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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.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai Nexo.


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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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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.

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.

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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 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

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Read our full review on the Tesla Model S.

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Read our full review on the Tesla Model X.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.


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Read more Tesla news.

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.

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Read our full review on the Tesla Model X.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.


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Read more Tesla news.

PostHeaderIcon We’re Just Going to Call China Home of the EV

Everyone knows that Tesla calls California home – and why shouldn’t it, it’s the hardest state in the country and home to, arguably, the hardest emissions regulations on the planet. It’s the perfect home for a company that hopes to eventually kill off the ICE to make way for an entire world of all-electric cars that silently zoom from city to city without nothing more than a destination mentioned by its human owner. One would think that the home of an automaker like Tesla would also be the place that sees the biggest push for the infrastructure required to keep those EVs going down the road, right? Well, with the announcement of the two new, 4-stall Supercharger stations in California (which would be the biggest in the world) we thought that was true. Until now, that is.

See, our friends over at Electrek have managed to procure a number of photos from an underground construction site in Shangai that promises 50 stalls (10 more the current record holder.) If that system happens to suck in as much power as the other systems around the world, the power output could surpass 3 megawatts of power. After all, it takes a lot of power to charge 50 Teslas at once. And, while this is pretty big news, it’s really not that exciting. After all, China has always been a major part of Tesla’s plan to have more than 10,000 Supercharges in service globally. And, China sales in 2016 managed to topple more than $1 billion and the first quarter of 2017 was a massive carryover in performance.

Eventually, Tesla will establish its own manufacturing front somewhere in China, which should help to push EV sales in the market even further than before. For a country so infatuated with the EV all of this is really good news. But, will 50 more Superchargers, or the 1,000 Tesla hopes to have in place by the turn of the year be enough to meet the current charger demand in the country or does 2018 need to be an even bigger year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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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Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model X.


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PostHeaderIcon Dubai Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S And Model X Taxis

Just in case Dubai’s propensity for excess isn’t clear enough already, the Middle Eastern country is doing a bang-up job of living up to that reputation. No, nobody bought a new one-off supercar. Affluent folks from that area have more than enough of those cars in their garages as it is. There is a purchase to report though, and it comes by way of Dubai’s main taxi company, the Dubai Taxi Corporation, which has taken delivery of 50 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, all of which are set to be used as part of a massive autonomous taxi fleet in the future.

Yes, whereas I’m stuck with Toyota Corolla taxis from where I’m from, Dubai has Model S and Model X taxis that are waiting to be served up to the public. All in all, 200 Model S and Model X units are headed to the oil-rich nation where they will arrive in batches – 50 this year, 75 in 2018, and 75 in 2019. All 200 models are expected to spearhead the government’s plan to turn the country into a leader in the self-driving taxi space, a goal that’s becoming more and more within reach considering how aggressively the country’s leaders are pushing for it.

Continue after the jump to read the full story

This is actually part of an agreement Tesla reached with the Dubai Taxi Corporation earlier this year


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The arrival of all the Tesla Model S and Model X units in Dubai may have caught a stir from those who weren’t expecting it, but this had actually been planned a while back in an agreement that was struck between Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority and no less than Tesla CEO himself, Elon Musk.

“The two sides came to terms on a deal as part of the Dubai Future Foundation’s goal of making 25 percent of car trips in the country autonomous by 2030”

For those who need a refresher, the two sides came to terms on a deal as part of the Dubai Future Foundation’s goal of making 25 percent of car trips in the country autonomous by 2030. Incidentally, that agreement was signed the same day Tesla began selling its electric cars in Dubai, the first foray for the electric car brand in the thriving Middle Eastern market.


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Included in the deal is the requirement that all Tesla models be equipped with hardware that allows for full autonomy, provided that Tesla develops the software that can achieve it. For now, the new Tesla taxis will be based at the country’s international airport with drivers behind the wheel, though Autopilot capabilities will be enabled when the cars hit city streets. As for how much the fares are going to be, that’s another question that will be answered soon.

References

Tesla Model S


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Read our full review on the Tesla Model S.

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Read our full review on the Tesla Model X.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Comes Through for its Customers as they Scramble to get out of Harm’s Way

Now, there’s no denying that after Hurricane Harvey kicked the hell out of Texas, it was a ridiculous for Mother Nature to rape all of Florida too, but sure enough, it happened anyway. Originally deemed the most powerful storm ever recorded, Irma was larger than the state of Florida itself and has left a path of destruction as it made its way from the Atlantic toward the sunshine state. It decimated a few smaller islands and kicked Cuba’s ass a bit too before crossing directly over the Florida Keys and wrecking the West coast of the Florida peninsula. As Irma made its deadly approach toward the land of oranges, evacuation orders were issued and panic set in – not so much so that looters didn’t take their chances, of course, but we’ll leave that story for another time. In the end, the last few days before Irma made landfall in Florida were chaotic, to say the least.

