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PostHeaderIcon Who’s Responsible If a Tesla On Smart Summon Hits You or Your Car?

I saw an article posted by another outlet just the other day that was titled “idiots are trying to run themselves over with Their Own Tesla’s.” Like most people, I didn’t really read the article – I eventually did, and it isn’t much of an article – however, with all the dumb challenges going on these days (dumb kids eating tide pods, I’m looking at you) I found it very easily to believe people are out there jumping in front of their Tesla on Smart Summon, just to see if it will stop. As it turns out, there aren’t as many cases as I would have expected, and I’m sure they’re coming at some point, but there is one “homemade” test that we’ve posted below. Not surprisingly, the Smart Summon feature is far from perfect. This raises another question in my mind, though: Who the hell is responsible in accidents involving Tesla Smart Summon?

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Software Version 10 Makes It More Fun to Be An Idiot With AutoPilot

Tesla has a different view of what “having fun in a car” should mean. Don’t get us wrong, but for the vast majority of gearheads out there, that’s synonymous to actually driving the car and occasionally taking it to the limit. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t see a point in offering your customers the likes of in-car gaming and in-car karaoke since we’re still far, far away from Level 5 autonomous driving. No, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t that.

As usual, Tesla will deliver the update through its over-the-air system this week, but before you get it, here’s what you should look for. For a better grasp, we’ve grouped the new features based on their purpose.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Software Version 10 Makes It More Fun to Be An Idiot With AutoPilot

Tesla has a different view of what “having fun in a car” should mean. Don’t get us wrong, but for the vast majority of gearheads out there, that’s synonymous to actually driving the car and occasionally taking it to the limit. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t see a point in offering your customers the likes of in-car gaming and in-car karaoke since we’re still far, far away from Level 5 autonomous driving. No, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t that.

As usual, Tesla will deliver the update through its over-the-air system this week, but before you get it, here’s what you should look for. For a better grasp, we’ve grouped the new features based on their purpose.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Claims the Model S Can Lap the Nurburgring in 7:05 – After Not Posting an Official Time

The brewing rivalry between Tesla and Porsche has taken another turn after the California-based electric carmaker went to the Nurburgring for the very first time…and left without actually posting a time. But that’s not stopping Tesla from puffing its chest, saying that the triple-motor Model S “Plaid Mode” can clock a lap time of 7:20.

Even more brazen, Tesla’s calling yet another shot, claiming that “with some improvements,” the Model S can achieve a lap time of 7:05 when the automaker returns to the ‘Ring next month. Tesla didn’t specifically say when it plans to return in October, but it will be interesting to see what it does when it comes back to the Nurburgring. Judging by its first foray to the world’s most famous race track, Tesla claims to have done a lot without actually doing, well, a lot.

PostHeaderIcon The Tesla Model S Plaid May Have Beaten the Taycan Around the Nurburgring

Elon Musk has had a tooth to pick with Porsche and more specifically the Taycan EV ever since before Stuttgart’s first-ever electric sports had the chance to make its online debut. But now, the battle has moved to the Nurburgring, where a heavily-modded Tesla Model S reportedly beat the Taycan’s (which was a pre-production prototype, to be clear) lap time set earlier this summer.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s That Video of the Tesla Model S Tearing Up Laguna Seca – Is Another Record Attempt Coming?

Tesla’s back making claims again, only this time, the California-based electric car maker is planting its flag at Laguna Seca after claiming the four-door lap record around the race track with a time of 1:36.6. While the lap time is impressive, it doesn’t hold much weight in the eyes of the public, largely because it wasn’t set during a sanctioned event and in the presence of an officiating body that would validate the lap time.

That said, Tesla’s decision to go to Laguna Seca to set a lap time, not to mention sightings of a different Model S at the Nurburgring, has people asking if these sightings are precursors to real sanctioned time laps in the future. Knowing Elon Musk, don’t discount that from actually happening.

PostHeaderIcon Big Surprise –The Tesla Model Z Pickup is Delayed

As the battle of electric pickup trucks between Ford, Rivian, and Tesla rages on at an annoying slow crawl with nothing but teasers and overzealous gloating (I’m looking at you ford with your train-pulling stunt), Tesla’s Elon Musk as pushed the debut of the Tesla Model Z Pickup even further back. So when will we actually get to see it? Well, with Musk’s overly optimistic history, it’s anybody’s guess, but we at least have a rough idea.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model 3 Owners Had a Very Nice Labor Day Gift from Tesla This Year

Tesla loves giving surprises. They are always on the lookout for new ways to keep the customers excited and looking forward to new adventures. On Labor Day, the company decided to astonish the owners once again. How, you ask? By locking them out of their cars! Many owners were left stranded outside their cars when Tesla’s Phone Key app experienced failure for a brief period. Looks like Tesla took the Labor Day off to the next level. But, let’s cut them some slack and leave them ‘Elon’. The company was enjoying Labor Day, too!

PostHeaderIcon We Made the Mistake of Searching for “Tesla Pickup” on Facebook and the Results Are Something Else

The Tesla Pickup truck has been the talk of the town ever since it was announced. Surprisingly, there are a lot of details out, like the towing capacity, and even the drivetrain specs to some extent, but no one knows what it looks like. The so-called ‘official’ images don’t give out much either. There are a lot of impressive renderings out there; some very logically thought out designs that might be close to what the actual truck could look like. However, we decided to search for the truck on Facebook and found some very ‘creative masterpieces.’

PostHeaderIcon What Does Ford Need to Do to Kill the Tesla Pickup Truck?

