Another week, another Tesla fire (though this time it isn’t car-related!) as we bring you another round of news from the headline-generating luxury electric automaker. This week, Tesla isn’t alone in making waves in the EV space — it had plenty of competition from more mainstream rivals like Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
Here’s your weekly roundup of all the juiciest Tesla tidbits in the news:
Full Self-Driving Postponed
Telsa’s Full Self-Driving option was set for a $1,000 price hike on Aug. 16, but that has been postponed to allow for the addition of Smart Summon to the features portfolio. Musk previously indicated the price of Full Self-Driving will increase as the company adds features, and this delay is ostensibly in anticipation of an upgrade.
Smart Summon is designed to allow owners to summon their vehicle in parking lots. It’ll have a top speed of around 5 mph, so get ready to hear other cars honking at slow-moving Teslas only to realize there’s no driver inside.
Tesla Vs. Everybody
Ford and Mercedes-Benz both shed some light on their future electrification plans this week. Mercedes dropped an electric van concept named the Concept EQV — and if EQ sounds familiar, that because it’s the name of the sub-brand that comprises Mercedes’ electric vehicles. Though this is a concept, Mercedes has indicated that it will soon offer a production model based on this vehicle, so van lovers should keep an eye out. Here are the vitals: A front-axle-mounted electric motor makes 201 horsepower, top speed is 99 mph and it has a range of around 250 miles.
On the Ford front, plans are also firming up as the automaker plans to build two new mid-size crossovers at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, Automotive News reported. The two vehicles don’t even have names yet, just code names (CDX746 and CDX747, reportedly), but with a 2023 model-year release, we won’t find their real names out for some time. Spy photographers also caught what is likely Ford’s Mustang-based electric crossover rolling around public roads, so even though Ford may not make many cars for America anymore, its new vehicle and electrification plans are in full swing.
Tesla Finds New Battery Partner
Telsa has reached an agreement with LG Chem to buy batteries from the Korean company that will be used to power vehicles produced at Tesla’s new plant in Shanghai, according to Bloomberg. The batteries themselves, though from a Korean company, also will be produced in China at LG Chem’s factory in Nanjing.
It’s important to note that this agreement isn’t exclusive; Tesla could also turn to other battery makers as needed to meet demand, as the company looks to aggressively expand in China. Tesla broke ground on the factory in Shanghai earlier this year and hopes to begin production there before the end of 2019. The LG Chem batteries are destined for Model 3 sedans and then, eventually, the Model Y compact crossover when it’s released.
It’s also worth noting that the Shanghai plant represents Tesla’s first factory abroad, although the company is also looking at locations in Germany for another plant.
More From Cars.com:
- Shop for a 2019 Tesla Model S
- Shop for a 2019 Tesla Model X
- This Week in Tesla News: Model 3 Air Suspension Suspended, Woman Gets Key Implant, Tesla Fire and More
- The Week in Tesla News: Self-Driving Price Hike, Model 3 Crash Tests, Getaway Tesla and More
- The Week in Tesla News: Dog Mode Has Fleas, Free Supercharging Back (for Some) and More
Deny, Deny, Deny!
After rumors surfaced that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess was interested in acquiring a stake in Tesla, the company came out firing and strongly denied the report to CNBC, calling it “completely unfounded” and “pure speculation.” So it looks like for the time being, Tesla will continue to go it mostly alone … much like myself at a middle-school dance.
Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.
- Wanna Connect? VW’s Car-Net Connected Services Newly Updated, Widely Standard
- Cars.com’s 2019 Car Seat Check Honor Roll Features More Vehicles Than Ever Before, Indicating Automaker Commitment to Improved Car Seat Safety
- Cars.com Hits Record-Setting Traffic Growth with 50M Visits in August; Consumer Intent-to-Buy Signals Improving, Giving Auto Dealers An Unparallelled Stream of Qualified Car Shoppers
- 2019 BMW 330i Review: Now More Machine Than Man