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Tesla drops Model 3 Mid Range battery

Tesla has continued playing musical chairs with its range, dropping the mid-range Model 3 from the line-up after just five months on sale. The option has been removed from Tesla's online configurator in markets where the new entry-level model is available, leaving the Standard Range, Long Range and dual-motor Performance for North American and Mexican buyers...

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Tesla Model Y unveiled, global launch in late 2020
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Tesla Model Y unveiled, global launch in late 2020

Tesla has given the world its first look at its fifth model line, the Model Y mid-size SUV, which founder Elon Musk believes will be as popular as the Model X and Model 3 combined when it hits the market in September/October 2020...


Tesla Model Y: 'Coupe' crossover teased one last time
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Tesla Model Y: 'Coupe' crossover teased one last time

With hours to go until the Tesla Model Y is given its formal debut, the electric car maker has teased its second crossover on Twitter. The video posted on the social media network shows the Model Y under a car cover, revealing the car's silhouette. Just like the bigger Model X, the new crossover will have a steeply raked rear, meaning it shares more in common with a BMW X4 than a Toyota Kluger...


Tesla changes tack: More stores to remain open, prices rise to compensate
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Tesla changes tack: More stores to remain open, prices rise to compensate

Just two weeks after Tesla announced it would close most of its stores and move to an online sales model, the electric car maker has reversed course. To soften the blow of the initial announcement, the company used projected savings to reduce prices across its range by around six per cent, while some models in Australia had prices slashed by around $80,000...


Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced
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Tesla V3 Supercharging: 250kW charge stations announced

Tesla has announced the latest generation of its 'Supercharging' fast-charge network, dubbed V3, with 250kW speeds bringing the brand closer to those promised by the European Ionity network. Backed by a central 1MW power cabinet with a design inspired by the brand's industrial products, capable of charging at 250kW or, as Tesla is putting it, 1000 miles per hour of charge when operating at peak efficiency...


Tesla Model Y to be unveiled on March 15
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Tesla Model Y to be unveiled on March 15

Tesla has confirmed a launch date for the latest addition to its pure-electric range, with Elon Musk announcing the Model Y SUV will be launched in Los Angeles on March 14, California time. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, made the announcement over his favourite medium, Twitter...


Tesla slashes Model S, Model X pricing in Australia
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Tesla slashes Model S, Model X pricing in Australia

Tesla has cut prices across its Australian range, with top-of-the-line P100D variants seeing reductions of more than $80,000. Starting at the lower end of the range, the Model S 'Standard Range' is now listed at $115,600 before on-road costs or $135,390 drive-away on the Tesla website...


Tesla Model 3 'Standard Range' now on sale in the US
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Tesla Model 3 'Standard Range' now on sale in the US

Tesla has finally released the affordable Model 3 it's been promising for so long, now available to order in the States for US$35,000 ($49,300) before incentives. Jumping on the company's US configurator shows new variants, dubbed 'Standard Range' and 'Standard Range Plus', the latter costing US$2000 more ($2818)...


Elon Musk gets cryptic, Tesla stocks rise
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Elon Musk gets cryptic, Tesla stocks rise

Tesla's mercurial founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has sent Tesla stock soaring with a cryptic triptych of tweets. We'll know more on Thursday 2pm, California time, but Musk – rebranded Elon Tusk on Twitter, naturally – has promised "Some Tesla news". In most cases, that wouldn't be news. But after the tweet made its way around the world Tesla stocks rose by almost 6...


SEC calls for Elon Musk to be held in contempt over tweet
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SEC calls for Elon Musk to be held in contempt over tweet

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly asked a judge to hold outspoken Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, in contempt for violating his settlement with the agency with a tweet last week. Bloomberg reports that the tweet in question, made on February 19 (US time), violates the settlement Musk made with the SEC last year that required him to seek pre-approval from the company for social media posts and "other written communication that would be material to the company or investors"...


Consumer Reports rescinds Tesla Model 3 recommendation, among five others
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Consumer Reports rescinds Tesla Model 3 recommendation, among five others

The on-again, off-again relationship between Tesla and Consumer Reports has taken another turn, with the reliability-focused US publication removing its recommendation for the Model 3. In initial testing, the Model 3 was found to be "not good enough to recommend", before over-the-air updates fixed the issues – which saw the car stop worse than a Ford F-150 in braking tests – and earned the littlest Tesla a coveted recommendation...


Tesla adds Dog Mode, Sentry Mode
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Tesla adds Dog Mode, Sentry Mode

Tesla has added two new software features to the Model S, X and 3, thanks to one of its over-the-air updates. The first is Sentry Mode, designed to deter potential thieves. If someone leans on a car with Sentry activated, the car switches into an 'Alert' state and shows a message on the central touchscreen, warning the potential thief the car's cameras are turned on...


Mercedes-Benz talking with Tesla on LCVs, Geely on cooperation
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Mercedes-Benz talking with Tesla on LCVs, Geely on cooperation

Dieter Zetsche, outgoing CEO of Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, has said talks regarding electric commercial vehicles "are happening" with Tesla The two carmakers have been in contact since November, when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, tweeted: "Maybe interesting to work with Daimler/Mercedes on an electric Sprinter. That’s a great van...


Tesla Model S and X gain new entry-level models, bound for Oz - UPDATE
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Tesla Model S and X gain new entry-level models, bound for Oz - UPDATE

Tesla has updated its Model S and Model X ranges in North America, adding a new shorter-range car with a software-limited battery to the line-up. UPDATE, 30/01/2019: Tesla Australia has confirmed the revised Model S and Model X ranges will be making the trip to Australia. We'll update our coverage with pricing when it becomes available...


Tesla bumps up Supercharger prices - UPDATE
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Tesla bumps up Supercharger prices - UPDATE

Tesla has jacked up the prices of its Superchargers around the world, having last week cut its workforce and ended its long-running referral program. Discovered by Electrek and confirmed by the company, fee increases of 33 per cent are being reported on Superchargers in some American states. In Australia, the average price for charging will jump from $0...


Tesla slashes workforce, ends referral program
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Tesla slashes workforce, ends referral program

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, has confirmed the company will shed about seven per cent of its workforce to "advance our mission", described as "accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy, which is important for all life on Earth"...


Tesla drops 75D versions of Model S, Model X
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Tesla drops 75D versions of Model S, Model X

Tesla will be dropping the entry-level versions of the Model S and Model X from January 14, the company's CEO has confirmed via Twitter – as usual. Elon Musk tweeted that customers have until the end of the coming weekend (ending January 13) to place their order for a 75kWh Model S or Model X...


2014-16 Tesla Model S recalled for Takata airbags
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2014-16 Tesla Model S recalled for Takata airbags

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity...


One third of Norway's 2018 new car sales were pure electric
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One third of Norway's 2018 new car sales were pure electric

The growth of electric vehicle sales in Norway continued in 2018, even though the overall market contracted. While overall sales were down 6.8 per cent to 147,929, electric vehicles continued to gobble up market share as they are exempt from most taxes, and are eligible for free parking and charging points...


Tesla adds fart noise option via latest update
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Tesla adds fart noise option via latest update

Tesla owners have a new easter egg to play with after the electric car maker added an "Emissions Testing Mode" to its vehicles via an over-the-air update. At present there are seven fart options to choose from, all named after a product from one of Musk's companies or a recent Musk-related controversy: Not a Fart, Short Shorts Ripper, Falcon Heavy, Ludicrous Fart, Neurastink, Boring Fart, and I'm So Random, which is a random mix of all of the above...