2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X
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After years of delays and rampant speculation, it’s finally official – the Model X has arrived. In a live event at the company’s factory in Fremont, California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally handed out keys to the first models off the production line, detailing the vehicle’s features and capabilities along the way. The Model X is framed as an uber-safe, uber-clean, semi-autonomous, highly practical, all-electric long-range SUV capable of embarrassing hardcore sports cars in a speed contest. That’s a lot to chew on, even for the most disruptive automaker on the block.

Unlike Tesla’s first model, the Lotus Elise-based Roadster, the Model X was built totally in-house using the existing Model S platform. However, unlike the sedan, this SUV can sit up to seven passengers and carry an attic’s worth of stuff, all while going 250 miles in a charge and hitting 60 mph quick enough to make you see plaid.

Sounds wild, doesn’t it? Read on to see exactly what I mean.

Updated 11/24/2015: An official Tesla Model X configurator confirms that the electric SUV will be priced from $80k - before any incentives and not including $1,200 destination fees. If you will opt for the six seats pack you will have to pay an extra $3k, while the Autopilot function adds $2,5k to the final cost. Other options include a $4,5k premium package, a $2,5k premium sound system and a $1k subzero weather package.

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The Model S and Model X Plaid Could sport a battery much larger the Tesla Model S P110D

The Tesla Model S Plaid tore around Laguna Seca in just 1:36.555 and is slated to be the fastest and most powerful version of the Tesla Model S, effectively dethroning the Model S P100D. The Model X will also get the same treatment and, while we know the Model S and Model X Plaid models will be more powerful – and faster – we’ve been left in the dark in terms of battery size, at least until now, as Elon Musk has confirmed that Plaid models will, in fact, feature a larger battery. In fact, they will sort the largest battery to ever grace Tesla’s lineup.

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Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?

Not sure Smart Summon was such a good thing to release this early on

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?

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Tesla Software Version 10 Makes It More Fun to Be An Idiot With AutoPilot

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.

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Elon Musk Says No to Refreshing the Tesla Model S and Model X - Is This a Big Mistake?

Or is all of this just a matter of semantics?

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Sexy Video of Couple Banging in a Tesla Model X on Autopilot Mode Goes Viral on Pornhub

I wouldn’t recommend it since it is dangerous, the XXX video author said.

Known as Taylor Jackson, the independent porn star is the author of the first XXX-rated flick filmed inside Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode. Despite Tesla’s warnings about the Autopilot technology not being fully hands-free yet, the video shows a lot of hand actions in the car, but hands are not always on the steering. Taylor Jackson stated: "I wouldn’t recommend it since it is dangerous.”

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Tesla Goes Ice Fishing, Burns Up, Doesn’t Melt Ice

EV’s charred remains somehow didn’t break through

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Tesla Shares Plummet Despite Record-Breaking Production

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The fearsome straight-line beasts can now kick ass on tracks as well

Elon Musk recently announced on Twitter that Tesla would be discontinuing the 75 kWh variants of the Model S and Model X. The two models will now be offered only in the 100 kWh and 100 kWh Performance versions. The smaller battery-capacity car is up for sale only until Sunday night. Does this mean this mean that Tesla will begin using its new battery cells in the Model S and Model X, a move that could eventually make them track worthy?

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Tesla is Victimizing People Who Buy Their Used Cars

If you think all you’ll read down below is bad, don’t forget it’s still a developing story

Tesla has set up a way to bypass the dealerships and the usually annoying experience that goes with them. Through their website, you can buy certified pre-owned models without the hassle, or so they say. One YouTuber tells the exact opposite story of how he bought a used Model X in October of last year, and the car still isn’t in his possession as of January 9th. Yikes!

When you’ve made up your mind that you’ll buy a used car, you might think about going the way of a certified pre-owned example bought through an authorized dealer. The thinking is that the dealer took care to give the car a once over and fix some things before putting it up for sale again. You’d also think that they aren’t taking in just any beater and that you could get an acceptable deal on a car or truck that’s in good condition. That’s exactly what YouTuber ’Rich Rebuilds’ thought when he decided to buy a used Model X. However, what followed is nothing short of nightmarish.

