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2020 Tesla Model 3: Price drops by up to $7000, spec upgrade for Australian models

The price of the Tesla Model 3 has dropped substantially for the Australian market, in line with upgrades to the electric sedan's interior and exterior design and technology features and claimed electric range figures...

A hacker claims they've uncovered what Tesla's driver-facing camera is recording

A hacker claims they have uncovered what a cabin-facing camera in the Tesla Model 3 is monitoring, with the findings suggesting the electric car maker is hoping to pinpoint the driver behaviours that may precede a car crash. Twitter user @greentheonly routinely investigates Tesla's in-car technology, and their latest findings suggest Tesla is using the Model 3's mysterious internal camera to capture driver head and eye movements...

AGL launches an electric car subscription service

Australian energy company AGL has partnered with car subscription service Carbar and electric car charging provider Jet Charge to launch an all-electric car subscription service for consumers looking to dip a toe in the world of EVs (electric vehicles)...

Tesla may be about to improve cold-weather range in Model 3 – report

The Tesla Model 3 may be about to receive a heat pump, designed to improve range in cold-weather climates. According to a report from American electric vehicle news site Electrek, customers have begun taking delivery of the Tesla Model 3 in the US with a smaller 'frunk' (the front storage area where the engine would traditionally live), suggesting the company could be making room for a heat pump...

More Australian buyers keen on electric cars, but doubts remain - survey

More Australian buyers than ever before would consider an electric vehicle as their next car purchase, according to a new survey from the nation's peak electric vehicle body. As part of its annual State of Electric Vehicles report, the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) worked with insurers NRMA, RACV and RAA to survey 2902 Australian consumers and found 56 per cent would consider an electric car as their next vehicle, up on 53 per cent in 2019...

Tesla Model 3 bumper ripped off during storm

The rear bumper of a Tesla Model 3 was torn off during a storm in Florida earlier this month, once again bringing the build quality of the US-made electric vehicles under scrutiny. Logan Derouanna, who owns the damaged vehicle, told carscoops.com he was decelerating while attempting to change lanes – in heavy rain – when he heard a “huge noise,” and eventually discovered the rear bumper had torn loose, possibly from a build-up of water...

Tesla Model 3 electric car transformed into off-roader

A Tesla Model 3 electric car has been turned into a ‘faux-wheel-drive’ after a German company fitted off-road suspension and tyres. The high-riding Tesla Model 3 is able to venture off the beaten track thanks to a 40mm lift kit (35mm from the suspension and 5mm from the taller tyres) that brings the total ground clearance to 180mm...

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...