Air traffic was a nightmare, leaving us to question how air traffic control even managed to prevent disaster, and the highways were jammed up like Satan himself was birthing from the bowels of the earth. Gas prices skyrocketed, and so did the price of bottled water as everyone tried to take advantage of the situation, claiming supply and demand as the reasoning for price gouging. Meanwhile, Tesla took a different approach and helped out its customers as they struggled to evacuate.

So, while some local businesses showed their ugly side by hiking prices like the apocalypse was coming, Tesla decided it would remove the range limiter on its lesser Model S and Model X vehicles in Florida, effectively giving owners an extra 30 to 40 miles, according to Electrek. And, it was all thanks to one owner who reached out to Tesla saying he needed just an extra 30 miles to get out of his mandatory evacuation zone. So, once Tesla heard from this customer, it decided that other Tesla owners might need the same, and temporarily unlocked the extra range via an over-the-air update. The update was effective on all 60D models of the Model S and X, which were sold with 75 kWh batteries that were limited with the option to unlock their full potential at a later time – something that would cost owners between $4,500 and $9,000 depending on the vehicle and time of the update. Keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent upgrade, and it will expire, but it certainly served an important purpose and has proven that not all automakers are greedy and self-absorbed. Keep reading to learn more.

PostHeaderIcon Refer your Homies to Tesla, and You Might Get to Drive Godot, Elon Musk’s Prized Tunnel Digger

If you’ve been paying attention for the last few years, you know Elon Musk has a funny way of driving sales, generating money, and enticing customers. When it comes to money, the man might as well have a key to Fort Knox, and with Tesla’s referral program, he’s coming up with ways that really make you want to push your friends to jump on the EV bandwagon. As reported by Teslarati, Tesla’s newest incentive, which is currently called “Secret Level Two,” allows members of the referral program to give five more of your friends unlimited supercharging and $1,000 off of a new Model X or Model S. But, that’s not all, if all five of those people take delivery, you’ll get the chance to drive Godot and will get unlimited bragging rights to remind all of your friends that you got to take part in digging holes under cities like Los Angeles – where Musk just recently received official approval to start his mass transit tunnel.

So, get enough people to spend some $80,000 on a Tesla, and you could take place in a piece of history should Musk’s tunneling system really work out. Who knows, maybe he’ll even be nice enough to let you engrave your initials inside one of the tunnels or sign your name on Godot somewhere for the world to see. Right now, however, Godot is at rest, hibernating some 15 feet below the surface of Tesla’s parking lot in Hawthorne, California – the site of Musk’s test hole and what undoubtedly led to him getting the interest of some city officials in making his transit system a reality. Musk has even been quoted by other publications as saying “I’ve been down there on the machine and it’s mind-blowing.” Hard to believe for a machine that quite literally craws through the earth like a big earth worm, but how often do you get to take part in digging a tunnel with a beast of a machine like Godot?
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PostHeaderIcon Novitec Tesla Model X

Novitec Tesla Model X

Tuning electric cars these days begins and end in cosmetic upgrades seeing as no aftermarket specialist has the expertise to properly boost the output of an electric motor, and if they did there wouldn’t have been much for them to do anyway. These things usually come out of the factory as fast as they’re going to be. And so is the case with the Novitec Tesla Model X.

The Italian tuner best known for their works with Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini models, have tried their hand on an electric American SUV this time,giving slightly more attitude and a little bit more class. The styling kit devised for Novitec Tesla Model X is on the par with the vehicle itself in terms of subtlety and understatedness, save for the fancy wheels which match the ostentatiousness of the falcon doors.

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The aero kit on Novitec Tesla Model X includes carbon fiber front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and a rear tailgate wing. The tuner has worked with high-end American wheel maker Vossen Wheels to produce a custom set of 22 inch rims for this project. The Model X also has a fairly minimalist interior, which is probably why Novitec didn’t bother upgrading that at this time. But they do promise they can put together something nice if that’s what the customer wants.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Tesla Model X Gets 5-Star Crash Rating From NHTSA

Tesla might be having issues making profits and launching the Model 3 sedan, but it’s clear the young automaker can build a safe SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just awarded the 2017 Model X with a 5-star rating in every crash test category and sub-category. That makes the Model X the first SUV to ever earn a 5-star rating across the board. What’s more, the NHTSA’s findings show occupants have the lowest probability of injury in any SUV it has ever tested, with a 93-percent likelihood of walking away without serious injuries.

