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Tesla CEO: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year
Tesla CEO: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

At an event to promote his company's autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk's comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving "robo taxis" will be...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla to hike price for "Full Self-Driving" driver-assistance tech

Tesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost...Read More»

Tesla Model Y
2020 Tesla Model Y: $48,200 electric crossover SUV debuts

The 2020 Tesla Model Y that debuted Thursday night is the electric-car builder's most mainstream model yet. With up to three rows of seats, room for seven passengers, and 66 cubic feet of cargo space, the $41,200 2020 Model Y is more in line with crossover SUVs popular with consumers than the less...Read More»

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]
Tesla to raise prices, keep more stores open

Tesla on Sunday walked back its previous decision to close its retail outlets and move to an online-only model, but it's not business as usual for the electric-car builder's showrooms. In a statement posted to its website, Tesla indicated that some stores with high foot traffic that had already...Read More»

Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
$35,000 Tesla Model 3 arrives with 220-mile range, and a $1,200 asterisk

The long-promised $35,000 Tesla Model 3 electric car was unveiled Thursday, albeit with a host of asterisks attached to that number. Additionally, the automaker said that it will switch to online-only sales. The California-based automaker said that the least-expensive Tesla will have a 220-mile...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla reworks model names, slashes Model 3 prices again

Tesla has revamped the naming scheme for its most expensive and luxurious cars, the Model S and Model X, the company announced Wednesday. The electric cars no longer call out their battery sizes as part of their full name. The previous base Model S, for example, was called the 75D to denote its...Read More»

Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]
Apple co-founder not sold on self-driving cars

Based on his experience with his Tesla, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said last week that doesn't believe fully self-driving cars are possible in the near-term. Wozniak told CNBC in an interview published last week he initially hoped Apple would be first to launch a self-driving car, but added...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X using Autopilot self-driving tech sped up automatically before fatal crash

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Tesla Model X fitted with the automaker's Autopilot self-driving car tech accelerated on its own before striking a damaged highway barrier near Mountain View, California, in March. The impact killed the Tesla's...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
2018 Tesla Model 3 scores "Superior" rating for its crash-avoidance tech

Though it hasn't yet been subjected to instrumented crash-testing, the Tesla Model 3 has aced its first safety assessment. On Tuesday, the IIHS said that it gave the Model 3 electric car its highest rating of "Superior" in its front crash prevention tests and an “Acceptable” rating for...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla turns to local machine shops to fix parts before they're installed on new cars

Struggling to meet production goals, Tesla is reportedly outsourcing repair of parts—brand new parts, that is—before they are installed on its electric cars. Just 30 minutes from Tesla’s main factory, a machine shop in San Jose, California, has racks stacked with Tesla parts...Read More»

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Tesla partners with British insurer for Autopilot discount

British insurer Direct Line is now offering a 5 percent discount to Tesla drivers to encourage them to use semi-autonomous driving tech. The offer is part of a collaboration between the insurance company and Tesla, which is estimated to have sold over 2,500 vehicles equipped with its Autopilot tech...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Chinese Tesla investor reportedly developing its own self-driving car tech

Chinese company Tencent, which owns a 5 percent stake in Tesla, is developing its own self-driving technology separate from the California electric car builder's AutoPilot system. According to Bloomberg's sources, the company is in the prototype stage with its autonomous technology. If the news is...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
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»

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