30th April 2019 by Kyle Field
Reporting in the news often requires thinking about the latest developments in the field of cleantech systems, which can often lead to a broader theme of progress being lost in the cleantech space. Reader and Friend of CleanTechnica Dominic suggested writing a chronicle of the news in the cleantech world to highlight not only the hottest stories of the day, but also the broader issues that took place in the room. We planned to test that. However, this article is only about Tesla. What can we say ̵
Head-to-head battle: Audi e-tron vs. Tesla. Winner: Tesla ( via Reddit )
In a Reddit post entitled "The Best Advertising for Tesla are my experiences with the Audi e-tron," wrote a user about his experience driving with an Audi e-tron quattro 55, including some attempts to use the public fast-charging with direct current. The test drive showed how easy it is to have the same number of places to charge on a map that does not translate the Tesla charging network into a similar charging capability.
The Redditor met stations with single full outputs as well as defective chargers. and finally, Tesla gave and gave great praise for a thoughtful cargo network and a loading density. It's not just a charging station, it's about having enough charging stations in the right places and at the right charging speed.
(In addition, Matt Joyce of Loup Ventures sums up the other half of the problem in a -nice little chart .)
Tesla increases the bonus for the referral program fivefold
The Tesla Referral Program was a controversial part of corporate strategy. It has allowed creators, celebrities and enthusiasts to win hundreds of thousands of prizes in just a few months by getting others to use their referral link to buy a Tesla. The company has since reworked the program and launched an updated program this week that will increase the bonus five-fold.
The new program offers buyers who use a referral link, but only 5,000 miles free until May 28th. At this point, you not only lose the extra charge miles, but also the price for Full Self Driving. Due to Elon's many Twitter promotions, the price of FSD is expected to increase by another $ 1,000 around May 10th. I do not often share my referral code, but you are welcome to use it if you would like to buy a new Tesla or Tesla solar system.
Tesla's Advanced Summon Wow viewers, but it clearly needs more work ( via Reddit )
Tesla's Advanced Summon is the latest hot technology from Tesla. Owners can check their vehicles in the parking lot. This could be one of Tesla's first technologies that takes the car to the next level and feels it really comes from the future.
Advanced Summon is still a very limited selection of Early Access program users, but a new video has surfaced on YouTube which is a little deeper into the Solution, including how the Tesla app works. It's fun to watch when you just see people driving around the car while the car is not passing anyone in the driver's seat.
Tesla kills the contest ( via Reddit )
The Tesla Model 3 hits the sweetspot of the mid-size luxury vehicle segment and also pulls many shoppers out of a more affordable segment of the vehicle into a Tesla. The mainstream media paint Tesla as a niche player, but in recent months, this has led to a significant shift compared to historic leaders such as the BMW 3 Series and the BMW Toyota Prius. In addition, the Tesla Model 3 has gone beyond them.
The Tesla Model 3 crushes all competitors.
BMW 3 Series: US Sales Decrease 40% in 2019
Toyota Prius: US Sales Declined 45% 2019
Both vehicles are among the most popular trade-in vehicles for new Model 3 customers pic.twitter.com/40pEaDcANs
– Kevin Rooke (@kerooke) April 29, 2019
In 2019, US sales of the BMW 3 Series dropped by 40 % and the Toyota Prius by 45%. The crazy thing is that the $ 35,000 Standard Range Model 3 has just come out. Factor in federal, state and local discounts, and this is at or below the price of many cars sold for $ 10,000 or less.
More and more buyers are asking why they would pay more for a Toyota, BMW, Acura or Mercedes If there can be a Tesla with less environmental footprint, faster acceleration and more driving pleasure on each drive for less money.
If you'd like to stay up to date on US auto sales and Tesla sales, check out our regular offers for detailed reports on these topics.
Tesla's Navigate on Autopilot Navigates Toll Stations and Freeway Interchanges
Tesla's autopilot solution improves with every software update, but it is admittedly difficult to get any incremental update take care of part of the whole solution. A new video from the unique Frunkpuppy (@ 28dayslater) shows the solution when working on a combination of motorway junction and tollbooth.
– 🐶Earl of Frunkpuppy🐶 (@ 28delayslater) April, 2019
Niche scenarios such as toll stations are just one more piece of the puzzle for Tesla, which has to be solved as the neural network offers the opportunity to drive even more scenarios. The world is complex and also the solution with which it can safely navigate. In this case, the autopilot treats the whole thing like a champion again and zooms in on the other side of the tollbooth to devour more highway kilometers.
Tesla Autopilot Accident Avoidance
Tesla's autopilot avoids accidents the driver has ever had alone, making cars safer and life easier. Honestly, it's even a pain in the ass at worst to fall into an accident – and autopilot helps you to avoid it. Millenialgirlinamaterialworld ( yes, great Twitter name ) has tweeted that the autopilot has just saved her from a serious accident. We do not get more details than that, but it's just another data point that helps Autopilot avoid accidents and ensure the safety of its people.
Autopilot on #Tesla JUST rescued me from a serious accident. After my heart stops racing and I download the footage, I will post more.
– millennialgirlinamaterialworld🥑🍞 (@ 1millennialgirl) April 28, 2019
If you're still interested in autopilot or autonomous driving, check out the CleanTech Talks episodes in which CleanTechnica Director Zachary Shahan spoke with Tasha Keeney of ARK Invest about all autonomous things – here and here.
The Drifting Tesla Model S
Okay, that's not Cleantech, but it looks like a lot of fun. This Tesla Model S has found a way to bypass the built-in traction control and make the car break the traction for some drifting fun. As you might imagine, driving a car that has been factory-programmed as an absolute traction champion is a bit of a hassle.
I think this Tesla autopilot is broken pic.twitter.com/wLtsDarpUX
– Tesla Lover (@TeslasAreCool) April 27, 2019