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Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features
Tesla quietly updates software to test new Autopilot features

Software updates are a necessary evil. On the downside, if you're unfortunate enough to experience one during the workday, it can eat up an hour or more of productivity. And of course, sometimes updates change things that we actually like, ridding our devices of perfectly useful features. The...Read More»

1,000th body for 2012 Tesla Model S on display at Tesla Motors factory, Fremont, CA, Oct 28, 2012
Has Tesla been violating labor laws in California?

Over the weekend, news broke about an accident at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. The accident itself wasn't especially noteworthy--it happened a year ago, in May 2015, and thankfully, the man made a full recovery. Ordinarily, it wouldn't have merited much attention. Except it did. The...Read More»

Tesla's 'Summon' feature (from the 'Revolutionize You Commute' video)
Tesla Model S owner claims car crashed in self-driving 'Summon' mode; Tesla denies report

In Utah, the owner of a Tesla Model S says that his semi-autonomous car crashed into the back of a trailer while he thought it was parked. Tesla Motors isn't so sure that's what happened. The owner, Jared Overton, says that he'd parked the vehicle and stepped inside a shop to run an errand. When he...Read More»

Nissan xStorage battery reveal (screencap)
Nissan takes on Tesla (again) with xStorage home battery

Historians may look back on this era and see two car companies at the forefront of the electrification revolution: Tesla Motors and Nissan. Back in 2010, the Tesla Roadster and the Nissan Leaf became the first two electric cars to generate significant interest among 21st century consumers. And now...Read More»

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Tesla ramps up production, promises 500,000 cars per year by 2018

Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk, have spent a good bit of time talking about their plans to boost production in the near future. Though the company currently builds fewer than 100,000 vehicles per year (closer to 80,000 or 90,000, in fact), Musk and others have said that they want production to...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future or far-off future? Company may not produce cars by 2018 after all

Remember Faraday Future? The company that debuted a 1,000-hp electric car back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show? Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is, Faraday recently broke ground on a $1 billion production facility in Nevada, not far from the site where the FFZERO1...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model X
2016 Tesla Model X SUV recalled for seat problem, 2,700 vehicles affected

Tesla Motors has issued its first recall for the 2016 Model X SUV. According to our colleagues at Green Car Reports, the recall affects 2,700 vehicles, all of which are registered in the U.S. The recall stems from an issue involving the Model X's third-row seats. During tests, a third-row seat back...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3: What we know so far about the production electric car

Just over a week ago Tesla Motors opened the reservation books for its Model 3 electric car, which is expected to be delivered in production form by late 2017. About 115,000 refundable pre-order deposits, at $1,000 each, had already been placed for the Model 3 even before it was shown on the...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 revealed; should you get in line for $35k, 215-mile electric car?

Tesla Motors has previewed its Model 3, an Audi A4-sized pure-electric sporty sedan that will start at about $35,000, seat five adults, accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and go at least 215 miles on a charge. Deliveries of the Model 3 aren’t expected to start until late 2017; yet...Read More»

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3: A make-or-break moment for Tesla Motors?

The Tesla Model 3 was officially unveiled last night, but long before the curtain lifted, fans were already gushing about Tesla's latest entry into the electric car market. To be sure, it's a nice looking ride--easily one of the best looking all-electric vehicles we've seen. But does it represent...Read More»

Elon Musk
Tesla mulls federal suit to sell in Texas, Michigan, other states (and Hurricane Katrina may help)

This is a very big week for Tesla. Just a few short months after delivering its first Model X crossovers to earlybird customers, the all-electric automaker will begin taking reservations for another new model tomorrow. Priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 could dramatically boost Tesla's sales...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Tesla wins fight with GM in Indiana, but there's more to come

Last year, a heated debate over civil rights thrust Indiana into the bright, unflattering glare of the media spotlight. The issue still lingers, but a new controversy could be taking its place--one involving Tesla Motors and General Motors. Unlike some other states, Indiana allows Tesla to sell its...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Tesla Applies For Dealership License In Michigan. This Ought To Be Interesting

For years, Tesla Motors has fought to undo, overturn, and slip through loopholes in state franchise laws that prevent automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers. But now, in an interesting twist, Tesla has begun applying for a dealership license -- in the state of Michigan, no less...Read More»

Tesla's "Revolutionize Your Commute" video
Tesla Wants To Revolutionize Your Commute

Tesla Motors has rolled out some groundbreaking technology over the past few months. Now, the company has taken to YouTube to share the perks of that technology with would-be buyers. The "Revolutionize Your Commute" video is aimed at folks who begin and end their workday on the freeway. The clip...Read More»

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Tesla Could Be Poised For Big Win: FTC To Hear Pros & Cons Of Franchise Laws

Tesla Motors has had trouble making inroads in some states due to stringent franchise laws and the powerful dealer lobbies that keep those laws in place. But change could be looming around the corner -- change effected not by individual states, but by the Federal Trade Commission. On Tuesday...Read More»

Faraday Future FFZERO1 concept
Faraday Future's 1000-HP Electric Car: Should Tesla Be Worried?

Last August, we told you about Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, who had vowed to launch an electric car company that would rival Tesla Motors. In November, we told you that Yueting had made good on at least part of his promise by founding Faraday Future, which was planning a $1 billion...Read More»

Ulrich Hackenberg
The Year In Reverse: The 10 Biggest Car News Stories Of 2015

Dieselgate--the VW empire takes an incalculable risk, and a devastating hit It was unusual when, at their home-court auto show in Frankfurt in September, the world's biggest seller of diesels put such a strong focus on electric cars. All became clear the Friday after press days when it was revealed...Read More»

Behind the wheel of an autonomous car
Autonomous Car Update: California's New Rules, Google Spinning Off Car Company, Elon Musk Tweets

Over the past 24 hours, there's been an abundance of news about autonomous cars. Here's a recap of the three most notable items, involving California's long-awaited announcement of self-driving car rules, Google's business plans, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's defense of Tesla's autonomous tech...Read More»

2015 Tesla Model S 4-door Sedan AWD 85D Angular Front Exterior View
Tesla Model S Vs. Porsche Panamera: Compare Cars

In the rarified world of high-dollar, luxury sport sedans, two of the very hottest options are the Porsche Panamera and the Tesla Model S. For those with a bent toward supercar-like performance, each offers blinding speed in a luxurious four-door cocoon. The Tesla Model S was the first sedan from...Read More»

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