NHTSA testing includes three main areas: frontal, side, and rollover crashes.
Further broken down, the frontal crash testing includes a 35-mph, full-frontal crash into a solid barrier. Side impact testing includes both impacts with another vehicle and with a stationary pole like a tree or telephone post. Rollover testing includes both the likelihood of a rollover and the roof’s ability to remain structurally intact. Not only did the Model X earn 5 stars in the roof crush test, the NHTSA was unable to educe a rollover, even during its dynamic rollover test. Tesla claims the Model X’s aversion to tipping lies in its low center of gravity provided by the battery packs mounted under the floor.

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PostHeaderIcon Should Tesla Have to Pony Up for Driver Error?

It’s no secret that Tesla has been the target of plenty of lawsuits over the last year or two. In fact, it seems that just about anyone who crashes their Model S or Model X wants to blame Tesla. Musk was smart, however, and has equipped each of Tesla’s vehicles with a data recorder, which has proven invaluable in protecting the company from people that seem to forget how to drive. Usually, it’s someone saying autopilot screwed up, but there are others that claim their vehicle accelerated all on its own. This guy from California, however, really takes the cake. Last year, this cat (Son Ji-chang) drove his car through his garage and firmly lodged it right into his living room. He immediately pointed the finger at Tesla and initiated yet another lawsuit – one that’s attempting to evolve into class-action status. He even used his wealth to launch a media campaign to slander Tesla a bit. His claim?

“The vehicle spontaneously began to accelerate at full power, jerking forward and crashing through the interior wall of the garage, destroying several wooden support beams in the wall and a steel sewer pipe, among other things, and coming to rest in (his) living room.”

Well, the suit also names several other complaints that have been reported to the NHTSA, a good number of which point to driver error. In other words, the driver hit the accelerator, and the car did what it was supposed to do; Go. And, in this specific case, a third-party even reviewed the logs from one of these alleged rogue cars and determined the same thing, so it’s not necessarily just Tesla trying to flip things around. Well, the people behind the most recent suit have changed their approach, and instead of saying Tesla is responsible for this unintended acceleration, they say that Tesla is responsible for not preventing this unintended acceleration. Basically, they say the car should know that the driver accidentally hit the gas pedal and ignore that input…

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Charging more for Autopilot Feature

You have to give Tesla some credit. In the face of all the scrutiny surrounding its Autopilot feature, the EV car manufacturer still understands that it’s in the business game and that game is all about making money. So while the company’s announcement of a new 100 kWh battery pack for the Model S and Model X P100D variants understandably grabbed the headlines, Tesla managed to also increase the price of the Autopilot feature from right under our noses.

Whereas the price for the Autopilot system amounted to $2,500 before or $3,000 to be enabled after delivery of the car, Tesla has increased the number to $3,000 and $3,500, respectively. Apparently, the price increase isn’t because of the new sensors that Tesla is reportedly adding for the second-gen version of the system. According to Electrek, a Tesla spokesperson referred to the price increase as nothing more than a “better reflection” of the system’s actual value.

Whether that is the case or not, the timing of the increase is curious given the rash of negative publicity that has been attributed to the Autopilot system. One would think that Tesla would try to keep a low profile on the feature until it sorts out the quirks, thus having a better justification for a price increase. But the company opted to do it now. Similar features aren’t exactly popping up everywhere these days so while the field is still relatively barren compared to what it’s going to be in a few years, a $500 increase isn’t that big of a deal for customers who have spent or are willing to spend north of $60,000 on either a Model S or a Model X.

Skeptics can criticize all they want; at the end of the day, Tesla is still in the money-making business and this 20-percent increase in the price of the Autopilot feature should be a good source of extra revenues for Elon Musk and company. Now about making the system safer for its drivers…

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Offering Two-Year Lease for Model S and Model X

Tesla recently fell under criticism for overstating figures for the first and second quarters of 2016. Now, Tesla has announced that for a limited time, you can get a Tesla Model S or Model X under a two-year lease program. And, by limited time, I mean you have to do it by September 12, or you’re out of luck. This obviously drops the cost of owning a Tesla a little bit, but how much?

Well, we looked into it. A Model S under a two-year lease requires a $6,000 down payment, but the $2,500 deposit that is due on ordering is included as part of the down payment. Add in the $695 acquisition fee and the first month’s lease payment of $593 for a total of $4,788 due at signing. This gets you a 24-month term and 10,000 miles per year. This is, of course, for the Model S 60 with rear wheel drive – the least expensive model available. Going with the Model X is a little more expensive. It will set you back $4,925 due at signing with a monthly lease payment of $730.

On top of the initial money spent and the monthly lease payment, you’ll also be required to pay a $395 disposition fee when returning the vehicle. It is also important to know that the vehicle can be returned within the first 90 days of the contract for any reason, and Tesla will waive the remaining lease obligation.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla's Autopilot is About to get a Serious Hardware Update

Tesla and its AutoPilot system have fallen under a lot of scrutiny lately with all of the AutoPilot-related accidents and subsequent investigations. To be blunt, the company has seen a lot of negative headlines lately. It even broke down and changed some wording on its Chinese website after a recent accident in China. But, despite all the negativity, neither Elon Musk or Tesla as a whole is backing down from pushing the AutoPilot system. That brings us to our topic of discussion today: AutoPilot 2.0.

