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There were several noteworthy Tesla news items this week, as CEO Elon Musk said the company will delay the debut of its Tesla Semi to give full attention to Model 3 bottlenecks and helping restore power in Puerto Rico.
GM Plans 20 Electric Models By 2023 – General Motors said it will produce two new all-electric vehicles within the next 18 months, part of a broader plan for 20 new EVs to come by 2023.
TMC Member Offers Tesla Model 3 First Look – TMC Member Joseph Torbati is now showing off the second Model 3 to land in his Fremont, Calif.-based detailing shop.
Tesla Built 260 Model 3s, Broke Records for Model S, Model X in Third Quarter -Tesla delivered a record number of vehicles in its third quarter 2017, but missed production estimates on the Model 3, the automaker’s new electric sedan for the mass market.
Is This the Tesla Semi? – With the Tesla Semi unveiling just weeks away, a reddit user has posted a photo that may be our first look at a prototype of the vehicle.
Get a Close Up Look at Interior and Exterior Features for the Model 3 – TMC Member Joseph Torbati has released two new videos to show off “hidden features” of the Model 3.
Musk Says Tesla Can Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Power System – Tesla has already sent hundreds of Powerwalls to Puerto Rico to help restore electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. TCEO Elon Musk said on Twitter the company would be glad to scale the system to power the whole island if the government wanted to pursue that option.
Model 3: Is The Long Range Battery Worth It? – At $9,000 US, one of the pricier options for Model 3 is range. The Standard Range (SR) vehicle comes with 220 miles of EPA-rated range and a Long Range (LR) car has 310 miles. Is the long-range upgrade worth $9,000 for 90 more miles?
Tesla-Powered Kit Car Runs 9-Second Quarter Mile – A company called EV Controls has stuffed the drivetrain of a Tesla Model S P85 and two battery packs from a Chevy Volt into a sporty kit car capable of a run down the quarter mile in just 9.869 seconds.
Musk Tweets on Model 3 Delays, Semi Stall, and Puerto Rico – When asked when non-employ Model 3 customers can expect delivery of their cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet: “Assume the worst.”
Musk Shares Video of Model 3 Assembly Line – Elon Musk shared a video Sunday of the Tesla Model 3 assembly line. The video shows automated robots working at a welding station inside Tesla’s Fremont factory.