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  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance

    Tesla operated a very generous referral program for years but axed it on Feb. 1 due to high costs. Less than two months later the referral program is back—with a few twists. A lot of the benefits remain from the old program, but they've been drastically scaled back. For example, the old program provided customers who referred friends or family with six months worth of free charging at a Supercharger station. Now, the reborn program offers just 1,000 miles worth of free charging. Owners who refer others now will also receive two chances to win a Tesla Model Y Founders Edition per month...

  • Tesla pickup truck teased by Elon Musk on Twitter
    Tesla pickup truck teased by Elon Musk on Twitter

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk hasn't been shy about the fact that the automaker is working on an electric pickup truck, and on Friday evening the executive tweeted a teaser image of the truck. The shadowy image is said to depict the "Tesla cyberpunk truck" according to Musk. It appears to be a rear view of...

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    Tesla Model Y revealed with up to 300 miles of range, $41,200 price tag

    Tesla intends to keep the juice flowing with the addition of the Model Y, a small crossover SUV releated to the Model 3 and capable of fitting three rows of seats. The electric automaker's CEO, Elon Musk, took to the stage Thursday in Los Angeles to reveal the Model Y, first deliveries of which are...

  • Teaser for Tesla Model Y electric SUV due for reveal in 2019
    Tesla Model Y will be revealed March 14, priced 10 percent higher than Model 3

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday revealed new details about the Model Y via Twitter, including confirmation of a debut on March 14 at the company's design studio in Los Angeles. Invited guests will also get a chance to ride in the small crossover SUV, which is expected to start production in 2020...

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    Tesla to raise prices after March 18

    Tesla announced Sunday that it will raise prices by about 3 percent on average across the board. The only exception will be the base Model 3, known as the Standard Range, which will keep its $36,200 starting price. The increased pricing will be introduced after March 18, so potential buyers have a...

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    Porsche Taycan to debut in September

    Porsche announced on Friday that its Taycan will be revealed in September, which points to a debut at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show on the same month. We'll remind you that it was at the Frankfurt show that the original Mission E concept was first shown four years ago. When Porsche...

  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance

    Tesla on Wednesday announced a new V3 Supercharger that supports charging of up to 250 kilowatts. That's up from a peak 145 kw for the current V2 Superchargers and will see a Model 3 Long Range add 75 miles of range in 5 minutes using the system at peak efficiency, according to Tesla. The other benefit is that vehicle owners will get the full 250 kw if their batteries can handle it, as there is no more power splitting with vehicles in the next stall. Tesla is still testing the V3 Supercharger but expects to start installing them from next month in North America, and in Europe and Asia from...

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    $35,000, 220-mile Tesla Model 3 now on sale

    Tesla on Thursday announced that the base Model 3, the $35,000 electric car that buyers have been waiting for since the mid-size model was announced in 2016, is now on sale. Tesla revealed the Model 3 Standard Range has an electric driving range of 220 miles, can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.6...

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    Tesla Model S shooting brake headed for Geneva, but it needs a coachbuilder

    This past May, a Dutch coachbuilder brought designer Niels van Roji's gorgeous Tesla Model S shooting brake design to life. Next month, it will touch down in Switzerland for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but alas, there's a unfortunate twist. The coachbuilder responsible for production has closed up...

  • Tesla Dog Mode
    Tesla just became the most dog-friendly automaker

    What's the best brand of car to buy for dog lovers? The answer may come as a surprise. It's Tesla. On Wednesday Tesla announced it had begun rolling out a new Dog Mode to all its vehicles via the latest over-the-air software update. Your move, Subaru. Introducing Dog Mode: set a cabin temperature...

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    Tesla cuts 7 percent of workforce

    Tesla on Friday announced in a company email that it has cut 7 percent of its full-time workforce. The move is aimed at getting overheads down so the company can start churning out more affordable Model 3 sedans, namely the promised $35,000 Standard model which will have a 220-mile range. Tesla...

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    Apple hires senior designer from Tesla

    Apple has once again sparked rumors it may be developing more than just self-driving car software. The California-based technology giant has hired Andrew Kim, a former senior designer at Tesla. The Verge reported on Kim's hiring on Monday and said Kim's first day at Apple was last week. Kim's...