Apparently, the system is already well into development, despite the fact that Tesla and MobileEye have gone their separate ways. According to the guys over at Electrek, the upgraded AutoPilot system will feature new radar sensors on each corner of the vehicle as well as a new front-facing, triple camera system. Of the three cameras, one will be a wide-angle camera used to scan all lanes ahead, another will be used to scan directly in front of the vehicle, and the third is a backup that can be used by the system in a pinch should there be an unexpected failure.

The new hardware will help push the AutoPilot system into the next stage, and will enable what Tesla is calling “level 3 autonomous driving.” For now, no production vehicles have been fitted with the new hardware, but some sources are reporting that new models already have the proper mounts and wiring, which means the option of retrofitting is a possibility in the future. Even when the new sensors and cameras are installed on production models, it isn’t likely that they’ll go into use right away. Tesla will wait until software is perfected, then roll out over-the-air updates to activate the hardware. With this new hardware, it could be possible for full autonomy to be activated with a future OTA update, but something tells me we still have a while to wait on that one.

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PostHeaderIcon The Model S and Model X Could Get a Battery Update in the Near Future

News about Tesla has been more bad than good lately, but today I’m here to talk about something other than car crashes and Autopilot. Today, I’m here to talk about batteries and what could be coming for the Model S and Model X. It wasn’t that long ago that Tesla almost silently discontinued its 85-kWh battery, taking at versions of the 85-kWh Model S off the market. Very quickly rumors began to surface about a new, more powerful battery, and one hacker even found a “P100D” hidden within the source code for his Model S after an OTA update.

Tesla has remained largely silent on the subject. But, a Dutch forum, Kenteken, did some investigating and found something very interesting. Over in Europe, manufacturers can choose which company approves their vehicles to be sold and used on the road. Tesla uses a company known as RDW, which happens to have a part of its collective database published as “open data.” Kenteken decided to do some searching of this open database and discovered that there are, in fact, references to approval for a “100D” and a “100x.” It also discovered that there was a range of 613 KM (about 380 miles) associated with the model variant “100D.”

Here at TopSpeed, we took the time to do some searching of CARB’s database and couldn’t find anything related to a 100-kWh battery or any reference to a P100D or 100X. Then again, Tesla is still silent on the matter too, but with this new battery pack already being approved for European sales and use, it’s only a matter of time before Musk spills the beans and we start getting official word on the matter.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla's Autopilot Drives Man to Hospital. Did it Save his Life?

Tesla’s Autopilot system has had its share of controversies, including a series of high-profile crashes that have led some people to question the technology’s reliability. Needless to say, Tesla needed some form of good publicity for the Autopilot system. The automaker may have found it in 37-year old lawyer Joshua Neally, who credits the polarizing technology for getting him to a hospital during a medical emergency that almost cost him his life.

Speaking with Slate, Neally recalls making one of his daily 45-minute commutes from his workplace in Springfield, Missouri to his house in Branson, Missouri. On that particular day in late July, Neally said he felt comfortable using the Autopilot system of his Model X to make the drive home. Five minutes into his journey, he felt a sharp pain in his abdomen that moved its way to his chest. Fearing that something was seriously wrong, Neally was able to reroute the Model X’s navigation system to a hospital that was 20-something miles away and according to him, the system got him to the emergency room in time for him to get medical treatment.

Doctors eventually diagnosed him with a pulmonary embolism, an obstruction of a blood vessel in his lungs that could have led to his death had he not gotten to the ER on time. The harrowing ordeal had a happy ending because the Autopilot system did its job, or at least that’s what the lawyer believes. He did admit that in hindsight, it might have been better if he had just pulled over and called 911 but in the heat of the moment, as he was writhing in agonizing pain, he put his faith on the Model X’s Autopilot system and it delivered.

Whether the technology saved Neally’s life is a discussion in and of itself, nobody would disagree that it played a significant part in him being alive today to tell the story.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed's Top 5 High-Tech Cars

In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is 2016, people, and it’s high time we get this whole technology thing kicked into high gear. Yeah, I know you can post cat videos and catch virtual pocket monsters, but I’m talking about real tech, stuff that can actually change the world in a profound way. Not that that video of Mr. Snowball chasing the laser pointer isn’t worthwhile, I’m just saying we can do better. Thankfully, there’s at least a few automakers out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels, and we’re all a whole lot better for it.

In this list, we’ve compiled the top five high-tech cars you can go buy right now. You know, with money. And while they might not be powered by trilithium extract or be made from carbonized uranium, these five vehicles represent the bleeding edge of transportation. Is your ride among them?

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