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Tesla Owner Has a Simple Solution for Truck Owners That Like to Block Superchargers

This Model X owner has made a statement and how!

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

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7 Electric SUVs And What They Bring to the Table

They are all kind of the same, really

With the short, but obvious invasion of electric SUVs on the market, I am quite interested in what all of those machines bring. Many of the major manufacturers invested heavily in introducing a new generation of electric SUVs with Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, and BMW coming long after Tesla actually sparked the creation of the entire segment with the Model X.

Now, with a number of electric SUVs on the market one would expect some radically different thinking behind a seemingly similar car, but that may not be the case. Aside from five expensive electric SUVs (the I-Pace, the Model X, the EQ C, the E-Tron and theiX3 Concept), the only ones that were brave enough to give the market an electric shock are Hyundai and Kia with the Kona Electric and the Niro EV. So, learn here what all of them bring to the table and how do they differ.

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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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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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Drag Race Battle - Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D

Drag Race Battle - Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D

Old school takes on the new school!

On paper, an SUV should have no business competing against a supercar in a drag race. But the cars in question, a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Tesla Model X P100D, aren’t exactly too far apart in the performance category. One produces 588 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, while the other has 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque on tap. Line them side-by-side on a drag strip and the question of who wins isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. In the end, such a race took place at the Drag Times home track of Palm Beach International Raceway. As for which car won? Watch the video and find out.

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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 Gives Extra Range, Free Supercharging to Owners in the Path of Hurricane Florence

Tesla Gives Extra Range, Free Supercharging to Owners in the Path of Hurricane Florence

Thanks to the magic of over-the-air updates, Tesla has once again stepped up to the plate and delivered extra range, as well as free supercharging, to its customers in the path of Hurricane Florence. This move mirrors the same move the company made just last year for Florida residents right before Hurricane Irma made landfall. This special update has left Carolina-based customers with the following surprise message:

“We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurrican Florence. We hope this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels.”

This temporary OTA update only affects those that previously purchased a Tesla Model S or Model X with a 75 kWh battery that was “software locked” to a capacity of 60 kWh. The option at the time made the car more affordable at the cost of a shorter range. It has, however, proven as-as a way that Tesla can offer some of its customers an unexpected and very much appreciated act of faith they need the extra go-juice the most. There’s no word as to when Tesla will return the cars to their original configuration or begin charging for Supercharging in the area again, but changes are the temporary update will remain in effect until long after the storm has passed.

Kudos to Tesla – it’s always nice to see an automaker help out its customers when it can. It costs the company next to nothing but can mean so much to those who have a desperate need for a few extra miles of range when getting out of mother nature’s way.

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Mercedes EQC vs Tesla Model X

Mercedes EQC vs Tesla Model X

The EQC is here to help Tesla shorten the waiting periods for the Model X!

Mercedes is finally here with its trump card in the electric crossover segment – the Mercedes-Benz EQC. On 4 September, when the whole world was excited to witness the launch of this beast, there was one particular nervous face as well - the face that has been dominating the e-crossover market for quite some time now – The Tesla Model X. It was natural for the Model X to be threatened by a car which has a name that stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’. The king of the jungle finally has stiff competition (no offense, Jaguar lovers! the I-Pace is good too) in terms of looks, practicality, and performance. How can we not compare the two? Tesla’s days of bullying the kids in this segment seem to be nearing its end.

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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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Watch Tesla Fail Miserably at Trying to Rollover the Model X

Watch Tesla Fail Miserably at Trying to Rollover the Model X

This thing just won’t tip!

Say what you will about Tesla or its rascal CEO Elon Musk - the various models in Tesla’s lineup perform incredibly well in safety tests, and that’s a fact. Such is the case with the Model X SUV, which just aced the NHTSA’s rollover test with the lowest probability of tipping over “of any SUV.”

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Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set's New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set’s New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Yeah, we know, Porsche did much more, but this is a different record

I know you remember when Porsche pulled that Airbus A380 for more than 130 feet, but this story is a bit different. See, in this case, Tesla set the record for the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. To set the record a Tesla Model X, as it rolls off the production line, pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner a total of 987 feet. It did so in Melbourne, Australia and pulled a Quntas branded jet down the runway.