  • Boring Company opens first test tunnel in LA, Dec. 2018

    What started as a joke has turned into a real-life prototype. Elon Musk japed that he'd dig tunnels under Los Angeles to avoid traffic, and on Tuesday his Boring Company opened its first prototype tunnel in LA. The entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX also provided more details on how the system works. Musk started The Boring Company as a solution to traffic and congested cities. Machines dig tunnels to fit a vehicle, and an elevator shaft drops them down. From there, the car deploys tracking wheels that rub against the walls to guide it along the tunnel. For now, it's unclear how a vehicle...

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    2018 Tesla Model 3 first drive review: This is the future, today

    It’s not a hypercar, supercar, or even a sports car, and yet it’s one of the most hyped vehicles of the last decade. The Tesla Model 3 needs no introduction. The linchpin in Tesla’s Master Plan, the Model 3 is supposed to be an affordable, high-volume electric car. It’s not...

  • First Tesla Model 3 AWD Performance produced
    Tesla seeks $167M from ex-employee in ongoing legal battle

    Tesla sued a former employee for allegedly stealing confidential photos and video of Tesla's manufacturing systems and other trade secrets this past summer, and it's just been reported the electric car company is seeking $167 million in damages from the lawsuit. CNBC reported Tuesday that Tesla's...

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk on "60 Minutes"
    Elon Musk says he doesn't respect SEC, his tweets have no oversight

    Elon Musk stepped back into the limelight after a tumultuous year. The automaker he oversees, Tesla, was rocked with SEC investigations, production qualms, but turned a profit for the first time in years this year. In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, Musk recapped 2018 and...

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    Elon Musk open to working with Daimler on electric van

    Only last month, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche revealed in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that the company's 2014 divestiture of a stake in Tesla didn't exclude the possibility of a future cooperation between the two firms. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since given similar comments...

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    Tesla Model 3 Performance adds "Track mode," system detailed

    Tesla has officially begun rolling out its awaited "Track mode" for the Tesla Model 3 Performance. The electric-car maker confirmed the release via Twitter on Thursday and released details on how the system works on its website. We learned initial details on the Track mode this past July, but Tesla...

  • 2020 Tesla Roadster

    Tesla late on Wednesday named Robyn Denholm as its new chairman to replace Elon Musk, effective immediately. Musk was forced to give up the role as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a lawsuit filed against him for his infamous “funding secured” tweet made in August in regards to taking Tesla private, though he remains CEO of the electric car manufacturer. Musk and Tesla were also fined $20 million each as part of the deal. Denholm has been a Tesla board member since 2014 and has extensive experience in the finance and tech fields. She is widely...

  • Ares Tesla Model S Roadster teaser sketch
    Ares teases Tesla Model S Roadster conversion

    Modena, Italy-based design firm Ares wants to drop the top and subtract two doors from the Tesla Model S. On Monday, the firm teased another new project in the form of a Model S Roadster. The announcement was light on details, but in a Facebook post to the company's official page, Ares said it will...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla says SEC subpoenaed information about 2017 production numbers

    The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know if Tesla CEO Elon Musk misled investors last year about the automaker's capacity to build the Model 3 sedan, the company disclosed Friday. In a routine filing to investors, Tesla said the SEC subpoenaed information about statements made in 2017...

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    Daimler open to another collaboration with Tesla

    At one point, Daimler owned 10 percent of Tesla. That was back in 2009 when the German auto giant acquired stock in Tesla in an effort to collaborate and develop electric car technology. However, as it started to become clear that electric cars were popular with some buyers, Daimler in 2014 decided...

  • Tesla Model 3 all-wheel drive Performance rolls off a new assembly line in a temporary structure
    Tesla reportedly faces FBI investigation over production numbers

    Tesla reportedly faces an investigation by the FBI that the automaker and CEO Elon Musk may have misled investors about its production numbers. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the FBI is "examining whether Tesla misstated information about production of its Model 3 sedans and misled...

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    Tesla's Chinese plant will initially build Model 3, Model Y

    Tesla a week ago purchased a plot of land near Shanghai to build its Chinese plant. The plant, which will be 100 percent owned by Tesla and have the capacity to build 250,000 vehicles annually initially, will start off building the Model 3 and upcoming Model Y. The information was detailed in a...

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