Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S and its brilliant Autopilot software catapulted the electric car maker from niche player to household name and captured the hearts of many an early adopter. Featuring a sleek body, class-beating range, and more easter-eggs than a Marvel movie, the Model S was an immediate sensation. The Model S is still the standard-bearer which all other EV sedans are judged — and Tesla keeps pushing the tech, unveiling a new Model S Plaid in late September. Now the car has launched worldwide, starred in damning videos, and picked a few fights. Here’s everything there is to know about the Tesla Model S, the latest news, and our detailed review.

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2020 Tesla Model S vs. 2020 Tesla Model 3

Upmarket variants of the Tesla Model 3 cost about as much as a second-hand Model S, but which one is better?

Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles over touchscreen safety issue

Tesla has agreed to recall around 135,000 of its electric Model S and Model X vehicles to fix a safety-related issue with the touchscreen.
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Tesla cuts price of touchscreen upgrade by $1,000 amid recall pressure

Tesla lowered the price of an upgrade for the 17-inch touchscreen in older Model S and Model X electric cars, as federal regulators seek a screen recall.

How to buy a Tesla online

Tesla has sold its cars online since its inception, meaning you can buy a new Model Y from the comfort of your living room. Here's what the process is like.

Tesla Battery Day: Model S Plaid, Autopilot updates, and all the big news

At Tesla Battery Day and a shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new Model S Plaid, updates to electric battery tech and more. Here are the highlights.

Tesla unveils $140,000 Model S Plaid that can go from 0 to 60 in under 2 seconds

Tesla announced a new Model S Plaid car Tuesday that can go from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds and has a range of more than 520 miles.

Watch Tesla’s new Model S Plaid hit 147 mph at Laguna Seca Raceway

Tesla has posted a couple of videos showing its new Model S Plaid car humming around the Laguna Seca Raceway at high speed.

Canadian cop chased a Tesla Model S that appeared to have no one in it

Highway police in Canada chased a Tesla Model S going 150 kmh (93 mph), with the vehicle at first appearing to be empty.

Tesla Model S vs. Lucid Air

Lucid developed the Air, its first model, as an electric sedan aimed directly at the Tesla Model S. It offers a generous amount of range and a ton of tech.

Digital Trends Live: T-Mobile’s nationwide outage, Rosie Okumura, and more

On this Digital Trends Live we talk the top tech stories, including T-Mobile’s nationwide outage, and more.

Elon Musk signals another delay for the Tesla Roadster

Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Wednesday that the next version of its all-electric Roadster has been delayed due to “super crazy supply chain shortages."
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Tesla Model S, Model X could get major interior and powertrain updates in 2020

Tesla hoped to keep details about the upcoming updates under wraps, but an eagle-eyed hacker spotted them.

Tesla delivered more electric cars in 2019 than in any previous year

Tesla said its 2019 deliveries represented an increase of 50 percent over 2018. The automaker said it delivered 367,500 electric cars in 2019, including 112,000 cars in the fourth quarter alone.

A fleet of Teslas drove 300,000 miles. Here’s what broke and what didn’t

Tesla electric cars in the Tesloop shuttle service have racked up 300,000 miles apiece. Here's what issues those cars experience after accumulating high mileage.

Tesla is working on an even more insane performance version of the Model S

Tesla already has Ludicrous mode, so what could be more insane than that. The answer is Plaid. That's what Tesla is calling a new performance upgrade for the Model S.

Tesla’s pop-out handles blamed for death after accident

The family of a Florida man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tesla with the Broward County State Court faulting the hide-a-way door handles and lithium-ion battery.

Tesla surprises both the fans and the haters by posting a profit in Q3

In the first half of 2019, Tesla lost 1.1 billion dollars, but in the third quarter of this year they turned their fortunes around by posting a $143 million dollar profit. This was a surprise to even bullish backers of the EV company, and could mark the beginning of profitability for the company. This news was relayed today when Elon Musk held a Q3 earnings call with investors and customers.

Tesla sends a Model S to the ‘Ring to try beating Porsche (Update!)

