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PostHeaderIcon 7 Electric SUVs And What They Bring to the Table

With the short, but obvious invasion of electric SUVs on the market, I am quite interested in what all of those machines bring. Many of the major manufacturers invested heavily in introducing a new generation of electric SUVs with Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, and BMW coming long after Tesla actually sparked the creation of the entire segment with the Model X.

Now, with a number of electric SUVs on the market one would expect some radically different thinking behind a seemingly similar car, but that may not be the case. Aside from five expensive electric SUVs (the I-Pace, the Model X, the EQ C, the E-Tron and theiX3 Concept), the only ones that were brave enough to give the market an electric shock are Hyundai and Kia with the Kona Electric and the Niro EV. So, learn here what all of them bring to the table and how do they differ.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Summon – Your Solution to Two Hour Parking Laws

You could argue that the original automobile was invented to get around the hassle of dealing with horses and all the difficulties associated with using a giant mammal to get from A to B. Sure, that’s a gross simplification, and there were certainly other factors at play, but convenience undoubtedly played a major role all the same. Now, with the advent of autonomous drive systems, our lives are about to get a whole lot easier, as evidenced by this Tesla owner’s novel use of the Summon feature.

PostHeaderIcon “Dog Mode” Will Turn Your Tesla into your Dog’s Best Friend

Are you worrying about your four-legged companion’s well-being while waiting for you back in your Tesla? Well, soon, you’ll have no reason for concern as Tesla’s poised to introduce a “Dog Mode” to keep dogs cool and calm inside while they wait for your return.

Following a series of tweet exchanges between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and some inquiring users, it seems like Tesla looks at ways to implement a “Dog Mode” that will keep the temperature inside the car cool, or warm, depending on the season, to have them relaxed until the owners come back.

While it’s unknown when will this mode will drop, supposedly as part of an upcoming system update; it isn’t Tesla’s first feature of this kind. The American manufacturer released two years ago the Cabin Overheat Protection mode which does exactly what its name suggests it would.

PostHeaderIcon Drag Race Battle – Ferrari 812 Superfast Versus Tesla Model X P100D

On paper, an SUV should have no business competing against a supercar in a drag race. But the cars in question, a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Tesla Model X P100D, aren’t exactly too far apart in the performance category. One produces 588 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque, while the other has 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque on tap. Line them side-by-side on a drag strip and the question of who wins isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. In the end, such a race took place at the Drag Times home track of Palm Beach International Raceway. As for which car won? Watch the video and find out.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Updates Autopilot with “Mad Max” Mode for Assertive Overtaking

Tesla keeps on improving its Autopilot system and the new version is now able to overtake other cars in traffic with the “Navigate with Autopilot” function. It features a “Mad Max” mode for more assured passes.

Tesla cars have been driving themselves around and about for quite a while now, but passing hasn’t been anywhere near second nature for the American EVs. To initiate an overtake when navigating with the Autopilot system turned on, you had to toggle the turn signals yourself. Now, with version 9 of the system being available, this is no longer the case.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Gives Extra Range, Free Supercharging to Owners in the Path of Hurricane Florence

Thanks to the magic of over-the-air updates, Tesla has once again stepped up to the plate and delivered extra range, as well as free supercharging, to its customers in the path of Hurricane Florence. This move mirrors the same move the company made just last year for Florida residents right before Hurricane Irma made landfall. This special update has left Carolina-based customers with the following surprise message:

“We are temporarily enabling your car to access additional battery capacity, as well as free Supercharging, in preparation for Hurrican Florence. We hope this gives you the peace of mind to get to a safe location and will notify you before returning your car to its original configuration in mid-October. Badging on your display may adjust during this period. Safe travels.”