If that doesn’t sound tough to you, well it is. The Model X used was a P100D model, which packs 603 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is rated at just 5,112 – a decent number for an electric SUV, but far, far below the 286,600-pound weight of that Qantas jet. In fact, that jet weighs 56.0641 times that of the Model X P100D’s towing capacity.

So, for now, Tesla holds a new record and, until the rest of the big boys start putting out their powerful, torquey electric SUVS. I wouldn’t count on Tesla holding this record for long. Something tells me that Porsche will be more than happy to recreate that Airbus A380 pull with something that doesn’t rely on an internal combustion engine.

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Watch the Jaguar I-Pace Kick the Hell out of the Tesla Model X

Watch the Jaguar I-Pace Kick the Hell out of the Tesla Model X

We don’t really put too much stock on this test

Jaguar believes that the I-Pace is the new benchmark among all-electric SUVs. It certainly makes a good case by the numbers, but does it really have the performance chops to beat the established king of the segment, the Tesla Model X? Jaguar tried to find out by lining up the I-Pace against two versions of the Model X —the 75D and the 100D — in an old-fashioned 0-60-0 mph test. The objective is to beat the other car to 60 mph and then brake completely back to a standstill in the shortest distance possible.

Predictably, the 394-horsepower and 512-pound-foot I-Pace beat the 328-horsepower and 387-pound-foot Model X 75D in the test, outpacing the Tesla by a full car-length to 60 mph before watching the Model X overshoot its braking. No surprises here, and we’re actually surprised that Jaguar put the 75D variant against the I-Pace considering the disparity in power and performance figures between the two models. For the record, the I-Pace can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds while the Model X 75D can do it in 4.9 seconds. The result is believable, even if we were snickering as we were watching it.

The 100D, on the other hand, offered a more serious challenge, or so we thought. Despite achieving a 4.7-second, 0-to-60-mph time, the Model X 100D still lost handily to the I-Pace by half a car’s length. We’re not sure if there were some shenanigans on Jaguar’s part, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there were. Automakers typically resort to tactics to promote their own model in comparison tests so it wouldn’t be shocking if Jag did a few eye winks along the way. The thing is, it probably didn’t need to because the I-Pace is impressive enough in its own right.

Care to bet that a response from Tesla is on the way?

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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 Woes: Model S and X Orders Delayed Again, This time Due to "Backlog"

Tesla Woes: Model S and X Orders Delayed Again, This time Due to "Backlog"

Wait times are expected at 4 to 5 months

The Tesla Model 3 might be sealing headlines these days, but the Model S sedan and Model X SUV are still as popular as ever. That seems to be causing issues with Tesla’s order books and production process.

Tesla announced this week that both The Model S and X are backlogged and new orders will take between four and five months to fulfill. That’s a huge increase over the standard one-month wait time Tesla customers have recently grown accustomed to.

These wait time are apparently only for U.S. customers, however. Tesla’s California assembly plant is responsible for producing the world’s supply of Model S, X, and 3s. One theory proposed by electrek.com suggests Tesla is taking this time fulfill a backlog of orders from its global markets.

On the flip side, Tesla says current Tesla owners inside the U.S. can expect to receive their pre-ordered Model 3 within three weeks, skipping the long line of Model 3 pre-orders from would-be first-time Tesla owners.

However, things get worse when considering the U.S. government’s sun-setting of the $7,500 tax credit on EV vehicles slated for the next few months. That translates into the loss of Uncle Sam’s $7,500 tax rebate credit and a $7,500 more expensive EV.

While that might not be a big deal to those shelling out $100,000 for a loaded Model S or X, $7,500 is a decent percentage of the Model 3’s $35,000 starting price.

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You Can Rent A Tesla In Minneapolis For Super Bowl Week

You Can Rent A Tesla In Minneapolis For Super Bowl Week

All-electric power for football fans heading to the Big Game

Normally, if you wanna drive around in a new Tesla for a little while, you gotta have a trusting friend with one already parked in his or her driveway. Now, one rental company in Minnesota is offering folks a shot at experiencing a Tesla first-hand by renting them out during Super Bowl week.

