Tesla says ‘Automatic driving on city streets’ including responding to traffic lights/stop signs coming this year

Tesla today along with the $35,000 Model 3 and other goodies announced it would be taking Autopilot to the next level, this year… more…

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Tesla finally launches base Model 3 for $35,000 with shorter range and new interior

Tesla is finally launching the long-promised standard Model 3 with a base price of $35,000 – fulfilling Elon Musk’s “secret masterplan” released back in 2006.

The automaker is now making several new versions of the Model 3 available with a shorter range and new interior options. more…

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Tesla Launches Base Model 3: Here’s The Price

Elon Tusk (or was that Musk) clued us in on some Tesla news and now we know what it is.

Just the other day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to let the world know there’d be “some Tesla news” coming our way today (see tweets at bottom of post). Immediately, speculation over what was to be announced took over the Internet.

Guesses were all over the place. Tesla Model Y reveal date? Tesla Model 3 $35,000 base launch. Tesla pickup truck news. Even some stock mentions.

You name it and someone out there guessed at it. Well, the guessing game has almost ended and this “some Tesla news” is just around the corner.

Just moments ago we got tipped to pricing for this announcement that is now minutes away. It’s the base Model 3. It has finally arrived and will be a real game-changer. Have a look at the embedded image below:

 

And here’s the most important bit of info straight from Tesla:

We are incredibly excited to announce that the standard Model 3, with 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130mph and 0-60mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds is now available at $35,000! Although lower in cost, it is built to achieve the same perfect 5-star safety rating as the longer-ranged version, which has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the U.S. Government.

In addition, we are introducing the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which offers 240 miles of range, a top speed of 140mph, 0-60mph acceleration of just 5.3 seconds and most premium interior features at $37,000 before incentives. For 6% more money, you get 9% more range, more power, and an upgraded interior.

To achieve these prices while remaining financially sustainable, Tesla is shifting sales worldwide to online only.

The website has already been updated with the new details. See image below:

 

Tesla’s press release is posted in its entirety below:

$35,000 Tesla Model 3 Available Now

We are incredibly excited to announce that the standard Model 3, with 220 miles of range, a top speed of 130mph and 0-60mph acceleration of 5.6 seconds is now available at $35,000! Although lower in cost, it is built to achieve the same perfect 5-star safety rating as the longer-ranged version, which has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the U.S. Government.

In addition, we are introducing the Model 3 Standard Range Plus, which offers 240 miles of range, a top speed of 140mph, 0-60mph acceleration of just 5.3 seconds and most premium interior features at $37,000 before incentives. For 6% more money, you get 9% more range, more power, and an upgraded interior.

To achieve these prices while remaining financially sustainable, Tesla is shifting sales worldwide to online only. You can now buy a Tesla in North America via your phone in about 1 minute, and that capability will soon be extended worldwide. We are also making it much easier to try out and return a Tesla, so that a test drive prior to purchase isn’t needed. You can now return a car within 7 days or 1,000 miles for a full refund. Quite literally, you could buy a Tesla, drive several hundred miles for a weekend road trip with friends and then return it for free. With the highest consumer satisfaction score of any car on the road, we are confident you will want to keep your Model 3.

Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6% on average, allowing us to achieve the $35,000 Model 3 price point earlier than we expected. Over the next few months, we will be winding down many of our stores, with a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers. The important thing for customers in the United States to understand is that, with online sales, anyone in any state can quickly and easily buy a Tesla.

At the same time, we will be increasing our investment in the Tesla service system, with the goal of same-day, if not same-hour service, and with most service done by us coming to you, rather than you coming to us. Moreover, we guarantee service availability anywhere in any countries in which we operate.

We’re also excited to announce that we’re implementing a number of firmware upgrades for both new and existing customers. These upgrades will increase the range of the Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive Model 3 to 325 miles, increase the top speed of Model 3 Performance to 162 mph, and add an average of approximately 5% peak power to all Model 3 vehicles.

