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Amazon Tesla Model 3/Y Black Friday Deals [2021] It’s Black Friday, which means big savings on some of your favourite Tesla accessories through Amazon. Be sure to check out our other Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with our approved vendors here. Model Y Black Friday Deals Model 3 Black Friday Deals The post Amazon Tesla Model 3/Y Black Friday Deals [2021] appeared first on Drive Tesla. Continue reading...
New Ontario pilot project could see EV owners paid to help the grid A new pilot project by Ontario’s electricity grid operator could pave the way for EV owners to get paid for helping the grid. The project will examine the bi-directional power capability of current EVs and existing infrastructure. The project, partially funded by the Independent Electricity System Operator, an Ontario crown-corp, will launch three concurrent pilot projects. However, unlike other tests done back in the...
Tesla pulls application for state aid for German battery plant Tesla announced that it withdrew its application for state aid for its planned battery factory near Berlin. This move comes as Tesla CEO noted he no longer wants to accept any subsidies from national or state-level governments. Musk noted in a tweet earlier today that ‘Tesla’s view is that all subsidies should be eliminated, but that must include the massive subsidies for oil and gas’. Before backing out, Tesla expected to...
Halifax Regional Municipality adopts Electric Vehicle Strategy The Halifax Regional Municipality officially adopted their Municipal Electric Vehicle Strategy this week. The Strategy includes direct and indirect actions to accelerate the transition to EVs for the east coast city. First and foremost, the city is committing to additional public charging infrastructure. They will install 1,000 level 2 ports and 100 direct-current fast-charging ports by 2030. The city will lead the installation...
Caviar iPhone 13 includes piece of melted-down Tesla Model 3, and comes with a bust of Elon Musk If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the Tesla fan in your life, and have a spare $6,760 (or more) on hand, look no further than the Caviar iPhone ‘Tesla Electro’. The company known for making outlandish iPhones, and this one is no exception. The back of the phone features a large piece of melted aluminum from a Model 3. It features “an artistic collage with a portrait of Elon...
Made-in-China Tesla Model Y now includes 16v li-ion battery: Rumour Tesla began deliveries of the Model Y Performance in China yesterday. The lucky new owners quickly discovered it included a big upgrade – an AMD Ryzen processor. Now it looks like there is another significant upgrade in the made-in-China Model Y, a 16v lithium-ion battery. The information came from someone purported to be a Tesla China employee, who shared the news with a Drive Tesla reader in Shanghai. Tesla made the...
FSD Beta 10.5 rolls out with software update 2021.36.8.8 [Update] At the same time Tesla was pushing a large roll out of 2021.40.6 to owners in Canada, Tesla has also started sending out the latest v10.5 of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software. The update is a little later than originally planned, as it required a bit more time to resolve a few bugs after it was first deployed to internal employees over the weekend. According to initial reports, only those already in the program...
Tesla to spend $188 million to expand Giga Shanghai production capacity Giga Shanghai is going to be kicking it into high gear next year. Tesla is planning to spend $187.91 million to expand production at the factory, and they will do it without constructing any new buildings or facilities. Instead, the company will be launching the second phase of their production line optimization project, which according to an environmental information disclosure filed with the government, will begin in...
Tesla now displays running tally of Autopilot strikeouts before you get kicked out of FSD Beta testing program Tesla has taken a strict approach to safety with the expansion of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta testing program by kicking owners out if they don’t pay attention while using the software. The company first notified owners by email if they were found to be abusing the system. The email was confusing however, and didn’t provide clarity on exactly how many ‘strikeouts’ they had...
Environmental groups not giving up their fight against Giga Berlin Giga Berlin critics want to have another round of public talks to cover complaints around the plant. The critics released a joint statement on Tuesday about their displeasure. According to the environmental groups Nabu, BUND, Green League and NaturFreunde, documents and additional requests were missing at the latest round of discussion. The groups also note that the facility could negatively affect the area’s nature and...
