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Family sues Tesla over deadly 2018 Autopilot crash

May 1st, 2019
The charred remains of Walter Huang's Tesla Model X.

Enlarge / The charred remains of Walter Huang's Tesla Model X. (credit: S. Engleman / NTSB)

The family of deceased Model X customer Walter Huang has sued Tesla and the state of California in state court, the family's attorneys announced on Wednesday.

"Mrs. Huang lost her husband, and two children lost their father because Tesla is beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers," family attorney Mark Fong said. He says the family wants to make sure that other drivers don't suffer Huang's fate.

Huang died in March 2018 while traveling on a freeway in Mountain View, Calif. He had Autopilot engaged as his Model X approached a point where an exit lane diverged on the left-hand side of the road. His Tesla struck a concrete barrier dividing the two lanes, and he died from his injuries.

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Motor technology from Model 3 helps Tesla boost Model S range 10%

April 24th, 2019
Motor technology from Model 3 helps Tesla boost Model S range 10%

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Tesla's Model S is known for its long range, with the 100kWh version rated to travel 335 miles between charges. On Tuesday, Tesla announced changes to the Model S drivetrain that boosted the range by more than 10 percent to 370 miles.

Similar improvements have pushed the range of the high-end Model X up to 325 miles. And that's all without increasing the vehicle's battery capacity. The cars are simply able to go 10 percent further for every kWh of charge—which translates to electricity savings for Tesla customers.

Several factors combined to produce these impressive efficiency gains. Tesla switched one of the motors in the Model S and Model X to a new technology pioneered in the Model 3. The company also announced an improved suspension system and other efficiency tweaks throughout the vehicle. The impressive result: greater than 93 percent energy efficiency.

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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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Pared-down electric experience: Driving one of the first Model 3s off the line

July 29th, 2017


FREMONT, CA—On Friday at Tesla’s factory, Ars got behind the wheel of one of the first Tesla Model 3s off the factory line. It was a quick, 5-minute guided drive around the factory, but it gave a quick impression of what may be Tesla’s most important car.

After all, Tesla has been working up to the launch of the Model 3 for years. CEO Elon Musk’s dream has been to build an affordably-priced electric vehicle for mass production, and he’s consistently framed the the Roadster, the Model S, and the Model X  as luxury vehicles destined to subsidize a lower-priced electric car for the masses.

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Now you can wait out biological warfare in Tesla’s Model S

April 13th, 2016

On Tuesday, Tesla Motors said that it would be adding features to new Tesla Model S electric vehicles, including a HEPA filter that was previously only available on the Model X cars, as well as a new charger that will speed up charging time when the car is connected to higher-amperage sources.

Other new features include a similar front fascia to the Model X and adaptive headlights that turn in order to better light the path of the car on winding roads. “Figured Ash Wood” and “Dark Ash Wood” interior accents are also now available.

All these items now come standard on Tesla’s most popular luxury sedan in production.

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Elon Musk hints at Tesla Model Y with falcon-wing doors

October 7th, 2015

Elon Musk, the world’s greatest one-man PR machine, has hinted at the existence of another Tesla: the Model Y.

Musk revealed the information in a tweet last week, which he quickly deleted. Musk had taken to Twitter following the début of the Model X—Tesla’s SUV with falcon-wing rear doors. A fan tweeted at Musk, saying she would love for the Model 3 to have falcon-wing doors as well. Somewhat surprisingly, Musk responded with: “There will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will.”

At this point, we’re fairly certain the Model 3 won’t have falcon-wing doors; all signs point to it being a smaller, cheaper version of the Model S. It would follow, then, that the Model Y might be a smaller, cheaper version of the Model X. Tesla trademarked the name “Model Y” back in 2013, around the same time that it trademarked the Model E.

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