Master Plan, Part Deux

The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted of:

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Fortune's article is fundamentally incorrect.

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A Tragic Loss

We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles. It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.

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Tesla Makes Offer to Acquire SolarCity

Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage.

It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that’s available: the sun.

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A Grain of Salt

A few things need to be cleared up about the supposed safety of Model S suspensions:

First, there is no safety defect with the suspensions in either the Model S or Model X. Since we own all of our service centers, we are aware of every incident that happens with our customer cars and we are aware of every part that gets replaced. Whenever there is even a potential issue with one of those parts, we investigate fully. This, combined with extensive durability testing, gives us high confidence in our suspensions. With respect to the car that is discussed in the blog post that led to yesterday’s news (more on the blog post below), the suspension ball joint experienced very abnormal rust. We haven’t seen this on any other car, suggesting a very unusual use case. The car had over 70,000 miles on it and its owner lives down such a long dirt road that it required two tow trucks to retrieve the car. (One to get the car to the highway and one to get it from the highway to the service center.) When we got the car, it was caked in dirt.

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Getagd:  Veiligheid


Response to Mercury News article, entitled “The Hidden Workforce Expanding Tesla’s Factory”

At Tesla, we aspire to operate on the principles of hard work and exceptional performance, but always tempered by fairness, justice and kindness. There are times when mistakes are made, but those are the standards to which we hold ourselves. With respect to the person at the center of this weekend’s article in the Mercury News, those standards were not met. We are taking action to address this individual's situation and to put in place additional oversight to ensure that our workplace rules are followed even by sub-subcontractors to prevent such a thing from happening again.

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Getagd:  Factory and Workplace

Het Tesla HEPA Filter en Bioweapon Defense Mode getest

Luchtverontreiniging heeft een belangrijke en doordringende invloed op de volksgezondheid. Volgens de Wereld Gezondheidsorganisatie wordt het nu beschouwd als 's werelds grootste milieugerelateerde risico voor de gezondheid, met meer dan drie miljoen doden per jaar als resultaat. Dit is meer dan twee keer het aantal mensen dat jaarlijks overlijdt in een auto-ongeluk.

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Getagd:  Safety, Environment, and Biohazard


The Week that Electric Vehicles Went Mainstream

A week ago, we started taking reservations for Model 3, and the excitement has been incredible. We’ve now received more than 325,000 reservations, which corresponds to about $14 billion in implied future sales, making this the single biggest one-week launch of any product ever. This interest has spread completely organically. Unlike other major product launches, we haven’t advertised or paid for any endorsements.

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Getagd:  Model 3 en Reserveringen


Reserveer jouw Model 3

Hier volgt meer informatie over het maken van Model 3 reserveringen vanaf 31 maart en over de levering in de maanden daarna.

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Getagd:  Model 3, Ordering, and Reservations


Nog meer veiligheid en gemak met Summon

Eerder dit jaar werd met de Tesla 7.1 software update een reeks Autopilot features voor het verder verbeteren van gemak en veiligheid van de rij ervaring geïntroduceerd. Vanaf vandaag wordt versie 7.1.1 via een over-the-air software update naar de Model S in Nederland gestuurd. Veel van deze functies betekenen een stap voorwaarts richting een veiligere autonome toekomst, maar het op afstand parkeren, ook wel bekend als Summon, is hiervan de meest significante.

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Getagd:  Model S, Model X, and Autopilot