Rivian Waypoint chargers spotted in Yosemite National Park In keeping with the company’s mission to place electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in adventurous locations, Rivian has installed new Waypoint chargers in Yosemite National Park. Two different stations were spotted in the park and shared on the Rivian Forums. One was seen in the Yosemite Valley Lodge parking lot, which featured two charging connectors with J1772 plugs. According to Plugshare, these Rivian Waypoint chargers...
Redesigned Kia Niro debuts in South Korea The second-generation Kia Niro made its debut in South Korea to much fanfare. Kia is offering the vehicle as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a fully electric option. Kia went back to its Habaniro concept for inspiration with this car. The second-generation vehicle looks more like a crossover than its predecessor and indeed looks like a complete remodel. The vehicle’s front was overhauled with a new interpretation of the Kia ‘Tiger Nose’ face, and...
Tesla Model Y Performance in China debuts with AMD Ryzen processor Tesla began deliveries of the Model Y Performance in China today, with the first vehicle handed over to a lucky employee in Shanghai. While it was a big moment for the automaker as they continue to expand their presence in China, Tesla snuck in a major upgrade for the electric SUV that until now was only included in the refresh Model S and Model X. Another new Performance owner in China spotted that the car no longer...
Tesla emails Model Y order hold outs to take delivery by December 2 or lose your spot in line When you place an order for a new Tesla vehicle, your order agreement states you must take delivery within 30 days of your car being available before forfeiting your order. Tesla does allow customers to place the delivery ‘on hold’, on the premise that you still plan to buy the car, but for whatever reason, it will be at a later date. The policy has led to some owners sitting on a order for more...
Trevor Milton has cashed out $284 million of Nikola (NKLA) stock since being charged with fraud Even though he was forced to resign earlier this year, Trevor Milton was able to retain his shares in the company he founded, Nikola Corp. It turns out that was a good deal. Milton has now cashed out $284 million worth of those shares since being charged with three counts of criminal fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August. His most recent fire sale concluded this...
BC Utilities Commission approves fast-charging rates Today, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued a decision on FortisBC’s fast-charging services. The new time-based rates reportedly will be $0.26 per minute for 50 kW stations and $0.54 per minute for 100 kW stations. However, confirmation of the exact rates and the effective dates is to come within 15 days of the BCUC’s order. Previously, the approved rates were $0.30 per minute at FortisBC sites. FortisBC applied to...
Tesla Model S Plaid Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit added to online shop Since the Model S Plaid was released earlier this year, the biggest complaint has been about its brakes. Tesla has now provided a solution to that problem, but it doesn’t come cheap. For a mere $20,000 USD, or $25,400 CAD, Model S Plaid owners can purchase a Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit. This makes it the most expensive item on the Tesla Shop by a wide margin. (h/t: @BLKMDL3) If you purchased your Model S Plaid with the 19″...
Tesla raises Model 3 and Model Y prices in China Following price increases for all Model 3 and Model Y variants in Canada last night, Tesla has also raised prices for the entry-level variants for both vehicles in China. It is also the second time in less than a week Tesla has raised Model 3 prices in China. This most update increases the Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Model 3 from ¥250,900 to ¥255,652. This now makes the entry-level electric sedan nearly ¥20,000 (~$4,000 CAD) more expensive than...
SpaceX apologizes to customers for Starlink delays In an email to customers, SpaceX apologized for delays in the delivery of their Starlink internet kits. SpaceX notes that the silicon shortages over the last six months impacted the production rate and thus affected its ability to fulfil orders. The statement noted that the company is streamlining production and is working to increase the production rate to catch up. Online forums have seen customers complain that their order delivery...
Tesla accessories Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal roundup It’s that time again for the biggest savings of the year during the popular Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals. Here are the best deals for Tesla gear and accessories. Keep checking back as we will update this article with more deals as they pop up. TesBros – 20% off sitewide Coupon code: discount automatically applied Save 20% off anything in the TesBros store, including their popular chrome delete kits and Eco-Detailing Kit...
