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Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates
Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates

Specialty license plates have become big business in recent years, but they've brought their share of troubles, too. While some plates feature innocuous school crests or happy, friendly natural landscapes, others court controversy with politically charged slogans. That's made things tough for DMVs...Read More»

Elon Musk
Texas Snubs Tesla As Clock Runs Out On Direct-Sales Bill: What About The Hyperloop & Gigafactory?

Yesterday, a gavel banged in Austin, Texas, bringing the state's 84th legislature to an end. As with most legislative sessions, officials made progress on some fronts, but many bills were tabled or died in committee. As Auto News reports, two of those failed bills would've allowed Tesla Motors to...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Texas Study Suggests That Distracted Driving Laws Should Target Women

We make a lot of assumptions about distracted driving. More often than not, we assume the culprits are teens tethered to their smartphones, but numerous studies have shown that mom and dad exhibit poor decision-making skills, too. A group of researchers from the University of Texas Health Sciences...Read More»

Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]
Is Tesla Finally Coming To Texas? (And If So, Is It Thanks To The Gigafactory And The Hyperloop?)

Across much of America, it's cold today. Newscasters explain that by pointing to a blast of icy air swooping in from the North Pole, but others might think that the chill is coming from beneath their feet. Those folks know that a bill is being considered by the Texas legislature that could finally...Read More»

Toyota breaks ground on new HQ in Plano, TX (Jan. 20, 2015)
Toyota Breaks Ground For New Texas HQ In Plano

With so much attention focused on Mercedes-Benz's upcoming move to Atlanta, Georgia, some may have forgotten that Toyota is picking up stakes, too. Yesterday, the Japanese automaker broke ground on its new U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas, with construction expected to take about two years. ALSO...Read More»

Concept drawings for Elon Musk’s 800-mph Hyperloop
Can Elon Musk's Hyperloop Help Tesla Overturn Texas' Tough Franchise Laws?

You can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but you can't say he lets the grass grow under his feet. The serial entrepreneur has spearheaded a string of successful projects over the past two decades, including PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. ALSO SEE: According To Elon Musk, Tesla Model 3 Will...Read More»

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014
Too-Tough Franchise Laws May Have Doomed Texas' Bid For Tesla Gigafactory

As we reported last week, Tesla is heading to Nevada. It's not going for the gambling or the scenery or the other entertainments on tap, but for the land -- specifically, the land at 2641 Portofino Drive, located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. That's where Tesla is building its lithium-ion...Read More»

Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California
Tesla Is California's Biggest Automaker (And Toyota Hasn't Even Packed Its Bags)

Toyota has been based in California since arriving in the U.S. in the late 1950s, but last month, the company announced plans to pack its bags and move to Texas. Thought the U-Hauls won't arrive for at least two more years, Bloomberg reports that Toyota has already lost its crown as California's...Read More»

Toyota Motor Sales headquarters in Torrance, California
Rumor: Toyota Packing Up California HQ, Moving To Texas To Cut Costs

Over the weekend, rumors emerged that Toyota is planning to pack up its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California and move to Plano, Texas, near Dallas. Toyota has yet to confirm those rumors, but Bloomberg says that if true, the shift may be designed to help the automaker cut costs. However, money...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Judge Gives Drunk Teen A Break, Likely Due To 'Affluenza': Would You Have Done The Same?

On the evening of June 15, 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch and his friends stole two cases of beer from a Texas Walmart. They made their getaway in Couch's Ford F-350. A few hours later, Couch slammed that truck into a group of pedestrians who were trying to fix an SUV stranded on the side of the...Read More»

Austin Coulson riding the world's smallest car
Like Small Cars? Here's The World's Smallest -- And It's Street-Legal

Small cars are big business these days. Thanks to stricter regulation of fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions, everything seems to be downsizing, from the family sedan to the rough-and-ready work truck . But though they may shrink, few will ever get as pint-sized as the car custom-built by Austin...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk: If Tesla Can't Sell Cars In Texas, It'll Be At "The Back Of The Bus"

Yes, you read that headline correctly: Elon Musk is essentially calling himself a Freedom Rider, comparing Tesla's push to sell all-electric vehicles to America's Civil Rights Movement. CEOs say the darndest things. TESLA, TEXAS, AND TESTIMONY As we reported on Monday, Musk has spent the past week...Read More»

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Tesla Messes With Texas: Can Elon Musk Succeed In The Lone Star State?

If you haven't been to Texas in a while, it might be time to pay a visit. Oil is still big business there, but wind farms are picking up speed. And although there's plenty of farmland, today's Texas -- especially the Austin area -- is a high-tech hub, home to start-ups, gaming firms, and more...Read More»

Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)
Everything's Bigger In Texas -- Even Privacy Protections

If you're worried about personal privacy in the digital age, keep reading: there may be some good news ahead. Cell phones, laptops, and other modern conveniences have been a boon to civilization, but they've also put our lives on display. Sometimes we're active participants in that process, like...Read More»

Ad for the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn by Anderson Design Group
Ram Stars In Spectacular New Retro Ad Campaign

We don't spend much time covering ad campaigns -- mostly because there are so many to review that if we did, we'd have no room to talk about anything else. But a new campaign for Ram trucks (formerly Dodge Ram) is so eye-catching, we just couldn't help ourselves. The campaign itself is very small...Read More»

text message while driving
Man Texts 'I Need To Quit Texting' Before Driving Off Bridge

If you'd seen it in a movie, it would've been your cue to chuckle (or roll your eyes at the sophomoric script). But when 21-year-old Chance Bothe texted the words, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident", then drove off a bridge into a ravine in Ganado, Texas, it was no...Read More»

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Texas Raises Speed Limit To 85, Becomes The New Montana

When the 55 mile per hour national speed limit was amended in 1987 and later repealed in 1995, states were once again free to establish speed limits based on safety standards, not just fuel economy. States in the overpopulated and traffic-choked Northeast set a fairly conservative limit of 65 mph...Read More»

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