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Pops' Rants: Karma Just Kicked Elon Musk in the Nuts

Pops’ Rants: Karma Just Kicked Elon Musk in the Nuts

A middle finger with a Hyundai badge on it

Another day, another carrot. I just dropped by to tell you that I love karma. Nope, not the Fisker Karma. That karma. The principle that Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. It’s the concept that keeps all life in a perfect balance. And the same concept made Elon Musk look pretty dumb after Hyundai launched the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yup, gotta love karma!

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Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Volvo Semi Out Of The Snow: Video

Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Volvo Semi Out Of The Snow: Video

Electric on diesel makes for a hybrid assist in the white stuff

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, the weather outside ain’t just frightful – it’s downright abysmal. Tons of frozen water is flying down from the sky, covering that tacky black stuff we all like to drive on, making us all nostalgic for better, warmer, traction-filled times. Some folks are handling it better than others, but sometimes, the inevitable happens, and without warningbam – you’re stuck. And that’s exactly what happened to the driver of this Volvo semi in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stranded on the side of the road, a passing SUV decided to give the struggle truck a hand, which normally would be an empty gesture – unless, of course, the SUV in question happened to have enough torque to shift the Earth’s orbit and the AWD grip to put it all down. As it happens, that’s exactly what you get in the Tesla Model X, and as such, this tale of the good all-electric Samaritan has a happy ending.

Recently posted on Facebook, the clip is just a minute in length, but heartwarming all the same. With the stuck semi hooked up to the Model X’s rear end, the driver of the Tesla puts the pedal down, spinning all four tires in a mad grab for traction. Eventually, it starts to hook up, and slowly but surely, the semi is freed from its wintry trap. Now we just want to see a Model X pull out one of those new Tesla Semis from a snow drift...

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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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Elon Musk Delivers Easter Eggs for Christmas with Latest Tesla Software Update

Elon Musk Delivers Easter Eggs for Christmas with Latest Tesla Software Update

For a man who’s about business, he sure is a playful little guy, isn’t he?

A new OTA update rolled out to Tesla Vehicles in the days before Christmas, and wouldn’t you know it – there was a hidden Easter Egg built into the update. Last year, we had the synchronized light show on the Model X, but Musk went a little more complicated this year and replaced the Model S on the main display with an image of Santa and his sleigh. It went even a step further with cars shown on either side being replaced by reindeer and the turn signals being replaced by Jingle Bells. If you haven’t accessed Santa Mode on your Tesla yet, it’s not that hard. Just access the slider or say “Ho Ho Ho” through voice command and you’ll see the fat man himself pop up and prepare to guide you through traffic.. or uh… reindeer that is. Check out Elon’s tweet, a couple of images, and a video showing it all down below.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

A few rides to help you get to Grandma’s house trouble-free

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.

To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.

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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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We're Just Going to Call China Home of the EV

We’re Just Going to Call China Home of the EV

EV charging infrastructure is being developed at an alarming rate

Everyone knows that Tesla calls California home – and why shouldn’t it, it’s the hardest state in the country and home to, arguably, the hardest emissions regulations on the planet. It’s the perfect home for a company that hopes to eventually kill off the ICE to make way for an entire world of all-electric cars that silently zoom from city to city without nothing more than a destination mentioned by its human owner. One would think that the home of an automaker like Tesla would also be the place that sees the biggest push for the infrastructure required to keep those EVs going down the road, right? Well, with the announcement of the two new, 4-stall Supercharger stations in California (which would be the biggest in the world) we thought that was true. Until now, that is.

See, our friends over at Electrek have managed to procure a number of photos from an underground construction site in Shangai that promises 50 stalls (10 more the current record holder.) If that system happens to suck in as much power as the other systems around the world, the power output could surpass 3 megawatts of power. After all, it takes a lot of power to charge 50 Teslas at once. And, while this is pretty big news, it’s really not that exciting. After all, China has always been a major part of Tesla’s plan to have more than 10,000 Supercharges in service globally. And, China sales in 2016 managed to topple more than $1 billion and the first quarter of 2017 was a massive carryover in performance.

