Last week, Tesla announced Australian pre-orders for its solar roof, with installations starting in 2018. The idea is fantastic — replace your house roof with solar tiles that look good, generate power and are even more durable than existing options. But in the real world, is it worth the price? We crunch the numbers to find out.
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With a market cap that is, as of this writing, hovering around $US800 billion ($1 trillion) and more than $US250 billion ($338.5 billion) in cash, Apple is loaded. Not even its decidedly flat earnings report last week can change the fact that it is the most valuable publicly traded company of all time.
Video: Tesla's Project Loveday fan film contest is getting some great submissions. And this Aussie production is one of the best I've seen so far. As well as having an inspiring message behind it, it's very well produced.
Winter is fast approaching and many solar panel owners are already anticipating the drop in solar power output that comes in the cooler months. With shorter days, more cloud cover and the sun shining at a different angle, it feels like a foregone conclusion to lose up to a third of your solar system’s usual output. But don’t despair too quickly — there are things that can be done to make sure your panels continue operating as efficiently as possible all through the winter.
We're not sure if a Tesla ute is on its way, but we do know Elon Musk has plans for something a tad bigger. Like semi-truck bigger. Here's an image of the fabled "Tesla truck", teased by Musk at TED 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.
There's an abundance of amazing home smart tech hitting the market. From Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 fridge to the Amazon Alexa and Google Home (hopefully) finally hitting our shores. But there's more to the smart home than gadgets.
Let's take a look at how home automation and new tech like Tesla battery storage, smart thermostats, grid credits and smart meters are revolutionising our power consumption. Which also has a positive impact on both the environment and our bank accounts.
Aussie home builder Metricon Homes has teamed up with solar provider CSR Bradford to offer a 5kW 'Solar ChargePack' including a Powerwall 2 battery, solar panels and inverter to every new house that the company builds in South Australia. It's saying the battery and solar setup, at a small additional cost on top of, y'know, an actual house, could make residents up to 90 per cent self-sufficient and save over $2000 in electricity bills per year.
Tesla has announced that it's issuing a voluntary recall for Model S and Model X SUVs built between February and October 2016 over a potential manufacturing issue. Specifically, it's related to a gear in electric parking brakes that could've been manufactured improperly and if that gear breaks, it might prevent the brake from releasing.
General Motors announced today that the new Cadillac CT6 will include a "Super Cruise" feature — described by the company as "the industry's first true hands-free driving technology for the highway". The technology is similar to Tesla's Autopilot feature that lets people take their hands off the wheel when they're driving in highway settings. But this type of driver-assistance capability is still new, and it falls in a legal grey area if it's involved in a crash.
Enigmatic entrepreneur Elon Musk has no shortage of hobbies: sometimes, he makes cars. Other times, he likes to do a space thing or play Martian overlord. But now, the 45-year-old billionaire is turning his attention to the arts, as evidenced by a series of cryptic drawings he created using Tesla's new sketchpad feature, which is accessible once users download the 8.1 software update for the car's touchscreen. More impressive than the art itself, however, is the fact that Musk is using it to hint at the next wave of Tesla technology: unicorn fart-powered vehicles.
The roll out from Tesla Autopilot 1.x to 2.0 has been, uh, less than smooth. The program is still very much in beta, and out of the car's eight cameras in its new hardware suite, only one actually gets used in the new Autopilot software, as one intrepid owner armed with painter's tape discovered.
The Tesla P85D was an absolute monster when Dragtimes strapped it to their dyno a couple of years ago, cranking out a staggering 392kg-ft of torque. But now the YouTube channel and blog has hooked up a brand new P100D with Ludicrous Plus mode to their dyno, and the results make even the toughest heavy-duty trucks quake in their boots.
$2,110.46 - that's how much the Pfitzner family says they have saved in power bills since installing a Tesla Powerwall 12 months ago, with the yearly bill for 2016 coming in at $178.71. The Sydney residents, who were the first in the world to install a Powerwall on their home, claim to now pay just 50 cents a day for electricity.
Last Thursday, Tesla's plant in Fremont, California — where all the company's cars are manufactured — was thrown a curveball. Jose Moran, a worker trying to rally the plant's 6000+ employees to join the United Auto Workers union (UAW), alleged long hours, low pay and potentially unsafe equipment in a post. Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told Gizmodo he intends to look into the situation.