This temporary OTA update only affects those that previously purchased a Tesla Model S or Model X with a 75 kWh battery that was “software locked” to a capacity of 60 kWh. The option at the time made the car more affordable at the cost of a shorter range. It has, however, proven as-as a way that Tesla can offer some of its customers an unexpected and very much appreciated act of faith they need the extra go-juice the most. There’s no word as to when Tesla will return the cars to their original configuration or begin charging for Supercharging in the area again, but changes are the temporary update will remain in effect until long after the storm has passed.

Kudos to Tesla – it’s always nice to see an automaker help out its customers when it can. It costs the company next to nothing but can mean so much to those who have a desperate need for a few extra miles of range when getting out of mother nature’s way.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes EQC vs Tesla Model X

Mercedes is finally here with its trump card in the electric crossover segment – the Mercedes-Benz EQC. On 4 September, when the whole world was excited to witness the launch of this beast, there was one particular nervous face as well – the face that has been dominating the e-crossover market for quite some time now – The Tesla Model X. It was natural for the Model X to be threatened by a car which has a name that stands for ‘Electric Intelligence’. The king of the jungle finally has stiff competition (no offense, Jaguar lovers! the I-Pace is good too) in terms of looks, practicality, and performance. How can we not compare the two? Tesla’s days of bullying the kids in this segment seem to be nearing its end.

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 Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set’s New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

I know you remember when Porsche pulled that Airbus A380 for more than 130 feet, but this story is a bit different. See, in this case, Tesla set the record for the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. To set the record a Tesla Model X, as it rolls off the production line, pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner a total of 987 feet. It did so in Melbourne, Australia and pulled a Quntas branded jet down the runway.

If that doesn’t sound tough to you, well it is. The Model X used was a P100D model, which packs 603 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is rated at just 5,112 – a decent number for an electric SUV, but far, far below the 286,600-pound weight of that Qantas jet. In fact, that jet weighs 56.0641 times that of the Model X P100D’s towing capacity.

So, for now, Tesla holds a new record and, until the rest of the big boys start putting out their powerful, torquey electric SUVS. I wouldn’t count on Tesla holding this record for long. Something tells me that Porsche will be more than happy to recreate that Airbus A380 pull with something that doesn’t rely on an internal combustion engine.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model X Pulls 56 Times its Maximum Towing Capacity; Set’s New World Record as it Moves a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

I know you remember when Porsche pulled that Airbus A380 for more than 130 feet, but this story is a bit different. See, in this case, Tesla set the record for the heaviest tow by a production passenger electric vehicle. To set the record a Tesla Model X, as it rolls off the production line, pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner a total of 987 feet. It did so in Melbourne, Australia and pulled a Quntas branded jet down the runway.

If that doesn’t sound tough to you, well it is. The Model X used was a P100D model, which packs 603 horsepower and 713 pound-feet of torque. Its towing capacity is rated at just 5,112 – a decent number for an electric SUV, but far, far below the 286,600-pound weight of that Qantas jet. In fact, that jet weighs 56.0641 times that of the Model X P100D’s towing capacity.

So, for now, Tesla holds a new record and, until the rest of the big boys start putting out their powerful, torquey electric SUVS. I wouldn’t count on Tesla holding this record for long. Something tells me that Porsche will be more than happy to recreate that Airbus A380 pull with something that doesn’t rely on an internal combustion engine.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the Jaguar I-Pace Kick the Hell out of the Tesla Model X

Jaguar believes that the I-Pace is the new benchmark among all-electric SUVs. It certainly makes a good case by the numbers, but does it really have the performance chops to beat the established king of the segment, the Tesla Model X? Jaguar tried to find out by lining up the I-Pace against two versions of the Model X —the 75D and the 100D — in an old-fashioned 0-60-0 mph test. The objective is to beat the other car to 60 mph and then brake completely back to a standstill in the shortest distance possible.

