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Audi e-tron wins top crash rating, beating Tesla Model S and Chevy Bolt

August 16th, 2019
Ars Technica's Jonathan Gitlin spotted this e-tron being prepared for crash testing during a visit to IIHS testing facilities.

Enlarge / Ars Technica's Jonathan Gitlin spotted this e-tron being prepared for crash testing during a visit to IIHS testing facilities. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

Crashes hurt car insurance companies' bottom lines, so the industry-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts comprehensive crash tests to help consumers buy safe cars—and encourage the industry to raise its standards. The IIHS recently put Audi's new e-tron through its paces, and Audi boasts that the e-tron is the first fully electric car to win the organization's highest rating: Top Safety Pick+.

The IIHS conducts several different crash tests as well as evaluating a vehicle's headlights and crash prevention technology. The e-tron earned the highest possible mark, "good," for every one of the dozens of sub-categories in the IIHS report.

"The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well," the IIHS writes of one of its crash test results.

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Feds told Tesla to stop making “misleading statements” on Model 3 safety

August 7th, 2019
Elon Musk.

Enlarge / Elon Musk. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for E3/Entertainment Software Association)

Last October, after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released crash test data for the Model 3, Tesla declared that it had the "lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by NHTSA."

Two days later, the NHTSA responded in the understated way typical of a federal agency. Without naming Tesla, the NHTSA argued that its "5-star rating is the highest safety rating a vehicle can achieve. NHTSA does not distinguish safety performance beyond that rating, thus there is no 'safest' vehicle among those vehicles achieving 5-star ratings."

But documents recently obtained by the website Plainsite using a freedom-of-information request show that the NHTSA's private communications with Tesla weren't so diplomatic.

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Tesla delivered a record number of cars in the second quarter

July 2nd, 2019
Tesla cars on a delivery truck in 2018.

Enlarge / Tesla cars on a delivery truck in 2018. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Image)

Tesla beat its own previous record—and Wall Street's expectations—by delivering 95,200 cars in the second quarter of 2019. That's a big jump from the first quarter, when Tesla delivered a disappointing 63,000 vehicles. And it's modestly higher than Tesla's previous record of 90,700 vehicles delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Wall Street reacted positively to the news, sending Tesla's stock price up 6 percent in after-hours trading.

Tesla reported producing a solid 87,048 vehicles in the second quarter—up from 77,100 vehicles produced in the first quarter and up slightly from 86,555 vehicles produced in Q4 2018.

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Autopilot was active when a Tesla crashed into a truck, killing driver

May 16th, 2019
Autopilot was active when a Tesla crashed into a truck, killing driver

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A Tesla Model 3 had Autopilot active in the seconds before it crashed into a semi truck in March, killing the driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reported on Thursday.

Jeremy Banner was driving his Model 3 on a divided four-lane highway in Palm Beach County, Florida. As the car approached a driveway, a semi truck pulled out in front of the car, making a left-hand turn from the driveway to the opposite travel lanes.

The Tesla was moving at 68mph (110km/h) and slid under the truck's trailer. The trailer sheared off the top of the car, killing Banner. The vehicle continued down the road for another 1,600 feet (500m) before coming to a rest in the median.

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Tesla deliveries fall—especially for high-end Model S and X

April 4th, 2019
Elon Musk.

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Tesla delivered 63,000 vehicles to customers in the first quarter of 2019, the company announced on Wednesday evening. That's a dramatic 31 percent decline from the previous quarter, when Tesla delivered 90,700 vehicles.

Analysts have been expecting that Tesla would announce a quarter-to-quarter decline in deliveries, but this drop exceeded Wall Street's expectations. Wall Street analysts were expecting Tesla to deliver around 75,000 cars.

Analysts expected Tesla to have a down quarter because the US tax credit for buying a Tesla was scheduled to fall from $7,500 to $3,750 on January 1. So Americans thinking about buying a Tesla late last year made sure take delivery by December 31, causing US demand to dry up in January.

