Tesla Model S can now go 660km on a single charge

Tesla Model S can now go 660km on a single charge

A firefighter examines the Tesla vehicle that is believed to have burst into flames in an underground garage on Sunday evening.

To complement these changes, we've also re-engineered several other components of Model S and Model X in keeping with the philosophy of continuous improvement.

Tesla will also be introducing Standard Range versions of the S and X, which won't produce quite the same mileage after a charge, but will carry more manageable price tags.

Stupid drivers might not be the worst of Tesla's problems, though.

According to The Paper's article, diagnostic data for the Model S could not be recovered, as the battery and computer processor had been destroyed in the fire. However he did re-charge the car's battery at a Tesla supercharger about an hour before the fire.

This adds to Elon's announcement yesterday that all new Tesla vehicles (including the Model 3, due in Aus later this year) will come with Autopilot v3 hardware, using a custom Tesla-built processor.

A few hours later, NIO - a Shanghai-based EV maker that listed on the Nasdaq previous year - said one of its ES8 models caught fire in the north-west Chinese city of Xi'an while being repaired.

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"We remain encouraged by Tesla's vision and future growth prospects, but there is increased uncertainty around near-term demand versus previous bullish forecasts and growth can not stall for a growth company", Evercore analysts wrote in their note downgrading the shares.

An investigation is underway and Tesla China has said it will cooperate.

Tesla's lithium-ion batteries have reportedly caught fire in at least five cases both as a result of a collision as well as when parked. Some 135,700 new energy cars were recalled during the same period.

There was also the halving of the US electric vehicle tax credit on January 1, which perhaps saw a rush of sales in the final months of 2018.

You can see it in a video posted to Twitter by the user, @ShanghaiJayin, below.

"Since its consumer base is not particularly conservative, and China is pushing the electric vehicle market, if this incident is just accidental, it will not have a big impact on Tesla", he said.

"Probably two years from now we'll make a auto with no steering wheels or pedals", predicted Musk who also acknowledged that he is often late to meeting aggressive targets.

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