Friday, December 19, 2014

Tesla Motors.......Electric Vehicles.

@Model S

The Model S was announced in a press release on June 30, 2008.The sedan was originally code-named "Whitestar".Retail deliveries began in the U.S. on June 22, 2012.The first delivery of a Model S to a retail customer in Europe took place on August 7, 2013.Deliveries in China began on April 22, 2014.First deliveries of the right-hand-drive model destined for the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014.The Model S was to have three battery pack options for a range of up to 265 miles (426 km) per charge,but this was reduced to two, due to lack of demand for the shortest range vehicle.
On November 26, 2014 Tesla Motors announced the completion of upgrades to its Fremont, California factory

A total of 2,650 Model S cars were sold in the North American market during 2012, mostly in the United States.Sales in Europe and North America totaled 22,477 units in 2013,surpassing Tesla's annual sales target of 21,500 units.Global sales reached over 25,000 units through December 2013,with the United States as the leading market with about 20,600 units,followed by Norway with 1,986 units,the Netherlands with 1,195 units sold through December 2013,and Canada with 733 units sold through December 2013.A total of 21,821 units were sold during the first nine months of 2014, for global cumulative sales of 46,948 units through September 2014.Initially Tesla expected global sales of 35,000 units in 2014 but in November 2014 reduced its sales target to 33,000 units.
On November 26, 2014 Tesla Motors announced the completion of upgrades to its Fremont, California factory.

The Tesla Model S was the top selling new car in Norway in September 2013, thus becoming the first electric car to top the sales ranking in any country. The Model S captured a market share of 5.1% of all new car sales that month.In December 2013, and with a 4.9% market share, the Model S topped one more time the best selling new car list in Norway.In March 2014 Tesla Model S became the best-ever selling car for over a period of one month in Norway. 10.8% of all new cars registered in Norway in March 2014 were Tesla Model S.Sales in the American market during 2013 totaled about 18,000 units,allowing the Model S to rank in 2013 as the third top selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. after the Chevrolet Volt (23,094) and the Nissan Leaf (22,610).Also in 2013, the Model S was the top selling car in the full-size luxury sedan category in the U.S., ahead of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (13,303), the top selling car in the category in 2012, and also surpassing the BMW 7 Series (10,932), Lexus LS (10,727), Audi A8 (6,300) and Porsche Panamera (5,421).

Tesla manufactures the Model S in Fremont, California, in an assembly plant formerly operated by NUMMI, a defunct joint venture of Toyota and General Motors, now called Tesla Factory. Tesla purchased a stake in the site in May 2010 for US$42 million,and opened the facility in October 2010.For the European market, Tesla assembles and distributes the Model S from its European Distribution Center in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Tesla chose Tilburg because of its location near the port of Rotterdam, where Models S components arrive from the U.S. The center also serves as a workshop and spare parts warehouse. Cars are built and tested in Fremont. Then, the battery pack, the electric motor and parts are disassembled and shipped separately to Tilburg, where the cars are reassembled.The United States Environmental Protection Agency range for the 85 kW·h battery pack model, the first trim launched in the United States market, is 265 mi (426 km),and 208 mi (335 km) for the model with the 60 kW·h battery.

Among other awards, the Model S won the 2013 "Motor Trend Car of the Year",the 2013 "World Green Car",Automobile Magazine's 2013 "Car of the Year",and Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award.

On October 9, 2014, Tesla announced the 60D, 85D, and P85D dual-motor all-wheel drive variants of the Model S.The high-end P85D can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 155 miles per hour (249 km/h), compared to the Model P85's 130.The 85D and P85D can go for 275 miles on a single charge, 10 more miles than the Model S.The 60kWh version increases from 208 to 225 miles. The control system shifts power between the motors, so each is always operating at its most efficient point.

On November 26, 2014 Tesla Motors announced the completion of upgrades to its Fremont, California factory. The factory shut down for two weeks in late summer to complete modifications to handle the addition of the all-wheel drive Dual Motor Model S. The upgrades will help the company raise production by 50 percent in 2015.

@Model X

The Model 3 (stylized as "=")was previously called the Model E and was codenamed Tesla BlueStar in the original business plan;its current name was announced on Twitter on July 16, 2014.This US$35,000–US$40,000 car with a range of 200 miles (320 km) is expected to begin deliveries by 2017.

According to design chief Franz von Holzhausen, the Model 3 will "be an Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class type of vehicle that will offer everything: range, affordability, and performance with a starting price of US$30,000" that is targeted toward the mass-market.Technology from Tesla's Model S line may also make its way into the BlueStar line."It would be quite similar to the Model S but scaled down."Although the Model S is generally a standard looking car, the third generation vehicle will have a more distinctive style.

The company plans for the Model 3 are part of Tesla's three step strategy, where the battery and electric drivetrain technology would be developed and paid for through sales of the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S vehicles.Step one was making the Tesla Roadster high price, low volume. The Model S is step two with mid price, mid volume. The third generation will be low price, high volume. It will be 20% smaller than the Model S.