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Tesla Buys SolarCity For $2.6B

After working together for years to build and test solar-based batteries for homes and businesses, Tesla has agreed to buy SolarCity — which is already chaired by CEO Elon Musk — for $2.6 billion. [More]

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New Vizio Owner LeEco Is In The Ecosystem Business, Not The Gadget Business

Earlier this week, TV-maker Vizio announced that it had been acquired by the Chinese company LeEco. “Who?” you might have said. Even people in China would have said the same thing until a few years ago, but now the company is a conglomerate that sells streaming video and smartphones, and electric cars. [More]

GM Giving Lyft Drivers Early Access To New Electric Chevy Bolt

GM Giving Lyft Drivers Early Access To New Electric Chevy Bolt

Back in March, General Motors announced that a portion of its $500 million investment in ride-sharing service Lyft would go toward renting SUVs to prospective drivers for $99/week. Today, the carmaker announced it would expand that service to two additional cities and offer these drivers a chance to be the first to get their hands on the new Chevy Bolt electric car.  [More]

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S Can Be Used Like A Boat For “Short Periods Of Time”

Elon Musk: Tesla Model S Can Be Used Like A Boat For “Short Periods Of Time”

It’s a car, it’s a boat… it’s a Tesla? Should Model S owners ever find themselves in a suddenly wet situation, Tesla CEO says not to worry — the cars can basically turn into a boat for a little bit when you need them to. [More]

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Tesla Opens A ‘Boutique’ Inside A Nordstrom Store

This weekend, electric car maker Tesla will open its latest showroom in California in an unexpected place: inside a Nordstrom department store. Sure, there are Tesla stores in malls, but a mini-store that sells actual cars inside a department store is a new development. Even if the store doesn’t actually sell any cars. [More]

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Tesla Will Probably Charge Model 3 Owners For Using Supercharging Stations

While current Tesla owners can drive up to any one of the Supercharging stations in the company’s network, plug in, and fill up on electricity for free, future owners of Model 3 cars probably won’t be able to enjoy that same service without paying for it. [More]

Tesla Owners Can Try Pricey Autopilot Feature Free For One Month

Tesla Owners Can Try Pricey Autopilot Feature Free For One Month

If you own a Tesla Model S or Model X but didn’t feel like forking over $2,500 for the company’s new Autopilot software, you’re in luck: Tesla drivers can now get a free taste of what a more autonomous future could be like with a monthlong trial of the feature. [More]

Tesla Says It Has Received More Than 325,000 Preorders For The Model 3 In First Week

What a difference a few days makes: after exceeding the record for preorders of a vehicle by bringing in 276,000 reservations in just three days, requests for Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 electric car don’t appear to be slowing down. The carmaker says it’s now sold more than 325,000 vehicles in the week since it began taking orders for the less expensive model. That works out to be about $14 billion worth of electric cars that won’t actually be ready until sometime next year. [The Associated Press]

Tesla Applied For A Dealership License In Michigan

Tesla Applied For A Dealership License In Michigan

Michigan residents keen on purchasing a Tesla may no longer have to travel to Chicago, Ohio, Indiana, or Canada: Tesla has applied for dealership licenses to sell and service its electric vehicles in the state nearly two years after legislators passed laws banning the company’s direct-to-customer sales model.  [More]

General Motors Unveils 200-Mile Charge Chevrolet Bolt EV

General Motors Unveils 200-Mile Charge Chevrolet Bolt EV

The way people get around is changing, and General Motors thinks they have the answer in their new Bolt EV, a new 200-mile charge electric vehicle expected to be on the market next year.  [More]

VW Moving Forward With New Emissions System, Electric Power For Future Models

VW Moving Forward With New Emissions System, Electric Power For Future Models

Volkswagen’s immediate future is in a bit of a holding pattern. The company has a plan for how to properly handle diesel emissions in new vehicles, but it can’t implement it right away. Meanwhile, its 2016 lineup of diesels has yet to win approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. [More]

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Scarcity Of Public Charging Stations In California Is Turning Electric Vehicle Owners Against Each Other

Electric cars are pretty popular in California right now, but there’s one major problem facing all those owners — there aren’t enough charging stations for all those new vehicles hitting the streets. This has led to some bad behavior at the plug, so to speak. [More]

Apple Aiming To Have Its Electric Car Ready By 2019

Apple Aiming To Have Its Electric Car Ready By 2019

Apple is putting the pedal to the metal in its quest to join the electric car market, ramping up its work on the “committed project” it hopes to have finalized in 2019, according to a new report. [More]

Elon Musk: Tesla Will Be Taking Orders For The Cheaper Model 3 By March

Elon Musk: Tesla Will Be Taking Orders For The Cheaper Model 3 By March

Have a hankering for a Tesla electric car but don’t have anywhere in the neighborhood of $127,000? If you don’t need insanity mode or the other high-priced options included in the Model S P85D or even the regular Model S at around $69,000, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he’s got a deal for you — well, in March, that is, when the company starts taking preorders for its cheaper Model 3 car. [More]

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Tesla Model S P85D Breaks Consumer Reports’ Ratings System

This story was first published by our sister publication Consumer Reports. [More]

Tesla Reportedly Loses More Than $4,000 On Each Car It Sells

Tesla Reportedly Loses More Than $4,000 On Each Car It Sells

The base price for a new Tesla Model S with all-wheel-drive will run you about $70,000. While that price tag isn’t for the faint of heart, its doesn’t quite represent how much the electric vehicle maker is putting into its products, as a new report shows the company is losing more than $4,000 on each car it sells. [More]

Tesla: Refer A Friend, Get $1,000 Off A $70,000 Model S

Tesla: Refer A Friend, Get $1,000 Off A $70,000 Model S

In the market for an electric car, but the high price tag scaring you away? Would $1,000 off be enough to spur you to purchase that $70,000-plus vehicle? That’s apparently what Tesla’s betting on. [More]

Tesla Predicts One Million Vehicles By 2020, Including Model 3 ‘Family’ Of Cars

Tesla Predicts One Million Vehicles By 2020, Including Model 3 ‘Family’ Of Cars

While it’s currently uncommon to spot a Tesla in the wild, the electric car company said today that it believes there could be significantly more Teslas – of varying model types – dotting roadways around the world by 2020, indicating its upcoming Model 3 will be targeted for mass market consumption.
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