2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
Horsepower @ RPM:300
0-60 time:6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:130 mph (Est.)
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.
Continue reading to learn more about the Tesla Model 3.
Latest Tesla Model 3 news and reviews:
Can a Tesla Model 3 Really Beat an Acura NSX in a Drag Race?
The Acura NSX is one of the sexiest vehicles available today. But it is not just about the looks: the car can sprint to high speeds quite effortlessly. The NSX has fans all across the globe and it has proved its mettle a number of times over the years. But, does it have what it takes to compete with the new breed of evolved cars? Unfortunately, no.
The Acura NSX recently took to a drag strip to challenge the Tesla Model 3, but just couldn’t take it down. Is this a sad plight for the petrolheads out there, or a happy one for EV lovers? You decide.
Tesla News Roundup Nov 11-15 - Cybertruck Trademark, Model 3 Update, Gigafactory 4 and more!
Tesla had a phenomenal week. It was not just the Cybertruck that stole the limelight. The Model 3 is impressing the hell out of everyone all across the glob, and it even received a performance upgrade. The company is also making major strides in terms of expanding its global footprint. What’s more, Tesla reported profits in the third quarter, and there’s big news out of SpaceX. Could things be any better for Elon Musk right now? Let’s take a look at all the news from this week!
Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?
I saw an article posted by another outlet just the other day that was titled “idiots are trying to run themselves over with Their Own Tesla’s.” Like most people, I didn’t really read the article – I eventually did, and it isn’t much of an article – however, with all the dumb challenges going on these days (dumb kids eating tide pods, I’m looking at you) I found it very easily to believe people are out there jumping in front of their Tesla on Smart Summon, just to see if it will stop. As it turns out, there aren’t as many cases as I would have expected, and I’m sure they’re coming at some point, but there is one “homemade” test that we’ve posted below. Not surprisingly, the Smart Summon feature is far from perfect. This raises another question in my mind, though: Who the hell is responsible in accidents involving Tesla Smart Summon?
Tesla has a different view of what “having fun in a car” should mean. Don’t get us wrong, but for the vast majority of gearheads out there, that’s synonymous to actually driving the car and occasionally taking it to the limit. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t see a point in offering your customers the likes of in-car gaming and in-car karaoke since we’re still far, far away from Level 5 autonomous driving. No, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t that.
As usual, Tesla will deliver the update through its over-the-air system this week, but before you get it, here’s what you should look for. For a better grasp, we’ve grouped the new features based on their purpose.
Tesla Model 3 Owners Had a Very Nice Labor Day Gift from Tesla This Year
Tesla loves giving surprises. They are always on the lookout for new ways to keep the customers excited and looking forward to new adventures. On Labor Day, the company decided to astonish the owners once again. How, you ask? By locking them out of their cars! Many owners were left stranded outside their cars when Tesla’s Phone Key app experienced failure for a brief period. Looks like Tesla took the Labor Day off to the next level. But, let’s cut them some slack and leave them ‘Elon’. The company was enjoying Labor Day, too!
This is What You Don’t Get in the Cheapest, $35,000 2020 Tesla Model 3
Let’s be honest here; the Tesla Model 3’s interior isn’t exactly rich and well defined. It is sparsely equipped with one massive screen that hosts virtual buttons for all functions. In higher grade trims, Tesla did manage to offer nice upholstery on the seats and more expensive materials on the doors. It does give a bit of style and pizzazz to the Tesla Model 3, but nowhere near enough to match the lavish of the Lexus IS, 3 Series, or, the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The problem is that even the most expensive Model 3’s interior cannot hold a candle to the interiors of even less expensive cars. And now, we have a stripped-down Model 3. What could Tesla possibly delete from the Model 3 to lower its price to $35,000? Well, here’s a list of everything you don’t get with the entry-level Tesla Model 3.
Novitec’s Take on the Tesla Model 3 Is a Song of Carbon Fiber
We’re willing to bet our lunch money that you’ve heard of Novitec before, especially in connection to heavyweight names such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren of Rolls-Royce. But those who have developed an interest in the German tuner’s work know it also directs some resources into churning out subtle packs that touch on Teslas, under the Novitec for Tesla tab. So far, Novitec had a go at the Model S and Model X, so it was really just a matter of time before the Model 3 was given its fair share of attention. Mind you, the add-ons fall on the subtle side, which is perhaps the best route to take, especially since some years ago Elon Musk was adamant that owners should not, under any circumstances, tune or modify their vehicles as this would unbalance their working order. We’ll deal with that aspect in the following lines, but let us first have a good look at Novitec’s treatment for the Model 3.
Someone Caught the Rare and Elusive Tesla Pickup on Video!
