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2016 Tesla Model S P90D review: Long-term report two

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2016 Tesla Model S P90D review: Long-term report two

Our second long-term update sees us venture to the country in the Tesla Model S P90D. But, does range anxiety set in?

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Tesla Supercharger costs detailed
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Tesla Supercharger costs detailed

Tesla's controversial decision to make its customers pay for access to its Supercharger network of fast-charge stations is going ahead, and the brand has announced estimates of what it will cost for owners to travel across different routes around the world. The most pertinent locally, of course, is the jaunt down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne...


Tesla Autopilot update initially rolled out to 1000 cars
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Tesla Autopilot update initially rolled out to 1000 cars

Tesla has announced the activation of Autopilot features for its latest fleet of cars fitted with the 'Hardware 2' camera and sensor set. The Hardware 2 camera and sensor set was announced late 2016 and all vehicles produced from October 2016 were fitted with the new equipment. The Hardware 2 equipment includes eight cameras, one radar, ultrasonic sensors and a new supercomputer...


Swiss watchmaker Swatch pioneers new electric vehicle battery technology
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Swiss watchmaker Swatch pioneers new electric vehicle battery technology

Swiss watchmaker Swatch is diversifying its brand with a huge step forward in advanced battery technology, eventually destined for electric vehicles. The Swiss watchmaker owns a 51 per cent stake in Belenos Clean Power, a company formed in 2008 that is dedicated to technologies used within the clean energy chain, with a division focussing specifically on new battery technology...


Most searched car brands of 2016
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Most searched car brands of 2016

Google has revealed its most searched automotive brands of 2016 - and the most popular car make may surprise you. Honda topped the 2016 most searched brands list, followed by German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz and electric car powerhouse Tesla. Teenage daydreamers looked up Lamborghini, while Swedish premium maker Volvo's new design language has clearly had an effect on potential customers, with it ranking fifth...


Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power
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Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power

Famously outspoken Tesla boss Elon Musk has again taken to his favourite platform, Twitter, to hint at a powerful new upgrade. Responding to a query from Electrek.com writer Fred Lambert about solar installations at existing Supercharger stations, Musk said that while some are solar-powered already, it would be 'Supercharger V3' that would see the greatest benefit...


Tesla hires Volvo's chief interior designer to improve cabins
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Tesla hires Volvo's chief interior designer to improve cabins

Tesla has hired Volvo's head of interior design to help give its upcoming cars more inviting cabins. As initially reported by Elektrek, Tesla has hired Anders Bell to the position of senior director for engineering. Prior to this, Bell spent over two years at Volvo with a similar title...


BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points
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BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points

BMW Australia has partnered with shopping centre network Westfield to offer electric vehicle charging stations at 10 locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The stations, installed by Chargepoint, will be free to use for any EV drivers and not just owners of electrified BMW models...


Tesla announces three new Supercharger sites in Australia
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Tesla announces three new Supercharger sites in Australia

Electric car maker Tesla has announced three new locations for its Supercharger stations, which will help to connect Sydney and Brisbane, along with starting the link between Melbourne and Adelaide. Between Sydney and Brisbane the company has added a site at Motto Farm in Heatherbrae and one at Macadamia Castle in Knockrow...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


New Tesla owners will have to pay for Supercharger network access
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New Tesla owners will have to pay for Supercharger network access

Tesla will begin charging drivers for access to its Supercharger fast charging network from next year, although this change will only affect cars ordered from January 1, 2017 onwards. The electric car company says that today's announcement about the Supercharger network will not affect Tesla vehicles ordered before the beginning of 2017, so long as delivery is taken before April 1, 2017...


Tesla drops P90D models, panoramic glass roof added to Model S options
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Tesla drops P90D models, panoramic glass roof added to Model S options

Tesla has shuffled its offerings once again, swapping out one variant in the Model S and Model X lines, while adding new equipment options for the Model S. Gone is the P90D, leaving only the more powerful P100D option - capable of ‘Ludicrous’ acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds - at the top of both lines...


Tesla Solar Roof mimics traditional tiles, Powerwall 2 boosts capacity
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Tesla Solar Roof mimics traditional tiles, Powerwall 2 boosts capacity

Tesla has revealed its new solutions for sustainable energy over the weekend, starring a boosted second generation of its Powerwall battery pack and a new solar roof system that mimics the look of roof tiles. The company detailed three different products that it says can help address climate change, and allow owners to generate and store electricity, while also powering their homes and electric cars...


Did Elon Musk just call me a killer?
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Did Elon Musk just call me a killer?

Tesla chief Elon Musk is often referred to, somewhat romantically and surely a little tongue-in-cheek, as the real world's Tony Stark - better known as the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man. Musk may not fly around in a repulsor-packed power suit, but he does make his millions and his name on blue-sky thinking. He does push himself and his people to explore and exploit new ideas...


All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow
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All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow

Tesla chief Elon Musk says that by the end of 2017, all new models will have the capability - if not the legal freedom - to travel the breadth of the continental United States without human input. Musk's ambitious comments come as part of an announcement today that all Tesla vehicles now rolling out of the company's factory in Fremont, California, are equipped with sensors and processing capabilities far superior to those feature in existing Teslas...


Tesla standardises significantly more advanced 'Level 5' self-driving hardware
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Tesla standardises significantly more advanced 'Level 5' self-driving hardware

All Tesla electric vehicles being produced from now will come with the company’s new-generation full self-driving hardware, dubbed simply "Hardware 2", hastening the commercial rollout of autonomous cars. But, as we’ll reveal further down the story, there’s a small snag for prospective buyers to consider...


Tesla Autopilot declared 'traffic hazard' by German government investigation - report
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Tesla Autopilot declared 'traffic hazard' by German government investigation - report

An investigation by the German government into the Tesla Autopilot system has reportedly concluded that the assisted driving setup is a 'considerable traffic hazard'. According to Heise Online, Der Spiegel has seen a copy of a report compiled by Germany's Federal Transport Ministry, which notes several dangerous characteristics of the system...


Tesla sets up shop in Chadstone, Melbourne: New showroom marks second retail-only launch
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Tesla sets up shop in Chadstone, Melbourne: New showroom marks second retail-only launch

Tesla has closed down its long-standing display at Melbourne's mecca of shopping, Chadstone, but it's not gone for good. As of today, Tesla now has a permanent store in the new $660 million extension to the Chadstone centre, marking just the second retail-only space the American electric vehicle brand has opened in Australia...


Tesla Model X 60D dropped globally, entry price climbs $13,000
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Tesla Model X 60D dropped globally, entry price climbs $13,000

The entry-level Tesla Model X 60D has been dropped only months after the all-electric SUV went on sale locally, significantly raising the entry price. When the Australian-market configurator went live at the end of August, the Model X 60D was priced at $111,900 plus on-road costs...


Toyota tops brand value list again, Tesla breaks in
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Toyota tops brand value list again, Tesla breaks in

For the 13th year running, Toyota has been named the most valuable brand on the world automotive scene. Hanging onto 1st place in the 17th annual Interbrand survey of global brand value, Toyota ranked 5th overall, again behind Apple (1), Google (2), Coca-Cola (3) and Microsoft (4). The Japanese car maker's 2016 result is one better than last year, however, with IBM dropping from fifth to sixth behind Toyota...