Technology Tesla owners in California receive warnings to recharge amid blackouts
Jaguar woos Tesla owners with $3,000 I-Pace EV discount
In a bid to kick start sales of its I-Pace luxury electric vehicle (EV), Jaguar has set its sights at an unlikely target: current Tesla owners. The automaker confirmed to Engadget that it's offering a select group of Tesla owners $3,000 off the price of its I-Pace EV. The offer is also available to anyone who lives in a Tesla-owning household. Those consumers can combine the company's "Tesla Conquest" incentive with a $5,000 dealer discount and $7,000 allowance credit to get $15,000 off the I-Pace. With all three discounts, the base model costs $54,500, instead of $69,500. To top it all off, you don't have to trade in your Tesla to take advantage of the promotion.
When Wendy Bedolla got into her Tesla Model 3 Thursday morning there was a message waiting for her.
"Stay Fully Charged," the message on the car's big computer screen said. "A utility company in your area announced they may turn off power in some areas of Northern California beginning October 9 as part of public safety power shutoffs, which may affect power to charging options."
The local utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, wasin "rolling blackouts" as a precautionary measure during several days of expected high winds, which threatened to damage power lines and spark dangerous wildfires.
Tesla begins selling insurance to owners of its vehicles
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla owners can now buy insurance policies from the electric car company in what may be an essential step toward it selling driverless vehicles. The company said Wednesday it's now selling policies in California and will go nationwide at an undisclosed date. Tesla said its policies will cost up to 20% less than other insurers because it knows its technology, safety and repair costs. The company said won't use or record individual driver data from its vehicles' sensors in pricing insurance. But it will use broader data from safety systems showing that its models are safer.
The message in Bedolla's car didn't come from PG&E, though. It came from Tesla. Bedolla's car, like the vast majority of Teslas, is connected to the Internet at all times. Tesla can send software updates "over the air" and messages, too, when needed.
"I was aware [of the blackouts] because I heard it at work, but it was actually nice that they reminded me in my car, too, because I didn't even actually think about my car until I saw the message," said Bedolla, who lives in Patterson, California, not too far from Tesla's car factory in Fremont
Bedolla, who usually only charges her battery up to 75% to preserve its longevity, charged her car all the way to 100% after getting the message.
Tesla spokespeople would not respond to questions about the message, but many Tesla owners in the area reported getting the reminder.
Now Tesla owners can attach a picture to their repair request
While many Tesla owners love their electric vehicles, one complaint we've heard about has been about waiting for repairs. Last year Elon Musk announced Tesla would bring most collision repairs in-house to help reduce wait times to same-day or even one-hour, and now its mobile app is part of the push to get things fixed faster. As the company explained in a tweet, now customers using the mobile app to schedule a service appointment can attach pictures of any damage along with the request. Getting a good look at what happened should make sure technicians are ready to fix it and have the right parts, whether at one of its service centers or if they're coming to the car.
While the power outage highlights a problem with electric cars -- they need electricity to run -- the incident also points to the added benefits of "connected cars" that are connected to the Internet or other data networks. During hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters, General Motors has used its OnStar network to help guide people to evacuation routes and emergency service, even making service available during the crisis to those who weren't paying for it. Tesla reportedly used its cars' network to unlock additional battery range during recent hurricanes on the US east coast,
In a pair of Tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company plans to add battery packs and solar panels to its high-speed Supercharger networks in the area to help allay any problems in the future.
Electric cars aren't the only vehicles that can potentially suffer during power outages. Long lines also form at gas stations as drivers prepare for the electrically-operated gas pumps to lose power.
Despite Tesla's setbacks, Elon Musk jokes for April 1
Elon Musk, head of Tesla and SpaceX aerospace company, took advantage April 1 joke through Twitter while its car brand is currently going through a difficult pass.
Mr. Musk has published a photo of himself allegedly drunk and asleep with a "bankwupt" sign posted on his chest stating in particular that "despite intense efforts to find money, including an attempt desperate for the massive sale of Easter eggs, Tesla has gone completely bankrupt and bankrupt to the point that you can not even imagine it. "
This April Fool is a response to recent reports of significant financial risks ahead for the heavily-indebted electric car manufacturer, which has not made a profit since its inception in 2003. Its latest model, Model 3, which should enable it to target mass production, is suffering from production delays. The share price of the group on Wall Street has dropped about 25% since the end of February.
Tesla is also currently under investigation by the US transport regulator NTSB following a fatal accident involving one of its cars in California on March 23.
The manufacturer said Saturday that the first elements of the investigation reveal that the autopilot system that equips its cars was activated at the time of the accident, but that the driver had not responded to visual warnings and sound that enjoined him to put his hands on the wheel before the accident that saw the vehicle fit into a lane separator.
"The driver had received several visual warnings and an audible warning that he had to hold hands (on the steering wheel) earlier and the driver's hands were not detected on the steering wheel for six seconds. preceded the collision, "said Tesla.
According to US media reports, the NTSB on Sunday said it was "unhappy" that Tesla released certain elements of the investigation before it was completed.
The Washington Post quotes a spokesman for the NTSB saying that the latter is currently working with Tesla to decode the onboard software of the damaged vehicle.
"In each of our investigations involving a Tesla car, it was extremely cooperative in helping us with the vehicle data, but the NTSB is dissatisfied with Tesla's release of information related to the investigation." .
The NTSB had already investigated a previous accident involving an Autopilot-equipped Tesla in Florida in 2016.
Consumer Reports finds Tesla's Smart Summon 'glitchy' .
Consumer Reports and Tesla have had a rocky relationship over the years, and it doesn't look like they're about to patch things up any time soon. CR has declared Tesla's Smart Summon feature "glitchy" after several days of testing both at its own facility and in parking lots. The drive-to-you feature only works "intermittently," the publication said, sometimes confusing a parking lot for a public road and shutting off. And while Smart Summon appears to drive the car at cautious speeds, it also wanders "like a drunken or distracted driver" and sometimes veers into the opposite lane.
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