Top-10 fastest cars made in USA

Tesla.jpg10. Tesla P90D (155 miles per hour)

Yes, the P90D is limited to a top speed of “just”155 miles per hour, just like a full-size SUV from Mercedes. But unlike other cars in the 155 club (a common top speed for limited cars), the P90D has 762 horsepower and can sprint from zero to 60 in an eye-watering 2.8 seconds. Top speed be damned, the P90D is just plain quick.

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Tesla Model S P100D and 100D with 380 Miles Range Coming

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Earlier this year when the Model S 75 was leaked via a Californian air resource board, we already hinted at the possible release of a new range topping version with a 100 kWh battery pack. Now a Dutch blogger seems to have found the official approval through the Dutch vehicle registration agency (RDW), where it’s clearly indicated that the Model S 100D was approved on the 24th of June 2016.

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Driver in China Autopilot crash blames Tesla’s ‘self-driving’ pitch

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Model S driver escapes injury but blames automaker, report says

The first reported Tesla Autopilot-related crash in China took place in Beijing, Reuters reports. The driver of a Model S side-swiped a car parked on the shoulder while using the semi-autonomous auto-pilot driver assist feature. The impact caused damage to the sides of both cars, tearing off at least one mirror, but caused no injuries.

Tesla told Reuters that the driver’s hands were not on the steering wheel, contrary to the system’s requirements. The driver, 33-year-old Luo Zhen, admitted that he was either looking at his phone or the in-car navigation system at the moment of the accident, adding he had been looking up every few seconds.

Zhen blames Tesla’s Beijing store for the accident, telling the media that he was told by the store’s staff that the car is “self-driving.” Zhen indicated that he had been using Autopilot for more than a month and, at the time, had a dashcam running that recorded the crash.

Did Someone Hack The Tesla Model S To Play Pokemon Go On The Go?

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A few days ago, a site called Pink Java claimed that one of its editors, Jeff Chiarelli, managed to get his Pokemon Go game to run on his Tesla Model S, claiming that he got it to work by using his laptop and an Ethernet cable. Upon seeing the GIF, I alerted one of our editors, Robert Moore, about the absurdity of the whole thing. I thought it was ridiculous to get Pokemon Go to run in a Model S and use the car for the purposes of catching those damned pokemons. For his part, Robert took it a step further. He examined the GIF himself and immediately called hoax on the whole thing. “If you look at the GIF on pink java it looks like the camera moves when he’s playing the game,” he said.

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Tesla posts huge loss again as Musk tries to ease investors’ worries

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Money continues to be lost and a government investigation is underway, but the Master Plan is working, right?

Tesla posted second-quarter losses of $293 million, up from $184 million in losses posted a year earlier. The lead up to production of Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 sedan is increasing operating expenses dramatically. Elon Musk has said he wants to start building the Model 3 by July 1, 2017. Tesla also delivered fewer vehicles this quarter than it initially anticipated. The final number was 14,402, falling short of the 17,000 expected.

During a recent conference call with investors, Musk tried to ease worries and assure backers that everything was still going smoothly despite being way off target for sales and earnings in the quarter. When talking about production problems, Musk said that Tesla “just managed to climb out of hell” in June. Musk claims that Tesla is on track to produce 500,000 cars in 2018. During the conference call Musk also said that the Model 3 is Tesla’s top priority, followed by the Model Y, a small SUV to be built on the Model 3 chassis.

Expenses for the electric car company continue to increase as the “Gigafactory’ in Nevada gets closer to being ready. However, it’s not only sales figures that Tesla has to worry about nowadays, what with the latest government probe into the company’s Autopilot system.

Tesla to delve into minibus and compact SUV markets

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A Tesla… minibus?

CEO Elon Musk confirmed the curveball in a tweet that cited the forthcoming minibus’s inspiration as ‘the California Custom VW combi design art.’ Otherwise, its styling remains unknown, but Musk did state the Tesla minibus will be built on the current Model X Platform

What’s this about a compact SUV?

