Tesla engineers showcased a prototype for a ventilator on Sunday evening as hospitals worldwide are overwhelmed by coronavirus patients and face device shortages. Unlike other ventilators, this one relies heavily on Tesla car parts, namely the Model 3, enabling the team to redeploy existing stock and produce the devices as quick as possible.
The all-electric Lucid Air production model was going to initially debut at New York auto show, but since that has been postponed, the automaker decided to continue with its 400-mile range tests. This one had them drive from the company’s headquarters in Newark, California to the Santa Monica Pier. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Most film buffs know that the original Mad Max film is an Australian dystopian action thriller film whose main character, Max Rockatansky, drives a supercharged V8-powered black Pursuit Special. If they released a reboot, but used a new Tesla Roadster instead, it might look something like this. To ensure that you won’t need to pull into a supercharger, it comes equipped with a solar panel system on the hood, roof, and roof rack. Read more for additional pictures.
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If you haven’t been following Elon Musk these past few years, the Tesla Semi is basically an all-electric battery-powered Class 8 semi truck/tractor in development and set for limited production run near the end of 2020, or possibly early 2021 now, due to the outbreak. Back during mid-January 2020, Tesla announced a winter testing program to validate the Semi in cold weather and low-traction conditions. Read more for a video and additional pictures of a few prototypes being tested in Alaska.
This isn’t the first homemade Tesla Cybertruck, but this one takes design cues from Lamborghini. The builder from China spent a few months finishing off all the fine details, and as you can see, it was well worth all the work. Much of that time was spent modifying the vehicle’s lines to give it a bit more flair, and shying away from the boxy look. Read more for a video and additional information.
Throttle House gives us a first look at the $60,990 Tesla Model Y Performance and compares it with the Model 3 as well as Model X. As you’re about to see, this model is most similar to the Model 3 Performance with its dual electric motors setup that sends power to all four wheels, enabling it to hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, while topping out at an electronically limited 145 mph. Read more for the video and additional information.
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With all the uncertainty in the world, it seems as if the Tesla Cybertruck would actually be a welcome vehicle in the near future, despite the initial reactions. What better way to repurpose the vehicle than as a New York Police Department car? Tesla stated that its main goal in developing the Cybertruck is to provide a sustainable-energy substitute for the roughly 6,500 fossil-fuel-powered trucks sold per day in the United States, and they’re well on their way. Read more for additional pictures.
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Tesla announced that it will begin delivering the Model Y as early as tomorrow, March 15, 2020, which is exactly 1-year after Elon Musk revealed the vehicle, but apparently, at least one person has received theirs. There are four planned powertrains for the Model Y: Standard Range, Long Range, Long Range with Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance. Early deliveries will only include the Long Range AWD model and the Performance model. Read more for a video walkthrough, additional pictures and information.
The Polestar Precept, set to make its official debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next week, will give the Tesla Model S a run for its money if it goes into production. This all-electric vehicle boasts a SmartZone up front, which replaces the traditional grille with a transparent panel that conceals two radar sensors and a high definition camera, all surrounded by an evolution of Polestar’s Thor’s Hammer LED headlight. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Jonathon Ward is known for his Icon restomods, especially Toyota Land Cruiser FJs, and his Derelict series has been around for quite some time. His latest project transforms a 1949 Mercury coupe into an all-electric vehicle, this pairs a Tesla powertrain with an untouched-looking exterior, besides some suspension work. Beneath the shell, you’ll find a full Art Morrison custom frame, a Derelict badge and even one of Ward’s signature lizard sculptures. For those heading to the Geneva Motor Show next week, you’ll be able to see it in-person. Read more for an up-close look.