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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...

Tesla to increase production by 17 per cent this quarter – report

Tesla is reportedly hoping to increase its production output this quarter by 17 per cent in an effort to produce 500,000 vehicles by the end of 2020, according to a leaked email from the company's CEO, Elon Musk. In the email, obtained by website Electrek, Musk reportedly tells employees at the electric vehicle maker to "take whatever steps you can to improve output"...

Tesla owner to Elon: 'Our roof just fell off'

The owner of a Tesla Model Y has claimed the vehicle's glass pane roof separated from its body while driving on a freeway in California. In a video posted to Twitter, the owner directed their comments to Tesla boss Elon Musk, writing: "Why didn't you tell us that Tesla sells convertibles now? Because the roof of our brand new Model Y fell off on the highway"...

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...

Company offering Tesla electric crate motor to fit older V8 cars

Looking to upgrade the V8 in your Holden? American company EV West has created an electric motor which will bolt directly into the engine mounts for a small block engine. Using a Tesla drive unit, the 'crate motor' allows owners of rear-wheel-drive V8 cars to upgrade to a fully-electric powertrain...

Australian mining company signs five-year deal with Tesla

Australian mining company Piedmont Lithium has signed a five-year supply deal with Tesla, with the option to extend the contract for an additional five years. Around one third of Piedmont's high-grade lithium ore will be delivered to Tesla from the company's North Carolina mine, which produces around 160,000 tonnes each year...

2022 Tesla Model S Plaid: A hypercar with 840km range, less than $250k – UPDATE: lap time!

UPDATE: The 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid has proven its performance credentials by posting a 1:30.33 time at the Laguna Seca circuit in the United States. Now video of the timed run has emerged online, showing the prototype being wrestled around the race track to set a time quicker than the McLaren P1 hypercar...

A smaller Cybertruck will 'probably' come to rival HiLux

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed the electric car maker will "probably" release a smaller version of the Cybertruck overseas, potentially allowing the incoming electric pick-up to compete with popular local offerings like the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger. In prototype form, the Cybertruck measures roughly 5.4m long, 2m wide and 1...

Tesla Battery Day: More efficient batteries, new AU$35,000 model coming

Tesla's much-hyped Battery Day has indeed delivered a new type of battery cell, which the company says will provide a 16 per cent increase in range. Theoretically, this means a Tesla Model S could offer a range of up to 750 kilometres on a single charge. The new Tesla battery, named the 4680 for its dimensions (46mm by 80mm), reportedly provides five times the energy and six times the power of previous comparable cells...

Tesla's Battery Day: What to expect

Mystery continues to surround tonight's 'Battery Day', the much-anticipated Tesla event which will follow the company's annual meeting of stockholders. Last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote "It will be very insane" in response to a Tweet from account Teslarati, regarding claims of a new battery originally published by the website Elektrek...

Tesla could hit 'record deliveries' this quarter, according to leaked email – report

American electric car maker Tesla could be on track to achieve a record quarter for customer deliveries, according to a new report citing a leaked email from company CEO Elon Musk. According to media outlet Electrek, Musk issued a rallying cry to his employees over email, encouraging them to work hard in order to close out the third-quarter (Q3) of this year on a high note...