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Model 3 is the next logical step of Tesla's "secret master plan" and mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Like every Tesla, Model 3 is engineered to combine range, performance, safety and utility. Smart design maximizes interior space, to comfortably fit 5 adults and all of their gear. Tesla makes fast cars, Model 3 is no exception. The high efficiency electric motor provides zero to 60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds. And when equipped with electric all-wheel drive, Model 3 provides safe and dependable traction in all conditions.
Designed with safety as a priority, Model 3 should be the safest car in its class once testing completes. This, combined with over 200 miles of range while starting at $35,000 before incentives, makes Model 3 an extraordinary mid-size sedan.
Model 3 will begin production in late 2017, ramping Tesla vehicle production to 500,000 vehicles per year.See the full presentation here:
Tesla Model 3 unveiling in Los Angeles
Model S, the first fully electric sedan, is an evolution in automotive engineering. Combining performance, safety, and efficiency, it has reset the world’s expectations for the car of the 21st century with the highest possible safety ratings, the longest range of any electric vehicle, and over-the-air software updates that continuously make it better.
Built on the Tesla platform, the battery’s location on the floor gives Model S an extremely low center of gravity, greatly reducing the risk of rollover while at the same time enhancing handling and performance. Without an engine, Model S has a crumple zone much larger than other performance sedans to absorb the energy of a front end impact.
Model S is one of the safest cars on the road. Much of its safety is owed to the unique electric drivetrain that sits beneath the car. Model S has a low center of gravity, minimizing rollover risk. Model S’s safety record is proven by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating along with setting a record of the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants when tested in the United States.
With standard active safety features including automatic emergency braking, collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and optional convenience features like traffic-aware cruise control, autosteer, autopark, and summon, Model S remains the safest car on the road.
Electric All Wheel Drive
With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Model S digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels. The result is unparalleled traction control in all conditions. Unlike conventional all-wheel drive vehicles that sacrifice fuel efficiency for increased traction, Tesla’s Electric All Wheel Drive system increases efficiency.
Reaching 0-60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, Model S is the quickest four-door sedan ever built.
Superior handling is the result of an extremely low center of gravity, thanks to the battery pack along the floor pan, centered between the axles. No other production car has a more ideal placement of mass for optimal handling.
Without an internal combustion engine, Model S allows for additional cargo space and offers a spacious cabin fitting five adults and two children (rear-facing jump seats).
The 17” center touchscreen seamlessly integrates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle data into one intuitive interface. Many functions are mirrored on the instrument panel and are voice-activated to focus the driver’s attention on the road.
Model S allows you to travel anywhere without using a drop of gasoline. The EPA rates the efficiency of Model S as equivalent to 90 mpg.
Over-The-Air Software Updates
Over-the-air software updates add functionality, enhance performance, and improve the driving experience of Tesla vehicles. Similarly to how you receive updates to your smartphone, Model S owners receive updates to their car remotely without visiting a service center. The ability to receive these updates is free for the life of the vehicle. Software update 7.0 included Autopilot capabilities. This is just one example of how the entire Tesla fleet can receive an update and provide revolutionary new features for the owner in just a few hours.