Eventually, Tesla will establish its own manufacturing front somewhere in China, which should help to push EV sales in the market even further than before. For a country so infatuated with the EV all of this is really good news. But, will 50 more Superchargers, or the 1,000 Tesla hopes to have in place by the turn of the year be enough to meet the current charger demand in the country or does 2018 need to be an even bigger year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Dubai Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S And Model X Taxis

Dubai Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S And Model X Taxis

This is what an abundance of riches look like

Just in case Dubai’s propensity for excess isn’t clear enough already, the Middle Eastern country is doing a bang-up job of living up to that reputation. No, nobody bought a new one-off supercar. Affluent folks from that area have more than enough of those cars in their garages as it is. There is a purchase to report though, and it comes by way of Dubai’s main taxi company, the Dubai Taxi Corporation, which has taken delivery of 50 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, all of which are set to be used as part of a massive autonomous taxi fleet in the future.

Yes, whereas I’m stuck with Toyota Corolla taxis from where I’m from, Dubai has Model S and Model X taxis that are waiting to be served up to the public. All in all, 200 Model S and Model X units are headed to the oil-rich nation where they will arrive in batches – 50 this year, 75 in 2018, and 75 in 2019. All 200 models are expected to spearhead the government’s plan to turn the country into a leader in the self-driving taxi space, a goal that’s becoming more and more within reach considering how aggressively the country’s leaders are pushing for it.

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Tesla Comes Through for its Customers as they Scramble to get out of Harm's Way

Tesla Comes Through for its Customers as they Scramble to get out of Harm’s Way

It is a noble move and certainly a God send for those trying to get out of Florida.

Now, there’s no denying that after Hurricane Harvey kicked the hell out of Texas, it was a ridiculous for Mother Nature to rape all of Florida too, but sure enough, it happened anyway. Originally deemed the most powerful storm ever recorded, Irma was larger than the state of Florida itself and has left a path of destruction as it made its way from the Atlantic toward the sunshine state. It decimated a few smaller islands and kicked Cuba’s ass a bit too before crossing directly over the Florida Keys and wrecking the West coast of the Florida peninsula. As Irma made its deadly approach toward the land of oranges, evacuation orders were issued and panic set in – not so much so that looters didn’t take their chances, of course, but we’ll leave that story for another time. In the end, the last few days before Irma made landfall in Florida were chaotic, to say the least.

Air traffic was a nightmare, leaving us to question how air traffic control even managed to prevent disaster, and the highways were jammed up like Satan himself was birthing from the bowels of the earth. Gas prices skyrocketed, and so did the price of bottled water as everyone tried to take advantage of the situation, claiming supply and demand as the reasoning for price gouging. Meanwhile, Tesla took a different approach and helped out its customers as they struggled to evacuate.

So, while some local businesses showed their ugly side by hiking prices like the apocalypse was coming, Tesla decided it would remove the range limiter on its lesser Model S and Model X vehicles in Florida, effectively giving owners an extra 30 to 40 miles, according to Electrek. And, it was all thanks to one owner who reached out to Tesla saying he needed just an extra 30 miles to get out of his mandatory evacuation zone. So, once Tesla heard from this customer, it decided that other Tesla owners might need the same, and temporarily unlocked the extra range via an over-the-air update. The update was effective on all 60D models of the Model S and X, which were sold with 75 kWh batteries that were limited with the option to unlock their full potential at a later time – something that would cost owners between $4,500 and $9,000 depending on the vehicle and time of the update. Keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent upgrade, and it will expire, but it certainly served an important purpose and has proven that not all automakers are greedy and self-absorbed. Keep reading to learn more.

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Refer your Homies to Tesla, and You Might Get to Drive Godot, Elon Musk's Prized Tunnel Digger

Refer your Homies to Tesla, and You Might Get to Drive Godot, Elon Musk’s Prized Tunnel Digger

This is one of those “amazing adventures” that you might not want to miss, but I hope you’ve got friends with deep pockets.