Predictably, the 394-horsepower and 512-pound-foot I-Pace beat the 328-horsepower and 387-pound-foot
Model X 75D in the test, outpacing the Tesla by a full car-length to 60 mph before watching the Model X overshoot its braking. No surprises here, and we’re actually surprised that Jaguar put the 75D variant against the I-Pace considering the disparity in power and performance figures between the two models. For the record, the I-Pace can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds while the Model X 75D can do it in 4.9 seconds. The result is believable, even if we were snickering as we were watching it.

The 100D, on the other hand, offered a more serious challenge, or so we thought. Despite achieving a 4.7-second, 0-to-60-mph time, the Model X 100D still lost handily to the I-Pace by half a car’s length. We’re not sure if there were some shenanigans on Jaguar’s part, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there were. Automakers typically resort to tactics to promote their own model in comparison tests so it wouldn’t be shocking if Jag did a few eye winks along the way. The thing is, it probably didn’t need to because the I-Pace is impressive enough in its own right.

Care to bet that a response from Tesla is on the way?


References


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Read our full review on the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.


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Read our full review on the 2016 Jaguar I-Pace Concept.


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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.

Continue reading for the full story.

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 2017 Tesla Model X.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.


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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Woes: Model S and X Orders Delayed Again, This time Due to “Backlog”

The Tesla Model 3 might be sealing headlines these days, but the Model S sedan and Model X SUV are still as popular as ever. That seems to be causing issues with Tesla’s order books and production process.

Tesla announced this week that both The Model S and X are backlogged and new orders will take between four and five months to fulfill. That’s a huge increase over the standard one-month wait time Tesla customers have recently grown accustomed to.

These wait time are apparently only for U.S. customers, however. Tesla’s California assembly plant is responsible for producing the world’s supply of Model S, X, and 3s. One theory proposed by electrek.com suggests Tesla is taking this time fulfill a backlog of orders from its global markets.

On the flip side, Tesla says current Tesla owners inside the U.S. can expect to receive their pre-ordered Model 3 within three weeks, skipping the long line of Model 3 pre-orders from would-be first-time Tesla owners.

However, things get worse when considering the U.S. government’s sun-setting of the $7,500 tax credit on EV vehicles slated for the next few months. That translates into the loss of Uncle Sam’s $7,500 tax rebate credit and a $7,500 more expensive EV.

While that might not be a big deal to those shelling out $100,000 for a loaded Model S or X, $7,500 is a decent percentage of the Model 3’s $35,000 starting price.

References


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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model S.


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PostHeaderIcon You Can Rent A Tesla In Minneapolis For Super Bowl Week

Normally, if you wanna drive around in a new Tesla for a little while, you gotta have a trusting friend with one already parked in his or her driveway. Now, one rental company in Minnesota is offering folks a shot at experiencing a Tesla first-hand by renting them out during Super Bowl week.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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Thanks to its silent-running motors and low-end all-electron torque shove, driving a Tesla is most definitely an interesting and unique experience. The badge carries quite a bit of clout, which has prompted a variety of rental companies to offer the California-sourced EVs as their exclusive brand. Trevls is one such company, and now the Minneapolis-based firm is setting up shop at the Mall of America to push its 20-Tesla strong fleet out to visitors in town for the Big Game.

Pricing ranges between $195 per day for the Model S sedan, while the Model X sport utility vehicle is $350 per day. Funny enough, Trevls is even offering rental by the hour, which is perfect for anyone looking to take a Tesla for a test drive.


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“Finding a Model S parked inside the Mall of America is a bit of a windfall for Tesla, as the company has been vying to get a location there to tempt potential buyers.”

Finding a Model S parked inside the Mall of America is a bit of a windfall for Tesla, as the company has been vying to get a location there to tempt potential buyers. However, state law stipulates car sales must be done through a dealer, which is a sales model Tesla refuses to adopt, instead preferring direct sales. However, a rental company offering hour-long rates circumvents the issue entirely.

