Is Tesla Telling the Truth?


By Geena Kim

Ever since the first-ever model of the Tesla in 2010, the Roadster, was announced there has been many new models of Teslas and definitely an increase in popularity. There are a total of 4 Teslas being the Model 3, Y, X, and S. On October 24, 2021, Tesla announced an increase in the prices on all of the models, the Model 3 and Y have increased $2,000 more while the Model S and X are $5,000 pricier than before.

Hertz, a car rental company, announced that they have ordered 100,000 Tesla Model 3 cars, for rental use, which adds up to over $4.4 billion. Elon Musk says that Hertz has yet to sign a contract with Tesla but they are in the works of building all the cars. Hertz also announced that in 2023 they will rent out the cars to Uber drivers to use when working for Uber.

In the past, Tesla has gotten many reports for failing to issue a recall when they first released their software update to aid parking which followed up with dozens of crash reports. The National Transportation Safety Board (NHTSA) has publicly called out Elon Musk for failing to recall the software.

On October 24, a new beta 10.3 software update was launched and this update supposedly improves the rear display, new language support, traffic-aware cruise control chime, range display, and navigation language selection. But the feedback is not the best, Tesla began to receive reports of false braking and collision warnings. This led Tesla to cancel the update on vehicles that had not downloaded it already and safety experts are saying that he only recalled it because of the regulatory pressure that the NHTSA has put on Tesla in the past.

Elon Musk reacted to this by tweeting, “Seeing some issues with 10.3, so rolling back to 10.2 temporarily. Please note, this is to be respected with beta software. It is impossible to test all hardware configs in all conditions with internal QA. hence public beta.” On October 25, Tesla then released 10.3.1 onto all Teslas.

“Teslas are interesting but I don’t know if I would want one in the future as of now since there seems to be a ton of negative feedback still. It’s still fun to keep up with the news and updates on Tesla though!” said junior, Riya Kachroo.