Tesla is committed to making not just the best electric cars, but the best cars, period. And our products are the reason we continue to rank #1 in Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey and have every single year since Tesla was first eligible to be included in 2013. Both Model 3 Standard and Standard Plus are available starting today at Tesla.com.

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Hat tip to @28delayslater!!!!


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You Can’t Order A Tesla Until After A Big Announcement At 5:00 EST

We’ll have the official news when it drops at 5:00 EST (2:00 PST).

If you had intended to purchase a Tesla Model S, Model X, or Model 3 this afternoon, forget about it. When you click on the “purchase” option of any of models on automaker’s website, you’ll be redirected to a screen bearing the message “The wait is almost over.” So, what does it all even mean?

Yesterday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted a series of cryptic messages (embedded below) that point to an announcement of some sort. While some may have thought he was talking about finally revealing the long-awaited Supercharger Version 3 update, this suspension of orders points to something bigger.

Could it be the $35,000 Model 3 will now become available? Or, does it have something to do with the Model Y? Come join us for an hour of speculation in Comments!

This is a developing story…

H/T to Daniel Zorrilla and Earl of Frunkpuppy


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Jeda Wireless Pad for Tesla Model 3 review – wireless charging with thoughtful features [Video]

The Jeda Wireless Pad is a just-released wireless charging option for the Tesla Model 3. Like the Nomad Wireless Charger that I reviewed last year, the Jeda Wireless Pad is Qi-enabled, meaning it can charge both iPhones and Android phones that comply with the Qi wireless charging standard.

As someone who’s been using the Nomad Wireless Charger for the last four months, I was keen on seeing how Jeda’s latest interpretation of wireless charger compared. How does it stack up? Watch our hands-on video review for the details.  more…

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Tesla stops all car orders ahead of announcement [Updated]

By updating its website just now and stopping Model 3 orders, Tesla has released an important clue about today’s announcement in the next few hours – showing it is related to Model 3.

Update: Tesla has now stopped all custom orders ahead of the announcement. more…

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In January 2019, Plug-In EV Car Sales In Europe Increased By 28%

Europe has started the year way better than the U.S.

Registrations of passenger plug-in electric cars in Europe noted one of the better results in January – over 33,400 at 2.8% market share.

The growth rate amounted to 28% although it’s important to note that there is a huge difference between all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids. BEVs are moving like a storm – up 67% to almost 21,000, while the PHEVs are still struggling until next-generation longer-range versions will be introduced in place of discontinued and retired models (due lack of WLTP certification).

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2019

Most popular models

There are a few surprises in model rank. Nissan LEAF, for example, fell to third place with a disappointing result below 3,000. Renault ZOE seems to be doing pretty fine with 3,340 sales and 79% growth year-over-year, outpacing the entire BEV segment. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV also stays strong in Europe at #2.

Decent results were posted also by BMW i3 (23,432) and Volkswagen e-Golf, but most of us probably appreciate especially that Hyundai Kona Electric reached #6. Even the production constrained Kia e-Niro managed to catch onto #15.

It’s hard to judge in the first month of the year so let’s wait and see how the situation changes after Tesla Model 3 volume deliveries start.

Registration stats for Europe are provided by EV Sales Blog:

Usual slower January in U.S. (without Model 3 rush) enabled Europe to again enjoy higher plug-in car sales:


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Carbon climate costs: coastal homes lose $15.8 billion in value due to rising seas

Coastal homes have lost $15.8 billion in property value during the past dozen years, according to new research that analyzes the effects of tidal flooding caused by sea level rise in every U.S. coastal state from Maine to Mississippi.

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VW admits Tesla has advantage with EV because they don’t have to protect gas car business

In an interesting and honest comment about their effort to go electric, VW CEO Herbert Diess said that Tesla has an important advantage over legacy automakers when it comes to electric vehicles; they don’t have to worry about protecting their gas-powered car business. more…

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