As a reminder, the current Tesla Model S comes in three different flavors, including the 275-mile 75D, the 351-mile 100D, and the top-trim 337-mile P100D. That last model manages an incredible run to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the Model X features seating for up to seven passengers, Falcon Wing doors, and 295 miles per charge.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model S.

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Karma Just Kicked Elon Musk in the Nuts

Another day, another carrot. I just dropped by to tell you that I love karma. Nope, not the Fisker Karma. That karma. The principle that Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. It’s the concept that keeps all life in a perfect balance. And the same concept made Elon Musk look pretty dumb after Hyundai launched the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yup, gotta love karma!

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In case you haven’t been following the latest electric car market disputes, Elon Musk made a few smug comments in recent years. One was aimed at the Nissan Leaf when Musk said that the Model 3 will provide more range at a more affordable price. The compact sedan isn’t yet available, as Tesla is struggling with production issues, but we already know that it’s more efficient than the redesigned Leaf. However, it’s a bit more expensive in base trim and significantly pricier if you want the longer range option and some tech. Pricier as in you can buy a BMW instead.

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In early 2016, Musk made a public statement in which it called hydrogen cars “incredibly dumb” when compared to electric vehicle. Granted, he had a few valid reasons about the process of splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen and compressing the latter cars, but it was still pretty rude to just take a dump on all automakers working on fuel cell technology. Especially with so many engineers claiming that it’s a viable solution. Well, Hyundai just launched the hydrogen-powered Nexo SUV with a range of 370 miles, 75 more than the range-topping Tesla Model X. And karma entered the room to kick Elon in the nuts.

Sure, only time will tell if the Nexo is as good as Hyundai claims, but some were skeptical when the Toyota Mirai entered production, and the Japanese sedan has done pretty well until now. And, unlike Tesla, Hyundai has kept its promises recently and didn’t miss its production schedule due to rash decisions. Maybe Elon could take a break and take a few notes from the Koreans. Hydrogen might be worth something after all now that carbon tanks are becoming more affordable and hydrogen stations are becoming a thing. Let’s not forget that hybrid and all-electric drivetrains were considered ludicrous a few decades ago…

Karma wins. Every time.

References

Hyundai Nexo


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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Nexo.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.


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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Volvo Semi Out Of The Snow: Video

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, the weather outside ain’t just frightful – it’s downright abysmal. Tons of frozen water is flying down from the sky, covering that tacky black stuff we all like to drive on, making us all nostalgic for better, warmer, traction-filled times. Some folks are handling it better than others, but sometimes, the inevitable happens, and without warningbam – you’re stuck. And that’s exactly what happened to the driver of this Volvo semi in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stranded on the side of the road, a passing SUV decided to give the struggle truck a hand, which normally would be an empty gesture – unless, of course, the SUV in question happened to have enough torque to shift the Earth’s orbit and the AWD grip to put it all down. As it happens, that’s exactly what you get in the Tesla Model X, and as such, this tale of the good all-electric Samaritan has a happy ending.

Recently posted on Facebook, the clip is just a minute in length, but heartwarming all the same. With the stuck semi hooked up to the Model X’s rear end, the driver of the Tesla puts the pedal down, spinning all four tires in a mad grab for traction. Eventually, it starts to hook up, and slowly but surely, the semi is freed from its wintry trap. Now we just want to see a Model X pull out one of those new Tesla Semis from a snow drift…

5,000 lb towing limit, lol. Ben #ModelX #Tesla #TeslaSemi #Snow #DualMotor

Posted by Kyle Conner on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans

A recent survey conducted by marketing agency Digital Third Coast and automotive products company Golden Eagle revealed the average car tastes of most Americans. The survey had some predictable results, most notably the Ford Mustang staking claim as the often-stated “dream car” among most Americans. Surprisingly, though, Tesla came in second, followed by a Jeep, a Corvette, and a Camaro.