The Tesla pickup truck is all the sedation these days, but no one has seen it or caught its test mules or anything. However, this channel on YouTube called ’TorqueNews" apparently caught the pickup truck comfortably cruising on the highway completely undisguised. Is this the real deal? Well, it’s not. Tesla is not known to test its vehicles out in the open whether disguised or undisguised. It probably tests them somewhere in the outer space along with the SpaceX Roadster; or in the Hyperloop tunnels! You wouldn’t see a ’Musk’ito out in the open from Tesla’s factory, let ’Elon’ a pickup truck (I know how horrible these puns sound).
Nomad Tesla Model 3 Wireless Phone Charger
Finding aftermarket bits and bobs that fit your car perfectly is, at times, a tough task. And we’re not talking solely about the tuning scene, with its aero parts and custom wheel designs. So, consider this: how long have you been searching for, let’s say, a decent car phone charger that doesn’t break after the first use or doesn’t mess up your smartphone’s battery? California-based Nomad has been selling high-quality chargers, cables, phone cases, and other such contraptions since 2012, and it is now exploring the in-car charging gear avenue with a dual, wireless phone charger designed specifically for the Tesla Model 3.
Can I buy the long-awaited Tesla $35.000 Model 3? Good question!
With the $35,000 priceModel 3, Elon Musk promised to bring electric cars to the masses. Well, when the EV was released, in July 2017, the automaker offered only the much more expensive Long Range and Performance models. Only earlier this year, Tesla delivered the agreed $35,000 Model 3 and guess what? Since its introduction, the carmaker removed the car from its online ordering system and raised the price. Thus the long-awaited $35,000 Tesla, survived on the market for less than three months.
The first ever Tesla pickup truck is here and it’s not what you expected
We know for a fact that Tesla will unveil its first ever pickup truck sometime this year, but some people aren’t prepared to wait so they’ve made their own. This is the story of Simone Giertz who did just that, using a Tesla Model 3 sedan as a base. That’s right. She bought a Tesla Model 3 and started cutting, adjusting, and welding. The result is way better than we would have expected. Here’s how this story goes.
Jeff Mc Quinn gives credit to his Model 3 driver-assist system for saving him from getting sideswiped on the freeway. Mc Quinn felt his Model 3 swerve into an adjacent lane. He believed something was strange and thought the Autopilot was malfunctioning. Only when he reviewed the vehicle dashcam footage, which he shared on YouTube, did the Model 3 owner realize that the Autopilot system saved him from being sideswiped by a truck.
Will Panasonic save Tesla Model Y production from the battery cell shortage foreseen by Gigafactory 1?
The start of production of the 2020 Tesla Model Y next year will result in a battery cell shortage, according to reports from the Gigafactory 1 factory. Panasonic’s CEO, Kazuhiro Tsuga, wants to discuss the topic with Tesla. For the production of the Model Y, Tesla has yet to declare which factory it will use. Also, Tesla has not confirmed any battery supplier for the production of the Model 3.
Is Tesla relying on a new investment from Panasonic?
Europeans can buy a tow hitch for their Tesla Model 3 at about $1,262
On May 7, honoring a promise made in 2016 to Tesla customers, Elon Musk made a tow hitch available as an option for Model 3. So far, the feature is open only to Europeans for an extra charge of about $1,262. Tesla has been talking about a towing capacity of up to 910 kg (2,000 lbs).
Disappointingly, Tesla is not making available the tow hitch for Model 3 vehicles already delivered, so you can only get one if you haven’t taken delivery yet.
In response to Canada’s federal EV incentive price cap, Tesla offers a new Model 3 with a range of 150 km.
In response to Canada’s federal electric cars incentive price cap below $45,000 or $55,000 with options, Tesla lowered the cost of the Model 3 to $44,999 in the country. However, it also software-locked the vehicle to only 150 km (93 miles) of range. Is Tesla trying to take advantage by selling the new base Model 3 with half the range and a reduced price of $2,000? Well if this were the case, the automaker would have offered to unlock the range as an option which doesn’t seem to be happening. Indeed Tesla claims that “In order to be eligible for the incentive in Canada and provide our customers with this benefit, we are unable to offer a range upgrade on Model 3 Standard Range cars.”
Instead of selling the range limited Model 3, Tesla seems like it’s trying to push the upgraded Model 3. By lowering the price of the base Model 3, the Standard Range Plus becomes suitable for the incentive since it is technically an option for a car which starting price is below $45,000 and doesn’t go over $55,000.
Is a Tesla Model 3 Performance faster around a track than a BMW M3?
Elon Musk announced some time back that the performance version of the Tesla Model 3 would cost about the same as a BMW M3, but that it would be around 15 percent quicker around a track than the German car. Well, the time has finally come to put that claim to the test and see if the much-beloved M3 is really slower than the Tesla.
