Tesla has released a video that shows off a new charging prototype for the Model S. The prototype is a robotic metal snake that can automatically plug into the charging port on the Model S.
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It's taken quite a while, but Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has announced that the Model X SUV is set to debut in September. In an official letter, Musk discussed the status of the Model X and that the Tesla is currently "building more validation vehicles, executing final engineering and testing work, enabling our new manufacturing equipment and finalizing arrangements with our suppliers."
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In just a few months the first batch of Tesla Model X crossovers will finally be delivered to customers and now it's being reported that Tesla is already working on adding a second crossover to its lineup. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Tesla is going to introduce a crossover version of the upcoming Model 3.
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Tesla is now offering pre-owned Model S sedans on its website, with prices starting around $65,000 for a used P85 Model S. Buyers can search for a number of sedans that are available in their area. A quick search of the Los Angeles area reveals that there are at least pre-owned 16 Model S sedans available.
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Tesla has unveiled a new home battery called Powerwall. The battery stores energy generated from solar panels or when utility rates are low to power your home. It also can act as a back up during power outages.
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Tesla has announced the introduction of the new Model S 70D, which replaces the base Model S 60. Compared to the outgoing Model S 60, the 70D has standard all-wheel-drive, a 240 mile range and 329 horsepower on tap.
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Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car with software version 6.2 to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge and provide additional safety. The Model S's updated software will map out the best route to a driver's destination based on the location of charging stations. It will also warn drivers if battery power is low before they drive beyond an area where they can charge.
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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has revealed plans for a big announcement from the automaker this week. Musk went to Twitter to announce that during a press conference on Thursday at 9 am, the electric automaker plans to "end range anxiety."
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Even though the Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, that doesn't mean that Tesla has forgotten about it. Tesla has just announced the release of the Roadster 3.0 package that includes a host of updates that will give the Roadster a driving range up to 400 miles.
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It's been rumored that Tesla has some updates coming for the Tesla Roadster and now Elon Musk has announced on his Twitter account that an announcement is coming this week.
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Just a few months ago it was announced that production of the Tesla Model X crossover was being delayed until the second quarter of 2015, but now it's being delayed further. Tesla has announced that production is now delayed until the third quarter of 2015.
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Last night Tesla unveiled a new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, which features two electric motors and will be designated by the "D" designation. The big news is that the top spec Model S P85D model packs 691 horsepower, which is enough to give it a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.
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This week all the news is about everything that is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but in about a week Tesla is going to debut something. What exactly? Well Tesla CEO Elon Musk just tweeted this picture and and stated "about time to unveil the D and something else."
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With the Toyota RAV4 EV set to disappear by the end of the year, what's in the future for Tesla and Toyota? The two automakers teamed up for the electric RAV4 and now Tesla CEO Elon Musk sees another "significant" joint project that could be released in the next two to three years.
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Tesla has confirmed that its Gen III car, which was originally called the Model E, has now been renamed the Model III. The Tesla Model III or Model 3 as some people will call it, is slated to arrive after the Model X, with an anticipated on sale date set for sometime in 2017.
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Production of the Tesla Model X crossover was supposed to begin later this year, but Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has announced that production has been delayed until the second quarter of 2015.
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Saleen has released a few teasers of its upcoming modified version of the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Saleen hasn't released a lot of details about the modified Model S, but it did unveil the design renderings this week at an event in Los Angeles.
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Tesla has revealed more details about its new battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, which will be "world's largest battery factory" when it powers up by 2017. Tesla estimates that the Gigafactory will cost about $5 billion and will employ up to 6,500 employees at a site that could be up to 1,000 acres.
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Rinspeed has unveiled its latest concept, the xChangE concept, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. At first glance you will notice that the xChangeE concept looks like nothing more than a customized Tesla Model S, but underneath Rinspeed has created its vision of a future electric autonomous car.
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Tesla Model S owners on the west coast will love this! Tesla has announced the completion of its Supercharger Corridor on the west coast, which is a network of Tesla Supercharger stations that enable Model S owners to travel for free between San Diego, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Tesla is reportedly working on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S sedan according to sources that spoke with The Verge. The Model S already has an insane waiting list and with the introduction of a new all-wheel-drive version that list isn't about to get any shorter.
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Tesla is now reportedly producing more than 400 Model S sedans a week, which is more than the automaker's initial goal according to CEO Elon Musk. "We're above 400 a week at the current manpower, and not trivially above it," Musk said.
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Last night Tesla unveiled its latest innovation, which will keep Model S drivers on the road even longer. By the end of the year Tesla is going to install quick-swap bays at its Supercharger stations in California, which will give drivers the ability to swap out their depleted batteries in less than the time that it takes to fill up a tank of gas.
