Rear wheel drive Model 3 available in EU & Asia
The Tesla Model 3 is now available in Europe and China with rear-wheel drive and the Standard Plus battery version. In Germany, Tesla is charging a base price of 44,500 euros (plus a handling fee of 980 euros) for this version, which offers a WLTP range of 415 km.
Have you ever taken your Tesla for a walk?
Thanks to Tesla’s Summon Mode now you can. A Chinese Model 3 owner has taken to giving his Model 3 a regular workout in Shanghai. He put a leash on the side mirror, lest the EV turns into ludicrous mode – given the situation.
Will Tesla Models S and X get a reluctance motor?
Tesla apparently plans to switch from the three-phase asynchronous to the reluctance motor on their Model S as well as the Model X. As far as the Model 3 is concerned, it looks as if the first U.S. deliveries of the new basic version are still to come.
Tesla releases production and delivery numbers
Tesla delivered around 63,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2019, including around 50,900 Model 3 and 12,100 Model S and Model X. This corresponds to an increase of 110 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. Compared to the last quarter of 2018, however, this represents a decline of 31 per cent.
Tesla upgrades 2nd-gen Superchargers
Tesla has started to install a software update that increases the maximum usable charging capacity of the currently more than 12,000 second-generation superchargers worldwide from 120 to 145 kW.
Tesla takes out mid range Model 3
Tesla has discontinued the mid-range version of the Model 3, introduced in October 2018. The version had only been an interim solution to offer customers in the USA, looking to take advantage of the full US tax credit at the time.
Tesla Model 3 proves popular in Europe
The Tesla Model 3 is storming sales charts in Europe a few weeks after its launch. In Norway the Model 3 has taken the lead, in the Netherlands the BEV has become the best-selling model in February and in Germany, the Model 3 is also on its way to the top.
Tesla apparently NOT negotiating with CATL for battery cells
Tesla appears to be negotiating with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to supply battery cells for its Model 3, manufactured in Shanghai, China. The talks between Tesla and CATL have been concerning the required specifications for the cells. The battery cell manufacturer has since denied intentions of entering business with Tesla.
Zig-zag at Tesla: prices are back up
U.S. electric car manufacturer continues its chaotic pricing policy: Tesla has announced an increase in its vehicle prices worldwide by three per cent after they had only just been reduced by an average of six per cent a few days ago.
It looks like a car, but…
In China, some 4,678 Tesla Model 3 appears to be temporarily detained by customs due to incorrect product labels. Apparently printer settings are to blame. Tesla is working on the labels under the careful eye of customs officials, who will resume clearances after they pass review.
Trigger-happy Tesla drivers annoy Norwegian fire departments
Nothing is more appealing than a button. New Model 3 in Norway are newly equipped with the “e-Call” button and is supposed to be used to alert emergency services to road accidents. Apparently, Norwegian test drivers trying out the new Model 3 couldn’t resist trying it out, which caused Norwegian emergency services to issue a […]
Tesla presents next-gen Supercharger V3 (video)
Tesla has introduced the 3rd generation of its Supercharger. New power cabinets with 1 MW power and liquid-cooled cables enable peak rates of up to 250 kW for each charging electric vehicle at the new Supercharger locations, so no more splitting power.
Zero emissions musicians on the road
The Philadelphia area musicians Rick Denzien and Debra Lee are convinced electric mobilists. On their last tour, the self-declared Zero Emission Musicians travelled a solid 8,070 miles in their Tesla Model 3 on their way to California and back, visiting over 50 superchargers.
Tesla hits 200,000 Model 3 mark and rising
Tesla has apparently exceeded the mark of 200,000 Model 3 units produced, according to the Bloomberg tracker. Already registered VINs for the Model 3 are closing in on the 300,000 units this quarter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports even bigger plans on Twitter.
Tesla Model 3 arrives in China & Germany
The first Tesla Model 3 for the Chinese market arrived at the port of Tianjin. Two more ships are allegedly already on their way. The hurry is to catch the reduction on import duty that is only certain for the 1st quarter.
Tesla cuts staff for North American deliveries
Tesla has more than halved the staff in its department that delivers Model 3 to North American buyers. The layoffs are a sign that demand for Model 3 in the US has declined sharply as Tesla’s federal tax relief runs out. Now the company focuses on deliveries in China and Europe.
Tesla launches roll-out of Model 3 in Europe
Tesla is now delivering the first Model 3 vehicles in Europe. To be exact, Tesla informed buyers on the continent that they can pick up their Model 3 in Zeebrugge in Belgium or Tilburg in the Netherlands. However, the European launch did not go off entirely without a hitch.
Tesla updates Model 3 prices again
The Tesla price carousel continues to turn: In the US, the Californian electric car manufacturer has now lowered the price for the Model 3 by 1,100 dollars. The entry-level model with a mid-range battery now starts at 42,900 dollars.
Toyota blames Tesla for defectors
Tesla’s Model 3 is apparently causing a bit of trouble for Toyota’s US American market: As Toyota’s North American boss Jim Lentz recently admitted, around nine percent of Toyota customers are unfaithful to the brand. About half of them are (former) Prius owners who migrate to Tesla.
$139.5M – Tesla remains profitable – Model 3 delivers
Tesla has managed to stay profitable in Q4 2018 and thus reported its second consecutive quarterly profit. Still, Tesla earnings were hit on some fronts, but sales are looking good with Tesla having sold over 140,000 Model 3 throughout 2018 with more to come.
Tesla overcomes service problems in Norway
Tesla has apparently got its problems in Norway under control before the start of the Model 3. The Californian carmaker has employed 360 new staff and increased the number of services centres in the Nordic country.