If you’ve been paying attention for the last few years, you know Elon Musk has a funny way of driving sales, generating money, and enticing customers. When it comes to money, the man might as well have a key to Fort Knox, and with Tesla’s referral program, he’s coming up with ways that really make you want to push your friends to jump on the EV bandwagon. As reported by Teslarati, Tesla’s newest incentive, which is currently called “Secret Level Two,” allows members of the referral program to give five more of your friends unlimited supercharging and $1,000 off of a new Model X or Model S. But, that’s not all, if all five of those people take delivery, you’ll get the chance to drive Godot and will get unlimited bragging rights to remind all of your friends that you got to take part in digging holes under cities like Los Angeles – where Musk just recently received official approval to start his mass transit tunnel.

So, get enough people to spend some $80,000 on a Tesla, and you could take place in a piece of history should Musk’s tunneling system really work out. Who knows, maybe he’ll even be nice enough to let you engrave your initials inside one of the tunnels or sign your name on Godot somewhere for the world to see. Right now, however, Godot is at rest, hibernating some 15 feet below the surface of Tesla’s parking lot in Hawthorne, California – the site of Musk’s test hole and what undoubtedly led to him getting the interest of some city officials in making his transit system a reality. Musk has even been quoted by other publications as saying “I’ve been down there on the machine and it’s mind-blowing.” Hard to believe for a machine that quite literally craws through the earth like a big earth worm, but how often do you get to take part in digging a tunnel with a beast of a machine like Godot? Check out the “Secret Level 2” alerts below and learn a little more about The Boring Company.

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2017 Tesla Model X Gets 5-Star Crash Rating From NHTSA

2017 Tesla Model X Gets 5-Star Crash Rating From NHTSA

It’s the first SUV to earn 5 stars in every category

Tesla might be having issues making profits and launching the Model 3 sedan, but it’s clear the young automaker can build a safe SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just awarded the 2017 Model X with a 5-star rating in every crash test category and sub-category. That makes the Model X the first SUV to ever earn a 5-star rating across the board. What’s more, the NHTSA’s findings show occupants have the lowest probability of injury in any SUV it has ever tested, with a 93-percent likelihood of walking away without serious injuries.

NHTSA testing includes three main areas: frontal, side, and rollover crashes. Further broken down, the frontal crash testing includes a 35-mph, full-frontal crash into a solid barrier. Side impact testing includes both impacts with another vehicle and with a stationary pole like a tree or telephone post. Rollover testing includes both the likelihood of a rollover and the roof’s ability to remain structurally intact. Not only did the Model X earn 5 stars in the roof crush test, the NHTSA was unable to educe a rollover, even during its dynamic rollover test. Tesla claims the Model X’s aversion to tipping lies in its low center of gravity provided by the battery packs mounted under the floor.

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Should Tesla Have to Pony Up for Driver Error?

Should Tesla Have to Pony Up for Driver Error?

Who wants to take responsibility for their own mistakes, right?

It’s no secret that Tesla has been the target of plenty of lawsuits over the last year or two. In fact, it seems that just about anyone who crashes their Model S or Model X wants to blame Tesla. Musk was smart, however, and has equipped each of Tesla’s vehicles with a data recorder, which has proven invaluable in protecting the company from people that seem to forget how to drive. Usually, it’s someone saying autopilot screwed up, but there are others that claim their vehicle accelerated all on its own. This guy from California, however, really takes the cake. Last year, this cat (Son Ji-chang) drove his car through his garage and firmly lodged it right into his living room. He immediately pointed the finger at Tesla and initiated yet another lawsuit – one that’s attempting to evolve into class-action status. He even used his wealth to launch a media campaign to slander Tesla a bit. His claim?

“The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in (his) living room.”

