Mar 22
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Tesla has apparently chosen to concentrate on building and marketing their smaller 7kWh Powerwall home battery product. They discontinued the larger 10kWh model due to lack of demand. A Tesla spokesperson said, “We have decided to focus entirely on building and deploying the 7kWh Daily Powerwall at this time.”

The larger model cost consumers $3500, and even though it had a larger capacity, it was only rated for just 500 cycles, whereas the smaller model cots $3000 and has a 10-year warranty. Here’s a quote with a few more details,

“On its website, Tesla now says “each Powerwall has a 6.4 kWh energy storage capacity, sufficient to power most homes during the evening using electricity generated by solar panels during the day. Multiple batteries may be installed together for homes with greater energy needs.” The larger model, on the other hand, was marketed as a “home backup” system that was only for weekly charging — something most folks apparently don’t need.

However, Tesla is likely also clearing the way for new Powerwall models that could arrive this summer, as it recently hinted at a private gathering. If that proves accurate, you can probably expect more daily charging Powerwall models with even higher capacity and durability.”

Source: Engadget

Jul 20
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by dgstorm at 9:36 AM (1,626 Views / 0 Likes)
​Tesla pushed the envelope yet again. They developed a new upgrade for the Tesla Model S P85D that makes it even faster. In fact, Elon Musk and team borrowed a term from the movie Space Balls to describe this new super-power. They call it “Ludicrous Speed,” which is an apt description because it boosts the cars horsepower to 762, allowing it to hit 0-60MPH in just 2.8 seconds and handle the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds.

Here’s a quote from the press release with the details,

The new upgrade isn’t cheap though, adding an additional $10,000 to the price of the car. Regardless, it’s amazing just how far the Tesla engineers continue to push the envelope!

May 12
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by dgstorm at 11:27 AM (1,806 Views / 0 Likes)
​The FTC recently published a “strongly worded” public letter to try and convince States like New Jersey, Michigan and Missouri to change their stance on Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales business model. The letter specifically targeted Michigan because the governor there recently signed a law that specifically bans the direct-to-consumer sales of Tesla vehicles in the state.

The FTC is trying to get the state to reconsider its stance buy showing support Tesla and the consumer. The FTC points out “states should allow consumers to choose not only the cars they buy, but also how they buy them.” Here’s a link to the letter so you can read its entire contents: Direct-to-consumer auto sales It s not just about Tesla Federal Trade Commission

Unfortunately, this is not an official ruling by the FTC, so it basically has no teeth. The state of Michigan can effectively ignore it.

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