The sample size of the survey is small – only 2,000 Americans participated – relative to the study’s topic, but it did paint a seemingly accurate picture of the car tastes of most Americans. It’s not surprising that baby boomers still long to own a Chevrolet Corvette while Gen-Xer’s are still captivated by the mystique of the Chevrolet Camaro. For their part, millennials identified Tesla as their dream cars, an understandable answer considering that they’re literally coming into adulthood at the same time as Tesla is coming into its own as a legitimate automaker.

The survey also revealed that Tesla has a foothold in the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific as the dream car among Americans living in those regions. The Mustang is well-represented by folks in the Midwest and Southeast while those living in the Mountain regions surprisingly identified the Range Rover over any kind of Jeep as their dream cars.

Tesla continues to pop up at various times in the survey, but there is a good bit of irony in the revelation that most people who identified themselves as “not knowledgeable” about cars chose the electric car maker as their dream car. It’s likely that they identify Teslas, whether it’s the Model S, Model X, or Model 3, as the cars of the future, in large part because of the company’s status as a pioneer in electrification and autonomous driving technology. These people are less captivated by the mechanical and technical intricacies of a car as they are about the possibility of going to work while the car drives them there autonomously.

On the flip side, those who identified themselves as “car experts” chose the Mustang as their dream car. Hardly a surprise there, either.

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model S.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Delivers Easter Eggs for Christmas with Latest Tesla Software Update

A new OTA update rolled out to Tesla Vehicles in the days before Christmas, and wouldn’t you know it – there was a hidden Easter Egg built into the update. Last year, we had the synchronized light show on the Model X, but Musk went a little more complicated this year and replaced the Model S on the main display with an image of Santa and his sleigh. It went even a step further with cars shown on either side being replaced by reindeer and the turn signals being replaced by Jingle Bells. If you haven’t accessed Santa Mode on your Tesla yet, it’s not that hard. Just access the slider or say “Ho Ho Ho” through voice command and you’ll see the fat man himself pop up and prepare to guide you through traffic.. or uh… reindeer that is. Check out Elon’s tweet, a couple of images, and a video showing it all down below.

The Initial Tweet

So much for making people look for the eggs, though.






And…. A Video for Those Without a Tesla


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Read our full review on the Tesla Model S.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.

To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.

Continue reading to learn more about TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel.

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

The Efficient Option – Toyota Prius Prime


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Yeah, yeah, we know – there’s more than a few of you out there that are balking at the addition of anything Prius to any list, ever. Unless, of course, that list catalogs the worst automotive styling ever, amirite? Haw haw.

But here’s the deal – the Toyota Prius Prime is actually pretty damn good at what it was designed to do; that is, getting you from A to B comfortably and efficiently, and that’s exactly why we added it here. Powered by a 1.8-liter hybrid four-cylinder, the Prime won’t be snapping any necks with its acceleration, but it will return a mighty 54 combined mpg, which means you’ll be ticking off the miles with the best of ‘em. What’s more, the interior spec is quite nice, complete with tons of tech, a splash of luxury, and an undeniably cool sci-fi vibe. Hell, thanks to its independent rear suspension, it isn’t a total turd in the corners, either.

Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime.

The Nearly Self-Driving Option – Tesla Model X


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While still billed as a system that’s in development and not suitable for taking away complete on-road responsibility, Tesla’s Autopilot feature is still one of the most advanced autonomous technologies on the road, if not the most advanced. Indeed, if you simply can’t wait to participate in our inevitable autonomous future and wanna get in on the ground floor of robot chaufferism, then the Tesla Model X is a great option.

In addition to assisting with the tedious driving bits, the Model X also has the space to bring the whole family, with three bench seats and spots for seven passengers total. Leather upholstery keeps it comfy, while a full spread of infotainment features keeps the boredom at bay. Go for the biggest battery option, and you’ll get upwards of 289 miles of range-per-charge as well – definitely enough to over the river and through the woods, as it were.

Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.

