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This page is for personal, non-commercial use. You may order presentation ready copies to distribute to your colleagues, customers, or clients, by visiting http: It's almost impossible to separate the audacious reality of Tesla, elevating the EV from an unsexy commuter appliance to a powerful and luxurious statement of success, from its indomitable founder, Elon Musk.

The company, like the founder, thrives on publicity that raises the profile of the whole enterprise. The Model S was tipping point, since the earlier Roadster was a niche product, providing serious real-world range and a huge network of ultra-fast chargers; accomplishments no full-line automakers have fully rivaled to date. As of this writing, the Model 3 is in limited production and is experiencing some quality-control hiccups.

If Model 3 production can ramp up as Musk expects, Telsa is poised to perhaps secure its future. Whatever Tesla's fate, its meteoric rise as a purveyor of fast, green American sedans and SUVs has been incredible. Ads can be annoying. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. As of February , Tesla is building a small research and development office in Athens, Greece.

In July , it was reported that Tesla was exploring building its first major European factory in Germany or the Netherlands. Tesla opened its first Japanese showroom in Aoyama , Japan, in October Showrooms and service centers operate in Hong Kong, [] Beijing and Shanghai.

It also opened two showrooms in March [] and a service center in South Korea in late In July , Tesla has signed an agreement with Chinese authorities to build a factory in Shanghai, China and will be Tesla's first Gigafactory outside of the United States.

Tesla opened a showroom in Sydney in In July , Tesla won a contract to install the world's biggest grid-scale battery in South Australia by promising installation within days. Unlike many traditional manufacturers, Tesla operates as an original equipment manufacturer OEM , manufacturing powertrain components for other automakers.

Tesla has confirmed partnerships with Daimler and Toyota. It also works with Panasonic as a partner in battery and solar panel research and development. The company supplies battery packs for Freightliner Trucks ' Custom Chassis electric van. Starting in late , Daimler AG and Tesla began working together. Aabar is an Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle. On June 5, , Toyota announced that it had sold all of its shares in Tesla and halted co-operation, as Toyota created their own electric car division.

Toyota built 35 of these converted RAV4s Phase Zero vehicles for a demonstration and evaluation program that ran through The lithium metal-oxide battery and other powertrain components were supplied by Tesla. On January 7, , Tesla and battery cell maker Panasonic announced that they would together develop nickel-based lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles.

In July , Panasonic reached a basic agreement with Tesla to participate in Gigafactory 1. Tesla and Panasonic also collaborate on the manufacturing and production of photovoltaic PV cells and modules in Buffalo, New York. In August , Tesla partnered with Airbnb to provide destination chargers at certain host houses, initially in California. Tesla partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to offer an auto-insurance plan designed specifically for its electric cars.

The plan was made available to US customers In October On April 14, , Tesla sued Fisker Automotive , alleging that Henrik Fisker "stole design ideas and confidential information related to the design of hybrid and electric cars" and was using that information to develop the Fisker Karma.

Tesla had hired Fisker Coachbuild to design the WhiteStar sedan, but rejected the design that Musk considered "substandard". The company founding was the subject of a lawsuit that was later dropped after an out-of-court settlement.

One public provision said that the parties will consider Eberhard, Musk, Straubel, Tarpenning and Wright to be the five co-founders. Eberhard issued a statement about Musk's foundational role in the company: In early , Tesla reportedly tried to break the exclusivity agreement their charging partner in the UK had for locations along the UK's highways and tried to "blacken Ecotricity's name with politicians and the media". Tesla filed a lawsuit against the BBC for libel and malicious falsehood, claiming that two cars were provided and that at any point, at least one was ready to drive.

In early , Tesla approached the New York Times to publish a story "Focused on future advancements in our Supercharger technology". The author describes fundamental flaws in the Model S sedan, primarily that the range was severely lowered in the below-freezing temperatures of the American Northeast. At one point the vehicle died completely and needed to be towed to a charging station.

He called it a "salacious story" and provided data, annotated screenshots and maps obtained from recording equipment installed in the press vehicle as evidence that the New York Times had fabricated much of the story.

When the Model S valiantly refused to die, he eventually plugged it in. In a statement, the Times stood by the accuracy of the story, calling it "completely factual".

I was not trying to drain the battery. It was already on reserve power. As soon as I found the Supercharger, I plugged the car in. During further investigation by the media, Musk said "the Model S battery never ran out of energy at any time, including when Broder called the flatbed truck.

Their records showed that "the car's battery pack was completely drained. The car did not have enough power to move, or even enough to release the electrically operated parking brake. She concludes "In the matter of the Tesla Model S and its now infamous test drive, there is still plenty to argue about and few conclusions that are unassailable. Later that month, the Land Transport Authority released a statement stating that they and the VICOM Emission Test Laboratory will be working with Tesla engineers to review the test, [] and a Tesla statement indicated that the discussions were "positive" and that they were confident of a quick resolution.