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At a quick Los Angeles event, Tesla announces the 300-mile-range Model Y

March 15th, 2019

Tonight in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off a prototype version of the Model Y, the fourth mass-produced vehicle that the electric car maker will bring to market. The vehicle, as expected, will be a larger, SUV-version of the Model 3, much like the Model X was the larger, SUV-version of the Model S.

Musk revealed very few details about the upcoming car, but a few key figures stuck out: the 300-mile, long-range version of the vehicle will go into production in Fall 2020 with an MSRP of $47,000. The 230-mile, standard version will cost $37,000 and go into production in Spring 2021, according to Musk. The Y will seat seven people with 66 cubic feet of storage space.

The vehicle will also have the option of a dual-motor all wheel drive option and a performance option, at an additional cost.

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Feds investigating deadly Friday Tesla crash in Florida

March 2nd, 2019
Feds investigating deadly Friday Tesla crash in Florida

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The National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching a team of investigators to Delray Beach, Fla., to investigate a Friday morning crash that killed the driver of a Tesla Model 3. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating the crash.

According to the preliminary report of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office obtained by Eletrek, a semi truck was making a left turn onto SR 7 when the Model 3 crashed into it from the side. The Model 3 passed under the trailer, shearing off the top of the vehicle. The driver—who was identified by NBC News as 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner—died at the scene of the crash.

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The sheriff's report indicates that the truck driver stopped at a stop sign before initiating his left-hand turn. The Tesla vehicle traveled for an additional 0.3 miles (around 500 meters) before coming to a stop.

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Tesla’s Model 3 loses coveted Consumer Reports recommendation

February 21st, 2019
Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images)

Last year, Tesla won a Consumer Reports recommendation for the Model 3 thanks to a last-minute upgrade to its braking software. But on Thursday, the magazine rescinded its endorsement of the vehicle due to poor results in its customer survey.

"Model 3 owners in our spring survey sample reported some body hardware and in-car electronics problems, such as the screen freezing, which we have seen with other Tesla models," wrote CR's Patrick Olsen. "The latest survey data also shows complaints about paint and trim issues. In addition, some members reported that the Model 3's sole display screen acted strangely."

"The vast majority of these issues have already been corrected through design and manufacturing improvements, and we are already seeing a significant improvement in our field data," a Tesla spokesperson told Consumer Reports in an emailed statement.

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Tesla gets green light to sell Model 3 in Europe

January 22nd, 2019
Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Tesla store in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images)

Tesla has cleared the final regulatory hurdle to selling the Model 3 in Europe, allowing the electric carmaker to begin shipping the vehicles to Europe. Reuters reports that RDW, the automotive regulatory authority in the Netherlands, has signed off on the Model 3. Under EU rules, regulatory approval in one country allows Tesla to sell its cars across the EU territory.

EU law requires an automaker to get "type approval" for each vehicle it wants to sell in the European Union. Tesla shipped several production Model 3s to RDW, which put them through a battery of tests. They checked that the vehicles met all the requirements of EU law: brake performance, lights, crashworthiness, emissions, and so forth.

The approval comes just in time. A Belgian news site reports that Tesla is expected to ship as many as 3,000 cars a week to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge for subsequent distribution across the continent.

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Tesla delivered 90,700 cars in Q4, Wall Street freaks out

January 2nd, 2019
Tesla's Fremont factory in July 2018.

Enlarge / Tesla's Fremont factory in July 2018. (credit: Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Tesla produced a record number of cars in the final quarter of 2018, the company reported on Wednesday. Tesla produced 61,394 Model 3s, a 15 percent gain from the previous quarter. Production of the Model S and Model X totaled 25,161 units—slightly below last quarter's figure of 26,903.

This represented a new overall production record, but Wall Street wasn't impressed. As I write this, Tesla's shares are down about 8 percent for the day to $305.

Tesla produced about 4,700 Model 3 vehicles per week in the fourth quarter. Notably, that's still below the 5,000-car weekly production rate Tesla achieved—however briefly—in the final week of June. It's also well below targets previously articulated by CEO Elon Musk.

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