New ‘Reverse Summon’ Feature Coming to Autopilot and Track Mode V2 Released – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
Tesla Summon/Autopilot In the past, Elon Musk has conceptualised a future autopilot having low, medium, and high speed modes. The ability to adjust to any situation is vital for a self driving system to be able to navigate itself from your house, to another destination, i.e. your work. Tesla aims to achieve this by, at least on the consumer level, splitting Autopilot up into categories. For example, the most recently released summon feature handles low speed driving around car parks and other areas that demand a speed of less than 10 mph. Summon is able to work without relying on white lines on the road to guide it. It detects obstacles and cleverly drives around them to the location that the driver specifies. At the moment, autopilot handles the medium…
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Boring Company Announces New Machine and California Megapack Coming Soon – Tesla Weekly

Boring Company Announces New Machine and California Megapack Coming Soon – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy, Tesla
Boring's new Boring Machine One of the reasons that The Boring Company came to fruition was because Musk believed that Tunnel Boring could be innovated. Typically, tunnel boring is an extremely slow task, moving at just under 1m per hour. This renders current systems useless at digging long tunnels in a short space of time. But, why is this? This main problem that tunnel boring companies face is not the machine itself, but the whole production line behind it. The only thing that the machine actually does is excavate and remove the excavation material outwards with a conveyor system. Consequently, power, lighting, reinforcements and other tunnel necessities must be installed following the excavation. This process moves much slower, meaning it is the tunnelling bottleneck, not the machine itself. Musk claims…
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Model 3 Drives 350 Miles and Cybertruck Towing Mode – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
Elon Musk completes first Boring Company Tunnel in Las Vegas I previously reported that Musk's boring machine was halfway through its task to dig two tunnels under the Las Vegas Convention Centre. That would mean it was halfway through digging one. Since then, The Boring Company has been making some progress. Musk's side project has now managed to dig through one of the tunnels in its entirety. A video was released online of the machine smashing through an #onlyvegas banner and coming out into a deep pit. The 40ft deep tunnel should be capable of transporting passengers between the South Hall and the New Exhibit Hall at up to 150mph. Consequently, Musk claims that it should transport up to 4,400 people per hour, without causing any noise or vibration on…
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Model S & X get a range boost and Tesla Solar Roof coming to Europe and China – Tesla Weekly

Model S & X get a range boost and Tesla Solar Roof coming to Europe and China – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla, Uncategorized
Model S and X See a Much-Anticipated Range Boost A new Long Range Plus Model of the Tesla Model S and X has been added to their respective sales webpages. Elon Musk, CEO of the California based automaker Tesla, said on the company's earnings call a few weeks ago that the Model S and X were capable of more range, they just hadn't certified it with the EPA yet. Seemingly, Tesla has got round to telling the EPA, causing them to update their site with the new Models. During the conference call, Musk suggested that the Model S is close to being able to travel 400 miles on a single charge. Model S already has the longest range out of any commercially available electric car, meaning the updated models extend…
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Elon Musk Hosting an AI Party to Improve Autopilot and New Dyno Mode Released – Tesla Weekly

Elon Musk Hosting an AI Party to Improve Autopilot and New Dyno Mode Released – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
Elon Musk's Ai Party At the Tesla autonomy day in 2019, Musk suggested that full self-driving would be feature complete by the end of the year. Seemingly, that deadline has come and gone, without comment from Musk. However, recently, he tweeted about a potential Ai party to help improve Autopilot. The move comes after the electric car manufacturer uploaded a video to their Autopilot page which featured a video detailing what a Tesla sees when driving. It seemed to be part of a recruitment effort by Tesla to gather more autopilot development personnel. The video seems to have been removed since. So, Tesla hasn't hit its target, so what does Musk do to lead his R&D team forwards? Following Musk's untraditional approach to R&D, he decided to host a party.…
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Impressive Q4 Profitability and Solarglass Ramping – Tesla Weekly

