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Tesla Model 3 Specs Unveiled In Leaked Product Sheet

Specifications for the upcoming Tesla Model 3 sedan have been unveiled through a leaked product sheet from an apparent inside source.

The product sheet (below), which was posted on Model 3 Owners Club forum, compares the Model 3’s performance parameters and features with those of the Model S. The base Model 3’s range will sit at 215 miles (compared to 249 miles for the entry-level Model S 75) and it will sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds (compared to 5.0 seconds flat in the Model S 75).

The Model 3’s dimensions were also made public in the product sheet, with the wheelbase measuring 184.8 inches and the total cargo volume sitting at 14 cubic feet – counting both the rear trunk and front “frunk.”

By comparison, the Model S has a 196 inch wheelbase and carries a cargo volume of 30 cubic feet. The Model S can also carry seven passengers if the rear-facing jump seats are used, whereas the Model 3 will be limited to just 5 persons max.

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CA electric-car sales, rebates rise; Tesla safety ratings; Model 3 info; what Trump won't say: Today's Car News

2018 GMC Yukon DenaliToday, two words Trump won’t say, soaring electric-car sales in California, some perspective on hydrogen fuel cells, and a couple of details on the Tesla Model 3. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We still don’t know most of the specifications for the Tesla Model 3 that the company says will enter production this year, but now at least its…

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Tesla Regains Some Approval From Consumer Reports For Restoring Low-Speed Emergency Braking

Consumer Reports has raised Tesla’s safety scores but expects to see improvements made at highway speeds.

The product review magazine has restored some of the points taken away in April from the Tesla Model S and Model X over the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system being removed as a standard feature on these vehicles in October 2016.

Some of the points were restored after Tesla issued a software upgrade restoring AEB in the affected vehicles soon after the report was published. Consumer Reports observes that some customers had been waiting as long as six months for it to happen.

Winning back all the restored rating points and improved Overall Scores for the Model S and Model X will need to have AEB working at higher speeds. The publication wants to see AEB issued as a standard offering up to high speeds, and that it’s a crucial safety feature known for preventing crashes.

Tesla had committed to sending out the improvement through software upgrades on April 21 of this year. The company started transmitting the over-the-air updates on April 26. The publication’s testing team received their Model S update the next day.

The activated AEB only works up to 28 mph – a wide gap from the earlier version of AEB that could go up to 90 mph. That was a realistic range for Tesla drivers known for gunning the torque power from their Model S or Model X.

The testing team made contact with Tesla owners to see if the low-speed AEB was being received in their vehicles. Most owners with new models had received the updates within a week of the April 26 announcement.

Yet some of the owners who’d purchased their Tesla without the option of full self-driving capability had received updates that did not include AEB. It took even longer for them to receive the update.

CR reported that it took close to a month for Tesla to finally deliver the partial updates. After Tesla owners reported receiving their updates, the magazine restored the partial points.

On April 26, the electric carmaker said that AEB would eventually bring the safety system up to highway speeds. The company didn’t say when it would happen or respond to inquiries about it.

The AEB system originally had given Tesla points that put the Model S at the top rating in the ultra-luxury vehicle category; that ad been knocked down after the rating drop was issued in April. The Model X was near the bottom of the luxury midsized sport-utility category after the points were taken away.

SEE ALSO:  Tesla Reinstates Auto Braking After Consumer Reports Downgrade

The absence of AEB first became an issue on October 19, 2016, when CEO Elon Musk said the automaker would be equipping all of its vehicles with fully autonomous features on all new vehicles produced starting later that month. It would still need supporting software and approval by safety regulators before being activated in Tesla vehicles, he said.

Musk acknowledged that the new hardware would mean that some basic safety features would be missing for a while. The software would have to be rewritten and validated, he said.

The Consumer Report test team had purchased a Model S 60D on Dec. 12 and found that the AEB wasn’t functioning like it had in the previous version. It was equipped with the second-generation Autopilot hardware.

That finding led to a back-and-forth tiff with Tesla that the carmaker has been working on cleaning up.

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LeEco Cutting U.S. Employees But Faraday Future Will Continue

Chinese tech company LeEco is cutting back its presence in the U.S., but its Faraday Future subsidiary says it’s not feeling the impact.

LeEco is laying off most of its U.S. workforce – 325 employees, about 70 percent, with a lack of corporate funding cited as the reason. The company, with its video streaming and smartphone units, will keep some employees on staff to reach a “focus on the narrower segment of Chinese-speaking households,” according to CNET.

CEO Jia Yueting had made a splash in the U.S. hosting the company’s San Francisco media event in October. Soon after, bad news about the company’s financial condition emerged along with speculation over the future of its LeSee electric car and Faraday Future.

Less than a month after that October event, Jia informed employees in a company letter that big cuts were in store.

“We are starting to see signs of big company disease, such as low individual performance and organizational redundancies,” he wrote.

As for California-based Faraday Future, it will stay in operation for now. The FF 91 all-electric hypercar (as seen in the photo above) isn’t going away, the company said.

“This decision does not impact FF’s daily operations, the development of FF 91, nor our manufacturing plans in North Las Vegas in any way,” a representative for Faraday Future said to The Verge.

“Similarly, no layoffs are planned for FF employees.” He also said that the company is “working on securing rounds of funding with new investors.”

At the time Faraday introduced the FF 91 at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the company was under a great deal of pressure. Company executives were leaving and speculation soared about the future of the startup.

There was also talk of Jia cutting back on funding Faraday. The Verge reports that once-monthly stipends from the CEO had stopped a few months ago.

That relationship was said to be tense with Jia. One ex-Faraday employee said that the startup’s relationship with LeEco was like “indentured servitude.”

SEE ALSO:  Faraday Future Breaks Plans For California Plant And Will Downsize Nevada Plant

Faraday’s global chief financial officer affirmed the company’s continuation, and that seeking outside investors will be part of it, in a statement:

“Hearing about layoffs at our strategic partner LeEco is discouraging. However, I want to be clear that these layoffs have no impact on Faraday Future. We remain committed to our immediate goals of diversifying FF’s investment sources and getting FF 91 on the road in 2018, and we remain confident in the outlook for diversifying FF’s global investment.”

No comments were made about the future of its North Las Vegas plant.

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