Tag: Tesla

Tesla’s Smart Summon Performance Doesn’t Match Marketing Hype

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. Consumer Reports tested Tesla’s recently launched Smart Summon feature on our Model 3, and we found that the automation was glitchy and at times worked intermittently, without a lot of obvious benefits for consumers. We tested the feature over

Hang on Tesla, Porsche may have a quicker Taycan to run at Nurburgring

The Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S are becoming quite the rivals — and the first Taycans haven’t even made their way to owners yet. Nevertheless, the battle of Silicon Valley and Stuttgart is well underway, with competing Nurburgring Nordschleife lap times as the barometer. In one corner, we have

Tesla’s incredibly cheap rooftop Solar product is now even cheaper

A month ago we reported that Tesla was relaunching their Tesla Solar product, which would let home owners rent solar panels out with no long-term contract or upfront costs.  In the “Rent solar” program, users can pay as little as $50/month in exchange for a solar panel energy source. The

Tesla starts selling its own car insurance in California

Tesla on Wednesday announced that it is now offering Tesla Insurance to customers in California. The company said its offering may be as much as 30% less than other insurance plans, although it did not provide specific costs. Tesla Insurance is only available in California to start, but the company

Even in Canada’s electric-vehicle utopia, you can’t miss what’s hampering EV sales

On Salt Spring Island, you can see the same issues keeping people across Canada from going electric The cars pass almost silently, but you see hundreds of them on the streets. Salt Spring Island, Canada’s green magnet, claims to have the highest concentration of electric vehicle owners in North America. And it

Tesla shares video of Roadster’s wild acceleration

Tesla has released a short video showing the acceleration capabilities of its forthcoming Roadster, but we’re not sure why. The video shows the company’s new Roadster, an all-electric sports car with performance that’s promised to be wild. The video even has the caption of “zero to sixty faster than you

The “$35,000” Tesla Model 3 Is No More, and It Seems That It Never Was

Tesla has changed around the Model 3 lineup, raising prices due to newly standard Autopilot and removing the least expensive Standard Range model from its online ordering The Standard Range car, which will now cost more than the originally promised $35,000 base price ($36,200 with destination), will now only be

Tesla’s electric cars can almost drive themselves, but the keyword is “almost.”

Tesla Motors debuted its semi-autonomous driving system, called Autopilot, back in 2014. It employs an array of cameras and both radar and ultrasonic sensors located around the car and essentially incorporates the car’s suite of driver-assistance features to enable rudimentary self-driving on the highway. Originally offered as part of a

Tesla finally rolls out “Navigate on Autopilot” for its vehicles

Earlier this month, Tesla rolled out its 9.0 software to its cars, but it didn’t introduce a feature for some additional testing: Navigate on Autopilot. Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a beta test of the feature will become widely available across North America. As described by Tesla: Our

Mercedes will make EV batteries in Alabama

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is getting a $1 billion upgrade, and it includes building a new battery factory for its future electric vehicles. According to the automaker, the plant will manufacture batteries for Benz’s EQ line of EVs, starting with its first electric SUV (the EQC) unveiled back in September. Since part of that