Latest Tesla news: Nurburgring lap times, updated delivery dates, recalls and Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD beta) program
September 28, 2021 by
The ballistic new Tesla Model S Plaid is setting new records around the Nurburgring and select Tesla owners have access to the Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD beta) program. Read on for the latest Tesla news.
- Model S news
- Model Y news
- Cybertruck news
- Tesla Roadster news
- Tesla hatchback news
- Tesla Autopilot self-driving news
Tesla pricing updates – 28/09/2021
The new generation of Model S saloons costs from £99,830 for the Long Range version and £126,830 for the 1,020hp Plaid variant. The Model X Long Range is £102,430 while the Plaid version is £114,430.
Optional extras are limited, with a small range of exterior and interior colours, two alloy wheel choices and one of two advanced driving aids on offer. While Tesla had announced earlier that Full Self Driving (FSD) would be available as a monthly subscription service, it is still listed as a £6,800 option on their UK website. The Enhanced Autopilot feature cost £3,400.
The Model 3 is the most popular Tesla in the UK and the Standard Range Plus is the most cost-effective option setting you back £42,090.
For £49,590, the Long Range adds all-wheel drive and ups the range from 278-miles to 360 miles. The neck-snapping Performance version is priced from £61,090.
Tesla delivery time updates – 28/09/2021
Vehicle delivery dates have often been a moving target over the past few months thanks in part to a global computer chip shortage and the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. If you are looking to buy a Tesla and have it delivered before the end of the year, then the Model 3 will be your best bet.
The Standard Range Plus and Long Range versions now have an estimated delivery time of November while the supercar-quick Performance model should be on your driveway before Christmas. Model S and Y customers will have to wait until the end of 2022 for their cars and the new Model Y has no official delivery date yet.
Both the Cybertruck and new Roadster could be launched as early as 2022, but there’s a strong chance additional delays could push these dates back further.
Full Self Driving (FSD) subscription launched – 20/07/2021
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving system (FSD), which up until now was a £6,800 option on its Model 3, S and X vehicles, will now be available as a monthly subscription. While not technically able to drive the car autonomously 100% of the time, it does offer an advanced suite of driver aids from collision warnings and emergency braking assist to auto parking and lane changing. It even has a smart summon feature which allows the car to navigate to you in a parking lot.
With periodic over-the-air updates adding to the systems abilities, Tesla’s FSD tech is one of the most advanced systems of its kind. However, some owners may not yet be ready to part with a lump sum for a technology that is still in development and the monthly subscription option will be a far more viable choice for them.
Features such as automatic steering and stopping on city streets are planned for release in due course.
Pricing for the US market is $199 per month if you have basic autopilot fitted or $99 if you have the enhanced autopilot feature (which was offered on certain older models). UK pricing has yet to be announced but should be approximately £145 at current exchange rates. The subscription can be cancelled at any time.
You will need to have the FSD computer installed in your vehicle before you can take advantage of the subscription, this is a complimentary service if your car already has the autopilot computer 2.0 or 2.5.
Tesla recalls – 03/06/2021
Tesla has confirmed that it will recall almost 6,000 Model 3 (built between 2019-21) and Model Y cars (built between 2020-2021) to tighten potentially lose bolts that form part of the car’s braking system.
Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US suggest these bolts loosening could cause the tyre pressures to drop, which could increase the risk of a crash. Tesla is not aware of this issue being a contributing factor in any recent accidents, and it will inspect and re-tighten these bolts on all affected cars.
Certain Model S and Model X vehicles built before March 2018 may have faulty 8GB embedded multimedia cards (eMMC) due to accumulated wear in the Media Control Unit (MCU). Affected vehicles will need to receive a software update and an updated eMMC.
Faulty Takata airbag inflators have plagued the motor industry for years and the front passenger airbags in some 2014-2016 Model S vehicles have been found to be affected. The recall does not affect the Model X, Model 3, or later Model S vehicles.
Tesla price rises due to supply chain issues – 01/06/2021
Prices of Tesla models including the Model 3 and Model Y have been increasing due to issues with supply chains, according to company boss Elon Musk.
Increasing costs of parts have caused the list prices of the smaller Tesla cars to rise significantly in recent months as the company adjusts its product pricing in line with material costs.
Musk said: “Prices [are] increasing due to major supply chain price pressure industry-wide. Raw materials especially.” Prices for metals such as copper and steel have risen recently, which will affect all car makers.
Features have also been removed to improve profitability. One example was the lumbar support in the front seats, which the company said was not being used by customers. “Not worth cost/mass for everyone when almost never used,” Musk said.
Musk says Model S Plaid to launch on June 10th – 29/05/2021
Elon Musk has announced that customers who bought the new Tesla Model S Plaid will start to get their cars from June 10th, as the car needed ‘one more week of tweak’. The Tesla boss didn’t elaborate on what extra work the car needed before its official launch.
Model S Plaid delivery pushed to June 10. Needs one more week of tweak.
This car feels like a spaceship. Words cannot describe the limbic resonance.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 29, 2021
Musk made reference to the car’s claimed sub-two-second 0-60mph time in his tweet, where he said that the “car feels like a spaceship.”
