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First look at Tesla’s new center console in 2021 Model 3 refresh

After the news of Tesla’s 2021 Model 3 refresh earlier this week, we now get a first look at Tesla’s new center console coming with the update.

Earlier this week, we learned that Tesla is releasing a Model 3 refresh with several updated features.

The new vehicle is listed as a ‘2021’ model year, which is a rare actual model year change for Tesla, and it is starting to roll off the line at Tesla’ Fremont factory.

We have seen the vehicle, but we were not able to share any pictures so we just listed the new features that we could visually confirm.

One of the biggest changes was a new center console and now that more Model 3 vehicles are being produced with the update, some people are starting to spot them.

@jstesla on Twitter shared the first picture revealing the new design:

As we reported earlier this week,

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Tesla’s Model 3 Lost In The World’s Most Advanced EV Market In A Peak Month (NASDAQ:TSLA)

Introduction

Norway is a small automotive market but is widely regarded as the most advanced market for electric vehicles (EVs) in the world thanks to generous government incentives. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrids accounted for over 80% of sales in September 2020 and the national parliament has set 2025 as the target year for the country to go fully electric.

This is why electric vehicle data from Norway if often used as an indicator for the prediction which models and manufacturers will excel in a world in which electric vehicles become the norm. There is also no local player, which means the Norwegian EV market is not skewed like some other countries like France where the Renault Zoe reigns supreme.

As I mentioned in my previous SA article on Tesla (TSLA), its Model 3 always performs poorly in Europe during the first month

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The Polestar 2’s real-world range can’t beat Tesla’s Model 3

When Polestar announced its second car and first pure EV, it said the model has an expected range of 275 miles. That would give the car a longer range than other compact electric sedans out there, most notable of which is Tesla’s Model 3. Unfortunately, Polestar 2’s actual range is much shorter than what the company expected. Based on the EPA’s test results, the vehicle can run 233 miles on a single charge using its 78 kWh battery.

That’s probably enough cover a huge part of owners’ trips, but it’s still behind its main rival’s: The standard Model 3 has a 250-mile range, while the Long Range and Performance models can run for 322 and 299 miles, respectively, on a single charge. As Autoblog notes, other electric sedans also have longer ranges, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and Hyundai Kona EV (258 miles).

With price beginning at

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Elon Musk confirms Tesla’s new structural battery and cells are first going to Model Y at Giga Berlin

Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla’s new structural battery design, and 4680 cells are first going to Model Y, which will be produced at Gigafactory Berlin next year.

We already had a good idea it was happening since Musk teased that Tesla will introduce a “core structural design change” with Model Y produced in Germany, but it’s not confirmed.

The CEO confirmed on Twitter that the new structural battery pack technology will be first implemented in Berlin:

Berlin will use 4680 cell with structural battery pack and front & rear single-piece castings. Also, a new paint system.

Tesla plans to first start Model Y production at Gigafactory Berlin during the second half of 2021.

Musk added that he believes it will take about two years:

Lot of new technology will happen in Berlin, which means significant production risk. Fremont & Shanghai will transition in ~2 years when new tech is proven.

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Tesla’s 1100-HP, 520+-Mile Model S Plaid to Get New 4680 Battery

From Car and Driver

  • Tesla announced at Battery Day that it has opened preorders for the $139,990 Model S Plaid.

  • The Model S Plaid has 1100 horsepower and can do zero to 60 mph in less than two seconds, CEO Elon Musk claimed.

  • The vehicle has a range of 520 miles, besting Lucid’s upcoming Air.

Update 10/2/20: In a Twitter exchange, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the Model S Plaid will be equipped with the structural battery and more efficient 4680 cells the company announced during its Battery Day event in September. The new battery pack and cells will increase efficiency while lowering weight and increasing the rigidity of the vehicle according to Tesla. It also explains the 520-plus mile range expected from the Model S variant.

At its Battery Day event on September 22, right at the end and just ahead of the Q&A, CEO Elon Musk introduced

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