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Tesla Adding 100 Service Centers as Model 3 Launches

Move considered critical as automaker goes from niche to mainstream.

by on Jul.12, 2017

Tesla has been launching non-traditional showrooms and displays, like this one at a Nordstrom's.

Tesla plans to add at least 100 new service centers, as well as 1,400 service technicians and a fleet of service vans to keep pace with the planned, rapid ramp-up of production of its first high-volume product, the Model 3.

With sales expected to grow to as much as 500,000 vehicles next year – a six-fold increase over the 84,000 sold in 2016 – Tesla’s current service and repair network would be overwhelmed, many analysts have warned, even if the new Model 3 were to come to market with industry benchmark quality and reliability. Tesla current only has about 150 service centers in operation to cover the entire U.S. market.

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Despite a price tag that runs less than half that of a current Model S, buyers of the new Model 3 “will have high expectations” for their new vehicles, said David Sullivan, a senior analyst with AutoPacific, Inc.

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Tesla Factory a “Predator Zone,” Claims Female Former Employee”

A.J. Vandermeyden opens up on allegations, lawsuit.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Former Tesla employee AJ Vandermeyden has sued over alleged sexual harassment at the Fremont plant. Photo courtesy The Guardian.

Adding to the list of problems facing Tesla Motors, the automaker is battling a lawsuit filed by former employee A.J. Vandermeyden, who accuses the automaker of tolerating a culture of “pervasive harassment” at its assembly plant in Fremont, California.

That’s the same factory that, just last Friday, produced the first of the automaker’s eagerly awaited Model 3 battery-sedans – and the same factory where a recent report noted Tesla had been experiencing significantly higher injury rates than at assembly plants producing far more vehicles.

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In a report by the Guardian newspaper, the 33-year-old Vandermeyden opened up about why she was suing Tesla for sexual harassment after being fired from her job in Fremont. The paper outlined conditions that many employees described during a Tesla town hall meeting earlier this year as a “predator zone,” where, they charged, female workers were open targets for male bosses.

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It’s Official: 1st Tesla Model 3 Rolls Off the Line

Pricing still TBD.

by on Jul.10, 2017

The first saleable Tesla Model 3 poses in front of the company's Fremont, CA plant.

Twitter-savvy Tesla CEO Elon Musk has posted a picture of what appears to be the first “saleable” Model 3 sedan to roll off the battery-carmaker’s Fremont, California assembly line, a critical step in Tesla’s push to become a truly mainstream manufacturer.

But the company appears to have pushed back on its promise to start taking official orders for the new Tesla Model 3 on Friday and still has not given a clear sense of pricing for the compact battery-electric vehicle. A visit to the Tesla website only reveals the same information that had been up there for some time, among other things noting a “starting price” of $35,000.

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Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3 launch. Though there are plenty of skeptics, Musk has outlined a plan that would take the company’s production to 500,000 vehicles in 2018 – a sixfold increase from 2016 – and Model 3 would account for about 80% of that total.

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A Good Week Gone Bad for Tesla

Update: GM overtakes Tesla as EV maker's stock collapses.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Tesla hoped for a big boost by announcing the production launch of the new Model 3.

(This story has been updated to reflect the continuing plunge in Tesla stock on Wednesday.)

What started out as a week full of fireworks for Tesla may be turning into a dud.

The automaker’s high-flying stock suddenly has taken a nosedive since traders returned from the long Fourth of July holiday, falling 7% on Wednesday and, by midday Thursday dipping nearly another 5 percent. At around $310 per share by mid-afternoon, TSLA was not only off sharply from the record $383.45 set on June 23rd, but with a market capitalization of just under $51 billion. the value of Tesla had slipped behind that of General Motors for the first time in nearly three months.

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That’s clearly not what CEO Elon Musk had in mind when he tweeted on Sunday that Tesla was planning to start production of the eagerly awaited Model 3 on Friday. That’s the same day, he added, that Tesla would formally begin taking orders for the vehicle that is expected to transform the carmaker from a niche to mainstream player.

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Three Large Sedans Earn Top Crash Ratings – But Tesla Model S Falls Short

Small overlap test still a challenge for some manufacturers.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Tesla aces most tests but fell short in the small overlap crash - and the Model S had "poor" headlights.

