Tesla is shutting down Superchargers in Spain due to Coronavirus

Over the course of any nation emergency it is vital essential services to continue with minimum disruption. The availability of fuel to heat homes, and power healthcare, transportation, and industry, makes it an essential good and service.

However, Tesla‘s choice of Supercharger locations is showing profit and convenience was more of a priority. Insufficient consideration was given to the network’s resilience when tested, such as the current conditions. Proper planning and exercising those plans would have identified the gap.

Tesla’s electrical charging stations are often located at hotels, restaurants,  and other convenient locations. As Spain is locking down non-essential business and services in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, Tesla’s charging points are becoming inaccessible.

This is a point of critical infrastructure that will need to be addressed in the future. It’s a little late to be doing it at the moment for this world crisis. Thankfully, few emergency vehicles require Tesla’s Supercharger network. Unfortunately, this may leave some Tesla customers stranded.

According to News Maker, the affected Tesla Superchargers so far include:

  • Getafe, Madrid: Hotel Ramada by Wyndham
  • Fuengirola, Malaga: Hotel Higuerón
  • Tarragona: Hotel La Boella
  • Burgos: Hotel Landa. Open between 8 and 22 hours only

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NTSB fatal crash report criticizes Tesla for not restricting Autopilot on Model 3 to conditions for which it was designed

At some point in the future, our vehicles will be able to drive us to where we want to go. We are not there yet.

Images of actual scene moments before the crash – Released by NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board published its final report for its investigation of the fatal March 1, 2019, crash of a Tesla in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Tesla informed the NTSB that the installed forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems on the Model 3 Tesla in the Delray Beach crash were not designed to activate for crossing traffic or to prevent crashes at high speeds and therefore, according to Tesla, the “Autopilot” vision system did not consistently detect and track the truck as an object or threat as it crossed the path of the car.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the fatal crash to be the truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the car, combined with the car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on automation, which resulted in the car driver’s failure to react to the presence of the truck. Contributing to the crash was the operational design of Tesla’s partial automation system, which permitted disengagement by the driver, and the company’s failure to limit the use of the system to the conditions for which it was designed. The failure of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop a method of verifying manufacturers’ incorporation of acceptable system safeguards for vehicles with Level 2 automation further contributed to the crash.

“The Delray Beach investigation marks the third, fatal, vehicle crash we have investigated where a driver’s overreliance on Tesla’s “Autopilot” and the operational design of Tesla’s “Autopilot” have led to tragic consequences,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “In the Mountain View crash, that overreliance was coupled with the equally deadly menace of distraction, demonstrating the insidious nature of the threat and the lack of policy and technology to eliminate it,” said Sumwalt. […]

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The Norwegian Automobile Federation conducted a winter test of 20 EVs and concluded they have a range loss of close to 20 percent in winter conditions and charge slower

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The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.

  • EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
  • EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
  • EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.

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NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.

The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.

The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.

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See the full results of the test at the NAF site, including test results for each individual car.


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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo at InsideEVs provides his views »

The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.

NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.

The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less.  […]

Road and Track » The Model Y proves that Tesla has learned a lot

Mack Hogan, Road and Track »

It’s a Model 3 SUV.

That means it’s incredibly quick, hitting 60 in 3.5 seconds. It keeps Tesla‘s Autopilot system which is a competent driver assist, though we must note that—though Tesla has said it will be capable of functioning as a fully autonomous RoboTaxi—the vehicle is not self-driving and should not be treated as such. But other key Tesla advantages, like the Supercharger network and a competitor-besting max range of 316 miles, cement it as one of the most practical EVs.

None of that is particularly new. But Tesla didn’t need new; Tesla was already ahead in key areas. By scaling back its ambitions, it’s been able to deliver a product on time, which delivers everything customers expected, and hopefully won’t have the quality concerns of more novel products. It’s not the most exciting product the company has built, but it shows that Tesla is slowly maturing. […]

 

 

Joplin, Missouri offers Tesla land and incentives in their bid for the factory that will build the behemoth Cybertruck (that won’t fit in most people’s garage or underground parking)

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla Cybertruck

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Tesla start deliveries of the Model Y on Friday, March 13 [Updated]

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y

Known for delivery delays, Tesla‘s highly-anticipated Model Y being delivered to customers in the U.S., 6 months ahead of schedule.

Sean Szymkowski, CNET Roadshow »

Electrek first reported news of a handful of customers receiving text messages and other confirmations via their Tesla accounts that they should have their new Model Y SUVs in their garages by Friday, March 13. Previously, Tesla said deliveries would begin as early as March 15 and continue throughout the month. The automaker didn’t immediately return a request for comment on its delivery schedule timeline.

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» Download the Tesla Model Y Owner’s Manual for North America.


Updated March 16, 2020

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Tesla is now the highest-valued US industrial company after a series of missteps at Boeing

Carmen Reinicke, Business Insider »

  • Tesla’s market value was about $114 billion during intraday trading Wednesday. Boeing had a market value of about $110 billion at the same time.
  • A year ago, Boeing’s market value was nearly $200 billion more than Tesla’s. Since, the company has been weighed down by two fatal crashes and the global grounding of its popular 737 Max airplane.

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The company’s stock has also sagged in recent weeks as the market reels amid the coronavirus outbreak and a global oil price war. Still, it’s up nearly 55% year-to-date through Tuesday’s close.


 

[Updated] Tesla gets banned from the Kansas City Auto Show

Tesla was banned from the Kansas City Auto Show because the Missouri Auto Dealers Association (MADA) continues to resist the automaker’s direct sales model as they haven’t yet realized we are in the 21st century.

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Updated March 11, 2020

Meanwhile, a Colorado bill would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to customers.

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Updated March 16, 2020

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