There will also be a Tesla Model X Plaid, though this ultra-fast large SUV will require a longer wait. The even more expensive Plaid Plus versions of both the Model S and Model X are set to arrive in 2022.
Musk also made mention of a new processor and graphics chip in upcoming versions of the Model S and Model X, comparing them to the games console Playstation 5.
The cars will use AMD Ryzen CPUs (processors) and AMD GPUs (graphics processors), which Musk described as having “PS5 level entertainment computing power”.
Musk wants Model Y to become the world’s top-selling car – 27/04/2021
Elon Musk has stated he thinks the Tesla Model Y will become the world’s best-selling car of any kind by 2023, despite the SUV’s current limited market reach.
To hit that figure, it would need to outsell the Toyota Corolla as the world’s best-seller — which currently sits at 1.5 million units per year.
If Tesla can sell 1.5m Model Ys and 500k Model 3 (+ S/X), that would be 2M cars/year in 2022 or 2023, more likely 2023.
Here's what 500k vehicles/quarter could like like in earnings. pic.twitter.com/3KjpgwPezK
— Dave Lee (@heydave7) April 26, 2021
Musk stated the lofty goal during the latest Tesla earnings call, where the company announced a net income of $438 million (circa. £315m), while confirming deliveries of the updated Model S would begin in May 2021. That will be followed by the refreshed Model X in Q3 2021.
Cybertruck delayed? Rumours of deliveries pushed back to 2022 – 23/04/2021
It looks as though the first deliveries of the Tesla Cybertruck could be delayed until 2022, if new rumours are to be believed. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has confirmed the design of the truck has been finalised and has driven it around the site where it will be built — but dodged a question on production.
The latest rumours come as an online forum, Tesla Owners Online, asked Musk directly if deliveries of the truck would be expected later this year. Musk did state “Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year” but dodged the Cybertruck question entirely.
Limited production of Model Y this year, high volume next year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2021
With the design only recently finalised despite the Cybertruck first being showcased in 2019, it’s possible that the finished truck could look noticeably different — and resulting in the rumoured delays.
There’s no doubt that the Cybertruck’s edgy design would turn heads on the road but some industry insiders expressed concern that, in its present state, the truck wouldn’t offer sufficient pedestrian-impact protection to be legal for use in Europe.
Tesla hatchback rendered – 30/03/2021
Tesla will launch an entry-level electric vehicle in three years’ time that’ll cost from $25,000. Musk has said it will come with fully autonomous capabilities, although it isn’t clear whether this will be available at the $25,000 price-point or whether it will be reserved for higher-spec versions of Tesla’s upcoming new small car.
Tabless battery technology could help boost this new car’s range while also helping to cut production costs and weight.
Tesla Roadster V2.0 latest news – 12/02/2021
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has suggested that an optional SpaceX package (named after the aerospace engineering firm he also owns) could enable the upcoming Tesla Roadster to hover.
Musk revealed the exciting details during a podcast with Joe Rogan, mentioning that one of the biggest hurdles his team must overcome is “trying to figure out how to make this thing hover, without, you know, killing people”.
He went on to suggest that an altitude limit could make the new car’s hovering feature safe for the general public. He reckoned a six-foot cap would be enough to prevent injury should the worst happen “so, if you plummet, you blow out the suspension, but you’re not going to die.”
Considering the strict regulation surrounding modern cars, it’s unlikely such a feature would be legal in every market. But Musk went on to say that “at a minimum, I’m confident we could do a thruster where the license plate flips down, James Bond-style, and there would be a rocket thruster behind it, and that gives you three tons of thrust.”
Regardless of whether the new car comes with space-thruster tech, it’s looking likely that the first customer cars won’t be delivered until 2022 at the earliest. When this electric supercar was first revealed in 2017, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted the first customers would receive their cars in 2020. This hasn’t happened, and it’s likely the new Roadster won’t be ready for mass production until 2022.
It will, however, be tested at the Nurburgring race circuit before the end of 2021, a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirms. This convertible sports car is set to be the fastest accelerating car Tesla has ever made – and that’s saying something.
The German race circuit is a favoured proving ground of many carmakers. Set a lap record here, which Tesla will be aiming to do, and you can be sure of some pretty impressive bragging rights.
NHTSA requests touchscreen recall for older Model S and Model X – 3/02/2021
Tesla will recall almost 135,000 Model S and Model X cars built before 2018 due to a faulty electronics chip that can cause the infotainment system to malfunction.
This issue doesn’t affect new cars – only some Model S cars made between 2012 and 2018 and some Model X vehicles built between 2016 and 2018.
The specific issue addressed by the upcoming recall relates to a memory chip within the infotainment system that can only be accessed by the system a set number of times. Once this number is reached, the touchscreen can start to become unresponsive.
The touchscreen in Teslas controls more of the car’s functions than in most conventional cars. Not being able to use this touchscreen is, therefore, potentially more serious.
The American National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expressed concern that a malfunctioning touchscreen could leave drivers unable to use the reversing camera or defog their windows on cold mornings.
Tesla has stated that it will reimburse drivers who’ve already paid to have the faulty electronics chip in their cars replaced.
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