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Car And Driver Not Happy With Cost Of Tesla Model 3 Maintenance

InsideEVs 04 August, 2021 - 06:41am

In fact, they say the savings they observed were only slightly better than two other ICE vehicles that they were running in parallel. They mention that you don’t have to change oil in an EV, but the Model 3 still needs its brake calipers lubricated (because in theory they see less use than in an ICE vehicle because an EV relies a lot more on regen), an operation which has now been done on their tester a total of three times and is one of the things that has brought the cost to $432.

That’s still less than what C&D spent on the maintenance of a BMW M340i or a Kia Telluride, which cost them $539 and $728 respectively. The difference is still there, but they argue it doesn’t work out to much if you look at it as a monthly cost.

C&D also listed the fixes they had to do to the car. These were not regular maintenance, but the publication lists a $1,200 glass roof and a $1,100 new windscreen. The tires were also replaced after 30,000 miles, since the Model 3 came with Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires specifically designed for the car that actually start out with less tread than if you were to get the same tires off the shelf.

They were replaced with higher performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires that added another $1,157 to the total ownership cost. Even so, the car didn’t need any repairs in the nearly 40,000 miles and nothing malfunctioned and C&D says that based on this experience, the Model 3 wasn’t really much cheaper to run than a conventional car.

Source: Car and Driver

Tesla increases Model S price by another $5,000

Electrek 04 August, 2021 - 04:48am

Since the beginning of the year, we have been covering a seemingly continuous series of price increases throughout Tesla’s vehicle lineup.

However, it has particularly affected Model 3 and Model Y vehicles since Tesla hasn’t been delivering Model S and Model X as the updated versions of the new electric vehicles were delayed.

In June, Tesla finally started deliveries of the new Model S – starting with the new Plaid top performance version, which also saw a $10,000 price increase last month.

A few weeks later, as Tesla started delivering the new base version of the Model S, Model S Long Range, Tesla increased the price of the vehicle by $5,000.

Today, Tesla updated its online configurator and again increased the price by $5,000:

The price went up from $84,990 to $89,990 overnight, and it now adds up to a $10,000 increase over the last month.

That’s despite Tesla delivering a limited amount of the base version of the new Model S as it focuses on deliveries of the Plaid version, which still starts at $129,990.

The automaker also recently updated the Model S delivery timelines for new orders and currently lists March-April for new orders for the Model S Long Range in the US.

That’s despite Tesla recently claiming that it could ramp up Model S/X production back up to ~2,000 units per week by the end of the year.

Tesla has recently blamed price increases on supply chain issues putting pressure on costs.

However, the automaker also saw its automotive gross margin improve last quarter after some price increases.

Especially when it comes to Model S, I think it’s more likely that Tesla is being opportunistic here and taking advantage of strong demand.

With the launch of the new version of the electric sedan, the price of the base Model S went up by almost 30% from $69,420 to $89,990.

At the same time, we have been hearing issues delivering orders placed before the $10,000 price increase.

Therefore, it could be a mix of both supply chain issues and Tesla being able to jack up the price without affecting demand too much.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Tesla increases Model S price by another $5,000

Daily Mail 04 August, 2021 - 04:48am

Since the beginning of the year, we have been covering a seemingly continuous series of price increases throughout Tesla’s vehicle lineup.

However, it has particularly affected Model 3 and Model Y vehicles since Tesla hasn’t been delivering Model S and Model X as the updated versions of the new electric vehicles were delayed.

In June, Tesla finally started deliveries of the new Model S – starting with the new Plaid top performance version, which also saw a $10,000 price increase last month.

A few weeks later, as Tesla started delivering the new base version of the Model S, Model S Long Range, Tesla increased the price of the vehicle by $5,000.

Today, Tesla updated its online configurator and again increased the price by $5,000:

The price went up from $84,990 to $89,990 overnight, and it now adds up to a $10,000 increase over the last month.

That’s despite Tesla delivering a limited amount of the base version of the new Model S as it focuses on deliveries of the Plaid version, which still starts at $129,990.

