Back in 2013, the sky was the limit for Tesla and Elon Musk was promising a low-cost 90-second battery swap at charging stations in the future. Since then, reality has set in and those plans seem to be on hold. What's the next best solution for those long charging times? Maybe put your feet up and grab a $1 coffee.
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China has announced plans to end sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars. Bloomberg reports that Xin Guobin, vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, is finalising a timetable for ending production and sales of petrol-powered cars while stepping up incentives for hybrid and electric cars, though no exact deadline has been announced. China has long pushed for electric cars (called "New Energy Vehicles" in the country), introducing tax breaks for new buyers and planning 100,000 new charging stations in 2017 alone.
Tesla unlocked its range-limited vehicles for Florida customers, extending the range of their vehicles to facilitate an easier evacuation from the storm.
Video: We're all familiar with Nikola Tesla and his brilliant work helping to invent the electric technologies that we live with today. But did you know that there's a guy named Thomas Edison who also helped invent some of that tech? If you didn't, you should check out the new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Current War.
Beginning in Melbourne's Federation Square today and tomorrow (August 14 and 15), there's a tiny Tesla house making the rounds of the country - showing off the Powerwall and educating the public on how to generate, store and use renewable energy for your home.
Oh, and the tiny home is towed by a Tesla Model X, because of course it is.
“The storage battery is, in my opinion, a catchpenny, a sensation, a mechanism for swindling the public by stock companies.” - Thomas Edison, 1883
When American inventor Thomas Edison made this statement, he was working on the nickel-iron battery. It became the backbone of the electric vehicle fleet of the day, before petrol took over. At the time, the lead-acid battery was in its infancy and went on to outperform Edison’s nickel-iron technology.
Now that the Tesla Model 3 is finally here in production form with the earliest deliveries going out last night, it's time for the wave of driving impressions. Here's what people are saying about how the Model 3 looks, feels and performs in the real world.
Video: Tesla held a competition for fans to make it an advertisement — and there's an Australian finalist. Some of the entries, like the one from popular tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, have some serious production value behind them. Some are a little more low-key. But they're all great — so enjoy.
On Saturday afternoon, Tesla will hand over the first 30 of its brand new, (comparatively) affordable Model 3 all-electric sedans to the first of hundreds of thousands of pre-order holders. Here's how you can tune in and watch along, whether it's either to see just what the new car is like or to see whether it's worth putting your money down for.