Shortly after the Porsche Taycan set a Nürburgring lap record for electric cars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that a Model S would be dispatched to the legendary German racetrack.
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Tesla software version 10.0: Everything you need to know

Tesla's V10.0 software adds the ability to plug an Xbox controller into the center console to play games. It also adds Smart Summon, which lets the car drive itself to where its owner is waiting.

Watch this Tesla Model S set a lap record at Laguna Seca Raceway

Check out Tesla's recently released video showing the driver’s view from a Model S as it tears around the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, in record time.

Mod turns Tesla Model S into surveillance bot that tracks faces, license plates

Security researcher Truman Kain debuted the Surveillance Detection Scout at the Defcon hacking conference. The mod for the Tesla Model S can send out alerts if someone keeps appearing on the car's built-in cameras.

Tesla Model 3 is the world’s most-searched-for electric car, survey says

The Tesla Model 3 is the most-searched-for electric car in the world, according to a survey of Google search data. The Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S were far behind the Model 3 in second and third place, respectively.

Tesla drops cheapest Model S and Model X versions in latest lineup reshuffle

Tesla dropped entry-level Standard Range versions of the Model S and Model X in yet another model shake-up. That leaves just the Long Range and Performance versions of the luxury electric cars.
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Tesla owners will soon be able to play Cuphead while parked

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Cuphead will soon be playable on the built-in dashboard screens of the company's electric vehicles. The game will only include the Inkwell Isle One section.

Tesla Model S and Model X charge faster and go farther with the same battery

An all-new drivetrain for the Tesla Model S and X enables the EVs to travel farther per charge than the previous design. Tesla Model S Long Range sedans have a 370-mile range and Model X Long Range SUVs can travel 325 miles per EPA cycle.

The coolest police cars from around the world

Not every police department opts for either a Dodge Charger or Ford Explorer. Some law enforcement agencies, including those located in Dubai and Japan, run a different kind of fleet. Here, we've gathered some of the coolest cruisers in existence.

Tesla revamps pricing, naming system for Model S and Model X

Tesla is changing its naming scheme for Model S and Model X trim levels, dropping the old system based on battery-pack capacity. The automaker is also cutting prices on both vehicles by $1,000.

Tesla will discontinue entry-level Model S and Model X cars with 75-kWh battery

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker will stop selling versions of its Model S and Model X electric cars with 75-kilowatt-hour battery packs. That just leaves the more-expensive 100-kWh models.

Tesla cuts prices by $2,000 to offset reduced tax credit

Tesla cut the price of the Model S, Model 3, and Model X by $2,000 to compensate for the halving of its federal tax credit from $7,500 to $3,750. The tax credit is being phased out because Tesla has reached 200,000 electric car sales.

Cops chased a Tesla for 7 miles while its driver appeared to be sleeping

When a driver sleeps in their car, it's usually parked at the time. So imagine the surprise of police offers in California on Friday, November 30 when they spotted a car motoring along at 70 mph as the driver apparently slept.

Tesla raises prices and simplifies options on Model S and Model X

Tesla is making changes to its offerings of the Model S and Model X. The lower-range 75D models will increase in price, while the higher-range 100D models will decrease in price.

Tesla extends battery capacity to help owners of the older Model S flee Florence

Over 10 million people may be affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia. Tesla Motors decided to lend a helping hand to owners of its vehicles who want to escape Florence's path.
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Tesla Model S logs over 400,000 miles in three years, still going strong

A Tesla Model S operated by California-based shuttle service Tesloop has covered over 400,000 miles in just three years. Tesloop said the electric car has been much cheaper to maintain than comparable internal-combustion models.

Electric GT race series takes Tesla’s Ludicrous mode to the track

A new, one-make race series named Electric GT puts the Tesla Model S on the track. 20 pilots from 10 private teams will compete in identical, ultra-light cars upgraded with bigger brakes and a new suspension system.

Tesla crashes into parked police car in California; driver says Autopilot was on

On May 29, a Tesla Model S crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach, California. The driver -- who sustained minor injuries -- reported he was using Autopilot before the impact.

Tesla driver loses license after moving to passenger seat with Autopilot on

A U.K. Tesla owner starred in a video that cost him driving privileges for 18 months. He was seen riding in the passenger seat with autopilot turned on. The driver told police officers his car was amazing but admits what he did was "silly."