Tesla to Release Upgraded and Redesigned Model S

Tesla is committed to continually updating their cars and while this usually takes the form of small tweaks and over-the-air software updates. Now, as had been rumoured, Tesla plan to release a newly redesigned and upgraded version of the Model S saloon, which has been on the market for 4 years. This new version of the Model S advances its stylings both in and out in order to bring the popular sporty electric car into line with their newer Model X and Model 3 vehicles.

The starkest change to the Model S is the nose, which has been reshaped to look more like the blunt-nosed Model X as well as including new LED headlights. The interior of the vehicle was also subject to a number of changes, again mostly in the vein of the Model X. Firstly, Tesla’s HEPA-rated air filter that is used on the Model X now makes its appearance on the Model S, complete with the “bioweapon defense mode”. Also included is a new centre console unit as well as two new décor choices, Figured Ash Wood décor and Dark Ash Wood décor both of which are popular choices for the Model X and certainly look good on the Model S too.

Faster charging has also been enabled on the new Model S, the standard charging unit seeing an upgrade to 48 amps from the previous 40 amp charger. There is even an option to upgrade to a 72A “high amperage” charger, compared to the previous offerings of a 40A standard and 80A dual charger.

The price increase for this version of the Model S is surprisingly modest too, with the price looking to be as little as $6000 at the 90D tier. When you consider the upgrades that are rolled into this price that would previously cost more, such as the improved charger and improved centre console, the new Model S may, in fact, cost less than the old one equipped with some of the optional extras that are now standard.

It is great to see Tesla are capable of putting together such a feature-packed new version of the Model S while also working on development and production of their other vehicles. It also gives the older Model S a stronger place in the new Tesla lineup and may tempt some people who were unwilling to buy a car with a 4-year-old design into a purchase. These new vehicles will be going into production at Tesla’s Fremont factory from Tuesday, so if you want one, you may not have to wait long.

Tesla Autopilot Now Lets You Drive on Rainbow Road

Yesterday, Tesla CEO tweeted some unusual instructions for owners of Tesla vehicles that are equipped with the autopilot feature.

While this may be an effort to distract users from the recent issues found in a number of their Model X vehicles, the result of Musk’s instructions is certainly amusing.

Normally, when you put a Tesla Model S or Model X into autopilot mode, the instrument display switches over to show a car travelling down a road, which is used to indicate where the car believes it is on the current road or lane it is in as well as any cars it detects nearby. Typically, this road is just like any other, normal and gray, but after the latest software update activating Autopilot four times sequentially changes this into the far more exciting Rainbow Road of Mario Kart fame.

It’s not just Rainbow Road either, also included is the cowbell audio from the famous Saturday Night Live sketch that plays over the stereo. Thanks to Brian Stucki for sharing a clip of this feature in action.

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Exactly what this “more cowbell” that Musk refers to is currently unknown, but Tesla’s car software containing easter eggs is nothing new. Afterall, the Model S has a James Bond Mode, which turns the representation of the car in on the in-car display into the submersible Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me.

Elon Musk Bans Venture Capitalist from Buying Tesla Model X over Blog Post

A venture capital investor has been banned from buying a Tesla Model X by company CEO Elon Musk. Stewart Alsop, who has a history with Musk, wrote a post on Medium entitled “Dear @ElonMusk: You should be ashamed of yourself,” in which he detailed how he and others had been invited to an event to showcase the Model X electric car, which was slated to begin at 7pm.

Every member of the crowd had paid a $5,000 deposit on a pre-order for the Model X, and was expecting to be given a test drive of the electric vehicle. After being made to wait close to two hours for Musk to show up – sans apology – Stewart was given a token to determine his place in the queue for his test drive: no. 1344. After calculating that he would have to wait until about 2am for his go in Model X, Stewart chose to go home, instead writing his critical blog post.

“You should have apologized right then, but you didn’t,” Stewart wrote. “You have our email addresses, since we’re all the people who put a $5,000 deposit on your new Model X. When I was invited to the launch event, I was excited to hear that I could drive to the factory and see and touch a new Model X, even if I’ll have to wait another 3–4 months to actually get mine.”