In September and October , seven Delaware lawsuits were filed by Tesla stockholders seeking to block the proposed SolarCity acquisition. In October , the Court consolidated the actions and appointed a lead plaintiff. The plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that the Tesla board of directors breached their fiduciary duties in approving the acquisition and that certain individuals would be unjustly enriched by the acquisition.

On April 19, , Tesla owners filed a class-action lawsuit due to Tesla exaggerating the capabilities of its Autopilot 2 to consumers. On April 19, , Tesla factory workers filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board , alleging that Tesla uses "illegal surveillance, coercion, intimidation and prevention of worker communications [ The literature pointed to working conditions, the company's confidentiality agreement and employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

The UAW's charges allege that Tesla illegally told employees that they could not pass out any literature unless it was approved by the company. In an attempt to unionize Tesla's Fremont plant, the UAW has paid organizers on the ground since Tesla responded that other car makers don't offer such stock options to union workers. Employees describe working at Tesla as stressful and meaningful.

Former and current Tesla employees publicly expressed concerns about worker treatment. At the end of that period, Tesla Factory employed over 10, workers. Working conditions are in part a result of the company's ambitious production figures. At Tesla, workers who reported injuries were moved to lighter work and given access to supplemental insurance benefits. To protect their incomes, many workers choose to work during their recovery from injury, in some cases inciting further damage and pain.

In , Tesla added extra shifts and safety teams to improve conditions. According to the company, "the average amount of hours worked by production team members has dropped to about 42 hours per week, and the level of overtime decreased by more than 60 percent" after improvements were made. Our goal is to have as close to zero injuries as humanly possible and to become the safest factory in the auto industry. In April , CIR's Reveal published an investigation concluding that Tesla under-counted worker injuries to make its safety record appear better.

It included findings such as the factory floor not having have clearly marked pedestrian lanes and instead having lanes painted different shades of gray because Elon Musk does not like the color yellow. In addition, other safety signals such as signs and warning beeps were lowered in order to please Musk's esthetic preferences. A whistleblower federal lawsuit was filed, which was unsealed in the summer of The suit alleged that Tesla and other major automakers such as Mercedes-Benz , BMW and Volkswagen illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.

Court documents and the journalistic investigation showed that at least foreign workers worked on the factory expansion, some of whom had questionable work visas, for as little as five dollars per hour.

Certain Tesla vehicles equipped with its Ludicrous performance mode had limited power output, as discovered by some Tesla owners in Customers complained and the company removed the limiter.

In May , it was reported that Tesla had for five [] or six [] years been using other people's copyrighted software unlawfully, specifically engaging in GPL violations. The Software Freedom Conservancy reportedly alerted Tesla to the issue repeatedly, but only in did Tesla begin to remedy its non-compliance with the software's license terms.

On June 20, , Tesla filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada against a former Tesla employee, who a few days before had been dismissed after allegedly confessing to hacking Tesla's Manufacturing Operating System and to transferring gigabytes of confidential, proprietary data to external, unknown entities.

In September , the U. Department of Justice began investigating Tesla based on a tweet sent out by Elon Musk. In the tweet, Musk stated that he was considering taking the company private, and that he had "funding secured" to complete the deal.

DOJ investigators requested company documents in September related to Musk's announcement, and the company complied with the requests. Musk's announcement came as a surprise to shareholders, and consequently the company's stock price rose by almost 11 percent; 17 days later, Musk said the proposal was dead.

The volatile stock price movement resulted in multiple shareholder lawsuits. According to multiple sources, Musk will step down as chairman within 45 days and will be replaced by an independent chairman; he will remain the CEO of the company. On March 29, , Tesla issued a worldwide recall of , Model S cars built before April due to corrosion -susceptible power steering bolts that could fail and require the driver to use "increased force" to control the vehicle.

On October 1, , a Model S caught fire after the vehicle hit metal debris on a highway in Kent, Washington. Tesla confirmed the fire began in the battery pack and was caused by the "direct impact of a large metallic object to one of the 16 modules within the Model S battery pack. Tesla said that it would conduct its own investigation, [] and as a result of these incidents, announced its decision to extend its current vehicle warranty to cover fire damage.

On January 4, , a Tesla Model S in Norway caught fire while charging at one of Tesla's supercharger stations and was completely destroyed. No one was injured.

On March 28, , NHTSA announced that it had closed the investigation into whether the Model S was prone to catch fire, after the automaker said it would provide more protection to its battery packs. A Model S driver died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on May 7, , in Williston, Florida , while the vehicle was in autopilot mode.

