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10 Things You May Not Know About Tesla Motors

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Since the introduction of the Tesla Roadster in 2008, fans of performance and green technology alike have flocked to Tesla Motors’ electric cars. Here a few things you may not know about the pricey, innovative rides.

1. ELON MUSK IS NOT AN ORIGINAL TESLA FOUNDER.


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美女视频黄频大全视频Although Musk has become synonymous with Tesla Motors as the company’s CEO and product architect, the venture existed before he got involved. Founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning started Tesla in 2003 in an attempt to ": dependence on oil. The pair decided to build what Gigaom called a “beautiful, but expensive ‘aspirational’ vehicle” to improve green cars’ image and ease them into the mainstream. The Tesla team spent three years developing the product and seeking new capital. That quest for a cash infusion kicked into overdrive in 2004 when Tesla hit its first major milestone: a driveable Tesla.

2. BUT HE HAS BEEN WITH THE COMPANY SINCE 2004.

That’s where Musk came in. He led the company’s first investment round and chaired the company’s board of directors. He also was the controlling investor, personally funding the majority of Series A capital investment with $7.5 million. As Musk became the face of the increasingly popular Tesla, his relationship with Eberhard soured and eventually sparked a legal battle that was settled out of court.

3. CHOOSING THE TESLA NAME TOOK LONGER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.


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The company was named in honor of Nikola Tesla美女视频黄频大全视频 (1856-1943), the Serbian inventor and engineer who developed the first modern alternating current (AC) motor. On an early version of the Tesla Motors , the company leaders stated: “Without Tesla's vision and brilliance, our car wouldn't be possible.” Co-founder Eberhard after months of struggling for an idea that his then-girlfriend thought sounded appropriate. When the two went to dinner at the Blue Bayou in Disneyland, he suggested Tesla as the company name. She approved, as did Tarpenning, who immediately secured the domain name TeslaMotors.com. The company incorporated on July 1, 2003.

4. THE BATTERIES MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

There are several electric vehicles (EVs) on the market today, ranging from the Nissan Leaf to the Mercedes Benz B Class—but Tesla won fans over with its unique blend of power (one gets zero to 60 in 3.1 seconds) and range (up to 270 miles per charge, according to the EPA). The reason: Other manufacturers use specialized, large format lithium ion cells. Tesla’s battery pack is made up of thousands of inexpensive commodity cells that are similar to the ones in your laptop, only more refined. There are over a billion of these cells produced a year for all sorts of industries, which means their design and performance is subject to the fierce competitive pressures that are a signature characteristic of the computer and consumer electronics industries.

5. LONG ROAD TRIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AREN'T A PROBLEM.

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美女视频黄频大全视频Driving an EV can be convenient, but when it’s time to plug in the car, urban apartment dwellers or those that rely on their EVs for long road trips can’t just slip into their garages to recharge. Tesla has tried to sidestep this problem by strategically placing 1332 equipped with more than 10,000 superchargers around the world. The cost of using these stations is incorporated into the purchase price of the car, which is convenient. The company can find where to recharge.

6. SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE IS SIMPLE.


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They may not be able to refuel at a gas station, but Tesla owners don’t lose much time to oil changes. Only the tires and wiper blades on a Tesla vehicle. The battery and coolants should be checked periodically, but thanks to the clever braking system—the car slows mostly by reversing the electrical motor instead of applying friction (which also charges the battery)—a Tesla won’t need new brake pads anytime soon, if ever. There’s no oil to change, fan belts, air filters, spark plugs, or other parts needed in traditional cars.

7. ANOTHER DESIGN ADVANTAGE MAKES THE TESLA EXTREMELY SAFE.

The Tesla vehicles are good for more than just the environment; they're also potential lifesavers for drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has consistently given the cars when it comes to safety ratings.

In fact, at one point, the Model S of any car in history. How tough was the Tesla? It actually broke one of the machines used for testing.

“Of note, during validation of Model S roof crush protection at an independent commercial facility, the testing machine failed at just above 4 Gs,” the company reported. “While the exact number is uncertain due to Model S breaking the testing machine, what this means is that at least four additional fully loaded Model S vehicles could be placed on top of an owner's car without the roof caving in.” This strength stems from a solid structure and the Model S’s . These components allowed engineers to leave more “sacrificial space” between passengers and an impact and increase overall rigidity.