Model S Specs
- Free long distance travel using Tesla's Supercharger network
- Mobile connector with 110 volt, 240 volt, and J1772 adapters
- 17" capacitive touchscreen with digital instrument cluster
- Onboard maps and navigation with free updates for 7 years
- Automatic keyless entry
- WiFi and Internet connectivity
- Mobile app remote control
- Automatic Xenon headlights
- Retracting door handles
- One touch power windows
- High definition backup camera
- Rain sensing automatic windshield wipers
- GPS enabled Homelink
- Hands free talking with Bluetooth
- Voice activated controls
- AM, FM, and Internet streaming radio
- Available Ultra High Fidelity Sound package with XM radio support
- Electrochromatic mirrors
- Power folding, heated side mirrors with memory
- Two USB ports for media and power
- 12 volt power outlet
- Twelve way power adjustable, heated front seats with memory and driver profile
- Available subzero weather package with heated rear seats and wiper blade and windshield washer fluid defrosters
- Front trunk (no engine!), rear trunk, and 60/40 folding rear seats with 63.3 cubic feet of storage
- Daytime running lights
- Available Smart Air Suspension for raising and lowering ride height
- Eight airbags for driver and passenger heads, knees, and pelvis plus two side curtain airbags
- Electronic stability and traction control
- Four wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic parking brake
- Front and side collision avoidance
- Blind spot warning
- Lane departure warning
- Parking sensors
- Speed limit display
- Three second row LATCH attachments for child seat installations (accommodates three child seats simultaneously: two with LATCH and one with top tether and belt)
Autopilot Convenience Features add
- Traffic-aware cruise control
- Automatic lane centering and changing
- Parking space detection
- Self parallel parking
- Automatic high/low beam headlights
Premium Interior and Lighting adds
- Fit and finish refinements, including the use of higher quality materials and ambient lighting
- Power liftgate
- Fog and cornering lights
- Lighted door handles
- Interior accent lighting
- Model S photos
Model X is the safest, quickest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. It blends performance and utility with unique features including the falcon wing doors, canopy glass, and seven-seat configuration.
Built on the Tesla platform, the battery’s location on the floor gives Model X an extremely low center of gravity, reducing the risk of rollover common in SUVs. Without an engine, Model X has a crumple zone much larger than other SUVs to absorb the energy of a front end impact. Along with standard active safety features, crash tests indicate that Model X will receive a 5-star safety rating in all categories, the first SUV ever to do so.
Falcon Wing Doors
Model X Falcon Wing doors offer unprecedented convenience, entry, and maneuverability. With less space needed to open than the sliding door of a minivan, the double hinged doors make loading a child in the backseat in tight parking spaces simple. Why should the driver ever need to touch the door? Auto presenting doors automatically open and close as the driver approaches or exits Model X.
With a windshield that stretches up and over the two front seats, passengers can experience an open and modern feel with an expansive view ahead.
Three rows of seats, a front and rear trunk, room under the second row seats, side pockets, a center console and a blind holster for your iPhone, big or little, there’s a place to store it in Model X.
For even heavier cargo, Model X is the first electric vehicle with a 5,000 lb. towing capacity.
Model X is the world’s cleanest SUV on the inside. With a HEPA filter system, medical-grade air can fill the cabin, no matter what is going on outside.
There are three modes: circulate with outside air, re-circulate inside air and a bioweapon defense mode that creates positive pressure inside the cabin to protect occupants.
Agility, Speed and Aerodynamics
Model X hits 0-60 mph in a staggering 3.2 seconds getting to a top speed of 155 mph, all while producing zero emissions. With an active spoiler that automatically adjusts for maximum efficiency, Model X has the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV.
Model X Specs
- Regular over-the-air updates add safety and navigation features, enhance performance and improve the driver experience
- Free long distance travel on Tesla's expanding Supercharger network
- Maps and navigation with real time traffic information
- Center console with a quick connection phone dock
- GPS enabled Homelink
- Electric All-Wheel Drive for maximum efficiency and traction
- Active safety technologies, including side collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking, even at highway speeds
- Parking sensors and blind spot warning
- Full LED headlamps
- Power-folding, heated side mirrors
- Up to four LATCH child seat attachments
- Largest glass panoramic windshield in production, providing unparalleled views
- Falcon Wing doors allow easy access to second and third row seats, even from tight parking spaces
- Automatic keyless entry
- Automatic rear liftgate
- Largest interior storage capacity of its class: 77 cubic feet in the six seat interior configuration
- Front trunk with room for luggage, strollers or two golf bags
- 8 year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty
- 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty
Autopilot was designed to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel by adding a layer of safety, all while making highway driving more enjoyable and reducing the driver’s workload. While Model S can’t make traffic disappear, it can make it a lot easier, safer, and more pleasant to endure.
Tesla’s autopilot feature is a hands-on experience, and we expect drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain responsibility of the car. With Tesla’s over-the-air software updates, we can continue to improve and enhance Autopilot functionality.