The driver is believed to be the first person to have died in a Tesla vehicle in autopilot mode. The cause has not been identified yet. Tesla said that the analysis is "severely flawed and not reflective of reality", however, Tesla failed to provide any contradictory numbers. Tesla has been criticized for repeatedly overpromizing and underdelivering.

Delivery dates for new vehicles and new vehicle features slipped on the Roadster, the Model S and the Model X. Advanced technologies like the prospect of a large network of solar-powered supercharger stations first installed ; only two were solar-powered as of late also lagged projections.

In early October , Musk had predicted that Model 3 production would be up to 5, units per week by December.

On September 24, , Musk revealed on Twitter that Tesla will be building its own car carriers as the company is facing challenges due to logistics.

Tesla is running into an acute shortage of car carrier trailers leading to a delay in the delivery. In August , two researchers said they were able to take control of a Tesla Model S by hacking into the car's entertainment system. They were able to compromise the automotive networking bus CAN bus when the vehicle's web browser was used while the vehicle was connected to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot.

The vulnerability was disclosed to Tesla under their bug bounty program and patched within 10 days, before the exploit was made public.

In January , security researchers informed Tesla that an Amazon Web Services account of theirs could be accessed directly from the Internet and that the account had been exploited for cryptocurrency mining. Tesla reacted by securing the compromised system and by rewarding the security researchers financially via their bug bounty program and stated that the compromise did not violate customer privacy, nor vehicle safety or security.

Tesla offers service at their service centers, or if a center is not available, mobile technicians can perform most inspections and repairs. It is recommended to have any Tesla car inspected every 12, miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Tesla does not provide service manuals except in jurisdictions that required them to do so.

At the June shareholder meeting, Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla will soon start to open its first body shops in the top ten U. In June , Tesla made a "last-minute push near the end of the Albany legislative session to expand its sales force in New York.

The dealers attacked the bill, arguing that it would hurt their business because Tesla does not sell through dealers. As of June [update] , the Tesla board of directors consists of: Musk that could put at risk their ability to exercise independent judgement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Tesla Motors. This article is about the car manufacturer.

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Side Collision Warning Helps to avoid potential collisions with fast-approaching vehicles. Summon Automatically park and retrieve your vehicle.

Automatic Parking Parallel and perpendicular parking, with a single touch. Emergency Braking Detect objects and automatically apply brakes to help avoid or lessen impact. Driver Assistance Capabilities All new Tesla vehicles come standard with the most advanced driver assistance capabilities, designed to provide enhanced safety and convenience for a stress-free driving experience.

Driver Assistance Capabilities Eight cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors detect lane lines and surrounding objects—providing degrees of visibility, at all times. Driver Assistance Capabilities Model S keeps you within a lane while matching speed to traffic conditions, without any driver input.

An expansive touchscreen display designed to improve over time Over-the-air software updates introduce new features, functionality, and performance. Navigation Smart routing that automatically adjusts to real-time traffic conditions.

Controls Personalized drive settings, climate controls, and cabin controls. Energy Real-time energy consumption and range estimation. Max Space Seats fold flat for all the space you need. Luggage Carry all your things, anywhere you go.

Bike Fit your bike in the back, with the wheels on. Snowboard Go on an adventure with the whole family. Customize Model S with signature, multi-layered paint Signature Colors. Attention to Detail Every element was designed with the driver and passengers in mind—with uncompromised aesthetics and ludicrous performance. Battery 75 kWh kWh kWh Acceleration 4. Shop accessories and apparel Shop Now. Electric Powertrain The all-electric powertrain and low center of gravity provide the best performance, range, and efficiency.

PD Performance option with all-wheel drive and ludicrous acceleration. Go Anywhere Experience the freedom of long-distance travel with convenient access to the Tesla global charging network. Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Only Tesla has the technology that provides dual motors with independent traction to both front and rear wheels for unparalleled control, in all weather conditions.

Charge Anywhere Model S charges faster than any other electric car and stays charged with convenient options anywhere you go—at home, on the road, and upon arrival. Supercharge Charge for about 30 minutes while you grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat. Total Visibility Eight surround cameras provide degrees of visibility around the car at up to meters of range.

Forward Protection Forward-facing radar passes through heavy rain, fog, dust and even cars ahead to detect and respond to forward objects up to meters ahead. Sensor Coverage Ultrasonic sensors use uniquely coded signals designed to detect nearby cars and prevent potential collisions. Signature Colors Customize your Model S with signature, multi-layered paint. Leading Aerodynamics We achieved the longest electric range in Model S by enhancing the overall design.

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