Tesla’s Full Self Driving Option is Now More Expensive
Elon Musk announced that the price of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) option is going to "substantially" increase over time. It’s still unclear how much the price will go up, but we will know it soon as the first rise of the cost is expected for May 1, 2019. We only know it should be "something like" $3,000," which would bring the option to a total amount of $8,000.
According to the automaker, FSD will soon be able to identify and respond to traffic lights and stop signs and will even drive automatically on city streets. Tesla announced that Autopilot is now a standard feature for some model and trims, but standard Autopilot boosted the car price. Musk also said that starting in a few months it will offer computer retrofits to all owners who purchased the FSD option.
Ride Hailing, LIDAR, Life Span, And Self-Driving Tech - Tesla Has it All Figured Out
Tesla is a small automaker compared to the global giants, yet it leads the pack from a technical and technological standpoint in many areas. One such area is in the field of autonomous driving tech, and the automaker recently showcased its newest self-driving tech and how it intends to use them at a special event held at its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
Stop Worrying About Battery Life If You Own a Tesla Model 3
On April 13, Elon Musk stated that the Model 3’s battery should last 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is the equivalent of 1,500 cycles. The even more exciting announcement from Musk is that Model 3 battery’s design allows replacing modules instead of the entire battery, thus saving money for electric cars owners. Musk affirmed that replacing the battery modules will only cost between $5,000 and $7,000. The Model 3’s battery pack, which has four battery modules, is guaranteed to keep the 70% of its capacity for 100,000 miles. The warranty for the long-range Model 3 battery is 120,000 miles.
Randy Pobst Takes the 2019 Tesla Model 3 to the Track; How Does it Perform?
Randy Pobst is the racing driver employed by MotorTrend to test the highest performance cars on track, gauge their talents, and attempt to post consistent lap times. But Randy also worked for Tesla during the development of the new Model 3, more specifically that car’s track mode, so if there’s a person who could put it through its paces, then it has to be him. So, how did it perform?
Tesla Adds a New Advanced Tailgater Feature to Autopilot Self-Driving System
Tesla is at the forefront of autonomous driving tech in the automotive industry, but competitors are hot on its heels trying to match the broad array of features provided by its Autopilot system. Now the EV maker is consolidating its position as a leader in this field with its newly released Advanced Tailgater mode that will be added for free to all Autopilot-equipped Tesla models via an over-the-air update.
Donut Media Goes Deep With Tesla: Video
If you went up to me 20 years ago and told me that electric cars would eventually become some of the quickest, sexiest vehicles on the planet, I would have asked what you were smoking and why weren’t you sharing. But oh how things have changed. Now the calendar says it’s 2019, and the appeal of cars like the Tesla Model S is undeniable. With cutting-edge technology, insane levels of torque, and head-turning style, the Tesla brand is a force to be reckoned with. Now, with the recent debut of the 2020 Tesla Model Y,Donut Media is diving deep on everything you need to know about Tesla.
Tesla Postponed Price Hikes Because of Overwhelming Number of Last Minute Orders
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.
Visual Comparison: 2020 Tesla Model Y vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3
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.
Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production
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.
Here’s How a Simple Security Oversight Brings Hell To 2019 Tesla Model 3 Owners
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.
What We Can Expect From Tesla in 2019 - Tesla Model Y, AutoPilot, and More
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.
Watch How Tesla Builds the 2019 Model 3 in 48 Seconds
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.
If You Have Ordered or Will Order a 2019 Tesla Model 3, Here are the Quality Issues You Can Expect
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.
Someone Hacked the Tesla Model 3 To Run YouTube and Ubuntu Linux
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.
Tesla Releases an Update to Address Model 3 Cold Weather Issues but It’s the Laziest Fix Ever
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.
Check Out This Cool Tesla Model 3 Key Fob
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.
Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues
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.
Tesla Launches "Track Mode," Turns Model 3 Into Drift Machine
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.
Best Electric Cars of 2018
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!
Tesla Summon - Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws
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.
Help your Tesla Model 3 stand out with RevoZport widebody kit
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.
The Range-Topping Tesla Model 3 Now Comes Standard with the Performance Upgrade
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!
You Can Now Browse Tesla’s Parts Catalog for the Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster, and Even OEM Tools
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.
"Dog Mode" Will Turn Your Tesla into your Dog’s Best Friend
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.
Tesla Offers New Mid Range Model 3 To Tempt EV Buyers, But Base Trim Buyers Might Be Out Of Luck
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?
Tesla Claims Model 3 Achieves "Lowest Probability of Injury" Ever Tested by NHTSA
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
Tesla Updates Autopilot with "Mad Max" Mode for Assertive Overtaking
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.
Tesla Model 3 Sells Like Crazy, Leaves Hyundai, Nissan in the Dust
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.
Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla
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.
NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating
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.
Tesla Can’t Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away
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.
Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain
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.
Continue reading for the full story.
Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile
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.
Continue reading for the full story.
Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s
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.