Autopilot allows Model S to use a combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and navigation data to automatically steer down the highway, change lanes with the flick of a turn signal, and adjust speed in response to traffic.
The instrument panel provides a visualization of the road as detected by the car’s sensors, giving drivers the information their car is using for features including lane departure, blind spot detection, speed assist, collision warning, adaptive cruise, and autosteer.
Autosteer keeps the car in the current lane and engages Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to maintain the car’s speed. Using a variety of measures including steering angle, steering rate and speed to determine the appropriate operation AutoSteer assists the driver on the road, making the driving experience easier. When using Autosteer on residential or undivided roads, speed is limited to 5 mph over the posted speed limit.
Auto Lane Change
Changing lanes when Autosteer is engaged is simple: engage the turn signal and Model S will move itself to the adjacent lane when it’s safe to do so.
Automatic Emergency Steering and Side Collision Warning
Side Collision Warning further enhances Model S’s active safety capabilities by sensing and alerting drivers to objects that are too close to the side of Model S. When the car detects an object close to its side, fluid lines will radiate from the Model S image in the Instrument Panel to alert the driver.
Model S can parallel, and perpendicularly park itself, eliminating the need for drivers to worry about complex parking maneuvers. When driving at low speeds around cities, a “P” will appear on the Instrument Panel when the Tesla detects a parking spot. The Autopark guide will appear on the touchscreen along with the rear camera display, and, once activated, Autopark will begin to park itself by controlling steering and vehicle speed.
HomeLink allows Model S to automatically open the owner’s garage door when they arrive home. As they approach their garage, the HomeLink control will appear in the touchscreen with a distance countdown to opening the garage door.
Summon enables Model S and Model X to drive itself in and out of the garage once you arrive home. Once prompted, Tesla will do the work for you: opening your garage door, entering/exiting your garage, parking itself, and shutting down. Summon also eliminates the burden of having to squeeze into and out of tight parking spots.
Summon lays important groundwork for an increasingly autonomous world. One where the convenience and safety of transport vastly exceed what we are used to today. Autopilot began this process on the highways. Summon begins it in your garage. As the technology advances, the complementary capabilities of each will converge.
A critical component of the adoption of electric vehicles is to create a seamless and convenient charging experience wherever customers choose to travel. Tesla owners can enjoy the convenience of plugging in anywhere to charge. Whether it's at home, in the office, or on a long distance road trip, Tesla has you covered.
Charge from home
The most convenient way to charge your Tesla is at home. Model S and Model X provide ample range for daily travel. The majority of owners drive during the day and replenish the balance of remaining charge at night, waking to a full battery in the morning. Imagine never going to a gas station again.
Supercharge on the road
Designed and built by Tesla, Supercharger stations charge Model S and Model X in minutes rather than hours. Superchargers are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, wi-fi hotspots, and shopping centers.
The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power to replenish a half charge in about 30 minutes.
The Supercharger network covers major routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. There are more than 3,000 Superchargers worldwide.
Recharge at your destination
The Destination Charging program replicates the convenience Model S and Model X owners are accustomed to at home by providing hotels, restaurants, and resorts with the same connectors our owners often install in their garages. These “wall connectors” add up to 60 miles of range per hour, easily giving Model S and Model X a full charge in a few hours.
To see all of our current locations, visit our Find Us Page here.
The world currently consumes 20 trillion kWh of energy annually.
Enough energy to power a single family home for 1.8 billion years or supply energy to a nuclear power plant for 2,300 years (or launch the Falcon 9 rocket seventeen million times).
Of all the fossil fuel consumed in the United States, one third is used in transportation and another third goes to electricity production. The US electric power sector alone produces over 2,000 million metric tons of CO2 which is like burning 225 billion gallons of gas. The EPA says it would require 1.6 billion acres of US forest to negate the environmental damage.
What if we could move the electricity grid off of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources?
Once we’re able to rely on renewable energy sources for our power consumption, the top 50% of the dirtiest power generation resources could retire early. We would have a cleaner, smaller, and more resilient energy grid.
Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels.
Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an energy innovation company. Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation.
With Tesla Energy, Tesla is amplifying its efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes, business, and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience.
