Tesla's slow start to launching production of the Model 3 sedan has been subjected to intense scrutiny for months, with the company saying just last week that it's planning to start making 2500 per week by the end of March. Now, thanks to a helpful interactive feature from Bloomberg, Model 3 reservation holders and Tesla fans can keep track of the automaker's progress to achieving that goal.
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Late last month, Croatian car startup Rimac teased out images of its new electric supercar, and disclosed it will be faster, costlier, and more grandiose than its first, the plainly called Concept One. There's a new wrinkle to add, and I imagine it will make some of you groan: the car should be able to drive itself.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Tesla's all-electric semi came into this world to great fanfare, but little has been said about how the automaker plans to start making the vehicle. But now we have some insight, thanks to a new report from Reuters, which says Tesla's collaborating with major companies to build charging stations for the semis.
The Tesla Model 3 is said to be in production hell as the automaker scrambles to ramp up and meet demand and orders for the new electric sedan. There have been multiple reports of hand-built parts that should be automated, delays and poor quality control. Now Tesla employees claim batteries are also being hand-assembled at the Gigafactory plant, which could that lead to further issues.
The auto industry's flooded with ideas right now about how to advance the goal of producing self-driving cars, but no concept as of late comes close to what Rinspeed produced in a new vehicle the Swiss automaker calls Snap - a roving, autonomous pod-like thing that's gorgeously designed and immensely weird, and I love it.
You get so much at CES these days: microchips, VR headsets, robots, gadgets for olds and desperate pleas for VC money. One thing you don't often get is realism. But at this year's tech show, auto and startup executives alike are tamping down expectations about when our autonomous, driverless robot car future will happen. No shit, guys!
If there's one thing that came sharply into focus this year, it's that most of the automotive industry has bought into the idea that autonomous and electric cars are the way of the future. Notice I said the word "idea" there - exactly how that future will look, whether buyers will embrace it and how it will make money are all still up in the air.
Throughout 2016, as Tesla prepped the launch of the all-electric Model 3 sedan, the automaker simultaneously dealt with a formal probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission over the all-electric sedan. That's what research firm Probes Reporter found out in documents it obtained from the US SEC this week.
In Elon Musk's version of a high-wire juggling act, there's a new semi to build, a new Roadster, the Model Y, a Hyperloop system on the US east coast, tunnels in LA, a space company to run, and 450,000 orders for the Model 3 to fulfil. On Wednesday, the Tesla CEO added another item to the list: a new high-speed transit system to connect the City of Chicago with O'Hare Airport. Why not.
Global demand for cobalt, an essential element in electric car batteries, is sky high. But in some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where about half of all cobalt comes from, the mineral is reportedly mined by young children, an allegation that taints an ever-relevant supply chain for the auto industry.
Another former Tesla employee is seeking permission from a judge to sue Tesla for racial harassment on behalf of over 100 affected African-American workers, according to a report from Bloomberg Technology. The complaint, Vaughn v Tesla Inc in the Superior Court of California, alleges that Tesla workers, including supervisors, regularly used derogatory and discriminatory language against black workers.