The Comfortable Option – Mercedes-Benz S-Class


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If you’ve got the right car, it won’t matter how long the trip might be, because you’ll be at ease regardless. Enter the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a solid slab of four-door German engineering that perfectly exemplifies the idea of moving about in luxury and style. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in one of these things, you’ll have just about every comfort of home at your disposal, assuming you live in a penthouse suite, that is. Sumptuous leather upholstery is everywhere, with brushed metal and high-quality wood trim to match. Individual infotainment screens take up residence in the seat backs, while the Rear Executive Lounge Seating provides more room than some apartments I’ve lived in. And with up to 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on tap, the S-Class has the right stuff to get you there early, if desired.

For best results, please add one (1) hired driver.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The Fast Option – Bugatti Chiron


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If you’re looking to significantly cut down on that travel time, there’s always the option to just go faster, and few four-wheeled vehicles embody that philosophy quite like the Bugatti Chiron. In terms of specs, this multi-million dollar eater-of-worlds has some of the craziest. In the middle of the machine, Bug planted an 8.0-liter W-16 gasoline engine, which gets boosted by a whopping four turbochargers. Peak output comes to an incredible 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, good enough to propel the Chiron to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed is rated at over 260 mph. Yep, making it there on time for dinner shouldn’t be an issue with the Chiron.

So it’s quick, that much is obvious. What’s more, the Chiron offers loads of AWD grip in case the roads get a little slippery. And then there’s the interior, which is just… well, look at it!

Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

The Wet Option – The Car Submarine


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Wanna beat the traffic? Simple – just go around it, or under it, as the case may be. Okay, so maaaybe we’re cheating a little bit with this one, but come on – you know you want it.

One word of caution, though – don’t rely on your standard GPS when it comes to piloting a personal submersible. We’d recommend sonar instead, plus maybe some charts and whatnot. You know, submarine stuff.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Could Limit Use of Superchargers for Commercial Use

Tesla is laying down the law on all new vehicles it sells that will be used for commercial purposes. The California-based electric car maker has revealed that these vehicles will be restricted from using its Supercharger network to avoid abusive use by owners. The company has already updated its legal page to reflect this change in policy, but with commercial operators of Tesla vehicles still using these Superchargers for a whole range of other purposes, the automaker could take “additional action” to protect the availability of the Superchargers.


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“This new policy could affect a lot of owners, specifically those who operate commercial fleets of Tesla vehicles”

While I understand Tesla’s rationale of trying to prevent abusive use of its Supercharger network, this new policy could affect a lot of owners, specifically those who operate commercial fleets of Tesla vehicles. In addition to taxi fleets, Tesla’s are being used for ride-sourcing or ride-sharing, delivery and transport vehicles, and even government purposes. If their use of the Supercharger network is curbed because of this policy, it could lead to these fleets not being able to function up to their full capacity.

But there is a part about this that feels like Tesla’s hands are being forced. The company initially created the expanding Supercharging network to allow owners the opportunity to travel long distances. But as is the case with giving too much of something to the masses, some owners have abused the purpose of the Superchargers by using them for a variety of purposes, including charging on shorter trips.

“Some owners have abused the purpose of the Superchargers by using them for a variety of purposes, including charging on shorter trips.”

The company already loosely adopted the policy, saying that “if you charge your vehicle in a manner that does not comply with this Supercharger Fair Use Policy, we may ask you to modify this behavior. We may also take additional action to protect the availability of Superchargers for their intended purpose, such as limiting or blocking your vehicle’s ability to use Supercharger stations.”

It’s going to be interesting how this policy is adopted and followed moving forward. It’s a tricky thing to curb the use of the Supercharger network among those who probably rely on them the most. Let’s hope that this gets cleared up sooner than later.

References

Tesla Model S


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Read our full review on the Tesla Model S.

Tesla Model X


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Read our full review on the Tesla Model X.

Tesla Model 3


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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.


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