Tesla is already working with utilities and other renewable power partners around the world to deploy storage on the grid to improve resiliency and cleanliness of the grid as a whole.
Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for self-consumption of solar power generation, load shifting, and backup power. Powerwall consists of Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall and is integrated with the local grid to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve.
The Powerwall can provide a number of different beneﬁts to the customer including:
- Increasing self-consumption of solar power generation – The battery can store surplus solar energy not used at the time it is generated and use that energy later when the sun is not shining
- Load shifting – The battery can provide ﬁnancial savings to its owner by charging during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharging during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher
- Back-up power – Assures power in the event of an outage
Powerwall increases the capacity for a household’s solar consumption, while also offering backup functionality during grid outages.
- Mounting: Wall Mounted Indoor/Outdoor
- Inverter: Pairs with growing list of inverters
- Energy: 6.4 kWh
- Continuous Power: 3.3 kW
- Peak Power: 3.3 kW
- Round Trip Efficiency: >92%
- Depth of Discharge: 100%
- Operating Temperature Range: -20C (-4F) to 50C (122F)
- Warranty: 10 years
- Dimensions: H: 1300mm W: 860mm D:180mm
The Powerwall is available for purchase today via Tesla Authorized Resellers and Certified Installers in the following countries at this time:
- The Netherlands
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- United States
We are continuously expanding our commercial efforts in additional regions.
The Tesla Powerpack system delivers broad application compatibility and streamlined installation by integrating batteries, power electronics, thermal management and controls into a turnkey solution. The Powerpack system scales to the space, power and energy requirements of any site, from small commercial businesses to utilities. It can be configured in various arrangements, offering far more modularity than competing models. The 100kWh Powerpacks are grouped to scale from 100kWh to 100MWh+. These systems are capable of 2hr to 8hr continuous net discharge power using grid tied bi-directional inverters.
Powerpack allows businesses and utilities to take control of their energy consumption and demand via the various applications supported by the Powerpack, such as:
- Load Shifting: Shift energy consumption from one point in time to another
- Demand Charge Reduction: Discharge at times of peak demand to avoid or shave demand charges.
- Demand Response: Discharge or charge in response to signals from a demand response administrator or aggregator.
- Self-consumption: maximize consumption of on-site clean power
- Emergency Backup: Provide intermediate backup power to your business in the event of a grid interruption. This function can stand alone or be tied to solar.
- Microgrid: Build a localized grid that can disconnect from the main power grid, operating independently and reinforcing overall grid resilience.
- Renewable Firming: Firm up renewable generation by reconciling the intermittency of power from these sources and storing excess capacity to dispatch when it’s needed
- Capacity & Spinning Reserve: Provide power or energy capacity to the grid as a standalone asset
- Ancillary Services: Provide services to the grid in response to signals sent from utilities, Transmission System Operators (TSO) or other grid service providers.
- Transmission & Distribution Support: Supply power or energy capacity at a distributed location to defer or eliminate the need to upgrade aging grid infrastructure.
Tesla has deployed over 90 MWh of Powerpack projects in various geographies and applications.
Highlighted Tesla Energy Powerpack
Amazon (Demand Charge Reduction and Demand Response)
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a robust, fully featured technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to innovate quickly, lower IT costs, and scale applications globally. To serve these customers, AWS is committed to operating in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. Today, three AWS Regions are 100% carbon-neutral, including US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US).
“We’ve been working closely with Tesla for the past year to drive innovative applications of high-capacity battery technology in data center applications with the ultimate goal of reducing the technical barriers limiting widespread adoption of renewables in the grid,” said James Hamilton, Distinguished Engineer at AWS. “Batteries are important for both data center reliability and as enablers for the efficient application of renewable power. They help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the data center’s constant power demands. We're excited to roll out a 4.8 megawatt hour pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries in our US West (Northern California) Region. This complements our strategy to use renewable energy to power our global infrastructure.”