The Tesla Model S was one of three large sedans to fall short in the latest round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The trade group also reports that three other large models fared extremely well during a series of tests for crash worthiness, earning the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

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The poor performance by the Tesla Model S came amidst a series of problems for the electric vehicle maker, and at a time when CEO Elon Musk had hoped to focus on the upcoming launch of the maker’s first mainstream model, the Model 3. Production and sales are set to begin on Friday.

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Tesla Set to Launch Sales, Production of Model 3

Critical test for battery-carmaker set to get underway.

by on Jul.03, 2017

Tesla could hit its mark for the first time by rolling out the first saleable Model 3 this week.

The biggest test Tesla has ever faced is about to get underway, CEO Elon Musk announcing plans to roll the first saleable Model 3 off the line on Friday, the same day customers will be able to place official orders for the new battery-electric vehicle.

The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first entry into the mainstream electric market, with its $35,000 base price running roughly half that of the company’s current Models S and X offerings. Tesla has reported taking over 300,000 advanced registrations for the vehicle, each with $1,000 deposits, but one key question is how many of those will translate into actual orders.

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The other question is how quickly Tesla will be able to meet demand. In a Sunday evening tweet, Musk said he expects that “Production grows grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec.”

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Brown Goes Green – Fleets Push High Tech Envelope

UPS boosting use of alternative powertrains; fleets also explore driverless tech.

by on Jun.30, 2017

UPS has experimented with a variety of powertrain alternatives, and now wants more on the street.

United Parcel Service says it wants more of its big, brown trucks to go green, the company planning to use alternative fuels and other clean, energy-saving technologies in about a quarter of its trucks by 2016.

That is expected to included everything from propane to battery-power, as well as LNG, battery-electric hybrids and even hydraulic hybrid powertrains. UPS isn’t alone, however. A growing number of fleet operators are looking at alternate powertrain technologies, as well as other high-tech systems such as driverless vehicles, which could help reduce costs while also improving the environment.

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“Because of our size and scale, we know our commitments can shape markets, advance technologies and be a catalyst for infrastructure investments,” said UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney.

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Tesla Autonomous Vehicle Chief Drives Off; Latest in a Series of High-Level Departures

But new AI researcher was waiting in the wings.

by on Jun.22, 2017

Chris Lattner, Tesla's director of artificial intelligence, just parted ways with the company.

Tesla has lost another senior manager, this time the head of its self-driving car program who joined the battery-electric automaker only six months ago.

But the departure of Chris Lattner, who had previously been working at Apple, isn’t expected to have more than a short-term impact, Tesla quickly announcing that it would assign some of Lattner’s duties to a new hire, prominent artificial intelligence, or AI researcher Andrej Karpathy.

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“Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all,” Lattner said in a tweet, prompting Tesla to fire back in a statement that, “Chris just wasn’t the right fit for Tesla and we’ve decided to make a change.” (more…)

Tesla Closing in on Deal to Build Cars in China

EV maker inking deal with city of Shanghai.

by on Jun.21, 2017

Tesla is apparently closing in on a deal to build new cars in Shanghai.

Not long after suggesting a new plant in India was coming, it appears Tesla’s Elon Musk is making headway on plants around Asia, especially China.

The EV maker is reportedly close to an agreement with the city of Shanghai to build a new plant in the city’s Lingang development zone. The deal could be done in just a few days, Bloomberg reported.

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China’s central government has been pushing hard for an increase in electric vehicle sales in the last two years, providing incentives and easing regulations to help manufacturers get moving on the needed escalation of EVs. (more…)

NTSB Report Largely Clears Tesla in May 2016 Fatal Crash

Joshua Brown repeatedly ignored warnings to put his hands back on the wheel.

by on Jun.20, 2017

The Tesla Model S was completely destroyed in a May 2016 crash that killed Joshua Brown.

A fatal Florida crash that took the life of a former Navy SEAL in May 2016 likely could have been prevented if the driver had responded to warnings to put his hands back on the wheel, rather than relying on the Tesla sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, according to a new report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S ran into a semi-truck near Williston, Florida. The Autopilot system appeared not to have recognized the danger when the truck turned in front of Brown’s vehicle. But the NTSB said Brown should have been able to spot the problem and react. Instead, he “took no braking, steering or other actions to avoid the collision.”

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Brown had set the cruise control on his electric sedan to 74 miles per hour – while operating in a 65 mph zone—just two minutes before the crash.

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