8. ONE OF THE MODEL S OPTION PACKAGES IS DOWNRIGHT LUDICROUS.


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Buyers of the top-of-the-line Model S, the P85D, may opt for a battery-and-electronics package called "Ludicrous Mode."  powers the car from zero to 60 mph in less than 2.3 seconds, zippier than the current figure of 3.1 seconds. The boost comes from a “smart fuse” with its own electronics and a tiny lithium-ion battery. Basically, the mechanism constantly monitors battery output down to the millisecond, allowing the software to run the car’s battery at close to its absolute limit. Price tag: , plus $3000 for the 90-kWh battery upgrade.

An even speedier option: Tesla's sports car, the , can make the move from zero to 60 mph in an impressive seconds.

9. THE COMPANY HAS ALSO VENTURED INTO SUVS.

Tesla’s mid-size SUV, , is a seven-passenger vehicle with three rows of seats and gullwing-style doors (“falcon doors” in Tesla lingo) that allow plentiful access to rear seats. Cons include limited cargo space and a low-end price tag expected to be at least $70,000.

10. THERE'S AN "EASTER EGG" ON MODEL S.


美女视频黄频大全视频The Model S has a hidden feature in the diagnostics mode on the center console. Punch in 0-0-7 and the car will make “nautically themed adjustments” that show the car morphing into a sea-worthy shape.

You Can Win Two Nintendo Switch Consoles While Donating to COVID-19 Relief

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Since its debut in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular video game consoles on the market, 52 million units worldwide in just three years. But with that type of success comes scarcity—and if you’re looking to pick up your own Switch, well, .

The console has seen supply problems for the past few months due to the coronavirus美女视频黄频大全视频 pandemic, and used and are selling for well over the sticker value online. But with a little luck on your side, you could win two brand-new Switch consoles, thanks to this sweepstakes .

Your first entry into the sweepstakes is free, but if you want to increase your chances, you can donate $10 for 100 entries, $25 for 250, $50 for 1000, or $100 for 2000. Those donations will then go International Medical Corps’s Epidemic Response Team—made up of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals—in their worldwide efforts against the coronavirus outbreak. This support includes everything from essential training for healthcare providers and equipment deployment to the administering of medicine and community outreach.

Along with the two Switch consoles, the winner will also receive two Ring Fit Adventure bundles, two Mario Kart wheels, and $600 to spend on more games. The deadline to enter is June 16, with the winner being announced on or around July 1. You can enter for yourself .

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Take a Virtual Tour of Every Jaws Filming Location Using Google Earth

Roy Scheider is gonna need a bigger boat in Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975).
Roy Scheider is gonna need a bigger boat in Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975).
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Google Earth can be used to visit historic landmarks, , or—if you're looking for something a little more thrilling—the filming locations of your favorite horror movie. As reports, all the places where Jaws美女视频黄频大全视频 (1975) was filmed have been compiled into one 3D map anyone can view.

Map creators and Jaws superfans David Bigelow, Jim Beller, and John Campopiano call their "the most comprehensive and accurate Jaws美女视频黄频大全视频 location resource anywhere.” It features more than 70 spots used for the production and pre-production of Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster—plus its sequels.

Most of the sites are located in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the majority of Jaws's filming took place. Using , viewers can virtually tour places like the beach where Chrissie Watkins’s death scene was filmed or the building used as Quint's shack. The map also includes a handful of shooting locations beyond coastal Massachusetts, like the waters off Southern California where the undersea footage that plays behind the opening credits was shot.

The Jaws fans put together the map using research from their upcoming docudrama series titled , which will explore the history of the film's troubled production. The map is interactive, so you can visit whichever locations interest you most, or you can scroll through them all to relive the movie in an entirely new way. Many of these sites are available to visit as tourist attractions, but as long as you're stuck at home, a virtual tour is a great alternative.

Not every famous Jaws site survived to the present day. Read here to learn about the sad fate of the movie's iconic prop boat.

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