Tagged With tesla

3

The island of Ta'u in American Samoa is home to around 600 people. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the island relied until recently on diesel generators for energy production — which meant that not only did the generators produce pollution as a byproduct, but the diesel itself had to be shipped in at a rate of around 300 gallons per day. SolarCity, a company just acquired by Tesla, took a year to set up the island with a bank of solar panels and Tesla Powerpack industrial-grade battery energy storage that means Ta'u now runs almost entirely off the sun.

17

I totally believe that in 10 years time self-driving cars will be as normalised as cruise control, but right now I imagine stepping into a Tesla, pressing the self-drive button and fully shitting myself for the first ten minutes of the drive.

This video doesn't help.

13

Tesla's east coast Supercharger network will soon get you and your $100,000-plus electric supercar from Brisbane to Adelaide. Construction has started on two new locations in northern NSW that will extend the fast-charging range of Tesla's Model S and Model X north to Brisbane, and a station between Melbourne and Adelaide will keep South Australian owners (like Simon Hackett) happy.

4

The Tesla Model S P100D was one of the fastest cars in the world, claiming a zero to 100km/h time of just 2.7 seconds when it was introduced in August. A wireless update coming next month drops that down to 2.5 seconds. That is so unbelievably quick.

9

If you'd dreamed of ordering yourself a Tesla and driving around the country without paying a cent for electricity, you'd better get your order in quick. With more and more of Tesla's Model S and Model X luxury electric cars appearing in driveways around Australia and around the world, the plucky little start-up from California has a plan to stop its fast-charging network of Superchargers from becoming clogged: it will stop offering free Supercharging to new owners from the start of 2017.

6

Tesla’s unveiling of its new Powerwall 2 battery with a built-in AC inverter — along with some upcoming solar roof tile products — takes a leaf from the Apple playbook of vertical integration. It’s the latest step on a corporate path, including the imminent merger with SolarCity, that moves Tesla closer to being a vertically integrated provider of energy solutions.

As with the Apple product ecosystem, this aims to establish Tesla as a single entry point for energy generation and storage systems in the home environment. Tesla has both the name and the resources to become a strong player in this realm.

4

You won't be driving a car with that distinctive white chomped-apple logo on the front of it any time soon, it seems. Apple's widely-rumoured electric car project has had the brakes put on it both from the inside and the outside, with the tech giant apparently having problems securing deals with automotive parts suppliers to actually, y'know, put a car together.

1

New Zealand Tesla fans rejoice — due to "overwhelming demand" as of November you'll be able to order yourself a Model S to cruise around in, or a Powerwall for your home.