Who would have thought a Model X P100D could serve as a replacement for an airport pushback tug? An interesting promotional video released by Australian airline Qantas shows one of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft being towed by the electric crossover.
With dual motors and a healthy amount of torque that’s delivered instantaneously, the P100D effortlessly hauls the gigantic aircraft, which with a curb weight of up to 545,000 pounds, is more than 100 times heavier than the Tesla’s rated towing capacity.
It’s an impressive feat, but such aircraft are surprisingly easy to move under ideal conditions. The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has less torque than the Model X P100D, but it successfully pulled an Airbus A380, a double-deck widebody airliner with a takeoff weight of more than 1.2 million pounds.
Tesla Vehicles Get A Sentry, Plus Dog-Safe Mode
Potential thieves will have to deal with a classical German composer.
Tesla has introduced a new ‘Sentry Mode’ security feature and a dog-friendly mode that should make its vehicles even more interesting than they already are.
Sentry Mode keep an eye on the car by using the vehicles’ 360-degree cameras to record any potentially mischievous individuals in the vicinity. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the car will automatically play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor if there is any disturbance.
Engineers also built upon the Cabin Overheat Protection system, which keeps the interior at a safe temperature for hours when the car is off.
As for doggie, the Model 3, Model S and Model X now have a dedicated “dog mode” that plays music and keeps the air conditioner activated when your canine friend is in the vehicle alone. It also displays a message that reads reads “I’m fine my owner will be right back” on the touchscreen, a provision likely intend to help avoid insurance claims if a concerned citizen or police officer mistakenly feels the need to break into the vehicle to rescue an animal.
All of the features were implemented via over-the-air software updates, so no need to buy a new Tesla to have them.
Tesla Ends Referral Program To Cut Costs, Improve Profits
The incentives add “too much cost” to the cars, especially the Model 3.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company’s referral program, which entices buyers with a series of unique incentives that helped drive sales, will come to an end on Feb 1, 2019.
The program allows owners to give friends six to nine free months of Supercharging with the purchase of a new Model 3, Model S, or Model X. Owners receive a laser-etched photo of themselves launched into deep space for their first referral, a signed wall connector or a miniature Model S for their kids for the second referral, and special wheels for their third.
Tesla decided to end the referral program because it was “adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3.”
Musk has told employees that the Model 3 still costs at least $38,000 to build, requiring significant reductions to make a profit on the upcoming bare-bones base model, which will have a starting price of $35,000 in the U.S.
Tesla Reduces Model 3, Model S And Model X Price
Every Tesla model has been discounted by $2,000.
To help offset the drop in federal incentives on its vehicles, Tesla has reduced the price across its entire U.S. lineup.
This means the cheapest Tesla available, the Model 3 Mid Range, now starts at $45,200, while the Model 3 Long Range and Model 3 Performance kick off at $52,200 and $63,200, respectively. The Model 3 will eventually start at just $35,000 once the bare bone version finally goes on sale.
If you rather prefer the larger Model S, it now starts at $77,200 for the 75D version, $95,200 for the Model S 100D, and $134,200 for the high-performance, supercar-beating P100D.
Finally, the Model X starts at $83,200 and tops out at $139,200.
The federal incentive was cut in half from $7,500 to $3,750 for vehicles delivered in 2019 after Tesla built its 200,000th EV. It will be cut in half once again to $1,875 starting on July 1, 2019 before it is eliminated entirely Jan 1, 2020.
In other words, those looking to own a brand new Tesla should act fast before the company’s vehicles are no longer eligible for any federal tax credits.