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    Tesla cancels all right-hand drive Model S, Model X orders / ArsTechnica · Friday, 12 May - 12:31

Gerenal view on Right hand drive (RHD) model S by Tesla Motors at Tai Tak Cruise Terminal. 23JUL14 (Photo by Edward Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

Enlarge / Tesla has been making right-hand drive versions of the Model S for a decade, but has now decided it's too complicated to continue. (credit: Edward Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images)

Tesla is no longer making a right-hand drive version of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles. The decision means that customers in countries that drive on the other side of the road like the UK have had orders cancelled, and potential buyers are being told to buy a different model, a car from inventory, or try a left-hand drive version.

About 30 percent of the world's nations drive on the left side of the road, known confusingly as right-hand drive, as the driver's seat is on the right side of the car. The UK is probably the best-known right-hand drive country, along with most of its former colonies. While most of these are small countries, the list also includes highly populous countries like Japan, Indonesia, and India.

Ars was contacted by a reader from New Zealand who ordered a right-hand drive Model X SUV almost three years ago because Tesla reached out to him yesterday to cancel his order:

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    Tesla drops its prices once again this year / ArsTechnica · Friday, 7 April - 15:01 · 1 minute

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In the past, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly claimed that his company's cars are appreciating assets . But this week, Tesla dropped the prices of its cars—and not for the first time this year. As we reported on Monday , despite sales growing by 36 percent globally, the automaker missed its ambitious target and will need to grow even faster in the remaining months of the year to satisfy investors.

Perhaps these cuts will help. The biggest price decreases are for the Model S sedan and Model X SUV. All versions of these electric vehicles are now $5,000 cheaper than they were last week, following similar $5,000 price cuts a month ago and much larger price cuts in January that saw the Model S Plaid shed $21,000 from its MSRP.

Model 3 sedans are now $1,000 cheaper across the board, marking their third price cut in recent months. A rear-wheel-drive Model 3 now starts at $41,990—in January, this version cost $43,990; it then dropped another $500 in February . Tesla notes that the RWD Model 3 will also lose half of the IRS clean vehicle tax credit starting on April 18, although all-wheel drive Model 3s and all Model Ys will still be eligible for the full $7,500 credit.

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    Tesla cuts Models S and X prices for the second time in eight weeks / ArsTechnica · Monday, 6 March, 2023 - 15:17

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Tesla is cutting prices for the second time in less than eight weeks . Reuters noticed that the automaker has dropped the prices of its more expensive, aging Model S sedan and Model X SUV yet again.

While these cars were revolutionary at launch in 2012 and 2015, they now face stiff competition from much newer vehicles from the likes of Rivian, Lucid, Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW. As a result, Model S and Model X sales combined represented only 5 percent of Tesla's global sales in 2022.

In 2022, a dual-motor all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S went for $104,990. In January, Tesla chopped about 10 percent off the price, dropping it to $94,990. Today, it's another $5,000 cheaper at $89,990.

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    Fatal Tesla Model S crash unlikely to involve Autopilot, according to NTSB / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 - 13:57 · 1 minute

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On Monday afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report for its investigation into a crash of a Tesla Model S that killed the driver and passenger in Texas earlier in April. The crash made headlines because no one was found in the driver's seat , raising suspicions that Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system was involved in the deaths. This now seems unlikely—the NTSB says that video footage shows the occupants getting into the front seats of the car shortly before the crash. Additionally, the NTSB was unable to engage a component of Autopilot on the stretch of road where the crash happened.

The crash occurred on April 17 in Spring, located in Harris County, Texas. According to the NTSB report, footage from the owner's home security system shows that the driver and a passenger entered the car at the owner's house. They then traveled approximately 550 feet (167 m) "before departing the road on a curve, driving over the curb, and hitting a drainage culvert, a raised manhole, and a tree." At this point, the Tesla's lithium-ion traction battery was damaged and caught fire.

The fire also destroyed the on-board storage of the Tesla's infotainment system, but the NTSB says it recovered a fire-damaged restraint control module that can "record data associated with vehicle speed, belt status, acceleration, and airbag deployment." This module has been taken to the NTSB's recorder laboratory for further testing.

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    Voici à quoi ressemble la nouvelle Model S avec un volant « classique » / Numerama · Thursday, 18 February, 2021 - 09:05

La nouvelle Model S est déjà dans la nature. Des photos prises par un fan de la marque permettent d'apprécier l'intérieur repensé, mais avec un volant classique. [Lire la suite]

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    Tesla Model S to get comprehensive refresh, 200mph “Plaid” version / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 14:25 · 1 minute

On Wednesday evening, Tesla revealed a comprehensive refresh for its Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The revised battery electric vehicles go into production in the next few weeks at the company's factory in Fremont, California, and include brand-new interiors and some exterior styling changes, but significantly both models will get updated powertrains, including new battery packs, power electronics, and drive units. And there are also "Plaid" versions of both sedan and SUV, the former with a supercar-rivaling 0-60mph time and 200mph top speed.

First introduced in 2012 , the Model S received a minor refresh— notably a new look for the front and some small tweaks on the interior —back in 2016. This time, the work has been far more radical. Unlike the Models 3 and Y, the Model S still comes with a main instrument panel in front of the driver, but like the smaller, cheaper Tesla BEVs the big infotainment screen is now in a landscape orientation. Tesla has also added wireless charging for devices, a small screen for rear passengers, and boasts "10 teraflops of processing power" for "in-car gaming on-par with today's newest consoles," as well as compatibility with wireless controllers.

The most visibly obvious change has to be the new steering wheel. Or rather, steering yoke. While other car makers have experimented with flat-bottomed steering wheels in the past (and even square wheels in the case of the Austin Allegro), the new Tesla controller owes more to the controls of a Boeing 747, or perhaps K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (the original, not the mid-00s remake with a Mustang). Presumably, Tesla expects Model S owners to use the car's automated parking feature rather than parallel parking, an activity that invariably involves rotating the steering wheel more than 360 degrees.

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    Le nouveau volant futuriste des Tesla risque-t-il d’être interdit en France ? / Numerama · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 14:01

La nouvelle Model S et le nouveau Model X de Tesla sont équipés d'un demi-volant futuriste, privé de comodos. Sera-t-il homologué en France ? On peut en douter. [Lire la suite]

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    Aussi puissante qu’une PS5, la Tesla Model S peut faire tourner Cyberpunk 2077 / Numerama · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 09:24

Tesla a mis à jour l'habitacle et les caractéristiques de la Model S et du Model X. Les deux voitures sont carrément devenues des consoles de jeux vidéo aussi puissantes que la PlayStation 5. [Lire la suite]

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