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PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Gives the 2019 Tesla Model 3 a Five-Star Safety Rating

The Tesla Model 3 has passed the NHTSA test with flying colors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3, and the car has scored a five-star rating across all the categories. This is not something new for Elon Musk’s company, though, as all Tesla cars previously have done the same.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Can’t Get the Model 3 Right, but Elon Musk Says a $25,000 EV is Only Three Years Away

The Tesla Model 3 is currently the most affordable vehicle in the company’s lineup, but that could change in the future after CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company could make a $25,000 electric car at some point in the near future. Musk didn’t elaborate on the details of the proposed vehicle, but he did say that it could be a compact model that would become a cheaper alternative to the BMW 1 Series or the Mercedes GLA-Class.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

Another day, another Tesla drama. The latest pertains to the California automaker’s new Model 3 compact, it’s most-affordable, and arguably most-important, offering to date. Apparently, the car is having some trouble holding on to its rear bumper when driving through puddles.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

Another day, another Tesla drama. The latest pertains to the California automaker’s new Model 3 compact, it’s most-affordable, and arguably most-important, offering to date. Apparently, the car is having some trouble holding on to its rear bumper when driving through puddles.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Loses Bumper After Driving in the Rain

Another day, another Tesla drama. The latest pertains to the California automaker’s new Model 3 compact, it’s most-affordable, and arguably most-important, offering to date. Apparently, the car is having some trouble holding on to its rear bumper when driving through puddles.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Haters Go Crazy Over Model 3 Stockpile

There’s certainly been no shortage of drama in the world of Elon Musk lately. The billionaire CEO of Tesla had a few choice words for a diver involved in the recent Thai cave incident after he criticized Musk’s
plan to use a submarine to rescue the stranded children. Musk eventually apologized, but Tesla’s stock took a plunge all the same. Now, a raft of Tesla haters have revealed a stockpile of freshly minted Model 3’s parked in California, leading to a host of unfounded accusations thrown at the EV producer.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Built 7,000 Cars in Seven Days, Including 5,000 Model 3s

It took longer than most people, including Tesla, expected, but finally, it appears that the electric car maker has finally achieved its goal of building 5,000 Model 3 units in a span of seven days. It took 24-hours, 7-days-a-week schedules to do it, but the company reported earlier this week that it had concluded its three-month build period that ended Saturday by building 53,339 vehicles, including 28,578 Model 3 sedans.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 – 9 Months

We recently learned that Tesla had to refund almost a quarter of all the 400,000 reservations made for the Model 3 due to production delays, but Elon Musk is already looking into the future and says that pricing for the sedan could drop once production increases. The CEO also said that Tesla might start offering Model 3 leases in “six to nine months.”

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Says the Tesla Model 3 Could Eventually Sell for $28.000; Lease Options Coming in 6 – 9 Months

We recently learned that Tesla had to refund almost a quarter of all the 400,000 reservations made for the Model 3 due to production delays, but Elon Musk is already looking into the future and says that pricing for the sedan could drop once production increases. The CEO also said that Tesla might start offering Model 3 leases in “six to nine months.”

PostHeaderIcon After Posting Record-Setting Reservations for the Model 3, Tesla’s Now Facing a Massive Refund Exodus From Customers

Two years after posting more than 400,000 reservations for the Model 3 electric car, Tesla is now facing a big pushback from customers, a lot of whom have begun asking for their money back because of frustrations with the extended production delays on the Model 3. According to data from analytics company Second Measure, almost a quarter of all the $1,000 deposits made on the Model 3 have been refunded.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Firmware Update on the Way; Should Drastically Improve Braking Performance

Tesla didn’t take long to fix an issue with the braking capabilities of its models after a Consumer Reports test criticized the automaker after inconsistencies surfaced in testing for the stopping distance of the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company found an issue with its “ABS calibration algorithm” and has rolled out an over-the-air software update to fix the problem.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Will Soon Offer Original Model 3 Debut Wheels as an Upgrade

The Tesla Model 3 was unveiled in 2016 and received a thunderous response, garnering 232,000 bookings within two days. One thing that surely contributed to this number was the design of the wheels. The Model 3 prototype came equipped with a set of smoking-hot wheels, which unfortunately didn’t make it to production then. However, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeted that this design would be available as an upgrade later this year! Yes, we are definitely excited about it!

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Top Gear Plays with the Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 almost feels like more of a unicorn than a car that’s on the market, doesn’t it? There are so many customers still waiting for theirs. Those who have theirs have had complaints about the materials and build quality. It was just knocked hard as hell for poor brake performance (Elon Musk has promised a fix, by the way.) The thing is, a lot of people haven’t actually had the chance to see one up close yet. I’ve seen three different Maseratis in the past two weeks and haven’t seen one Model 3 – and I live in a big city with plenty of public chargers.

The point is, you’re probably curious to see just what it’s like to be inside the Model 3, how it drives, whether or not it’s powerful enough. Hell, maybe you’re just outright curious. It’s an intriguing little car with a minimalist design and downright quick performance. The long-range model can hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds – that’s faster than a lot of sports cars its size on the road today, and it does it without using a drop of gasoline or diesel fuel.

With that said, Top Gear was nice enough to take a nice long drive with the Tesla Model 3 and they took the time to record the whole trip. Go ahead and watch the video below, then click on the link at the bottom to learn all about the Tesla Model 3!

