New video shows off the capability of Tesla FSD.

New video shows off the capability of Tesla FSD.

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On the 20th October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out the following: FSD beta rollout happening tonight. Will be extremely slow & cautious, as it should. The Tesla community has been anticipating this roll out for a long time now, and Musk has repeatedly teased it's release, before delaying it again. This time, however, is different. A beta version of Tesla's full self-driving software is being released to members of the public. Not just any members of the public though, they are hand-picked by Tesla as being careful and experienced drivers. What do we know so far? Since the FSD beta has only just been release, information on how it performs is limited. However, a few Twitter users and Tesla fans have been given the update, along with permission to…
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Will Cybertruck Really Start at $39,000?

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The controversy around the Cybertruck doesn't end at the styling. Assuming Tesla follows through with the pricing Elon Musk announced in November, the Cybertruck will be one of Tesla's cheapest vehicles yet. Currently, the cheapest vehicle that Tesla offers is the Model 3, which is priced at $37,990. Meanwhile, Musk announced that the single motor Cybertruck would start at $39,900. That's just $2,000 more than the Model 3, and a whopping $10,000 cheaper than the Model Y, which is currently priced at $49,990. Sure, the Cybertruck will have less range than the Model Y, but it still has a fairly reasonable 250 miles, which is more than the industry average. However, the Cybertruck has many extra features that are absent on the Model 3 such as: Bulletproof bodyAdaptive air suspensionDigital…
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How Does Tesla’s Autopilot Actually Work?

How Does Tesla’s Autopilot Actually Work?

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There are many automakers that have driver assistance features built into many of the vehicles of their fleet. A few examples of this are Volvo's Pilot Assist, VWs Autopilot, and BMWs driver assistance features. Tesla's offering is called Autopilot and is well known as being one of the most well developed systems in any mass production vehicle. After being announced in 2013, it was integrated into the Model S fleet in 2014. Shortly after release, Musk said the following: “Autopilot is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.” At first, the feature was developed with the Israeli company Mobileye, and it offered basic lane-keeping assistance on freeways or in stop and start traffic. This crude version of the software was developed over the…
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How Will Tesla Achieve sub 1.9 seconds 0-60 times in the New Roadster?

How Will Tesla Achieve sub 1.9 seconds 0-60 times in the New Roadster?

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What is the Tesla Roadster? From as early as 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been hinting at a new Tesla Roadster to replace the company's first-ever vehicle. The original roadster was a Lotus Elise retrofit with batteries and motors rather than an engine. It was Tesla's first car, and they learned a lot from it. For example, the battery management system that was developed for the Roadster back in 2008 to prevent it from overheating and catching fire is not too dissimilar to the BMS found in modern day Tesla vehicles. Given that the Roadster is now quite outdated, Musk decided it was time for a new one. Tesla has been working on the original roadster occasionally, for example giving it an aero kit in 2014 which reduced its…
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Here’s a Look Inside the Motors Driving the EV Revolution.

Here’s a Look Inside the Motors Driving the EV Revolution.

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What Are Electric Motors? In their simplest form, electric motors are devices which convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. They can run off DC or AC electricity, something that we will compare later in the article. Electrical current is used to drive a rotor. This rotor can be connected to a multitude of things, including shafts and even refrigerators through a mechanism. More recently, electric motors have been used for a variety of purposes. For example, a small vibration motor in some smartphones creates feedback based on the users input. As a result, the phone may vibrate when ringing. In order to create a vibration, the motor has an off centre weight attached to its output shaft, creating an asymmetric motion which goes on to cause a vibration. On a…
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Is Elon Musk Really Planning to Build a Terafactory and more Tesla Announcements

Is Elon Musk Really Planning to Build a Terafactory and more Tesla Announcements

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A few days ago, Tesla completed its first earnings call of the year. Impressively, whilst many other companies were losing out, Tesla was still profitable. However, not only do Tesla's earnings reports give investors an insight into the financial health of the company, they also give us some details on what Musk is planning for the future of the California based Automaker. One subtle note here is the inclusion of a Terafactory. This earnings call was riddled with no shortage of surprises, so I'll break them down here. Much of what is being reported is still just speculation, not just concrete facts, so here's the information we know, and what the implications of it could be. Terafactory The Facts:: During the conference call, Musk hinted that the next Tesla factories…
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Could Elon Musk’s Vision of Driving a Tesla on Mars become a Reality?

Could Elon Musk’s Vision of Driving a Tesla on Mars become a Reality?

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As you may already know, Elon Musk is the CEO of two large companies: SpaceX and Tesla. SpaceX is looking to get humans off the planet and onto Mars. Although they currently offer a satellite launch service and are soon to become an ISP with their Starlink project, SpaceX has the final goal of making humans a multi planetary species. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Meanwhile, Tesla has the aim of accelerating the global adoption of sustainable energy and transportation, specifically in the form of solar panels and electric cars. Essentially, Tesla is aiming to save the planet. Tesla Next Generation 2020 Roadster Meanwhile, SpaceX is looking to get humans off the planet. Although they currently offer a satellite launch service and are soon to become an ISP with their Starlink project,…
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5 Ways to Immediately Increase Your Electric Car Winter Range

5 Ways to Immediately Increase Your Electric Car Winter Range

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If you own an electric car and live in a cold winter climate, you will be aware of how the cold weather impacts your range. Some users report that the range of a Tesla Model 3 can decrease by almost 50% when temperatures plummeted down to -8 Celsius. This does not just take place in permanently cold climates with an even more frigid winter like northern Sweden or northern Canada. It takes place to some extent in the majority of western civilisations, including the USA and the UK. Snowy Road in the United States Many say that Tesla’s in specific were just designed and tested in California climates, where the weather is mild all year round, but it seems as though all electric cars seem to have this problem to…
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Fremont Factory Closes and Panasonic Pulls Workers out of Nevada – Tesla Weekly

Fremont Factory Closes and Panasonic Pulls Workers out of Nevada – Tesla Weekly

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Tesla Fremont Factory Closes Recently, California based automaker, Tesla, announced that it would suspend production at its Fremont factory beginning March 23rd. Tesla said the following in a statement: "We have followed and are continuing to follow all legal directions and safety guidelines with respect to the operations of our facilities, and have honored the Federal Government's direction to continue operating. Despite taking all known health precautions, continued operations in certain locations has caused challenges for our employees, their families and our suppliers." Over the past few weeks, Musk has been quite dismissive of the virus, stating that the 'Coronavirus panic is dumb' and that workers can 'go home if they want to'. In addition to the closure of the Fremont Factory, Tesla has also closed the Gigafactory in New…
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How will Coronavirus Impact Tesla and New Cybertruck Gigafactory? – Tesla Weekly

How will Coronavirus Impact Tesla and New Cybertruck Gigafactory? – Tesla Weekly

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How will Coronavirus Impact Tesla? Currently, Coronavirus is sweeping across the globe, presenting itself in all continents but one, Antarctica. Unlike many other multinational corporations, Tesla is yet to face very significant Coronavirus disruption. Towards the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, when it was most present in China, the Gigafactory in Shanghai was ordered to close by the Chinese government. At this point, that factory is not up to its full production rate, so closing it wasn't as much of an issue as it would have otherwise been. However, the virus did cause disruption to Tesla's supply chain, causing them to install the old computers in the car, rather than the new ones which were on the spec sheets. Predictably, this caused annoyance from Chinese owners and the Chinese government.…
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