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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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Tesla Must Pony Up $5 Million In Reimbursements Over Autopilot 2.0 Delays

Tesla Must Pony Up $5 Million In Reimbursements Over Autopilot 2.0 Delays

More money that must be paid back by Tesla

Tesla’s back in the news and, lo and behold, it’s again because they have to pay a few million dollars back. This time, the money will go to aggravated customers who bought the $5,000-worth Autopilot 2.0 suite only to find out that they have to wait months before it actually becomes available.

As part of the $5,400,000 settlement, which will see Tesla pay back customers anywhere between $25 and $280 depending on when they purchased the car. Basically, Tesla announced they will release the Autopilot 2.0 group of functions in December of 2016 in two separate packages: the ’Enhanced Autopilot’ package which was priced at $5,000 and the ’Fully Self-Driving’ package which cost $2,000 less. Sadly for customers, Tesla couldn’t keep up to its side of the bargain so lawsuits were filed aplenty.

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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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Mercedes and Tesla Could Climb Into Bed Together Once Again

Mercedes and Tesla Could Climb Into Bed Together Once Again

It worked out well for Tesla back in 2009

Did you know Mercedes-Benz and Tesla worked together closely back in 2009? In fact, the German automaker saved Tesla from bankruptcy by acquiring almost 10-percent stake in the company. Since then, both companies have grown apart and taken their own paths, but Mercedes-Benz is still open to working with Tesla in the future.

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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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Hot Wheels Re-Issues the Tesla Roadster as a Hat Tip to its Falcon Heavy Launch

Hot Wheels Re-Issues the Tesla Roadster as a Hat Tip to its Falcon Heavy Launch

Excellent use of cross-promotion on the part of Hot Wheels, Tesla, and SpaceX

Hot Wheels is reissuing the Tesla Roadster to commemorate the launch of Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this year. The 1:64 scale die-cast comes in a Metallic Dark Red paint, drawing similarities to Elon Musk’s own Roadster, which made the trip to space inside Falcon Heavy. Unfortunately, neither “Starman” nor a 1:4096 miniature Roadster on the dashboard are included in 1:64 scale Roadster

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In the Not-So-Distant Future, Tesla Might Take on Uber and Lyft

In the Not-So-Distant Future, Tesla Might Take on Uber and Lyft

This is an announcement-disguised warning to the existing players

Despite all the controversy, things seem to be going well for Tesla. A couple of days back, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla has achieved a $312 million profit in the third quarter of 2018 - only the third time it has achieved a quarterly profit in its history of 15 years. However, this was not the only announcement made in the meeting. Musk spoke about Tesla Network – an upcoming self-driving ride-hailing service that could pose a serious threat to Uber and Lyft.

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2021 Tesla Model Y Reconfirmed with Production to Start in 2020

2021 Tesla Model Y Reconfirmed with Production to Start in 2020

The prototype has been approved by Musk, and the production might begin in 2020

Elon Musk has let out a few details regarding the Model Y at Tesla’s third-quarter earnings call earlier this week. According to The Drive, Musk recently approved the production of a prototype of the Model Y, and that the company is targeting volume production in 2020. There’s no word on an official debut, however, previous tweets indicate "late this year to mid next year."

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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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First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S

First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S

373 totally silent horsepower were mischievously pondering their next victim

The first time I ever saw the Tesla Model S was sometime in 2012 or 2013 at one of the car shows in Europe. I will guess that it was in Geneva. I left the Tesla stand a bit underwhelmed by its interior, but the performance, the size, and the sheer fact that someone is buying an electric car like that was more than enough to show me its importance. After that, I drove it only once. And not for a long time at that.

Now, finally, I got my third chance with the Tesla Model S at the Continental AG organized event called the #blackchili. In Nice. Yup, the South of France. I know, I am a lucky guy.

This time I had the Tesla Model S for 40 or so miles. Not the P100D, but the one with 373 horsepower. More than enough, believe me. Considering I drove the car for less than 50 miles, it may seem like I don’t have anything to write home about. How can I call this a short test drive then!? Well, I can because I will tell you about the Tesla Model S from the perspective of a guy who drove European cars all his life, and who never really had an EV stint like this.

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Tesla's Really Making Its Own Brand of Tequila

Tesla’s Really Making Its Own Brand of Tequila

It’s called Teslaquila, and it’s probably a real thing based on Tesla’s history with off-the-wall products

Leave it to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to turn seemingly harmless jokes and pranks and make something out of them. The under-fire CEO took a break from all his legal problems to show a “visual approximation” of Teslaquila, the company’s new tequila product. It’s unclear if Teslaquila is actually a real thing — it stemmed from an April Fool’s joke earlier this year — but considering that Musk once signed off on a flamethrower — that product netted Tesla $5 million pre-orders, by the way — it’s not unlikely that Teslaquila will be sold in liquor stores and groceries in the not-too-distant future.

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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 Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot's Warning

Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning

To quote Dr. Sheldon Cooper, “I cry because other people are stupid”

This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?

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James Murdoch Reportedly Eyed To Replace Elon Musk as Tesla's Chairman

James Murdoch Reportedly Eyed To Replace Elon Musk as Tesla’s Chairman

Musk, on the other hand, is slamming the brakes on the report

James Murdoch, the son of billionaire mogul Rupert Murdoch, reportedly has the inside track to replace Elon Musk as chairman of Tesla. The report comes from the Financial Times, which is quoting two people familiar with the matter. Tesla has not issued a comment on the report, though Musk, who is still the current CEO and chairman of the company, categorically denied the report, saying that it was “incorrect.” As it is, the younger Murdoch is a non-executive director at Tesla’s board.

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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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Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla's Charge Times In Half

Porsche Says It Can Cut Tesla’s Charge Times In Half

German automaker wants to stand out in a segment that’s exploding in recent years

As the electric car market becomes bigger and more populated these days, Porsche is looking for a way to stand out from competition, and a big part of that approach is developing technologies that will allow it to claim the industry’s quickest charging times. The Porsche Taycan electric sports car — it’s Porsche’s first all-electric model ever — is expected to showcase that with the ability to charge 80 percent of its battery in just 15 minutes.

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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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