Polestar’s Precept concept becomes Polestar 5 Polestar teased that their Polestar Precept is now officially the Polestar 5 and gave the vehicle a 2024 production date. Earlier this week, Polestar released a video that gave viewers a closer look at the vehicle and some of its features. The Polestar 5 will be a four-door sedan with a hatchback in the rear. The company notes the vehicle is an electric performance 4-door Grand Touring Car. Although Polestar did not release the pricing, many...
FLO opens North America’s northernmost DC fast charger in Fairbanks, Alaska Just days after Tesla opened the northernmost Supercharger in North America, FLO has has announced they have opened the northernmost DC fast charger on the continent. The two new fast chargers are located in Fairbanks, Alaska, more than 500 miles (804km) north of Tesla’s Supercharger in Soldotna. It is also the company’s first public fast charger in Alaska, an area where it is not concerned with the extremely cold...
First GMC Hummer EV deliveries to begin next month with 329 mile range GMC has announced that deliveries of the Hummer EV will begin as soon as December, taking the electric truck from concept to production in a record amount of time. The automaker revealed at a meeting with journalists on Tuesday that they have ended pre-production of the Hummer EV. With the successfully completion, GMC will now move onto production of the top-of-the-line Edition 1 models. That should mean early...
Logan Police Department unveils Tesla Model Y cruiser Earlier this year the Logan Police Department in Ohio became the first in the state to announce the purchase of Tesla Model Ys to be used as police cruisers. After a lengthy process to convert them for police use, the first of two Model Ys has been unveiled by the department this week. The Model Y has been outfitted with a LED light bar, push bar, prisoner partition, full markings, police computers, and a custom set of wheels...
Giga Shanghai follows Fremont’s lead and ditches radar Nearly six months to the day after Tesla officially confirmed it was removing radar from newly built cars at its factory in Fremont, California, the automaker appears to have made the same change at Giga Shanghai. Before Tesla announced the transition to ‘Tesla Vision’ in North America, they updated their website to remove references to radar on the Autopilot pages of its website. In an update to the Tesla China website last night...
Tesla increases Model 3 and Model Y prices in Canada again, making the entry-level Model 3 ineligible for the iZEV rebate [Update] Tesla has raised prices on both the Model 3 and Model Y in Canada on Tuesday night. This latest round of increases has unfortunately pushed the Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Model 3, formerly known as the Standard Range Plus, above the limit for the $5,000 federal iZEV rebate. Model 3 Price Changes All three variants of the Model 3 have been impacted by this latest...
Rivian R1T deliveries in Canada pushed back to July 2022, R1S deliveries in the US delayed to May 2022 If you are an early Rivian R1T reservation holder in Canada, or live in the United States and were hoping to receive your R1S electric SUV soon, it looks like you are in for an extended wait. R1T deliveries in Canada Rivian was originally hoping to deliver the R1T in Canada starting in November 2021. With just one week to go in the month, the company has updated early reservation holders...
Ontario Liberals propose up to $9,500 in EV related incentives if elected Electric vehicle (EV) buyers in Ontario will be able to receive up to $9,500 in related incentives, if the provincial Liberal party wins next year’s election. Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca announced their EV platform on Tuesday, which would provide up to $8,000 off the purchase or lease of a qualifying EV. The proposed program would follow similar rules as the federal iZEV program and limit the rebate...
Tesla Model Y Performance in China ‘about to be delivered’ Tesla China’s delivery numbers over the last few weeks of the year are going to get a boost from the introduction of the Model Y Performance. The automaker announced through its official Weibo social media account that the electric SUV is set to “start delivery in the near future” in China. The news is not unexpected. Tesla first added the top of the line variant to the Design Studio in China earlier this year. A newly built...
Giga Berlin employee union gets off the ground with support from Germany’s union leader IG Metall Employees at Tesla’s newest factory in Berlin, Germany are considering forming a union. The proposed union, or works council, has the backing of Germany’s largest auto sector union – IG Metall. According to a report from the German publication focus.de, seven Tesla employees have started the process, which will begin with the selection of a election committee on November 29, 2021. Tesla plans...
