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Tesla Model S, Model X Ranges Get Major Upgrades

The company said last week that four of its 11-member board would step down by 2020, shrinking the board’s size by more than a third

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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

Tesla Model S and Model X cars have got a much-needed boost as the company has announced upgrading the range and charging capabilities in both.

The Tesla Model S and Model X would now feature an all-new drivetrain design that increases each vehicle’s range substantially.

“Today, we’re making changes to Model S and Model X that allow them to travel unprecedented distances without needing to recharge, beating our own record for the longest-range production electric vehicles on the road.

“And we’ve accomplished this without increasing the cars’ battery size, proving that our expertise in system-level design can make our cars dramatically more efficient,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.

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

Using the same 100 kWh battery pack, these design and architecture updates would allow Tesla drivers to travel farther than ever before, charging less frequently and getting more range out of every dollar spent on charging.

“We’re also introducing a brand-new adaptive suspension system for Model S and Model X, along with a few other improvements for the best range, acceleration, and ride comfort, plus a Ludicrous Mode upgrade for our most loyal customers,” the company added.

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This comes soon after the electric vehicle maker announced cutting off some of CEO Elon Musk’s strongest allies from the board of directors.

The company said last week that four of its 11-member board would step down by 2020, shrinking the board’s size by more than a third. (IANS)

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Allays Environmental Fears on Tesla’s Plant in Germany

The Berlin unit will manufacture SUV Model Y, which could go into production by 2021. The unit could initially employ 3,000 people. The headcount could rise to 7,000

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A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles, California. VOA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has responded to environmental concerns including excessive water use for building the massive ‘Gigafactory 4’ near Berlin to produce electric cars for the European market, saying that such concerns were baseless.

The leading non-profit organization BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) met Tesla officials last week to discuss possible environmental pollution from the planned Gigafactory.

“Sounds like we need to clear up a few things! Tesla won’t use this much net water on a daily basis. It’s possibly a rare peak usage case, but not an everyday event,” tweeted Musk.

“Also, this is not a natural forest a” it was planted for use as cardboard & only a small part will be used for GF4,” he added.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

The site where the Gigafactory will be built has invited protests over concerns that the facility will excessively use water and cause deforestation by destroying 300 hectares of forest.

“Giga Berlin will build sustainable energy vehicles using sustainable energy, so net environmental impact will be extremely positive!” Musk said.

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After Shanghai in China, Musk selected Berlin as Tesla’s next gigafactory outside the US where the company is planning to invest 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) and produce 150,000 cars a year.

The Berlin unit will manufacture SUV Model Y, which could go into production by 2021. The unit could initially employ 3,000 people. The headcount could rise to 7,000. (IANS)