Well, the suit also names several other complaints that have been reported to the NHTSA, a good number of which point to driver error. In other words, the driver hit the accelerator, and the car did what it was supposed to do; Go. And, in this specific case, a third-party even reviewed the logs from one of these alleged rogue cars and determined the same thing, so it’s not necessarily just Tesla trying to flip things around. Well, the people behind the most recent suit have changed their approach, and instead of saying Tesla is responsible for this unintended acceleration, they say that Tesla is responsible for not preventing this unintended acceleration. Basically, they say the car should know that the driver accidentally hit the gas pedal and ignore that input…

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Higher Battery Range Highlights Tesla's New Updates For Model S And Model X

Higher Battery Range Highlights Tesla’s New Updates For Model S And Model X

Range is now as high as 335 miles

In case there was ever any doubt about Tesla’s commitment to being the preeminent electric car maker in the world, a new update for the 100D variants of the Model S and Model X that have 100 kWh battery packs is proof that the California-based automaker is serious about holding on to that title. The new update is significant for a number of different reasons, none more so than the increase in range from the Model S 90D’s 294-mile battery range to 335 miles with the non-performance version of the 100 kWh battery pack. Just as important, the Model X 100D also received a hefty increase in range amounting to 30 miles over the outgoing 90D variant, bringing that total to a sniff of 300 miles.

The updates come as part of Tesla’s continued push towards becoming one of the biggest electric car makers in the world. It still has a lot of miles to cover to get to that point. Tesla even fell short of hitting its sales targets for the year, selling 2,750 fewer cars than it initially expected. But, these new updates should help more people get on board Tesla as it continues its long drive towards electric car supremacy.

With the updates in tow, prospective Tesla customers are now left with an interesting to choice to make, especially when it comes to picking between the 100D and P100D variants of both the Model S and Model X. Outside of the disparity in range, the non-performance versions of the 100D are also significantly cheaper than their P100D counterparts. For instance, a Model S 100D is now priced at $95,800 while the P100D variant of the electric sedan starts at $137,800. Do the math and that equates to a significant difference of $42,000, enough money to actually buy another car. The same gap in price tags can be seen with the updated Model X as the 100D variant now starts at $98,500 whereas the P100 D’s price sits pretty at $135,500.

It’s unclear if the large disparity in prices will turn off prospective buyers from getting the P100D variants of both Model S and Model X. But the numbers do point favourably to the 100D variants, not only because they’re a lot cheaper than their performance counterparts, but also because the improved battery range also benefits both 100D variants of the Model S and Model X. The increase in range is actually significant when you consider that with the old price tag of the P90D, customers would only have to pay a little more than $3,000 to get those extra 40 miles in battery range.

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Tesla Has New Update For Model S And Model X P100D Variants

Tesla Has New Update For Model S And Model X P100D Variants

Performance improvements are on the table for owners of the range-topping Tesla models

While most of the auto world has their attention turned towards the LA Auto Show, Tesla quietly made its own news when CEO Elon Musk tweeted a doozy of an Easter Egg for owners of the Model S P100D. According to Musk, the next software update for the Model S P100D will come with increased levels of performance for the range-topping Model S, including the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a spectacular 2.4 seconds.

In addition to improving the sedan’s sprint-to-60-mph time by 0.1 seconds, the same update will also shoot the model to a 10.6-second, quarter-mile time. Since Tesla hasn’t posted the actual quarter-mile time of the P100D before these updates, it’s safe to say that the Easter Eggs are going to spell a whole lot of fun for owners of the range-topping Tesla sedan.

Owners of the Tesla Model X are also getting treated to faster acceleration times courtesy of the new software update. According to Musk, the Tesla Model X P100D will be able to go from a standstill position to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, also 0.1 seconds quicker than its current capacity. Likewise, the SUV’s quarter-mile time should also drop by the same amount of time.

It’s unclear when these software updates will arrive, and Musk himself was vague on the specifics, opting only to say “next month.” That likely means the updates will arrive in December so that should make for a pretty exciting holiday present from Tesla. That is if the company is right on schedule this time, which in itself is no sure thing.

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Tesla Drops P90D Trim On Model S And Model X

Tesla Drops P90D Trim On Model S And Model X

Oh, there’s a new all-glass roof option for the Model S too

Tesla has been known to be outlandish when it comes to product announcements, but there have been a few times in the past when the American automaker has turned to subtlety to make certain changes to its products, just like the time it quietly phased out its 85-kWh battery pack earlier this year and dropped the 60D trim of the Model X just a month ago. Now, a report from Electrek indicates that Tesla has made a few more changes to its lineup, most notably the discontinuation of the P90D variant on both the Model S and Model X.

