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]

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Electric Vehicles Could Cut Gasoline Demand By 20% In Next 20 Years

Part of the appeal of driving around town in an electric vehicle is that it doesn’t need gasoline, and thus, is better for the environment. But there’s one thing all of these vehicles aren’t good for: gasoline demand.  [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]

Tesla Denies Report Of Possible Safety Defect In Model S & “Troubling” Nondisclosure Agreements

Tesla Denies Report Of Possible Safety Defect In Model S & “Troubling” Nondisclosure Agreements

Yesterday, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had begun looking into possible issues with the suspension on Tesla’s Model S sedans, but the high-end electric vehicle maker is currently denying that there are any safety issues with the Model S suspensions, or that there is a formal investigation into the matter. [More]

Tesla Shipping Model X Owners Sunshades To Fix Windshield Glare

Tesla Shipping Model X Owners Sunshades To Fix Windshield Glare

Just weeks after Tesla began shipping its long-anticipated Model X SUV, the new owners began expressing concerns over several quality issues including a windshield that distorted oncoming headlights and street lamps and allowed too much heat to enter the vehicle. Today, the electric carmaker is trying to fix one of those issues by shipping sunshades to owners. [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]

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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]

Owners Of Tesla’s New Model X Report Doors Won’t Close, Other Quality Issues

Owners Of Tesla’s New Model X Report Doors Won’t Close, Other Quality Issues

Earlier this month, Tesla recalled 2,700 of its newly released Model X SUVs because third-row seats may not properly latch into the vehicles. Now, owners of the early-build models say they’ve encountered several other issues including doors that won’t close and a windshield that gives drivers double vision.  [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 Recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs Because Seats Shouldn’t Fly Forward

Tesla Recalls 2,700 Model X SUVs Because Seats Shouldn’t Fly Forward

Tesla may be basking in the afterglow of receiving 325,000 preorders for its upcoming Model 3 in just one week, but the electric car company hasn’t forgotten about its other two models, including its recently released SUV now being recalled over seat issues.  [More]