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To help Floridians flee Irma, Tesla remotely extended range for free
To help Floridians flee Irma, Tesla remotely extended range for free

With millions of Florida residents bracing for potential Irma devastation, owners of the Tesla Model S 60 and Model X 60 received a free temporary upgrade. Tesla sent out an automatic, over-the-air upgrade to anyone living in a mandatory evacuation zone, remotely extending their vehicle’s...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
It's now a little easier to find used Teslas

Tumbling used car prices have made it much easier for shoppers to score good deals on second-hand rides, with one notable exception: electric car enthusiasts have often had to search high and low to get their hands on a used Tesla. Now, those folks can breathe a bit easier, as Autotrader and...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California

You can say a lot of things about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, but you certainly can't call them slackers. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things--and they're not done yet. For Tesla's...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S regains Consumer Reports' love while the Model X flounders

We can all sleep a little easier tonight: Tesla and Consumer Reports have kissed and made up. The relationship between the ratings magazine and the electric car company led by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk hit a rough patch in April, following Tesla's decision in the fall of 2016 to disable...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model 3, in photo tweeted by Elon Musk on July 9, 2017
Tesla and GM running neck-and-neck to be the most highly valued automaker in America

April 2017 was such a simpler time. Philanderer Robert Bentley was moving out of the Alabama governor's mansion. Freshly approved Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was moving into his new digs. And supermodels everywhere believed that Fyre Festival would be a glorious frolic in the sun instead of...Read More»

Tesla Model S after IIHS small-overlap frontal crash test, Spring 2017   [frame from IIHS video]
Tesla responds bitterly to subpar IIHS crash-test results for "safest cars in history"

After the IIHS said the Tesla Model S electric car didn't perform as well as some other large four-door sedans in its crash-testing, the California-based automaker didn't mince words. Tesla issued a statement to Business Insider slamming the IIHS and stating that the federal government-funded...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
First Tesla Model 3 arrives Friday, two weeks ahead of schedule

Well, this is interesting: late last night, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the long-awaited Model 3 had been cleared for production, and the vehicle bearing the coveted "01" serial number will roll off the assembly line this Friday. For those keeping track, that's a couple of weeks sooner than...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot
Report: Driver in fatal Tesla crash ignored warnings to keep his hands on the wheel

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with an 18-wheeler in Williston, Florida. News of the fatal accident was accompanied by plenty of speculation about what Brown had been doing at the time of the crash. A newly published, 538-page report from the National...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  March 2016
Tesla Model 3 will debut with only two options: color and wheels

Henry Ford famously told people that they could order a Ford Model T in any color they liked, so long as it was black. More than a century later, Tesla seems to be taking a page from Ford's playbook. Speaking with investors yesterday, Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, said that the company will initially...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk is ready to ditch Donald Trump over Paris Agreement pull-out

Today at 3pm Eastern Time, Donald Trump will announce whether he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement or stay the course on climate change. While breaking the Agreement would undoubtedly please some of Trump's base, it wouldn't endear him to one of the highest-profile members...Read More»

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Tesla turned down Uber's offer to work on self-driving cars

In July 2015, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick allegedly announced that he'd buy every self-driving car Tesla could build. According to a new book, however, when Kalanick rang up Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year to discuss partnering on autonomous vehicles, Musk shot down Kalanick's offer. The book in...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla asks for permission to gather video clips from cars in Autopilot update

Tesla recently rolled out its Autopilot 8.1 software update, offering nifty new features for folks who'd bought vehicles equipped with Tesla's Autopilot 2 hardware. Over the weekend, Tesla published yet another Autopilot update, bringing even more bells and whistles to later-model Tesla vehicles...Read More»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
What's next for Tesla? More stores, more repair centers, and the Model Y crossover

Plenty of insults have been hurled at Elon Musk. Tesla's CEO has been accused of being self-aggrandizing, thin-skinned, and, given the number of projects he seems ready to tackle, a dilettante. Tesla fans and foes can debate those labels as much they like, but one thing they can't accuse Musk of...Read More»

Aspiring drivers weigh in on electric and self-driving cars (via Driving-Tests.org)
Study: Younger drivers don't want electric cars

Another day, another study showing that drivers are totally into electric cars. Except this time, the study says exactly the opposite. Today's study was carried out by the folks at Driving-Tests.org, which helps aspiring motorists study for their written driving exams. Not surprisingly, the site's...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla sued for its "half-baked" Autopilot software

Since Tesla Autopilot debuted in the fall of 2015, it's earned plenty of fans and foes. The former love the safety and convenience offered by the semi-self-driving system, while the latter complain that Tesla foisted dangerous beta software on owners who didn't ask for it. This week, Autopilot...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Sorry, GM: Tesla is now America's most highly valued automaker

Tesla has set a new record: this morning, it passed General Motors to become the most highly valued automaker in America. That won't surprise anyone who's been watching Tesla's stock price in recent weeks. Shares have been on a mostly upward trajectory since last December--around the time that CEO...Read More»

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report on autonomous cars (April 2017)
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Tesla Model S Autopilot
What's in the Tesla 8.1 software update? (Autopilot improvements, that's what.)

Tesla Autopilot has had plenty of critics since it rolled out to Model S and Model X vehicles in October 2015 as part of an over-the-air update of the company's 7.0 software. Many owners cheered the arrival of semi-self-driving features, but safety advocates and more than a few politicians...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model S
Tesla drops base Model S 60, 60D from lineup

When it comes to electronics, obsolesce arrives quickly. Such is the case with the Tesla Model S, which is about to see its lineup pared from four to three battery configurations. Tesla is quietly discontinuing the Model S 60 and 60D from its range. Frugal buyers looking for a Tesla under $75,000...Read More»

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