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Tesla has already announced plans to increase its network of fast-charging stations across the country, but tomorrow Tesla is going to unveil a new battery swap option at an event in California. The new battery swapping capability will allow drivers to quickly swap their car's battery with a charged battery, which would be even faster than waiting to charge the car's existing battery.
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Tesla is working on a new smaller electric sedan that will cost about half the price of the current Model S sedan, which starts at $62,400. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed the smaller sedan will arrive in late 2016 and will have a driving range of at least 200 miles.
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Tesla has announced plans to dramatically expand its supercharger network, which enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely. The expansion of the network builds upon the Supercharger network that covers California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast. Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, enabling Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break to grab lunch or a soda or coffee, and get back on the road charged up, for free.
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With all of the accolades that Tesla has received for the its new Model S and posting its first quarterly profit, Tesla is having a great year. NowTesla has just announced that it has paid off the entire loan awarded to the company by the Department of Energy in 2010, nine years early. In addition to payments made in 2012 and Q1 2013, today's wire of almost half a billion dollars ($451.8M) repays the full loan with interest. Following this payment, Tesla will be the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.
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Consumer Reports has announced that the Tesla Model S has received a rating of 99 out of 100, which means that it's has been rated higher than any other model recently tested. Back in 2007, the Lexus LS 460L also received a score of 99 out of 100, but since then no other model has been able to achieve the same rating.
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The sales numbers have been finalized for the first quarter of this year and with that it's now being reported that the Tesla Model S outsold the Chevy Volt in Q1 in North America. Tesla expects to report that it sold 4,750 Model S sedans in the US and Canada, which beats the 4,421 units of the Chevy Volt that were sold during the same period. The Tesla Model S also beat the Nissan Leaf, since Nissan only sold 3,695 units.
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The next-generation Tesla Roadster is still a few years away, but Tesla boss George Blankenship has already provided some details about what we can expect. Blakenship told Autocar that he expects the next Tela Roadster to have over a 200 mile driving range since EV technology continues to evolve. The next Tesla Roadster will also reach 0-60 mph in under four seconds.
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Tesla has announced that, in partnership with Wells Fargo and US Bank, it has created a revolutionary automotive financing product that provides the best elements of ownership and leasing to Model S customers.
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Tesla has announced that sales of the Tesla Model S sedan have exceeded Tesla's sales targets that were announced in February. Sales of the Model S exceeded 4,750 units vs. the 4,500 unit prior outlook. As a result, Tesla is amending its Q1 guidance to full profitability.
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Tesla's next model, the Model X crossover was due to arrive by the end of this year, but now it looks like its introduction has been delayed by at least a year. Tesla attributes the Model X's delay to the success of the Model S sedan. Tesla has decided to push back the release date of the Model X to focus on the Model S.
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Tesla has announced that it is raising the prices for the Model S sedan, which now starts at $59,900, which is up from $57,400 ($49,900 after federal tax credits). The price increase applies to new reservations starting January 1, 2013. Although Tesla is raising the pricing for the Model S, Tesla is quick to point out that the initial starting price was announced in March 2009, which is over three and a half years ago.
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Earlier this month Automobile Magazine named the Tesla Model S its Automobile of the Year and now Motor Trend has given Tesla's sedan its highest honor by naming it its, 2013 Car of the Year. To take top honors, Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges. This is the first time in Motor Trend's memory that every judge was in unanimous agreement.
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The Tesla Model S was just named "Automobile of the Year" by AUTOMOBILE Magazine's team of editors and writers, who stated that the Model S "blew them all away."
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Tesla has received a $10 million grant from the state of California to build its new Model X crossover. In return for the $10 million grant, Tesla will also contribute $50 million of its own money for the new crossover. The new funding will be used to expand Tesla's plant in Fremont, California and to purchase new equipment to build the Model X.
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Tesla has unveiled its new Supercharger network, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.
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Tesla's CEO Elon Musk recently joined a web chat on Jalopnik, where he discussed the future of Tesla and what the electric car company could release next. Currently Tesla offers models like the Tesla Roadster and the new Model S sedan, but according to Elon Musk, a Tesla supercar could one day join the Tesla lineup.
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The first deliveries of Tesla's Model S electric sedan kicked off last month, but we've now learned that Tesla isn't stopping there. The next model will be the Model X crossover that is based on the Model S and then a new range of smaller models. Tesla's chief designer recently confirmed with Autocar that the automaker is currently working on a new range of cars that will compete with the BMW 3 Series.
"The third model will continue to drive down the price point as fast as possible," von Holzhausen told Autocar. The target price for the new entry-level car will be around $30,000. The new 3 Series fighter will also have more distinctive styling than the conventional looking Model S. "We will become more experimental as we develop as a brand," he said. "Our cars need to have some personality." The new models could launch as early as 2015.
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