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Euro NCAP: Model 3, Scala, B-Class get 5-star ratings

Euro NCAP has released its latest round of crash results including a range of new models, including the Tesla Model 3, Skoda Scala, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Kia Ceed, and DS 3 Crossback. The Model 3 impressed with a perfect score in the frontal offset test, and its Safety Assist performance – where it scored 94 per cent, the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol...

Tesla Model 3: Long Range rear-drive culled overseas

Tesla has continued to shuffle its Model 3 range around the world, with American reports suggesting production of the rear-wheel drive Long Range variant has been abruptly halted. According to Inside EVs, customers with a Long Range rear-driver on order were emailed this week and informed production has been "immediately halted"...

Why I bought an EV (Hint: not to save the world)

Soy lattes, a vegan lifestyle, reusable shopping bags and car companies forced to kill the beautiful whine of a supercharged V8 in the hunt for lowering emissions. These are things I honestly couldn't care less for. So, why did I buy an electric car? Well, it's because I like the way they drive. Actually 'we' like the way they drive – that'd be my wife and I...

Tesla Model 3 orders open in Australia, here in August

Tesla fans, the wait is over. As of right now you're able to configure and order a Model 3 for delivery in Australia, more than three years after reservations opened. Reservation holders, some of whom lined up overnight in March 2016 for their place in the queue, will get their cars first, but anyone keen on a Model 3 can place an order as of now...

Tesla adds factory Model 3 tow hitch option in Europe

Tesla has launched a tow hitch add-on for its Model 3 in Europe, allowing owners to haul 910kg with their all-electric sedans. The feature can't be retrofitted to the car, meaning only new Model 3 owners will be able to get their electric vehicles set to tow by the factory. There are, of course, aftermarket options in the USA already...

Tesla Model 3: Australian orders opening in May

Order books for the Tesla Model 3 will open early in May for Australia, Elon Musk has confirmed. The outspoken CEO used his preferred method of communication, Twitter, to deliver the news. "UK Model 3 order page goes live next week, followed shortly thereafter by Japan, Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong," he said in a thread about the 'affordable' electric sedan...

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range dropped from online configurator

The long-awaited US$35,000 Tesla Model 3 has been pulled from the company's online configurator and sales site, after just six weeks on sale. Dubbed 'Standard Range', the entry-level Model 3 offered 220mi (354km) of range, and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of 5.6 seconds...

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...