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Tesla Australia to add CCS chargers to support Model 3

Tesla Australia has announced it will upgrade its Supercharger network with Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs, in order to support the upcoming Model 3 sedan. Unlike the Model S and Model X, the Model 3 will come with a CCS port, which combines AC and DC connectors – the S and X are currently produced with only a Type 2 port that doesn't allow them to utilise most public DC fast-chargers without an adapter...

Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'

The Tesla Model 3 should start arriving in Australia during the middle of 2019, according to new tweets from company CEO, Elon Musk. Asked by a customer about when the 'affordable' electric sedan would be arriving locally, Musk responded with "around mid-2019" – actually sooner than the initial timeframe promised...

FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets

The US government is reportedly looking into whether aggressive production targets for the Tesla Model 3 were misleading for investors. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating whether the electric car maker misled investors with its ambitious production targets for the Model 3...

Tesla Model 3 drives first profitable quarter since 2016

Concerns around unorthodox production methods, factory working conditions, build quality and delays have done little to dent interest in the Tesla Model 3, with the new more affordable car driving the brand to its first profit in years...

Jay Leno samples the Tesla Roadster and Model 3 - video

Jay Leno has a massive collection of fuel-guzzling supercars, but his taste for power and speed mean he's also keen on the electric hypercars of tomorrow. In the latest instalment of Jay Leno's Garage, the TV personality swaps out of a first-generation Tesla Roadster into the new Model 3 and the wild second-gen Roadster...

Tesla Model 3 teardown reveals build quality concerns

A new report from investment banking company UBS has raised new concerns about the way Tesla is putting the Model 3 together, with analysts suggesting the issues can't easily be fixed. According to the report, the teardown revealed inconsistent gaps throughout the vehicle, bolts missing in certain places, zip ties used around the car's construction, different bolts being used for similar roles, loose panel and glass tolerances, and tough-to-close doors...

Tesla working on a 'Track Mode' for Model 3 Performance

Tesla will add a Track Mode to the Model 3 Performance, with a looser stability control tune and more immediate power delivery for a bit of tail-out fun. The feature, which is still being tested, was revealed by YouTuber Marques Brownlee during a brief preview drive of the car, and has since been confirmed in a statement provided to Motor Authority...

Tesla Model 3 gets 'Summon' functionality

Tesla has wirelessly added its 'Summon' functionality to the Model 3, allowing owners of the affordable electric baby to remotely park their cars in tight spaces. The news was revealed on Twitter, but it wasn't announced on Elon Musk's feed. Instead, Tesla tweeted a video of an owner remotely parking his Model 3 in a very skinny garage, and said "Summon now available in Model 3"...

Tesla Model 3: 5000-car week achieved

Tesla has built 5000 Model 3s in a week – thanks in part to a hastily-erected tent in the brand's Fremont factory parking lots – marking the completion of an Elon Musk promise. The strong Model 3 output, combined with good demand for Model S/X, drove second-quarter production to 53,339 vehicles, a new record. Meeting the goal hasn't been easy for Tesla...

Tesla Model 3: Deposit refund data revealed, teardown shows production cost

Tesla's profit margins – or rather, its constant losses – have been the subject of countless column inches, but no-one has done the maths on what a Model 3 actually costs to build. That is, no one had until WirtschaftsWoche broke down four Model 3s in what Elon Musk described as the "best analysis of Model 3 to date"...

Tesla Model 3: Consumer Reports backflips on 'don't buy' verdict

It's amazing what difference a week can make in motoring. Just last week, Consumer Reports said it wouldn't recommend the Tesla Model 3, after testing revealed some strange behaviour under brakes. Elon Musk responded quickly, telling the world he – or rather, Tesla – could fix the problem with an over-the-air update...