The automaker also recently updated the Model S delivery timelines for new orders and currently lists March-April for new orders for the Model S Long Range in the US.

That’s despite Tesla recently claiming that it could ramp up Model S/X production back up to ~2,000 units per week by the end of the year.

Tesla has recently blamed price increases on supply chain issues putting pressure on costs.

However, the automaker also saw its automotive gross margin improve last quarter after some price increases.

Especially when it comes to Model S, I think it’s more likely that Tesla is being opportunistic here and taking advantage of strong demand.

With the launch of the new version of the electric sedan, the price of the base Model S went up by almost 30% from $69,420 to $89,990.

At the same time, we have been hearing issues delivering orders placed before the $10,000 price increase.

Therefore, it could be a mix of both supply chain issues and Tesla being able to jack up the price without affecting demand too much.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Tesla is a transportation and energy company. It sells vehicles under its 'Tesla Motors' division and stationary battery pack for home, commercial and utility-scale projects under its 'Tesla Energy' division.

The Tesla Model S is an all-electric luxury sedan and the first vehicle developed from the ground up by Tesla. The Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle developed by Tesla, but it was based on a chassis by Lotus.

Fred is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek.

You can send tips on Twitter (DMs open) or via email: fred@9to5mac.com

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Watch Autopilot Save Drunk Tesla Driver Who Passed Out

CarBuzz 03 August, 2021 - 06:37am

Tesla's Autopilot driver-assist system has been the subject of scrutiny over the past few years. Some users don't fully understand that Autopilot's name is somewhat misleading and that it's not capable of full Level 5 self-driving. It's only rated at Level 2, meaning drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times even when the system is engaged. Several accidents have resulted in drivers' failure to do this. However, Autopilot does have the ability to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the right conditions.

This recent incident in Norway is the perfect example. It happened last Friday when a Tesla Model S driver was caught unconscious behind the wheel.

There was no medical emergency. The guy was drunk. A passing motorist noticed the driver's slumped head and managed to film it for over a minute. It's actually quite frightening just to think how badly this could have ended. Very fortunately, the electric sedan came to a full stop by itself in a tunnel thanks to the driver-assist system. To ensure the driver is paying attention, the system sends out alerts to keep their hands on the wheel. When it doesn't detect hands gripping the wheel after repeated warnings, Autopilot will slowly bring the car to a stop on the side of the road.

That's exactly what happened here. Electrek translated a police statement where the 24-year-old driver actually denied he was drunk.

"At 05:40; a Tesla stops in the tunnel. It turns out to be a man 24 years old who has fallen asleep behind the wheel. He is also drunk but stubbornly denies driving. Although there is a video of him from the car… Necessary samples have been taken."

It's kind of shocking this guy tried to deny the boozing because he didn't even wake up when people were knocking on the window to make sure he was okay once the car stopped. Clearly, he was out drinking the night before and figured Autopilot would get him safely home. Very troubling, he's not the only person who's done this and sadly won't be the last.

Watch Autopilot Save Drunk Tesla Driver Who Passed Out

TheStreet 03 August, 2021 - 06:37am

Tesla's Autopilot driver-assist system has been the subject of scrutiny over the past few years. Some users don't fully understand that Autopilot's name is somewhat misleading and that it's not capable of full Level 5 self-driving. It's only rated at Level 2, meaning drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times even when the system is engaged. Several accidents have resulted in drivers' failure to do this. However, Autopilot does have the ability to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the right conditions.

This recent incident in Norway is the perfect example. It happened last Friday when a Tesla Model S driver was caught unconscious behind the wheel.

There was no medical emergency. The guy was drunk. A passing motorist noticed the driver's slumped head and managed to film it for over a minute. It's actually quite frightening just to think how badly this could have ended. Very fortunately, the electric sedan came to a full stop by itself in a tunnel thanks to the driver-assist system. To ensure the driver is paying attention, the system sends out alerts to keep their hands on the wheel. When it doesn't detect hands gripping the wheel after repeated warnings, Autopilot will slowly bring the car to a stop on the side of the road.