Instead of apologising, though, Musk threw his toys out of the pram and banned Stewart from ever purchasing a Tesla Model X. In a follow-up Medium post, entitled “Banned by Tesla!“, Stewart revealed: “Dear @ElonMusk: Thank you for reaching out to me. I heard from our phone conversation that you feel that my post, “Dear @ElonMusk: You should be ashamed of yourself”, was a personal attack on you. I also hear that you are not comfortable having me own a Tesla car and have cancelled my order for a Tesla Model X.”

“It’s funny because I wasn’t acting in my old role as a press pundit critiquing companies and their executives. I have done that a lot over the last 30+ years and am used to having CEOs of companies get upset with me,” Stewart continued. “In this case, I was actually just a customer who felt he had been ignored at an event designed for customers and ripped off the odd post about that event.”

It seems that Stewart and Musk aren’t entirely strangers, though; the pair were involved in discussions over PayPal funding back in 1999, according to Techly, a deal Stewart chose to walk away from.

Musk appeared pretty apathetic over the whole affair, tweeting:

Tesla Superfan Given First Model X to Drive and Review

While us plebs have to wait until next year to get our hands on the new Tesla Model X electric sedan, Tesla superfan and former Citrix CEO Mark Templeton has had one for the past two months, and his review suggests that he might be a little bit in love with the vehicle. Templeton’s evaluation of the car, published by Canadian electric vehicle enthusiast site EVandMORE.com, suggests that the Model X has even surpassed the lauded Model S as Tesla’s premier vehicle.

“I have to admit that I like it better than my Model S,” Templeton writes. “In the fossil fuel world, I like the Porsche zCayenne over the Panamera for the same reason –  it’s a sports car, a sedan, and an SUV. The multi-purpose aspect of the X is stunning. The storage space is amazing. In fact, the deep trunk allows two of the 34-inch rolling luggage pieces to stand side-by-side! Add the folding third row, it far exceeds SUVs of similar size. The underseat space is great – more comfortable for passengers and added space for storage. The seats are by far the best of any vehicle I’ve owned – design, comfort and function. And, I love how the middle row sets tilt and slide.”

The Tesla Model X sedan is set to hit the market during the second quarter of 2016, priced between $132,000 and $142,000.

Tesla Model X Price Revealed

Tesla have become a well known, if not a household name, when it comes to their vehicles. Named after Nikola Tesla, Tesla are known for the creation of top line electric cars, and some weird gadgets to go with them, such as the robotic snake charger. The latest release in their extensive line is the Tesla Model X, an SUV vehicle that has some unique features that fans of Back to the future might recognise.

The latest Tesla vehicle will feature falcon doors for the rear passengers, with a total of 7 passenger seats, the environmentally friendly SUV will offer a new way to show off as you try to open the door in a packed parking lot. The Model X however does not come without a price tag to match the stylish design, with a reservation price of £4000 and a sale price of $132,000 (roughly £86,521.07) for the basic model with added features raising the price to a whopping $143,750 (approximately £94,222.75).

The added features include a Tow Package, Sub-zero weather package and the well-known Ludicrous Speed Upgrade with a 0-60mph of around 3.2 seconds. With a quick youtube search showing a variety of videos with people getting shocked at Tesla’s quick acceleration boost.

Now all we need is a flux capacitor and an 88mph stretch of road and we can set off on an adventure.

Thank you Ars Technica for the information and the image.

Watch 4K Drone Video of Tesla’s 5.3 Million Square Feet Freemont Factory

Tesla is planning their biggest plant yet in Nevada, one that actually will be one of the world’s largest with an estimated 10 million square feet when completed, but they already have a pretty impressive facility in Fremont, California.

A previous employee of the factory, Stephen Powelson, took his Phantom 3 drone and flew across the compound and posted the video to YouTube. The best part of it, it’s in 4K and it gives those of us that already upgraded to that resolution the ability to once again see how amazing it looks. But it’s also a great flight to watch if you’re on 1080p or 1440p.

While some commenters were quick to point out that the video could get him into trouble with Tesla for legal reasons, he has the permission to post it. He has been a Tesla employee for almost five years, up until March of this year.

I’m personally not that familiar with Tesla’s Models that I can distinguish them on footage like this, but it appears that there is a little easter-egg in the video. Around time frame 1:44 you should be able to see a glimpse of what very well could be three Model X SUVs on the left of the footage. Either way, it gives a great view of what a Tesla factory looks like from above

Thank You TheVerge for providing us with this information