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Tesla Misses By a Mile its Model 3 Target

Models S and X beat forecast, but slow ramp-up of smaller sedan poses big problems.

by on Jan.03, 2018

A new Model 3 in front of Tesla's Fremont, California assembly plant.

Despite promises by CEO Elon Musk, Tesla has yet to dig its way out of the “production hell” it has faced since the launch of its Model 3 battery sedan last July.

The Silicon Valley carmaker said it delivered just 1,550 of the “affordable,” long-range electric vehicles during the fourth quarter, well below what industry analysts had been anticipating. Some had forecast the numbers would come closer to 9,000 for the October-December quarter, with even pessimists forecasting something closer to 4,000.

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The shortfall means that many of the roughly 400,000 customers who have plunked down $1,000 deposits for a Model 3 could be waiting well into 2019 before taking delivery, observers warned. It also raises the specter that Tesla might have to seek more capital to offset continuing losses. The company had said it would finally get into the black as production reached the longer-term target of 10,000 vehicles a week. (more…)

Musk Gives Twitter Users a Peek Behind the Curtain

Popular CEO fields questions via Twitter, reveals upcoming Tesla updates.

by on Dec.29, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk held court on Twitter recently, promising everything from a pickup truck to improved Autopilot.

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk went “all Oprah” on Twitter yesterday. He asked his followers for input on how to improve the company’s vehicles and as the answers came back he basically rubber stamped approvals like Oprah gives out cars.

The charismatic EV company leader received more than 13,000 responses to his query, which also sought feedback on his other companies, such as SpaceX, SolarCity and The Boring Co., but most centered on what Tesla mavens wanted to see in the future.

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He responded to about a dozen, promising one respondent that the company will “make a pickup truck right after Model Y.” He added that he is “dying to build it,” so when the company debuts the Model Y, the truck could be part of that unveiling, based on the last event. (more…)

Tesla, Porsche and Genesis Top CR Owner Satisfaction Study

Consumer Reports takes cover off 2018 Owner Satisfaction Survey.

by on Dec.22, 2017

Tesla owners are the most satisfied of all vehicle brand owners, according to a new Consumer Reports survey.

It’s the time of year for parties and if you stand around long enough, beverage and hors d’oeuvres in hand, talk will invariably turn to cars. Generally, this chatter centers on “what do you drive” and “how do you like it?”

Well, it would seem if someone at the party owns a Tesla, Porsche or Genesis, they’re going to fancy their vehicle the most, according to Consumer Reports’ 2018 Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey.

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Oddly, none of those three brands were even ranked last year. The biggest surprise may be Chrysler, which ranked fourth, up four spots from last year. Its FCA siblings are often panned in quality and satisfaction studies, but Chrysler appears to be immune to those criticisms. (more…)

Musk Mucks Up DM, Shares Digits with 17M Twitter Followers

Musk was reaching out to Facebook's CTO Carmack.

by on Dec.20, 2017

Elon Musk make a boo-boo today, accidentally tweeting his phone number to 16.7 million Twitter followers today.

Even tech oriented geniuses have bad moments on social media. No, not referencing President Donald Trump, but someone nearly as prolific on Twitter, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk.

Musk accidentally sent out his phone number to his 16.7 million twitter followers. Apparently, he was attempting to direct message John Carmack, chief technology officer of Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality division.

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“Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is …” the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX wrote in a message directed at a Facebook executive. (more…)

UPS Jumps on Tesla Semi Bandwagon with 125-Truck Order

Company already had partnership with EV maker.

by on Dec.20, 2017

UPS is the latest company to place an order – 125 trucks – for Tesla electric semi truck.

The popularity of Tesla’s not-yet-on-the-road semi continues as UPS became the latest company to plunk down big money to place an order. UPS wants 125 trucks, Tesla’s largest order to date.

The truck, which was unveiled in November, provides unparalleled performance, such as a zero to 60 time of five seconds unloaded and 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load. It features an simplified interior where the driver sits in the center of the cab and streamlines all of the information and data a driver needs into two simple screens.

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Tesla’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company will begin producing the trucks in 2019. (more…)

PepsiCo Joins List of Tesla Semi Truck Buyers

Giant beverage and food producer orders 50 trucks.

by on Dec.14, 2017

PepsiCo is the latest company to plunk down deposit money on Tesla's semi truck. The company ordered 100 trucks.

PepsiCo has become the latest big-time user of commercial trucks to sign an order for Elon Musk’s battery-electric semi trucks.

Pepsi placed the largest order yet by reserving 100 Tesla semi trucks, meaning the company wrote a $2 million check. The soda and snack company plans to use the trucks for shipments of beverages and snacks foods from factories or distribution centers to retailers, and is currently deciding which routes would best suit the electric trucks.

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Tesla claims the semi, which was unveiled last month, has a range of 500 miles when towing a full 80,000-pound load, and that 400 miles of range can be restored in just 30 minutes at one of its new Megacharger stations. (more…)