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Tesla Suing Michigan After State Officials Reject Company’s Bid To Open Dealership

After Michigan denied Tesla Motors’ application for licenses to sell directly to consumers, the company has filed a lawsuit against the state, challenging a law that says automakers can only sell through franchised dealerships. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Tesla’s “Insane Mode” Not Insane Enough

There are definitions for terms like “horsepower” and “torque,” but last we checked the auto industry has yet to finalize a standard for what constitutes an “insane” or “ludicrous” driving mode. Despite that lack of consensus, a number of Tesla owners say the automaker misled them, and that their Model S vehicles are not so speedy as to be certifiably insane.  [More]

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Tesla Fires Back At Mobileye’s Claim It Broke Up With Carmaker Over Autopilot Safety

Yesterday, automotive tech company Mobileye claimed that it stopped providing parts for Tesla’s Autopilot assisted-driving system over concerns the carmaker was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety.” Now Tesla is firing back, saying the breakup occurred because Mobileye was unhappy to learn that Tesla planned to take over manufacturing of some Autopilot components. [More]

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Tesla Supplier Says It Broke With Carmaker Over Autopilot Safety Concerns

In July, automotive tech company Mobileye, which had provided parts for Tesla’s Autopilot assisted-driving system, announced that it was ending its relationship with the carmaker. Now Mobileye says it parted ways with Tesla because Autopilot was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety.”  [More]

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Tesla Claims Man With Pals In Big Oil Tried To Impersonate Elon Musk

It sounds like an obvious plot in a movie: a man working for Big Oil tries to steal secrets from an electric car company by impersonating its CEO to steal financial secrets! Except it really happened, according to a new lawsuit from Tesla Motors that claims someone pretended to be Elon Musk in a bid to get juicy inside information. [More]

Tesla Updating Autopilot Feature With Radar, Driver Engagement Safety Check

Tesla Updating Autopilot Feature With Radar, Driver Engagement Safety Check

Two months after Tesla said its Autopilot feature wasn’t going anywhere amid a federal safety investigation into what part the feature played in the first fatal crash to occur while the semi-autonomous function was activated, the electric carmaker has unveiled a software update that it claims will better incorporate the use of radar, and which the company says could have prevented the May crash.

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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 Model S Engulfed In Flames During Worst Test Drive Ever

You might remember a few years ago that after three Tesla Model S sedans caught fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stepped in and opened an investigation into the series of fires, and Tesla made changes to the vehicles based on what happened. Now another fire has happened in France. [More]

Tesla Removes The Words “Autopilot” & “Self-Driving” From China Website

Tesla Removes The Words “Autopilot” & “Self-Driving” From China Website

After a crash involving a Tesla driver in Beijing who said he took his hands off the steering wheel while the car was in “Autopilot mode,” the company says it’s removed that word and a Chinese term that means “self-driving” from its China website. [More]

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Forget Solar Panels, Elon Musk Wants To Sell You A Solar Roof

Sure, a patchwork of solar panels may be sprouting up on everyone’s homes, but why dot your roof with the installations when you can just put up an entire “solar roof?” That could soon be a possibility, at least if Tesla and SolarCity have their way.  [More]

Tesla Says Driver Took Hands Off Wheel In Latest “Autopilot” Crash

Tesla Says Driver Took Hands Off Wheel In Latest “Autopilot” Crash

Once again, high-end electric car maker Tesla is in the spotlight following a crash by a driver who was using the company’s “Autopilot” feature. However, the company says the driver was taking the term “autopilot” too literally. [More]

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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]

Investigators: Driver In Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash Was Speeding

Investigators: Driver In Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash Was Speeding

As federal safety investigators continue to investigate the first fatal crash allegedly involving Tesla’s autopilot feature, a preliminary report found that the vehicle was speeding before the collision. [More]

Tesla Won’t Disable Autopilot Feature Amid NHTSA Investigation

Tesla Won’t Disable Autopilot Feature Amid NHTSA Investigation

Tesla’s Autopilot function isn’t going anywhere, company executives say, despite a recently launched federal safety investigation into what part the feature played in the first fatality crash to occur while the semi-autonomous function was activated, and a reported probe into whether Tesla properly informed its investors of the collision. [More]

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Tesla Probed By SEC Over Fatal Autopilot Crash

Nearly two weeks after Tesla announced the first fatal crash in one of the company’s electric vehicles while operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode, federal regulators are reportedly investigating whether the carmaker was forthright with offering information about the crash to investors.  [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]

Tesla Claims There’s No Evidence Autopilot Was Used Before Recent Model X Crash

Tesla Claims There’s No Evidence Autopilot Was Used Before Recent Model X Crash

Tesla said Wednesday that there is no evidence to support the report that the Model X vehicle involved in a recent crash in Pennsylvania was operating in its semi-autonomous “autopilot” mode.  [More]

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Second Crash Reported Involving Tesla Vehicle Operating In Autopilot

UPDATE: Tesla is now claiming that, counter to police accounts of the incident, the autopilot mode may not have been engaged at the time of the crash.

Less than a week after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an inquiry into the fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle operating in its semi-autonomous “autopilot” mode, a second self-driving Tesla has reportedly been involved in a crash. [More]