Musk’s route into the highly lucrative compact SUV market will based on the Model 3. It will stick to Tesla’s naming convention, and be called the Tesla Model Y, but the minibus is set to be the renegade – with Musk tweeting that the MPV would be ‘inconsistent in our naming conventions.’

By using existing platforms, Tesla should be able to minimise any delays in bringing the new models to market. Don’t expect the new minivan to feature the Model X’s complex ‘Falcon Wing’ doors because of the platform sharing, however; it’s expect to instead adopt a more conventional minibus sliding door arrangement.

Whether or not it will be in the Model S and X’s league of being capable of pinning the kids to the back of their seats to stop any in-journey fighting is yet to be seen. Either way, it is set to be the most interesting development for the MPV market since Renault mated their Espace to a 1993 Formula One car.

Is there anything else in the works?

Like the archetypal Bond villain, Musk has a history of unveiling his masterful plan for world domination. In his recent ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’ announcement, he stated that: ‘In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transports. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year.’

Tesla also purchased the solar power systems company SolarCity, for £1.95 billion, this week. This move will allow Tesla to further develop sustainable energy solutions that will tie into its current Powerwall and Powerpack stationary storage systems.

Mercedes-Benz and Tesla See a Future in Electric Self-Driving Buses


Mercedes-Benz Future BusPeople are moving toward the urban cores of our cities in record numbers. And while cities are pushing inward, it’s becoming harder than ever to have a car—or multiple cars—in a household. Meanwhile, new subways and rail lines require deep pockets and often controversial funding sources. The solution, as some see it, is the automated (or semi-automated) city bus. A bus ticket is hardly an aspirational purchase for middle-class American consumers, yet two aspirational brands—Mercedes-Benz and Tesla—both recently mentioned bus projects intended to address the urban mass-transit dilemma.

It makes sense. Moving people on buses networked with the traffic signals might ease gridlock without making other (far costlier) changes such as building new subways or light-rail lines, or adding politically loaded policies like urban-area tolling for private vehicles. According to the Union Internationale des Transports Publica (UITP), an international organization for transport authorities and operators, a single, large articulated bus could replace 40 personal vehicles and take up just one-eighth of the road space.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus, a semi-automated city bus with a technology suite called CityPilot, is a front-runner in this field. It can journey up to 12.4 miles (20 km) without a need for the driver to touch the steering, accelerator, or brake pedal. With a dozen cameras plus long- and short-range radar systems monitoring the route ahead, the Future Bus can spot obstacles and pedestrians, follow lane markings, and function as part of a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, employing networked data about traffic and signals along the route.

That Mercedes-Benz system requires a driver on board (a press of a button puts it in semi-automated mode). It’s also fully functioning today, and being tested on a route in the Netherlands, to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Meanwhile, looking many more years into the future, Tesla recently announced a plan that sounds, in some respects, complementary to solutions like the Future Bus.

Tesla Sees Future for Smaller Semi-Autonomous Buses
Over the long term, Tesla says it intends not only to enter the bus business, but to produce a pilotless bus. As part of the much-discussed Tesla Master Plan Part Deux for the company to expand and “cover the major forms of terrestrial transport,” CEO Elon Musk said: “In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicles needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport.”
Musk suggested that a fleet of smaller semi-autonomous buses could transition the role of the bus driver to that of a fleet manager. In the Tesla scenario, you’d arrange to ride these buses via a cellphone app, although Musk also suggested placing fixed summon buttons at existing bus stops.
Tesla says its bus design would have car-like performance, so as not to impede traffic flow, and would include a flexible seating layout that could accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and bicycles.
The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus, as it stands, is diesel-powered, but the company has announced an all-electric propulsion system for its buses on the way for 2018; that should beat Tesla by many years. Would getting the Tesla name, or Mercedes-Benz’s active-safety reputation, into city buses make Americans more likely to ride them? It’s too early to say, but with these two names involved, the future of public transit now looks not only safer but a little more glamorous.