caption Our Tesla Model X P100D test car at a Supercharger. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Tesla Model X is unrivaled in the EV market in terms of its ability to deliver performance, range, and cargo capacity. I first drove the Tesla Model X in 2015 shortly before it was unveiled to the public. Nearly three years later, I decided to take the Model X on a road trip and try out the Tesla Supercharger network. We were impressed by both the Tesla Model X and the company network of fast chargers. The base Tesla Model X 75D starts at $79,500 while our fully-loaded Model X P100D carried an as-tested price of $163,250. Tesla unveiled the production Model X SUV in the shadows of its Fremont, California factory on September 29, 2015. A few hours before the festive event where the Tesla-faithful convened to hear their almighty leader preach the gospel of Falcon Wing doors and Bio-Weapon Defense Mode, I became one of the first people in the world … [Read more...] about I took a $163,000 Tesla Model X SUV on a road trip and discovered Tesla’s greatest weapon isn’t its cars
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caption Our Tesla Model 3 test car. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider The Model 3 is Tesla’s first foray into the mass market. The Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000. However, the smaller battery pack need for the base Model 3 won’t be in production until the end of the year. Currently, only the $44,000 longer range Model 3 is available. Our test car’s as-tested price is $57,500. The Model 3 is packed with really interesting features such as a minimalist interior, advanced infotainment, and Tesla Autopilot. There have been few cars more sought after in recent memory than the Tesla Model 3. It’s Tesla’s first foray into the mass market after dominating the luxury electric vehicle segment for much of the past decade. Recently, Business Insider had the chance to spend a few hours with a brand new Model 3 on the road in and around New York City. … [Read more...] about We drove a $58,000 Tesla Model 3 and were blown away by its minimalistic design and high-tech features. Here’s what else impressed us.
caption Bravo! source Hollis Johnson The Chevy Bolt beat the Tesla Model 3 to market by over a year. The vehicle has been selling well for General Motors and also serves as a platform for the carmaker’s Cruise self-driving technology. We were very impressed when we drove it last year. You can easily argue that the Chevy Bolt is the most important car General Motors has ever rolled out. What we have here is a $37,495 all-electric vehicle with a range of nearly 240 miles on a single battery charge. GM took it from intro to the assembly line in less than two years, in the process beating the avidly anticipated Tesla Model 3 to market by at least a year. So what makes the Bolt more important than, say, the Cadillac XT5 crossover SUV or a new Corvette? The Bolt is a completely different kind of “halo” car. Like the Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid 15 years ago – based initially on … [Read more...] about The all-electric Chevy Bolt is a serious threat to Tesla’s Model 3
As a quality inspector for Tesla, Jeff Hickethier is responsible for test-driving Teslas as the electric vehicles roll off the assembly line. His job is to carefully study every car for flaws that might compromise safety or displease an owner. He’s been doing this for years and now teaches new hires how to be as obsessive about quality as he is. Editors Note: Business Insider had the chance to speak with four Tesla employees from different parts of the company to learn more about their work. And what we discovered were some of the coolest jobs at Tesla. We’ll be sharing the rest of the profiles this week, so check back for updates. How’s this for a great job? As a quality inspector for Tesla, Jeff Hickethier wakes up before dawn, jumps into his BMW 3-Series, nods toward the Audi R8 supercar that he saves for weekends, and sets off for Tesla’s test track in Fremont, California, across the … [Read more...] about Meet the Tesla employee who gets paid to test drive cars around a race track all day
Tesla is starting to bring production versions of its mass-market Model 3 electric sedan to retail stores as customer deliveries begin. The first ones are showing up at Tesla’s California retail locations in the Los Angeles suburb of Century City, and Palo Alto in the San Francisco Bay Area. Customer deliveries have begun, but Tesla has encountered some production challenges in the last several months that have prompted delays. Tesla says it hopes that putting the Model 3 on display at its stores will give customers a chance to experience the car while they wait to take delivery. CENTURY CITY, California – Tesla is starting to bring its mass-market Model 3 cars to its retail stores in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Model 3 is Tesla’s first offering in the entry level luxury segment. With customer deliveries officially underway, the company says it wants to give … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3s are starting to show up in stores for the first time