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Tesla Putting an End to its Customer Referral Programme in February

According to media reports, the referral programme had recently encountered problems, including unfulfilled prizes and unused codes, the report added

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Tesla to lay-off 7% full-time staff amid China dreams. Pixabay

Electric car maker Tesla is putting an end to its customer referral programme in February that allowed owners to give their friends a referral code to get six months of free charging via the company’s “Supercharger” network.

“The Tesla customer referral program will end on Feb 1. If you want to refer a friend to buy a Tesla and give them six months of free Supercharging, please do so before then,” company owner and CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday.

The move comes amid a larger cost-cutting effort by the electric car company.

In December, the company cut prices on “Model 3” in China and last week, it discontinued the lowest-priced versions of “Model S Sedan” and “Model X SUV”, The Verge reported.

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

“The whole referral incentive system will end. It’s adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3,” Musk added.

The referral programme was launched in 2015 to turn the company’s enthusiastic early adopters into real sales representatives — where the new buyer got perks and the owner made the referral win a variety of prizes, the report said.

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Recently the as part of the programme, the automaker changed the incentives to prizes for referrers and “Supercharger” access for new buyers.

According to media reports, the referral programme had recently encountered problems, including unfulfilled prizes and unused codes, the report added.  (IANS)

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Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla Teases Model S with ‘Plaid Powertrain’

Earlier, Musk had said that Tesla was reserving the "Plaid mode", which is a reference to Spaceballs like Tesla's other performance modes, for the next-generation Roadster

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has released a video showing a Model S with a ”Plaid powertrain” and a new ”chassis prototype” that its CEO Elon Musk reportedly said can go faster than the “ludicrous” speed the company”s vehicles currently achieve.

Musk said that they broke the fastest lap record for 4-door vehicles with a Model S at the Laguna Seca racetrack, and they are going to release a video about it soon. The automaker has now released the video, but we learn that the vehicle has been modified, Electrek reported on Wednesday.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

With this new version of the Model S, the EV maker completed a 1:36.555 lap time, achieving a new record lap for a four-door sedan, which is a big improvement over the previous best time in a Tesla Model S P100D.

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Earlier, Musk had said that Tesla was reserving the “Plaid mode”, which is a reference to Spaceballs like Tesla”s other performance modes, for the next-generation Roadster. (IANS)