New 2017 Tesla Model S – Release Date and Info

When you come across the new 2017 Tesla Model S, it strikes you as one of the best luxury sedans with its acceptable-to-excellent battery range, an impressive performance regardless of the model, a sleek style, lots of cargo space, and Tesla’s ever expanding charging infrastructure. Its release date should be expected sometime in the second half of next year, if online rumors are anything to go by.

2017 Tesla Model S side view, gray color, alloy wheels

The new model isn’t just entirely reliant on proving its worth in terms of the fuel economy, it’s all about seamlessly combining a myriad of performance systems, luxury and comfort amenities, and superb fuel economy ratings. This is true for the new 2017 Tesla Model S, it is a car worth voting for in a bragging rights competition. It sets itself apart from vehicles in its category in many ways, and you’ll be hard-pressed to look for its alternatives.

2017 Tesla Model S rear view, black color, taillights and alloy wheels

It offers a performance pedigree capable of thrilling even the most seasoned rally driver, the interior is comfortable and luxurious, and the list of its gadgets is simply breathtaking. This is one among a plethora of cars that can actually boast of pitting against German rivals like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes in terms of luxury and comfort.

2017 Tesla Model S auto show, front angle, headlights and grille

If at all there was an eco-centric mold contest for all other electric cars ever built in its class, the brand new 2017 Tesla Model S wouldn’t have to break a sweat to appease the judges. It addresses two major concerns, just like any other EV would do, but takes them a notch higher: charging time and range.
In terms of the range, a typical EV tops at about 80-100 miles. Guess what the 2017 Tesla Model S offers! It provides an eye-popping 208 miles, that’s more than twice what the rest offer. And according to Tesla, the 208 mile range is provided by the least-expensive model. Well, I guess you’ve started paying attention now.

2017 Tesla Model S exterior, front view, headlights and grille

The second concern is, charging time. Now more than ever, Tesla owners have charging booths installed almost everywhere in major cities and towns. And these are not just the ordinary type, the offer a more rapid charge rate.

Several issues, however, can dent the image of the 2017 Tesla Model S including potential reliability issues, and lacking the convenience, luxury, and familiarity of similarly priced sedans. But even so, the 2017 Tesla Model S still manages to get an “A” rating.

2017 Tesla Model S auto show, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

As already mentioned above, it would be difficult to find direct rivals to the Model S in its category as, quite frankly, there are none. However, gasoline-powered rivals like the 2017 Audi A7, the 2017 Porsche Panamera, and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class may offer some matching and even better accoutrements.

2017 Tesla Model S exterior, rear view, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

In its own EV class, rivals like the 2017 VW e-Golf, and the 2017 BMW i3 are worth a look. Nevertheless, the 2017 Tesla Model S remains the king of the EV jungle.

Available Trims – Tesla Model S

60, 85, 85D, and P85D are the trim models offered for the large, four-to-seven passenger luxury 2017 Tesla Model S.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Tesla Model S Interior Review

2017 Tesla Model S interior, steering wheel, dashboard, lcd screen

Standard equipment and features offered for the Tesla Model S 60 trim model include an eight-way heated power front seats, LED taillights, automatic xenon headlights, 19” wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, cloth and premium vinyl upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, a seventeen-inch touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and cruise control.

2017 Tesla Model S exterior, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Tesla Model S interior, leather front seats

2017 Tesla Model S Engine Specs

Propelling the 2017 Tesla Model S are water cooled motors (one motor in 60 and 85 models, and two motors for the P85D and 85D models). The result of this is an output of about 380 horsepower for the Model S 60 model, and up to 691 horsepower for the P85D.

2017 Tesla Model S engine

The base Model S trim model only requires about 5.9 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph.

2017 Tesla Model S Release Date & Price

2017 Tesla Model S Release date

Its release date, has been a source of heated debate in automobile circles, with one side alleging it will be offered before the end of this year, and the other during the first half of next year. The truth of the matter is no one exactly knows when it will be offered for sale. As for its price, Tesla says you should expect a base MSRP of $69,900.

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2017 Tesla Model S exterior, side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Tesla Model S exterior, side view, rede color, alloy wheels

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2017 Tesla Model S side view, red color, alloy wheels and headlights

2017 Tesla Model S front view, white color, headlights and grille

2017 Tesla Model S side view, black color, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Tesla Model S rear view, red color, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Tesla Model S rear view, trunk

2017 Tesla Model S front view, trunk

2017 Tesla Model S interior, leather seats, steering wheel

2017 Tesla Model S interior, leather rear seats

2017 Tesla Model S interior, lcd screen

Panasonic Is Investing $3.86 Billions In Tesla

Panasonic is one huge and very successful company. They slowly developed technology which is good enough for Tesla Motors and they now have the exclusive right to supply Tesla Motors with lithium ion batteries. We have already known that Panasonic has a good business relationship with Tesla but their most recent move caught us off guard.

We have already informed you about Tesla’s plans for Gigafactory. For those uninformed, Gigafactory is Elon Musk’s biggest investment in the auto industry so far. He wants to make a sort of revolution and to bring his electric vehicles available for general population by cutting down prices. That Gigafactory will have all steps of car manufacturing under one roof in order to do that.

The thing that surprised us was the official report. Panasonic will make Tesla Motor’s Model 3 lithium ion batteries exclusively, and it will raise 3.9 billion dollars in corporate bonds to invest into Gigafactory with Tesla. The investment this huge has to have some really durable backbone in order to be sustainable for a longer period of time.

