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Tesla Revamping Model S & Model X To Provide More Charge, Faster Acceleration

Soon you’ll be able to drive that Tesla Model X or Model S faster for a longer period of time, as the electric carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk has announced the company is developing two new versions of the vehicles. [More]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Teases “Top Secret Masterplan”

Over the years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has attempted to drum up excitement for the company’s new endeavors by teasing them on social media, promising to soon unveil something “major,” like last summer’s worst kept secret: that the company would begin making solar-based batteries for homes and businesses. Well, the hype-loving CEO — who could use a boost after the last couple of weeks [link to an autopilot story]– is at it again, teasing a “top secret masterplan.” [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 Reportedly Working On Secret Self-Driving Bus-Type Vehicle

Over the past year, Tesla has tweaked its self-driving vehicle software — Autopilot. Now, it appears the company is preparing to use the autonomous feature to reduce traffic in large cities by offering it on a bus — or something similar to one.  [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 Says It Already Has Reservations For 115,000 $35K Model 3 Electric Vehicles

Tesla Says It Already Has Reservations For 115,000 $35K Model 3 Electric Vehicles

It’s been nearly two years since Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the development of the Model 3, the high-end electric vehicle maker’s first venture into more affordable automobiles. Aside from that price point and claims about being able to get around 200 miles to a single charge, not much else has been disclosed until tonight’s long-awaited press/sales event. [More]

Tesla Updates Self-Parking Software After Consumer Reports Raises Concerns

Tesla Updates Self-Parking Software After Consumer Reports Raises Concerns

When Tesla announced last month that it would push out a software upgrade to allow Model S owners to park their electric car in a garage or perpendicular spaces without anyone behind the wheel, it was seen as yet another step toward a fully autonomous vehicle. That was until researchers found the new “Summon” mode contained a small safety issue.  [More]

Tesla Announces Software Upgrade That Allows A Car To Park Itself

Tesla Announces Software Upgrade That Allows A Car To Park Itself

As carmakers continue to push for fully autonomous vehicles that will take the hassle out of driving, Tesla Motors is taking another step in that direction with a software upgrade that will allow Model S owners to park them in a garage or perpendicular spaces without anyone behind the wheel. [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.

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Not Convinced The Robot Uprising Is Inevitable? Watch This Charger Prototype For Tesla Cars Find Its Target

You know, we’re a little surprised by you, Elon Musk. As a guy who’s said we’re right to be worried about artificial intelligence enslaving the human race, Terminator style, you’d think you wouldn’t go ahead and invent a robot charger that can find its own way to a nearby Tesla and plug in. What’s the next target, our brains?!?

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Tesla Announces $10K Acceleration Improvement Upgrade Called “Ludicrous Mode”

Tesla Announces $10K Acceleration Improvement Upgrade Called “Ludicrous Mode”

If you’ve got an extra $10,000 hanging around and were thinking of buying a new Tesla Model S, you might be interested in an upgrade company CEO Elon Musk just announced: “Ludicrous Mode,” an improved acceleration that brings the dual motor version of the car from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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The Guy Who Started Tesla Wants To Shoot The Internet To You From Space

Elon Musk is kind of becoming 2015’s mad billionaire genius. Not only does he run a very successful electric luxury car company that has jumped into the electricity business, but also he has a space company, SpaceX. For the last decade, SpaceX has been working with NASA to send things (and eventually people) to the International Space Station. Now, it appears that SpaceX has a plan in mind to become a global broadband provider.

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Elon Musk Denies Ever Scolding Employee Over Missing A Work Event To Witness Child’s Birth

Elon Musk Denies Ever Scolding Employee Over Missing A Work Event To Witness Child’s Birth

The news cycle was abuzz yesterday with quotes from a new book about Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk, particularly one from an anonymous employee who said he’d been chastised for missing a work event in order to be present at the birth of his child. Musk fired back on Twitter today, denying he ever said any such thing.

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Tesla To Unveil Something “Major” April 30, But Not A New Car

That Elon sure does know how to tease... (via Twitter)

Earlier today, Tesla founder and Twitter tease Elon Musk announced that his company would be unveiling a “Major new product line” on April 3, while cautioning immediately that it’s “not a car.” So what could it be? [More]

Tesla Says Software Update Will “End Range Anxiety” For Model S Cars

Tesla Says Software Update Will “End Range Anxiety” For Model S Cars

The base version of the Tesla Model S already gets around 200 miles to a charge and the 85kwh version can reach more than 260 miles before needing to be plugged in; farther than any other electric vehicle currently in production. But company founder Elon Musk is promising that a new software update will “end range anxiety.” [More]

Elon Musk Donates $10M To Help Save Humankind From The Robots

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Don’t believe that artificial intelligence will one day rise up against the humans who brought it into being and become robot overlords reigning over Earth like cruel, undying gods? Well, Elon Musk does, and he’s willing to put $10 million where his mouth is in order to safeguard humans from the inevitable robot revolution.

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Musk: Tesla May Eventually Use Car Dealers But Not Ones Who Have Been “Jerks”

Musk: Tesla May Eventually Use Car Dealers But Not Ones Who Have Been “Jerks”

Even though upscale electric vehicle maker Tesla currently only puts out around 35,000 cars a year, it’s already gotten under the skin of the auto sales business with its refusal to use the traditional franchised dealership model, leading some states to enact backward-looking laws blocking non-dealership sales of automobiles. But Tesla founder Elon Musk admitted yesterday that his company may eventually go the dealer route, but only with non-jerks. [More]

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Elon Musk Predicts Tesla Cars Will Be Able To Drive Themselves 90% Of The Time In 2015

Do you see that, off in the distance? Where flying cars are zooming around without a human hand to guide them? It’s what I call “The Jetsons Horizon” and if Elon Musk has anything to say about it, we’ll be getting closer to that line as soon as 2015. [More]