Autonomous Tesla crash linked to the Summon feature

Jared Overton, a Tesla owner out of Utah, had crashed his car into a parked trailer. Not exactly earth-shattering news, except the Tesla crashed into it without him behind the wheel. Overton contends that it happened on its own, without any promptings from him (essentially blaming the vehicle itself). Tesla, on the other hand, respectfully…

Official: Tesla unveils the Model 3

In what should be known as the Model E, Tesla unveiled the Model 3 this evening. This is perhaps their most important launch, since this is the vehicle that is widely accepted to make Tesla, and to an extent all electric vehicles, more accessible to the masses. Going back to the Model E, it was…

Newest battle in Tesla selling direct takes place in Indiana

Tesla’s industry-disrupting model of selling their vehicles direct to consumers has been an obvious thorn in the side of the NADA, dealerships, and various other industries that are still clinging to the antiquated franchise setup that every other automaker must adhere to (CarMax skates around this by branding themselves as a retail store). The latest…

The couple that drag races (Teslas) together, stays together

Ever since the Tesla Model S P85D was pitted against the Dodge Challenger Hellcat (and handily beat it), the internet has been abuzz about this electric-car-cum-sleeper-dragster. The combination of all wheel drive and the electric powertrain’s ability to deliver instant torque from zero RPM equates to a beast at any Dragstrip USA. Personally, my first…

Could the Tesla Model 3 be within reach for most Americans?

A major blocker for most Americans embracing the idea of replacing their gasoline-powered vehicle, besides the limited range, is the price. Even with federal and state tax incentives, the Model S and X are still out of reach for the average American, which earned an average of $53,657 last year. With the latest Nissan Leaf…

Tesla founder predicts that future Teslas could deliver themselves

Following on the heels of┬áthe all-new BMW 7 Series, Tesla rolled out the latest version (7.1) of its Autopilot software recently. The main feature of the software update is “Summon”, which will allow Autopilot-equipped cars to be able to semi-autonomously pull itself from the driveway into the garage, effectively parking itself. This particular feature will…

The Mercedes Project that never was

In my last article, I had talked about wanting to do something with one of the oldest cars in my 1:18 scale collection, a (1998) Mercedes Benz S500. I’ve never been particularly fond of the exterior colour, especially in relation to the interior colour. Beige on dark grey has never looked good on any vehicle,…