"Today, we are introducing the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 240 mile range at 65 mph. In addition to having independently operational front and rear motors, the 70D includes Supercharging to enable free long-distance travel, Autopilot hardware, navigation, blind spot detection and many other features. Starting today, you can also order any Model S in three new colors: Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver."
"Tesla has disassembled a few of its options packages to add more standard equipment. Aside from the dual-motor setup, the 70D now includes the Supercharger system (normally a $2,000 option), keyless entry, navigation and autopilot hardware (which still doesn't have the software to support it just yet), lane departure warning, parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking."
In the design studio Tesla has updated the 0-60mph times for the 85D (now 4.4 seconds, previously 5.2 seconds) and the P85D (now 3.1 seconds, previously 3.2 seconds). With the 85D even though it showed 5.2 seconds in the design studio previously, owners were clocking the speed at around 4.4 seconds already.
"Today Tesla made a great announcement with the 70D (including navigation and supercharging as standard options). However, they also made a change with the power liftgate that used to be offered in the now defunct Tech Package. The power liftgate is now only available if you select the $5000 Premium Package (LED Lights, lighted door handles, power liftgate). In my opinion this is a big mistake on Tesla's part since there are a lot of people that would like the power liftgate but don't want the added features of the Premium Package (ie., LED lights). Thus, it has potential to make the purchasing decision more complicated and challenging (especially to those wanting the Power Liftgate but who don't want to spend an extra $5k). So my proposal is for Tesla to add a separate option for the Power Liftgate. They could charge probably $1000 or $1500 for it. And then they could adjust the price of the Premium Package since it would no longer have the Power Liftgate included in that package."
"Elon Musk announced Tesla has hired from Formula 1 chief mechanic Kenny Handkammer to 'revolutionize servicing mainstream cars.' Handkammer won championships with both Michael Shumacher and Sebastian Vettel during his 25 years in racing, and was the chief mechanic of the Red Bull F1 team when it set a world record in 2013 with a pit stop that took just 1.9 seconds"
"In a lighthearted moment, engineers created two Acceleration modes for the P85D: “Sport” and 'Insane.' There is actually a little slider icon. Among its party tricks, the P85D can go from what I’ll call 'standing there'to 'going like hell' (100 mph) in a breathless, jaw-clenching eight seconds. It’s Six Flags over Silicon Valley. In the one-eighth mile, the P85D just buries elite super four-seaters such as the Ferrari FF and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. These demonstrations weren’t the point, says Tesla. The idea of the dual-motor cars was to make the Teslas more attractive in Snowbelt markets. Uh-huh. Setting that aside, the acceleration of the Tesla is a singular automotive experience. And it’s not all vanity. The battery that can discharge electrons so hard can soak up them up pretty fast, too."
"Jim Chen, Tesla's associate general counsel, said the company was 'disappointed' with the bill's passing. 'West Virginians deserve the right to choose how and from whom they purchase their vehicles,' he said. 'We will return next year to fight for consumer choice and free market access in the 2016 legislate session.'"
"Tesla Motors has built a new showroom in Salt Lake City to sell its sleek electric cars, but no one can buy, drive or discuss prices there after Utah officials ruled it violates state laws about car makers owning dealerships. Jim Chen, the vice president of regulatory affairs for Tesla, said the company built the showroom in Salt Lake City after informal discussions with Utah regulators left the company with the belief it could be licensed to sell cars. Two weeks before their March opening, the Utah attorney general's office ruled that they couldn't sell cars under state laws barring a manufacturer from owning more than 45 percent of any dealership. The Tesla facility now offers service for any Utah residents who've traveled to other states and bought the cars, but the company is indefinitely barred from selling cars and is still unsure if they can even display a Tesla inside, Chen said."
"But there’s more to the P85D than any one-off sale. As the pinnacle of Tesla’s offerings thus far, it shows what the company can build after less than a decade of selling cars. If the company brings that same degree of perfection and an experience even remotely like this to the $35,000 Model 3, everyone else in the industry better watch the hell out."