explain.

Continue reading for the full story.

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