That's exactly what happened here. Electrek translated a police statement where the 24-year-old driver actually denied he was drunk.

"At 05:40; a Tesla stops in the tunnel. It turns out to be a man 24 years old who has fallen asleep behind the wheel. He is also drunk but stubbornly denies driving. Although there is a video of him from the car… Necessary samples have been taken."

It's kind of shocking this guy tried to deny the boozing because he didn't even wake up when people were knocking on the window to make sure he was okay once the car stopped. Clearly, he was out drinking the night before and figured Autopilot would get him safely home. Very troubling, he's not the only person who's done this and sadly won't be the last.

Tesla Coming To Singapore (Video)

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Nash, aka Tesla in the Gong, has shared a detailed look at Tesla’s entry into Singapore, including a walkthrough of the Tesla Design Studio for the country, which has been live since February 2021.

In the video, Nash goes over the three versions of Tesla’s Model 3 sedans, top features, paint, wheels, interior options, Full-Self Driving, when the vehicle will be available, the cancellation policy, insurance, and more. (Much of this is relevant to other countries, of course.) Nash explained that on Tesla’s new website in Singapore, one can buy the Model 3, Model S, and Model X. There is no tab yet for the Model Y in the Singapore Design Studio.

Nash’s video is focused on the Model 3, and he dove right on into the ordering page for it in Singapore. Since this is a normal process for Tesla buyers, we’ll just highlight parts of it.

Nash explained that FSD is a value-added feature to basic Autopilot.

“The ones that have been implemented are super cool, indeed. Personally, I do use Autopilot every day for my daily commute and it is really impressive. Some of the salient features are automatic lane change or auto lane change and this is most useful in highway driving.

“The next feature is Autopark, where the car will do both perpendicular and parallel parking. And the precision in which it does is absolutely impressive. And this is one of the coolest features, which is Summon, where we can activate the Summon through the Tesla app and the car will come to you.

“Every Tesla comes with a Full-Self Driving computer, which is a custom Tesla-designed silicon, which enables computer vision. Now all these value-added features will set you back by 11,500 Singapore dollars, but do remember that this does not have to be bought upfront. This can be activated or purchased through the Tesla mobile app. And It only takes 10 seconds for FSD to be activated. Also remember: FSD subscription has been activated in the U.S. I’m sure it will roll out worldwide very soon. So this is something that can be added after the fact.

While making the video, Nash explained that for Singapore, Tesla deliveries will begin in the second half of 2021. Nash has seen a few Twitter posts of a limited release at this time.

Nash breaks down the costs of the vehicles in Singapore dollars (S$). Tesla vehicles are eligible for the Vehicle Emission Scheme Rebate (VES Scheme), which gives the customer a rebate of $25,000. There’s an additional rebate of $20,000 from the EV Early Adopter Incentive.

The Standard Range Plus (base version) Tesla Model 3 is S$78,140 with an estimated additional registration fee of S$76,959 (yes, that is correct — not a typo). The Net ARF Payable is S$31,959, with registration fees of S$220. The Road Tax for 12 months is S$2,536. The estimated price excluding the Certificate of Entitlement is S$112,845 (USD $83,483). For those ordering today, you would only pay a non-refundable order fee of S$150.

Just a quick thought on this section of Nash’s video: I actually did a double-take when I realized that the estimated Additional Registration Fee was almost as much as the car itself. That’s quite a surprising extra cost for an American to see pop up there.

Nash breaks down the ARF, the VES Scheme, and the Certificate of Entitlement.

“I understand that Singaporeans are mostly aware of this, but this is for the uninitiated.

“Model 3 will qualify for the EV Early Adopter Incentive, which is a 45% rebate of the Additional Registration Fee, or ARF, and it is capped at $20,000. The Vehicular Emissions Scheme, or VES, is also available for a Tesla Model 3 and it will qualify at the A1 band and will be eligible for a rebate of $25,000 off of the Additional Registration Fees.”

Nash also goes over other fees, duty and excise tax — you can watch his full video here.

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