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The US EPA now says the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus is rated with an estimated 402 mile range

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The 20 percent improvement in range over the previous variant comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk publicly took issue over the 391 mile rating, claiming EPA officials left the door ajar and the key in the test vehicle overnight, both of which drained the battery a little. I would have thought a modern and sophisticated battery electric vehicle would have developed software and systems to combat these human errors. The EPA refuted Musk’s claim. Did the squeaky wheel just get the grease?

Matt Burns / TechCrunch »

To squeak out the extra range, Tesla installed several upgrades in the latest version of the Model S Long Range. Tesla says the “standardization of Tesla’s in-house seat manufacturing” lead to a significant weight loss. The automaker also redesigned its aero-focused wheels and used different tires specifically engineered to reduce rolling resistance. An electric oil pump replaced a mechanical version, and the gearbox was tweaked in some way that helped contribute to the increased range.

Tesla engineers reworked the Model S’s regenerative braking system, too. A new drive feature called HOLD “blends the motor’s regenerative braking with physical brakes to bring our cars to a stop by easing off of the accelerator pedal.” This system works at a lower speed than previous iterations and can send more energy back to the battery pack.

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Tesla Inc. hails air-quality effects of the pandemic shutdowns » the same shutdowns CEO Elon Musk called ‘fascist’ and sued over

Gabrielle Coppola / Bloomberg »

Tesla Inc. is proffering a decidedly different take on the coronavirus-related shutdowns CEO Elon Musk called “fascist” and sued over weeks ago by suggesting they may bolster the case for banning internal-combustion engine cars.

In its 2019 Impact Report released Monday, Tesla pointed to sharp improvements in air quality in recent months tied to restrictions on business and travel aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. The company said the drop in pollution could embolden governments that already have been making plans to eventually ban vehicles that run on fossil fuels.

“It is not hard to imagine that many cities could become electric-only in the near future as they begin to witness the impact that ICE vehicles have on air quality,” Tesla said in the report.

In California, the top-selling car in Q1 2020 was an electric car, the Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Bengt Halvorson / Green Car Reports »

According to the quarterly update released on Thursday by the California New Car Dealers Association, the Model 3 outsold the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in the state from the start of the year through March.

The Honda Civic is a longtime top-seller in California, as is the Corolla—and the Corolla is cumulatively the best-selling nameplate in the world.

At a total of 18,856 registrations for the quarter, according to the report, the Model 3 now also outsells the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, in a sales tally that includes the separate Camry Hybrid and Accord Hybrid versions of each of those models.

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Tesla cuts prices on Model 3, Model X, Model S, by as much as 6% in North America and China to fight falling demand; Supercharger quick-charging network no longer free to new customers

2020 Tesla Model X

2020 Tesla Model X

The newest, the Model Y, escaped the slashing. For now.

Reuters »

On Wednesday, Tesla website’s showed the starting price for its Model S sedan is now $74,990, down from $79,990.

Its Model X SUVs are now priced at $79,990, from $84,990, and the lowest-priced Model 3 sedan is $2,000 cheaper at $37,990.

Tesla said it will also cut prices in China – as per usual after price adjustments in the United States – by around 4% for the Model X and Model S…

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Related » Automotive News » Tesla’s price cuts signal demand is weaker than shares suggest, analysts say

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Tesla seeks China approval to build Model 3 vehicles with lithium iron phosphate batteries

Reuters »

Tesla Inc is seeking Chinese government approval to build model 3 vehicles in the country equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, a document on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed.

Reuters exclusively reported in February that Tesla is in advanced talks to use LFP batteries from CATL that contain no cobalt – one of the most expensive metals in electric vehicle (EV) batteries – in cars made at its China plant…

Korean website thelec.kr previously reported that on May 13 CATL announced that it will supply lithium iron phosphate batteries to Shanghai Tesla Giga Factory from the second half of the year.

Related » CATL confirms it will supply Tesla in China with Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) batteries from H2 of 2020

Related » Mark Anderson / IEEE Spectrum » Companies Report a Rush of Electric Vehicle Battery Advances

 

Confirmed » Sales of Tesla Model 3 in China plummeted in April 2020

Teslamag » (German)

German Translation »

The figures for April, with a drop in sales of around two thirds compared to March 2019 despite local production increases, came unexpectedly after new Tesla records in the first quarter of 2020 . China appeared to be a safe bank for Tesla given the corona problems in the west. Production at the local Gigafactory increased to nearly 3,000 Model 3s per week by the end of March, which were also sold, and Tesla announced further increases. At the end of April, Tesla responded to a new price limit for electric car production in China, from which Model 3 would otherwise no longer have been affected, with a drop below the new value…


May 12, 2020

Teslamag » (German)

German Translation »

China was recently seen as a safe bank for Tesla in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the west. Tesla has not been allowed to produce electric cars in the United States since the end of March, while the Gigafactory in Shanghai, Model 3, was built again in early February after a break of less than two weeks. Since then, Tesla’s production and sales in China have steadily increased , but figures for April have now been published that do not fit the positive picture: According to the industry association CPCA, Tesla only sold a good 3,600 Model 3s in April in China, two thirds less than the previous month. Production is said to have been a solid 11,000 electric cars…


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