The decision to drop the P90D variants for both models comes with its own set of questions, one of which is the significant gap in pricing that the 90D and P100D variants will have between them. With the P90D in the fold, it acted as an ideal “middle-ground” model, effectively bridging the 90D and P100D variants. But now that it’s going out, a gap of $42,500 lies between the Model S 90D and the 100D trim while a gap of $40,000 sits between the Model X variants. It’s a significant jump in pricing, but don’t expect this to be the status quo moving forward. Tesla has made no mention of a non-performance 100D variant, but that’s likely the direction the company will go to fill the slot vacated by the P90D. The removal of the P90D also drops the “Ludicrous Mode” as an individual option. That’s because the P100D will be the only variant where it will be offered and Tesla has decided to make it a standard feature on both the Model S and Model X.

In addition to the axing of the P90D, Tesla’s other important update to its design studio is the inclusion of an all-glass roof option for the Model S. The new option will cost an extra $1,500, around the same price where of the old sunroof. Specific details about the all-glass roof have yet to be revealed, but Tesla says that it’s level of protection against UV rays and heat is on par with what the $2,000-panoramic sunroof option – 98 percent of UV rays and 81 percent of heat – is capable of. According to Tesla, the all-glass roof option is already entering production and could find itself available in showrooms in the coming weeks.

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Self-Driving Tesla to Travel from L.A. to New York Without Human Input

Self-Driving Tesla to Travel from L.A. to New York Without Human Input

If successful, Tesla will once again establish itself as the leader in autonomous tech

Following up on an announcement that all future Tesla models will come equipped with advanced self-driving capabilities, CEO Elon Musk has declared the technology will get a public demonstration by the end of next year. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the California-based automaker will send one of its models from Los Angeles to New York without any human assistance whatsoever.

The proposed cross-country tour was revealed last Wednesday following a blog post on Tesla’s website. In the blog post, the all-electric car producer said each of its models would come with the equipment needed for fully autonomous driving, including cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and radar, enabling “full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” The stated end goal is transportation that’s safer, more affordable, and more accessible.

The fully autonomous features will be activated using an over-the-air software update issued at an unspecified point in the future. Prior to the feature’s activation, Tesla says it needs to clock “millions of miles of real-world driving” to help calibrate the system.

However, all Tesla cars currently being produced will include the necessary hardware, including the up-and-coming Model 3. This is similar to the strategy Tesla employed with its current Autopilot system.

New cars equipped with the fully autonomous hardware will not immediately offer the same Autopilot features as older models, including automatic emergency braking and active cruise control, among others. However, these features will be activated via updates currently planned for release every couple of months.

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Now that Future Tesla Models can Achieve Level 5 Autonomy, Tesla Thinks it can Tell You What to Do

Now that Future Tesla Models can Achieve Level 5 Autonomy, Tesla Thinks it can Tell You What to Do

Will Tesla Disable your vehicle if you don’t comply? Maybe....

Tesla recently announced that all new models built going forward would have all of the hardware necessary to sustain level 5 autonomy – effectively make the Model S, Model X, and upcoming Model 3 true, self-driving vehicles. This is a huge step forward for the innovative company, and all of the hardware should be fully functional (after several OTA updates) by 2018. This is great and all, but Tesla has been known to have some pretty quirky clauses built into their sales contracts, and level-five capable vehicles are no different. So what funky clause am I talking about this time? How about the fact that you can’t use your new Tesla for car sharing or ride-hailing?

Yes, you read that correctly. On Tesla’s AutoPilot page where the system is described fairly well, but there is a very interesting clause toward the bottom of the page: “It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride-hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.”

Did you catch that? Tesla is quietly announcing its own ride-sharing network that will be available in 2017. That’s great and all, but right in the middle is that clause that says you can’t use your Tesla for ride-hailing or car sharing outside of its own network. So, in other words, you can’t make money off of your self-driving Tesla, unless Tesla is making money at the same time.

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