Elon Musk teases what's next for Tesla in a year-end 'thank you' tweet

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Elon Musk, appreciates your business, Tesla owners.

The Tesla, Inc. co-founder tweeted a brief year-end ‘thank you’ note on Tuesday, expressing appreciation for those who “[took] a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail.” He ended the tweet with a simple request: Help us do better.

Wanted again to send a note of deep gratitude to Tesla owners WW for taking a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail

So much blood, sweat & tears from the Tesla team went into creating cars that you’d truly love. I hope you do.

How can we improve further?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017 Read more…

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Drivers, warm up your batteries! Tesla app updated with cold weather 'precondition' feature

We deliberately omitted Tesla from our list of brands that let you start, stop or unlock your vehicle remotely with the help of your smartphone, as this car has been developed from the ground up with connectivity and apps in mind. Hey, Tesla cars even get firmware updates, so this latest news from the universe of the world’s most popular electric vehicle is not overly surprising.

How about getting your car battery preconditioned from the comfort of your phone? “Preconditioning” refers to the process of warming up the battery so as the software doesn’t limit the car’s abilities when you …

Amber Heard and Tesla tycoon, Elon Musk call it quits

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The Tesla titan and actress Amber Heard are parting ways. The two officially got together after finalizing their respective divorces and had been heating up the tech world since. 

But looks like it’s their hectic schedules that eventually led to the sad breakup. Read more…

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Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …

Tesla mechanics rescue a cute kitten that got stuck inside a Model X bumper

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Of all the things that could possibly go wrong with your electric self-driving car, finding a kitten inside your bumper may be the cutest of them all.

An unnamed Model X owner uploaded two clips to YouTube on Saturday that show a teeny kitten trapped inside the bumper of his vehicle.

“So this morning, I heard a meow in my garage,” the man said in the clip. “And we don’t have a cat.”

After narrowing down the meows to his vehicle, then the rear bumper, the man decided to bring his car into a Tesla service center to get a little help rescuing the cat safely.

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For a moment, Tesla was worth more than BMW

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For a little while, Tesla was worth more than even the fanciest automakers. 

The clean energy carmaker gained enough value in the stock market Friday to propel it past BMW — traditionally one of the highest-value auto companies. 

Tesla shares rose in value after Elon Musk voiced his confidence that Tesla could soon produce its long-awaited more affordable Model 3 at scale, for actual purchase by any customers. 

Tesla stock rose 1.9 percent to help Tesla outpace BMW’s $61.3 billion market value. By the end of the day, though, Tesla ended up $2.6 billion below BMW. 

Tesla’s gain over BMW was only in its value on Wall Street. In the real world, Tesla is still producing only 80,000 cars to BMW’s 2.4 million.  Read more…

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Wozniak says that the next big thing in tech will come from Tesla, not Apple

Apple co-founder Steve Woznikak might know a thing or two about innovation. He also might know a thing or two about innovators, and for now he is betting that the next big thing in tech will be coming from Elon Musk and Tesla, not from Apple. Talking about the success of the Tesla Model S, the Woz said it worked because Musk built the device for himself. “When things come from yourself, knowing what you’d like very much and being in control of it…that’s when you get the best products,” he said.

Apple’s size and age apparently puts it at a disadvantage. When discussing the names of some …

Elon Musk promises smoother new autopilot for Tesla cars

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It’s the middle of the night on a Sunday in the U.S., and of course Elon Musk is on Twitter. 

This time, the Tesla CEO shared a couple of details regarding the seemingly never-ending rollout of the second version of Autopilot. According to Musk, new software will be deployed to Tesla cars “next month,” and the new control algorithm will offer a much smoother ride than before. 

The new software will only be deployed to owners of second-generation (HW2) Tesla cars, as the first-generation (HW1) cars don’t have “enough sensors and computing power.” Read more…

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Tesla reveals just how owners will be charged to Supercharge

Using a Tesla Supercharger will come with a super charge. Well, that depends on how you define “super,” of course. On Thursday, two months after its initial announcement regarding the payment structure around its Supercharger network, Tesla informed the public of some of the details of how it plans to “make long-distance travel a seamless experience for drivers,” at a cost.

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“Cars have always represented independence and the freedom to travel wherever and whenever people want to go,” Tesla wrote in a blog post. “To enable this freedom, building a charging network that provides quick, convenient, and long-distance travel is critical to the adoption of electric vehicles. One of our top priorities this year is to significantly increase capacity of our Supercharger network.”

So how will it go about doing this? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite as straightforward as you might like. First off, Tesla Model S and Model X cars ordered after January 15, 2017 will be granted 400kWh (kilowatt-hours) of free Supercharging credits, equivalent to about 1,000 miles, every year on the anniversary of their delivery. Tesla claims that its research has suggested that 400kWh actually accounts for the yearly amount of long-distance driving the average customer needs.

However, should you be an above-average driver, you’ll be charged “a small fee to Supercharge.” If you’re a resident of North America, pricing remains consistent within each state or province, whereas overseas, pricing is fixed within a country. In most areas of the world, you’ll be asked to pay per kWh, described as “the fairest way to pay for the exact energy need.” But that won’t be the case in all areas of the world — some local regulations require Tesla to charge per minute of usage instead. That said, Tesla says that it’s “actively working with regulators to update the rules.”

Ultimately, this Supercharge charging structure works out to about $15 for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and about $120 from Los Angeles to New York. You can check out additional details about the program here.

No cobalt, no Tesla?


Photo: Getty Images/SOPHIE-CARON/iStock The battery industry uses 42 percent of global cobalt production, critical for Lithium-ion cells. Much of the world’s supply of cobalt comes out of Africa. Chinese players recently bought controlling stakes in one of Africa’s largest known cobalt sources. Tesla has stated that the cobalt it needs will be sourced in North America, but the math doesn’t add up. Is Tesla doomed? Read More

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