Impressive Q4 Profitability and Solarglass Ramping – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
Tesla’s Impressive Q4 Earnings Call Given the record deliveries of 112k vehicles last quarter, it’s no surprise that Tesla had some impressive earnings to share too. Once again, they had a profitable Q4, with a net income of $132 million, down from the $150 million in Q3. A drop in net profit could have been predicted due to Tesla ramping up the Model Y production and getting the Gigafactory in Shanghai online. This required significant amounts of upfront capital investment. By contrast, energy storage and generation in Q4 went up over Q3. Tesla’s energy business has been trending down since it acquired Solar City in 2016. Recently, Tesla changed its solar model and started to roll out the Solar glass. This has led to an increase in energy generation deployed.…
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New Tesla Design Studio and Cybertruck Spotted Filming – Tesla Weekly.

New Tesla Design Studio and Cybertruck Spotted Filming – Tesla Weekly.

Electric Cars, Tesla
European Design Studio on the way Currently, Musk and Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen design all of Tesla's products at their only design studio in Hawthorne, California. This is located close to the Hawthorne EV factory. Franz joined Tesla in the early stages of the company and has been designing its products ever since the Model S. As a consequence of Tesla expanding their manufacturing operations into other global regions, the electric vehicle manufacturer has decided to change its design strategy too. Tesla could have continued to maintain an Apple-style strategy to design, where each one of their products is designed in California, but made somewhere else. However, Telsa seems to have taken a slightly different approach. With the opening of the Gigafactory in Shanghai, Telsa announced that they would…
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Should You Be Worried About the Tesla App Mysteriously Purchasing Add-Ons? – Tesla Weekly

Should You Be Worried About the Tesla App Mysteriously Purchasing Add-Ons? – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
Tesla has always been a very software-focused company. In fact, they're more of a software tech company than an automaker. Over the years, additions like Autopilot, and general operating system refreshes have made Tesla cars more efficient and fun to drive. Many upgrades and tweaks are available through the Tesla app. Generally, these updates are free. Tesla owners repeatedly report that their cars get better over time, maybe boosting the range or adding entertainment features like the ability to watch Netflix in the car. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Telsa's past, here's a brief rundown of how software has changed in Tesla vehicles over the past 10 years. Wait, You Can Download Extra Features? Tesla first offered Autopilot in October 2014. According to Musk, the move came…
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Sony Releases an All-Electric Concept Car at CES – Tesla Weekly

Sony Releases an All-Electric Concept Car at CES – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy, Tesla, Uncategorized
It's CES time once again, the annual technology conference which is hosted in Las Vegas. It's a conference which attracts almost 200k people each year, providing the perfect venue for large companies to show off their latest products and concepts. This year, it's Sony's turn to wow the attendees of the conference, appearing to reinvent itself in the automobile sector by introducing their latest concept vehicle, the Vision S. As you undoubtedly already know, Sony is an electronics giant, known for their cameras, TVs, and phones, amongst a variety of other products. The Japanese company is by no means an automaker, making the move to produce a concept car a seemingly unexpected one. In this weekly instalment of Tesla weekly, we'll look at the real purpose of the Vision S,…
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Musk Pushes Deliveries for the New Year – Tesla Weekly

Musk Pushes Deliveries for the New Year – Tesla Weekly

Electric Cars, Tesla
In the United States and many other countries around the world including the UK, there is a tax rebate for EVs. If you purchase an electric vehicle, you can fill out IRS form 8936 and receive a rebate of somewhere between $2,500 and $7,500, depending on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity. Since Tesla was founded, that particular tax exclusion has been a significant contributor to EV sales. This is especially true for a larger vehicle like the Model X. However, this tax exclusion only applies to manufacturers which have sold no more than 200,000 qualifying EVs. Up until the Model 3 production ramp, Tesla hadn’t sold 200,000 EVs, therefore customers were benefiting. Once they exceeded this barrier, they started to be phased out by the IRS.…
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