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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...

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)...

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

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...

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...