Target (Load Shifting and Demand Charge Reduction)
“As part of Target’s support to our communities, we’re excited to partner with Tesla on a pilot test at select Target stores to incorporate Tesla Energy Storage as part of our energy strategy,” said David Hughes, senior group manager, Energy Management, Target. “Tesla’s cutting-edge technology offers unique benefits to powering these stores, most importantly relieving stress from the electrical grid at peak times, furthering Target’s investment in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.”
Advanced Microgrid Solutions (Capacity and Demand Charge Reduction)
“Tesla’s bold approach to advancing battery technology will change the way we build our cities forever” -Susan Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Advanced Microgrid Solutions.
KIUC Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (Renewable Firming)
A 13MW/52MWh Powerpack system will firm a utility scale solar farm built by SolarCity. KIUC will purchase power from SolarCity through a power purchase agreement.
Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. At the heart of these products are batteries.
Tesla has seen enormous demand for our energy products and electric vehicles. Today, there are more than 140,000 Tesla vehicles on the road. Through our energy products, we have delivered more than 25 MWh of energy storage to customers on four continents.
With the acceleration of Tesla’s vehicle build plan to 500k cars by 2018, the Gigafactory timeline is also accelerated to ready cells and packs ahead of vehicle production. By 2018, we plan to produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.
We will reduce the cost of lithium ion batteries through economies of scale and innovative manufacturing, reduction of logistics waste, optimization of co-located processes and reduced overhead. By the end of the first year of volume production of Model 3 in 2018, the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent.
Gigafactory Facts & Figures
- Total Land Area: 3,200 acres
- Biggest building in the world by footprint at 5.8M square feet, second largest building in the world by total sq. footage
- The footprint of the completed Gigafactory will equate to about 107 football fields
- Tesla broke ground on June 26, 2014, and the first phase of structural steel construction began in December 2014.
- The current structure has an 800,000-square-foot footprint. Including several levels, the factory currently is about 1.9 million square feet of operational space. This represents ~14% of the total finished Gigafactory.
- The factory is built in phases so that we can begin manufacturing immediately inside the finished portions, thereby minimizing delays.
- The areas under construction at the South end of the factory add up to 2.5M square feet and will house even more cell manufacturing. In less than one year, these sections will be complete and producing cells.
- Construction recently began on the North end of the factory and will add an additional .93M square feet. This area will house additional module and pack production and manufacturing to support Model 3.
- Tesla continues to show an overwhelming commitment to the Nevada workforce, well beyond the state’s requirement that 50% of employees be Nevada residents. Nevadans currently average 70% of the construction workforce at the Gigafactory and 94% of the employee workforce.
- The Gigafactory will employ up to 6,500 people at full production.
- To date, Tesla has built 1.9 million square feet of manufacturing space, using a portion of the facility for production. The original forecast called for production to begin in January, 2017, yet Tesla started battery pack production in October 2015, more than a year ahead of schedule. Actual battery cells will be in production by the end of this year.
- The Gigafactory production line is extremely flexible and will allow for production changes inside the factory as battery technology and architecture changes over the next decades.
- The Gigafactory will manufacture both cells and modules, which will reduce costs, ensure a stable supply, and expand Tesla’s business accordingly.
- We will meet our capacity targets two years early and are forecasting the ability to triple the output of the factory. We will be able to achieve this through aggressive factory design, density and manufacturing efficiencies.
- By 2018, when the Gigafactory is at full capacity, we will double the world’s capacity of lithium-ion production from 2013 from when we began with Gigafactory.
Energy use and recycling
- The Gigafactory is designed to be a net zero energy factory upon completion. It will not consume any fossil fuels – there is no natural gas piped to the site nor are there permanent diesel generators being used to provide power. Emergency backup is fed from various electric sources including renewable energy and storage products.
- The entire roof of the factory will be covered in solar panels. Power not consumed during the day will be stored in Tesla Powerpacks for use when the sun isn’t shining.
- Efficient water consumption on site has been a major focus of engineering effort. To use water efficiently, the Gigafactory will have its own water recycling and treatment facility.
- Since Tesla Battery packs don’t contain any toxic materials or heavy metals, they will eventually be returned to the Gigafactory at the end of their lifecycle where all components can be broken down and recycled to become new packs.