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Solar-powered Tesla Model 3 takes 10 days to recharge

A YouTube star has attempted to recharge a Tesla Model 3 electric car using only the power of the sun. The channel ItsYeBoi rigged up a trailer and fitted it with eight solar panels. Although the trailer was not properly attached to the Tesla Model 3 – the neck appeared to be resting on top of a spare tyre in the boot, as the car was driven slowly around a parking lot – the experiment aimed to find out if solar power could provide an endless source of energy to an electric car...

Tesla owner uses phone app to stop a thief escaping with his car

A Tesla owner in California has used a remote shutdown feature on his mobile phone to thwart a thief during an attempted carjacking. Detailed in a social media post by the Barstow Police Department, the suspect allegedly entered the owner's Tesla Model 3 electric car and ordered him to get out. The owner complied and quickly got out of the vehicle...

Steering wheel falls off Tesla Model 3

A UK-based travel agent was reversing his one-month old Tesla Model 3 into his driveway when the steering wheel fell off and disconnected from the car. Jason Tuatara, took to social media to vent his anger at Elon Musk directly. How can this happen to a #tesla the safest car in the world? #StaySafe #checkyours pic.twitter...

Tesla files patent for 1 million mile battery component

Electric vehicle specialist Tesla has filed a patent for a battery component it believes will be crucial in powering an electric car for 1 million miles (1.61 million kilometres) of driving. The patent application extends to a method of producing purer ‘single crystal’ nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA) electrodes for lithium-ion batteries...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

2020 Tesla Model 3 price rises by up to $6000

Tesla's most affordable electric car in Australia, the Model 3 sedan, has had its second price rise since going on sale less than a year ago. The Tesla Model 3 range now starts at $73,900 plus on road-costs for the base model Standard Range Plus. That's an increase of $6000 compared to the late 2019 price of $67,900 plus on-road costs, and $7900 more than Tesla Model 3's initial launch price in mid 2019 of $66,000 plus on-road costs...

Tiny Tesla camera catches vandal who scratched car with a key

A hidden camera – built into the bodywork of a new Tesla – has caught a vandal who “keyed” a car in a Sydney shopping centre parking lot. One of eight tiny cameras – now standard on most new Tesla electric cars – captured vision of a woman who approached the vehicle before dragging a key along the bodywork, causing a deep scratch into the paintwork...

Peugeot 208 named 2020 European Car of the Year

The new Peugeot 208 has beat out six other finalists to claim Europe's Car of the Year title for 2020. The French marque’s hatchback finished with 281 points, 39 ahead of the runner-up, Tesla’s Model 3, which claimed 242 points. The award was presented behind closed doors at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva following the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show over concerns around the spread of coronavirus...

Tesla Model 3 to get air suspension option – report

If you want to buy a new Tesla Model S or Model X in Australia, you’re only able to specify one with adaptive air suspension. Model 3 buyers, however, don’t have that option… yet. Electrek reports it should be coming very soon, a leaked parts catalogue appearing to confirm its imminent introduction to the Model 3 line...

Tesla delivers first Chinese-made Model 3s

Tesla has delivered the first cars from its new factory in Shanghai, China, less than 12 months after breaking ground on the site. The first 15 examples of the Chinese-built Model 3 were handed over to Tesla employees on December 30, according to The New York Times, with one employee proposing to his girlfriend at the event...

Tesla planning Berlin Gigafactory

Tesla will build its next Gigafactory near Berlin, as it looks to tap into the huge pool of automotive engineering talent in Germany. The factory will be Tesla's fifth, following facilities in Nevada, New York, and California, USA, and Shanghai, China. It will also up the pressure on European carmakers, as they look to rapidly develop and roll out their pure-electric line-ups...