The invasion of EVs is nothing short of a paradigm shift in the auto industry. A segment that seemed to remain untouched and wary of electrification for the longest period is finally starting to look vulnerable and at the brink of a major breakthrough, thanks to companies like Tesla and Rivian. Since Ford has been dominating the pickup truck segment for over four decades now, it has the biggest target on its back. For now, Ford has managed to weather the storm by keeping the electrified competition at bay – well, to an extent – but that doesn’t mean it will be able to sit on the throne when electrification takes prominence.

For now, the three big names here are Tesla, Rivian, and Ford. Although Rivian is doing well and we are excited for the launch of its R1T pickup truck, Ford’s biggest challenger will be the EV Czar, Tesla. Here are 11 points we’ve listed that Ford needs to do to have the upper hand on Tesla’s pickup truck – that will apparently be called the Tesla Model B – and rule the segment when the dust settles.

PostHeaderIcon Jay Leno Has a Love Affliction for Tesla and Electric Cars

Jay Leno knows a lot of things about cars and his opinions about cars carry a lot of weight. That’s a result of being one of the premier auto collectors in the world. In recent years, Leno has become an advocate of electric cars, perhaps even a champion of the growing segment. Leno has praised Tesla, in particular, numerous times in the past, including in a recent interview with CNBC, where the host of Jay Leno’s Garage openly talked about his affection for Tesla. Who would’ve thought, folks? Jay Leno, the lover of internal combustion engines, has seen the light of electrification.

PostHeaderIcon Will Elon Musk’s “Project Dojo” Push Tesla to Full Self-Driving Capability by 2020?

With so many carmakers working on self-driving technology, there’s no denying that autonomous cars are the future. But while some automakers are barely perfecting semi-autonomous cars, others are on the brink of introducing reliable autonomous systems. Tesla’s Autopilot feature is already pretty advanced, but it seems that Elon Musk has an even better system in the works. It’s called Dojo and we don’t know much about it, but Musk claims that it could make the difference.

PostHeaderIcon Tesla is concerned about mineral shortage due to under-investment in the mining sector

Sara Maryssael, Tesla’s global supply manager for battery metals, reported about Tesla’s concern of a shortage of crucial battery minerals used in the creation of batteries for not only EVs but smart-home systems.
Smart-home systems alone will consume about 1.5 million tonnes of copper by 2030. Elon Musk, as is most of the battery industry, is reducing the use of cobalt in favor of nickel to fight child labor and other controversial practices adopted in the Democratic Republic of Congo, maybe the first cobalt supplier.

PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Could Reveal the Tesla Pickup Soon; Says It’s “Close” to Being Ready

Tesla has been quite hush-hush about its electric pickup truck. Other than a few details that Musk lets out through his tweets, we have nothing. However, those tweets are worth their weight in gold. The latest tweet from the EV czar is about its launch date. A twitter user asked when the truck would be revealed, and Musk replied saying we could see it in two-three months. This is a big revelation because this is one of the most anticipated EVs to date.

PostHeaderIcon Ford, Rivian, or Tesla? The Electric Pickup Truck Battle Has Already Begun!

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The latest segment to be hit by the electrification bug is pickup trucks. Although some electric firms – Tesla and Rivian – have been into electrification for years, mainstream automakers have also decided to jump in before it gets too late. The Tesla and Rivian war has been on since the two decided to enter the electric pickup truck foray. The two have been approaching the segment differently and have kind of eased into their spaces. Now that Ford is developing an electric powertrain of its own for the F-150, things could get even more exciting. I’ve listed out five possible scenarios that may or may not be hypothetical.

PostHeaderIcon Can I buy the long-awaited Tesla $35.000 Model 3? Good question!

With the $35,000 priceModel 3, Elon Musk promised to bring electric cars to the masses. Well, when the EV was released, in July 2017, the automaker offered only the much more expensive Long Range and Performance models. Only earlier this year, Tesla delivered the agreed $35,000 Model 3 and guess what? Since its introduction, the carmaker removed the car from its online ordering system and raised the price. Thus the long-awaited $35,000 Tesla, survived on the market for less than three months.

PostHeaderIcon Everything There is to Know About Tesla’s Elon Musk

Born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk is the oldest child of Errol Musk and Maya Musk. Now in his late forties and with a net worth 19.2 billion USD, Elon Musk is one of the leaders in pursuit of an energy and transportation revolution. As a founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder, and CEO of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Zip2; founder of X.com; co-founder of OpenAI; and chairman of the SolarCity, Elon Musk plays a significant worldwide reaching role as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and an inventor. This is what you need to know about him.

PostHeaderIcon Everything There is to Know About Tesla’s Elon Musk

Born June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa, Elon Musk is the oldest child of Errol Musk and Maya Musk. Now in his late forties and with a net worth 19.2 billion USD, Elon Musk is one of the leaders in pursuit of an energy and transportation revolution. As a founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder, and CEO of Neuralink; founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Zip2; founder of X.com; co-founder of OpenAI; and chairman of the SolarCity, Elon Musk plays a significant worldwide reaching role as an engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and an inventor. This is what you need to know about him.

PostHeaderIcon Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Tesla Pickup

Tesla is about to take the pickup world by storm with an all-electric truck that will most likely be revealed this year. The vehicle that’s set to be shown this year won’t be the final production-spec model, though, as we’ve come to expect from Tesla, but it will be a very close preview of that model.

PostHeaderIcon The first ever Tesla pickup truck is here and it’s not what you expected

We know for a fact that Tesla will unveil its first ever pickup truck sometime this year, but some people aren’t prepared to wait so they’ve made their own. This is the story of Simone Giertz who did just that, using a Tesla Model 3 sedan as a base. That’s right. She bought a Tesla Model 3 and started cutting, adjusting, and welding. The result is way better than we would have expected. Here’s how this story goes.

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