Tesla News

  • Lucid Air

    Fresh from a $1 billion stake sale to the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, luxury EV startup Lucid on Monday named Peter Rawlinson as its new CEO. Rawlinson was the chief engineer of the Tesla Model S prior to joining Lucid as chief technology officer in 2013, and he has helped to develop a number of vehicles from various brands, notably Lotus and Jaguar. In his new role as Lucid CEO, Rawlinson replaces company co-founder Sam Weng and will remain CTO. Weng, who has retired, founded Lucid together with Bernard Tse, another former Tesla executive, in 2007 as a battery technology company...

  • Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
    Tesla losses swell to $702M for Q1 2019 as deliveries drop

    It's been another punishing quarter for Tesla which on Wednesday reported a net loss of $702 million for the first three months of 2019. The result was a substantial step down from the $139.5 million profit reported in the prior quarter and a near match to the $710 million loss reported one year...

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    Double down: Tesla Model S and X now go further with up to 370 miles of range

    Tesla on Tuesday announced a series of updates for its 2019 Model S and Model X, and key among them is an increase in range for both models including as much as 370 miles for the Model S. The updates see the return of a Standard Range option for both cars, bringing the starting price down to...

  • Tesla Model 3  -  Portland, OR  -  January 2019
    Tesla unveils "fully self-driving" custom computers, Musk says he expects self driving next year

    Tesla on Monday unveiled its custom computers now installed on its cars and said the hardware would be able to drive its cars by the end of next year, pending approval from lawmakers. "We expect to be confident enough...where we think people do not need to touch the wheel (or) look out the window...

  • Tesla Model S catches fire in China
    Tesla investigators dispatched to China after Model S appears to spontaneously combust

    After video surfaced of a Tesla Model S smoking before catching fire, the electric-car maker has dispatched investigators to China where the incident occurred. Business Insider reported on the incident after a video of the electric car exploding surfaced on Chinese social media websites on Sunday...

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    Tesla Model 3 Standard Range dropped from ordering website, new leasing program available

    In February, Tesla delivered on its long-awaited promise of offering a $35,000 Model 3. Named the Standard Range, the car finally went on sale to give fans the most-affordable option possible. On Thursday, Tesla announced it's making that car much harder to buy. The electric car maker has removed...

  • Tesla Model S-based Roamer RV concept

    The Tesla Model S has proven adaptable thanks to efforts to transform the electric car into various different machines. Now, we can add a recreational vehicle to that list. The Model S-based Roamer RV is set to debut at Michigan Energy Office’s EV ride and drive, the state said last week. The creation comes from world traveler and author Travis Rabenburg, who promises the concept isn't vaporware. Specifically, the camper van creation starts with a Model S P90D and the first renderings show off its rugged enhancements. Knobbier tires and perhaps a suspension lift are part of the package...

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    FCA to pay Tesla for help in avoiding European emissions violations

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tesla have become unlikely bedfellows in circumventing European Union emissions violations because of a loophole in the regulations. FCA will pay Tesla for permission to count its EVs in FCA's own fleet under an option in the regulations known as the “open...

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    Apple hires away Tesla's powertrain chief

    Apple has poached yet another Tesla executive. The technology company has brought on Tesla's head of powertrains, Michael Schwekutsch. Schwekutsch was previously in vice president of engineering at Tesla where he oversaw electric motors, transmissions, and axles. According to his LinkedIn profile...

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    Tesla referral program returns, but with a twist

    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...

  • 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...

  • Tesla Model Y
    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 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. Full pricing information will also be revealed at the debut, though Musk on Sunday hinted that the Model Y will cost about 10 percent more than the related Model 3, as the upcoming SUV will be about 10 percent bigger than Tesla's popular sedan. With the Model 3 starting at $36,200, with shipping, we're...

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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's new V3 Supercharger can add 75 miles in 5 minutes

    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...

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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

    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 to keep your dog comfortable while letting passersby know they don't need to worry pic.twitter.com/xFU6MGZT53 — Tesla (@Tesla) February 14, 2019 Dog Mode allows owners to set a temperature in the vehicle's cabin while the car is "off" to keep man's best friend comfortable. Dog Mode uses the...

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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
    First test run completed at 35 mph in Musk's LA Boring Company tunnel, turns cars into "rail-guided trains"

    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...

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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...

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