Stories by Sarah Lee-Jones

Tesla Now Describes the New Model 3 as ‘Reengineered’

Tesla updated its website this week to now call the new Model 3 “reengineered”. The latest electric sedan from Tesla is still listed as available from $329 per month on a lease. The automaker’s description of the new Model 3 has previously used the term “upgraded”, but we are now seeing “reengineered” on the Model […]

Edmunds Revises Tesla Cybertruck Range Test After Inaccuracies

Edmunds, a prominent automotive review site, has updated its review of the Tesla Cybertruck after receiving feedback from users on X, pointing out inaccuracies in the original story. Initially, Edmunds reported that the Cybertruck failed to meet Tesla’s own 340-mile range estimate, stating, “No Tesla has ever met its EPA-estimated range in our real-world testing, […]

Tesla to Cut Sentry Mode Power Usage by 40% with Update

Tesla is set to significantly reduce the power consumption of its Sentry Mode feature, aiming for a 40% decrease in an upcoming Q2 software update. This announcement came from Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy, in response to a user query on X. The question, posed by Joseph Bella on February […]

Lucid Misses Sales and Revenue Targets by 90% in 2023

Lucid Group, which set ambitious targets at its public debut, reported vehicle deliveries and revenues significantly below its initial forecasts for 2023. The company had informed investors of a goal to sell 49,000 cars in the year; however, it only sold 6,001 vehicles, marking a substantial 90% shortfall from the anticipated figure. Similarly, Lucid had […]

Rivian Announces 10% Workforce Cut Amid Lower Production Forecast

Rivian disclosed a reduction of its workforce by 10% and projected an annual electric vehicle (EV) production number that fell significantly short of expectations. The lowered forecast is attributed to necessary factory upgrades and a deceleration in EV demand influenced by rising interest rates. Post-market trading saw Rivian shares decline by approximately 17% following the […]

Tesla Undeterred by Referendum, Giga Berlin Expansion Continues

In response to inquiries about the Grünheide community’s opposition to the expansion of Tesla’s Giga Berlin factory in Germany, Tesla executives have clarified their stance, emphasizing their commitment to future growth plans while respecting local sentiments. Marc Langebeck, a reporter for Rbb24, asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s perspective on the local referendum against the factory’s […]

SpaceX Wants Lower-Orbit Starlinks to Boost Speeds

SpaceX has submitted a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow some of its second-generation Starlink satellites to orbit closer to Earth, aiming to enhance internet speeds and service quality. The proposal, detailed in a recent FCC filing (via PC Mag), suggests positioning these satellites at altitudes between 340 and 360 kilometers, approximately […]

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Celebrates its 300th Successful Mission

On February 20, 2024, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket achieved its 300th successful mission, launching the Telkomsat Merah Putih 2 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The launch occurred at 3:11 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. This mission utilized a veteran first stage booster for its 17th […]

Tesla Cybertruck ‘Boat Mode’ Tested by YouTuber

Tesla’s Cybertruck underwent a rigorous “Wade Mode” test to explore its capabilities in traversing waterlogged terrains. The experiment, led by TechRax, a popular YouTube channel known for pushing gadgets to their limits (specifically Apple iPhones and more), aimed to determine just how deep the Cybertruck could drive through water. The video, titled “How Deep Can […]

South Korea Reveals Tesla Model Y Subsidies for 2024

The South Korean government has disclosed new subsidy amounts for the Tesla Model Y Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) on February 20, 2024. This announcement, awaited by potential electric vehicle (EV) buyers, marks a pivotal moment for consumers who had strategically delayed their purchases in anticipation of updated financial incentives. The updated subsidy for the Tesla Model […]

Tesla FSD Subscriptions for Canada Might Be Coming Soon

Tesla currently offers its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta monthly subscription only in the U.S., but the program might finally be landing up north in Canada. That’s according to a reply from Rohan Patel, Tesla’s Vice President, Public Policy and Business Development, to a question posed by @Teslascope on Monday afternoon. “Asking on behalf of Canadian […]

Tesla’s Auto Wipers to Improve Soon with Software Update

If you live in a climate where you see lots of rain, you know very well that Tesla’s “auto” setting for its wipers when using Autopilot or Full Self-Driving needs major improvement. It’s to the point where turning off the “auto” setting is the safe choice in a down pour. Tesla owner @some_teslagirl shared how […]

How it Works: Fast-Tracked Cybertruck Deliveries with Referral Credits

Tesla recently introduced a new incentive in its referral program, offering customers the chance to fast-track their Cybertruck delivery by redeeming 30,000 referral credits. This unique reward allows participants to receive a Foundation Series Cybertruck within just 45 days, bypassing the standard waiting period. Tesla enthusiast @DirtyTesla shared their excitement on X about the expedited […]

Tesla Launches Powerwall 3: A Game-Changer for Home Energy

Tesla has unveiled its Powerwall 3, a significant upgrade to its home battery system, capable of delivering peak power of approximately 30kW. This enhancement allows Powerwall 3 to support high-energy appliances such as dryers and air-conditioners, making it sufficient for the energy needs of most homes with just a single unit. According to Tesla CEO […]

Ford CEO: Forget Tesla and FSD, Our Pro Fleet is the Future

In a bold statement to Wall Street, Ford CEO Jim Farley emphasized the potential of Ford’s “Pro” fleet business as the future of the automotive industry, urging investors to shift their focus away from Tesla and its Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology. Speaking at a Wolfe Research conference, Farley highlighted the significant growth of Ford Pro, […]