University of Toronto team wins $250,000 XPRIZE award funded by Elon Musk A team of postgraduate engineering students at the University of Toronto won $250,000 for their efforts to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using electricity. The team was named one of the finalists in the XPRIZE’s $5M Carbon Removal Student Competition, which was funded through a $100 million donation by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The E-quester team, which formed earlier this year, created a method of capturing...
Tesla Semi Megacharger permit issued for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay Earlier this month PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta said during an interview on CNBC that his company is taking delivery of the first Tesla Semi trucks “this Q4.” The comments were in contrast to those made by Tesla themselves, which said production of the electric semi had been pushed back to 2023. Strengthening the possibility that PepsiCo could be taking delivery this year as part of a testing program with Tesla, the...
GM acquires 25% of Pure Watercraft, an electric boat company based in Seattle General Motors has expanded its portfolio in the marine mode and has taken a 25% stake in the Seattle-based Pure Watercraft. Pure Watercraft is an electric boat company that produces an all-electric outboard motor system. The company designed the Pure Outboard to be a drop-in replacement for boats that would use a 25 to 50 horsepower gas-powered motor. The company partners with some of the more prominent boat...
Dodge phasing out gas-powered Charger and Challenger in 2024 Dodge will cease production of internal-combustion engine Chargers and Challengers in 2024 to make way for the automaker’s first EVs. The company previously announced it will produce its first EV in 2024 under the eMuscle moniker. However, in a recent interview with Motor Trend, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis shed some new light on the timeline to the move to EV. He noted that the company will roll out their first eMuscle concept car in...
Giga Shanghai Model 3 production rate approaches 1,500 cars per day Even though Giga Shanghai has been producing the Model 3 since it opened in early 2020, Tesla is still increasing the number of cars rolling off the production line nearly two years later. According to a source familiar with the factory’s operations, the production rate of the electric sedan could reach as many as 1,500 cars per day this month. In August, the Model 3 production rate at the factory was at 800 per day. The...
First look at Tesla’s Add Stop (Waypoints) feature in action After years of requests from owners, Tesla finally released waypoints through a free over-the-air (OTA) software update. The new feature gives you the ability to add multiple stops on the way to your final destination, hence the name ‘Add Stop’. The feature was pushed to a small segment of owners earlier this month, but Tesla finally deployed a larger update yesterday with 2021.40.6, including many Canadian cars. Thanks to some...
Tesla adds in-car subscriptions and upgrades Tesla has made it easier for owners to purchase upgrades or subscriptions by allowing them to purchase them from inside the car. First discovered in the source code of the 2021.12.25 software update earlier this summer by hacker @greentheonly, Tesla has now turned on the option to purchase in-car upgrades or subscriptions. The implementation of the feature was again discovered by green, who shared a photo of a new ‘Upgrades’ tab on the car’s...
Kettleman City Supercharger expansion opens before holiday rush In an effort to avoid long lineups during the busy holiday season, Tesla has opened the Kettleman City Supercharger expansion, even though the site isn’t completely finished. We first told you about the new Supercharger just over one month ago, when the site was discovered under construction on Bernard Drive, across the highway from the existing 40-stall Supercharger. Even though the site is still a gravel lot, the power was...
Tesla 2021.40.6 Software Update & Release Notes Tesla has begun deploying software update 2021.40.6 to numerous cars in Canada this afternoon. The update was first detected on a Model by by update tracker TeslaTip. 2021.40.6 Release Notes Add Stop Add a new stop to your route by tapping the “+” icon on the navigation search button and searching for a destination, or selecting a pin on the map. TIDAL For: Model S | Model 3 | Model X | Model Y (MCU 2) Where: Available only in certain...