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Tesla Should Change its Name to “Fix It Again Elon”

Hey folks, it’s Friday again, and I’m here to say “I told you so!” Yes I know, you need more than that. Here it is: I told you Elon Musk has a hard time admitting that Tesla cars have certain issues that take several months to fix.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It

Tesla is again under fire after Consumer Reports said it will not recommend the Model 3 due to braking issues. Elon Musk was quick to respond and promised to fix the issues with a firmware update.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 isn’t the prettiest car on the road, it’s not the fastest, and it’s not even being delivered on time thanks to a slew of production problems. There have even been complaints about customers not getting the right and/or expected materials inside their Model 3 once they’ve taken delivery. Maybe all of these hiccups happened because Musk was too busy working on a high-performance version of the Model 3. Okay, that’s probably not the case, but he really was working on one, and it’s set to rival the BMW M3 with better performance, AWD, and a similar price.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk to Take On BMW M3 With a High-Performance, AWD, Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 isn’t the prettiest car on the road, it’s not the fastest, and it’s not even being delivered on time thanks to a slew of production problems. There have even been complaints about customers not getting the right and/or expected materials inside their Model 3 once they’ve taken delivery. Maybe all of these hiccups happened because Musk was too busy working on a high-performance version of the Model 3. Okay, that’s probably not the case, but he really was working on one, and it’s set to rival the BMW M3 with better performance, AWD, and a similar price.

PostHeaderIcon History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again

When Tesla announced the Model 3, it seemed that Elon Musk finally found a way to offer an electric car that middle-class drivers can afford. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and much like it happened with the Model X, production of the Model 3 suffered a few delays. Come April 2018, and Tesla has halted production once again in order to improve automation and address bottlenecks in the production process. The action comes a few days after Elon Musk tweeted that “excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake” and that “humans are underrated.”

PostHeaderIcon History Keeps Repeating Itself as Elon Musk Suspends Tesla Model 3 Production Yet Again

When Tesla announced the Model 3, it seemed that Elon Musk finally found a way to offer an electric car that middle-class drivers can afford. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and much like it happened with the Model X, production of the Model 3 suffered a few delays. Come April 2018, and Tesla has halted production once again in order to improve automation and address bottlenecks in the production process. The action comes a few days after Elon Musk tweeted that “excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake” and that “humans are underrated.”

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: All This Hype about Tesla Outselling German Luxury Cars in Europe Is Misleading

Tesla has been offering mass-production electric cars for six years now, and it’s safe to say that Elon Musk’s company is doing great. Sure, the Model X came a bit late and Tesla is still struggling to put the Model 3 on the assembly line, but the carmaker’s EVs are becoming increasingly popular, especially in Europe.

Norway continues to be Tesla’s second largest market after the U.S., where the Model S actually climbed atop the all-popular Volkswagen Golf. More recently, the Model S also began outselling German luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series in Europe for the very first time. It’s a big deal, and I can understand why most outlets are going crazy about it, but all this talk about Tesla ripping the Germans to shreds is misleading.

For starters, this has happened before in the U.S. I know, the U.S. is Tesla’s home turf, and it’s easier to sell cars here rather than export them to Europe, but it’s a valid precedent. Second, and what everyone seems to be missing, the Model S is not a competitor for the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. It’s actually more the size of theE-Class, 5 Series, and Audi A6, something Elon Musk himself stressed a while back. Here’s why this is important.

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We’re Looking at Different Sales Figures


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“Mercedes sold more than 120,000 E-Class models in 2017 or about 750 percent more than the Model S”

With sales of more than 16,000 units in 2017, the Model S is indeed above the S-Class and 7 Series, which moved 13,359 and 11,735 units last year, respectively. No argument here! However, if we compare the Tesla to the cars it actually goes against, things aren’t exactly spectacular. For instance, Mercedes-Benz sold in excess of 120,000 E-Class models in 2017, or about 750 percent more than the Model S. Simply put, the Germans sold more sedans in the last two months of 2017 than Tesla did throughout the entire year. Moving over to the BMW 5 Series, the firm delivered almost 110,000 examples in 2017, again, far more than the Model S. Believe it or not, it’s not that unbelievable…

Before you say anything, I’m well aware that the Model S is far more expensive than the E-Class and 5 Series and that it’s sticker puts it in S-Class and 7 Series territory. But, at the same time, the S-Class isn’t a luxury car. It has all the cool gadgets, but is by no means as fancy as the German flagship models. If we take all of this into account, the comparison becomes rather pointless. It’s just a reason to poke at the Germans for falling behind an electric car. Or a reason to feel good about ourselves for trying to save the planet.

Well, the fact of the matter is that we’re not saving anything. Some 16,000 expensive electric cars sold in Europe in 2017 won’t help the ozone layer.

Stop Fooling Yourselves


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“At most, Tesla is mainstream in Norway, where wages are among the highest in Europe”

Then there’s all this talk about Tesla finally becoming mainstream. Well no, that’s not what’s happening here. At most, Tesla is mainstream in Norway, where wages are among the highest in Europe and where people have been buying electric cars and hybrids in large numbers for many years. A few tens of thousands of Model S in Europe make no difference among hundreds of millions of gasoline or diesel vehicles.

I know I’ve said this before, but Tesla will become mainstream when it starts offering affordable cars that the average Joe can buy. And I’m not talking about the Model 3, which will cost $35,000 bone stock and close to $50,000 with all the desirable features. It will happen when Tesla provides a roomy sedan that can be had for as low as $25,000 and maybe a hatchback at around $20,000 before options.

It will probably happen when batteries become better and cheaper in a few years, but Tesla won’t be alone on the market when that happens. Every important automaker will have at least a couple of EVs in two years or so and the market will get really tough. Tesla has done great things so far, but a big automaker with factories all around the world is more capable of providing affordable cars. We need to keep this in mind every time we read some new hype about the Model S outselling slow-selling vehicles in certain markets.

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model S.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.


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