Panasonic has “pledged” itself by contract as a principal partner with Tesla. The goal of the partnership was (is) to substantially reduce the price of long-range battery packs and to establish a facility which could mass-produce electric vehicles.

A Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Since Panasonic sees automobile industry as a potential “wind in their sails”, the main priority is a successful Gigafactory. There is no evidence that can point to something bad in the production, but this investment is too large to be a mere partnership obligation. We already know that this is a big investment, and one of the greatest risks, Elon Musk has ever made, but can this be a hint that something bad is happening? Maybe the expenses grew too much for Tesla?

Let’s look at this situation from an economy point of view

After Panasonic raised 3.9 billion dollars from bonds to help Tesla’s Gigafactory, they immediately felt the 13 percent decrease in their profit and 5.9 percent drop in their total revenue, to about 17 billion dollars. The official report is that they believe the drop is caused by their deal with Tesla, but only partially. The main headquarter is in Osaka, Japan but they have special department only for automotive industry called Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. That department, solely, has the estimated revenue from auto parts sales of about 10 billion dollars in its 2015 fiscal year. So is their profit decrease important? Is it even noticeable?

Panasonic is a corporation with a long history. Their roots go before any of us were even born and they handled every situation, every crisis, even great war without stumbling. They went into this business with Elon Musk, with capital large enough to decrease their profit by a tenth in a second. But they did this for their long-term growth.

Tesla Motors is not a single company in Elon Musk’s hands. Everything that he has created brought him a great deal of money, but there were no easy steps. Every decision he made about his business was risky. We all looked at him in wonder, as he was spending millions (he earned by selling PayPal) creating his Roadster, and he earned billions by making that risk. Then he started building rockets and telling people he will go to Mars, and we laughed. A couple of months ago the entire USA filmed with their cameras some “meteor” going slowly into the atmosphere, but nobody knew that was Elon Musk’s rocket going back to its landing platform. Even NASA is using his rockets, so nobody is laughing now.

Historically and for the sake of future, we can only say that Panasonic has chosen the right ally in this silent war of economics. They couldn’t have chosen a better partner. And if they decided to back them up, that can only be a proof that there is nothing to worry about. In the end, only time will tell us if there is something “fishy” going on with Gigafactory and the future of Tesla. Or maybe we will never find out. For now, we can only sit, enjoy and wait for the next story.

Tesla Model S Autopilot Caused a Fatal Accident

On the 7th of May, a man named Joshua Brown, lost his life on the road when cameras on his Tesla Model S failed to detect a tractor trailer and hit it. The car was on an autopilot driving mode at the moment when the accident occurred.

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The entire story would be a simple car accident story, only if the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) didn’t get involved. What are they trying to do is to determine, whether or not the self driving car is safe.

Tesla S self driving car driver died

The driver of the car was a well known Tesla enthusiast, and a friend of the company, as they stated in the official notice. He used to upload videos of his Tesla and even some videos where he showed how Tesla autonomous driving saved his life.

There are no actual details about the accident, except the information that we could get from the Tesla Motors. They said that the incident happened on the divided highway with autopilot engaged. The tractor trailer drove across the highway 90 degrees to the model S. In that moment, neither the sensors nor the driver reacted appropriately and everything resulted in the fatal outcome. The car ran under the trailer and got its windshield and roof completely shared off.

Crashed Tesla model S

The car was found hundred feet from the accident, which tells us that it was moving really fast, and additionally the portable DVD player was found in the car which might have been a distraction for the driver.

This is not the first time that Tesla Model S had trouble seeing high trailers. Earlier this year, a driver reported that his Tesla Model S didn’t stop in front of the tractor trailer when it was summoned with the autonomous parking feature. We have no doubt that Tesla Motors engineers will find some kind of solution, with wider range sensors and better cameras, but we need to keep in mind that this is still the beta testing for that system. Here is the blog post about the accident on the official Tesla website.

Autonomous EV Cars

One should make a difference between “autonomous cars” and an “autopilot option” which Tesla cars have. Google is making a fully autonomous cars and this investigation may be a problem for them and companies that have “autonomous cars” as projects.

Autonomous cars are cars which don’t need any actual driver. They don’t need brake and gas pedals, steering wheels nor shifters. Tesla is not an autonomous car. It has an autopilot option which must be seen as an advanced version of cruse mode. You, as a driver must look at the road and take over if you need. It doesn’t matter if this system is in beta or a full version. You need to watch the road, for your safety and the safety of others. Planes have had autopilots since 1912 and people haven’t changed its use since then. It only serves as an assistant in driving.

Semi autonomous cars, or cars with an autopilot option are a new thing. Humankind was introduced with it, last year. News about the autopilot came as a shock, for the general population, and the drivers of Tesla cars likewise. Since it has been activated for the first time, the autopilot option had some minor flaws and it is not perfect. This is the first accident with the fatal outcome but its development mustn’t be stopped because of this. And this fatal outcome came after more than 130 million miles without any accident.

Every year 1.3 million people lose their lives in car accidents caused by human error, not an autopilot.

Fear from new things has been present in human behavior since the dawn of man. What would have happened if man stopped making fire when he first felt the burn?

They should have their investigation and maybe laws should be made to make people pay additional attention during their use of the “autopilot” option. Even Tesla Motors advice drivers to keep their hands near the steering wheel during the use of the autonomous drive option.