Tesla owner bypasses country restrictions in source code and turns on Live Sentry in Romania Tesla released one of the most highly anticipated features last month, giving owners the ability to livestream Sentry Mode footage to their mobile devices. Unfortunately it has only appeared for owners in the United States, with Canada and other regions left having to view recorded footage inside their cars. One particular Model 3 owner wasn’t content with that, and has been able to bypass Tesla’s...
Tesla Supercharger in Cranbrook under construction [British Columbia] Tesla has begun construction of another Supercharger along the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3) in British Columbia, this time in Cranbrook. After initially being planned to be open in the third quarter, work has begun on the new Supercharger in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Photos of the site from the weekend show ground work has started, and much of the conduit required for the underground wiring has been completed. Concrete...
Tesla Model S Plaid’s next international launch will be in China Tesla began deliveries of the Model S Plaid in the United States in June, more than six months after they shut down the production lines to retool them for the new design. Deliveries were limited to the U.S. until October, when the first Plaid was handed over to a customer in Vancouver, kicking off international deliveries of the world’s fastest production car. The next international market to receive the refresh Model S...
Pre-production Tesla Model Ys spotted outside Giga Berlin In the latest sign that Giga Berlin is ready to begin production as soon as it receives final approval to do so, what appears to be two newly built Model Ys were recently spotted outside the factory in Germany. A black Model Y was spotted by drone operator Tobias Lindh, sporting the 19″ Gemini wheels and a Dual Motor badge on the trunk indicating this is a Long Range (LR) variant. The Model Y did not have a license plate, and had...
UK Government requires new construction to have EV charge points The United Kingdom (UK) is going to see a big boost in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points over the coming years. Under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, new construction will be required to include EV charge points starting next year. The government expects up to 145,000 EV charge points will be installed across England each year as a result. The initiative covers new homes and...
Amazon’s Rivian electric delivery van range lower than disclosed Amazon has been testing their Rivian electric delivery vans on roads across the United States, and results from early testing reveal some concerning findings regarding its range. In a recent regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Rivian disclosed the vans have a range of between 120 miles and 150 miles (193km-241km). However, the range may be nearly half that amount when the air conditioning or...
Tesla already retrofitting cars with missing USB ports Last week new Tesla Model 3 and Model Y owners were noticing their cars were missing USB ports in the center console. After discovering the empty ports, Tesla employees were blaming it on a parts shortage, and that they would be added to the car once they are restocked, likely in mid-December. That estimate appears to have been a little conservative, as the automaker has already started retrofitting cars with the missing USB ports. A...
See what really happened during CNNs drive with Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta Last week CNN got their hands on a Tesla Model 3 with Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta installed. A reporter took the car for a drive through Brooklyn, New York, a tough test for even an experienced human driver. It was the first time behind the wheel of a FSD Beta car for CNN’s Transportation Editor Michael Ballaban. Unsurprisingly, the four-minute segment was conveniently edited to be a hit piece against the...
It has been two years since the Cybertruck prototype was revealed, when will we get to see the final design? It might not seem like it, but it has been two years (and one day) since the Cybertruck prototype rolled onto the stage at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. Even though CEO Elon Musk had said in the months leading up to the unveiling the truck was a “futuristic-like cyberpunk, Blade Runner pickup truck”, the edgy (literally) design caught everyone off-guard. Despite...
A peek inside Elon Musk’s emails to Tesla employees Elon Musk is not your standard CEO. He enjoys spontaneous mass communication with his employees and will send those emails at will. This trend continues, and Musk sent two mass emails, both obtained by CNBC, to his Tesla employees in the first week of October. The first email was about, of all things, music in the factory. Musk noted that listening to music at work with one earbud out to listen for safety-related issues was ok. The...
Trudeau comes up short on US EV tax credits Justin Trudeau returned to Ottawa this week without a solution to the proposed US electric vehicle tax credit. The Canadian Prime Minister hoped to find a solution that included Canadian manufacturing into the proposed EV tax cuts. The meeting on tax credits was a one-on-one meeting between the US and Canada. This meeting happened during this week’s Three Amigo’s Summit. The summit is between US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister...