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Take a look at the first boring machine for Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Elon Musk’s tunnel boring company still isn’t quite as well-articulated as his other three companies, which include the well-established SpaceX and Tesla, as well as the newly minted Neurolink brain interface company. The Boring Company has by far the punniest name, however, and now it also has …

Tesla Model S Gets Called Out By Consumer Reports

The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?<p><b>1st Gear: Consumer Reports Would Like Tesla To</b> …

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Workers Involved In Union Activities Say Tesla Is Illegally Intimidating Them

Tesla is once again facing allegations that it’s working to quash a union drive at its factory in Fremont, California.<p>Last week, the United Automobile Workers union filed four separate charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the company has illegally surveilled and coerced …

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Tesla's 'Pushing Of Production Boundaries' Makes Large Carmakers Yawn

If you noticed mild tremblors yesterday and today, then it’s probably from the auto industry shaking its heads around the globe about an article that appeared at Reuters yesterday. It talks about Californian carmaker Tesla breaking new ground (and taking big risks) in car production. The head …

Tesla’s Model 3 production plans said to include a risky manufacturing move

Tesla’s making a bet on its production process for the Model 3 that defies accepted industry know-how – which is not at all an unusual strategy for the young carmaker. Basically all of Tesla’s success thus far has been due to its ability to defy accepted industry wisdom, but with the Model 3 …

Tesla's cheapest Model S just got cheaper

‘Cheap’ relative to what Teslas generally cost, anyway<p>Tesla is dropping the base price for most of its Model S and Model X vehicles ahead of the entry-level Model 3’s unveil later this July. The base 75 and 75D versions have seen price reductions of $5,000 and $3,000 for Model S and X, …

Onlooker To Faraday Future Prototype: “Is That The Model 3?"

Like pretty much every other carmaker, Faraday Future tests their pre-production mules out on city roads, where they can be in full view of the …

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Detroit is kicking Silicon Valley’s ass in the race to build self-driving cars

Turns out the companies that actually build cars have the upper hand<p>Earlier today, <i>Recode</i> and several other outlets reported that Tesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarter. This news will no doubt lead to some celebration in Silicon Valley, which has …

Tesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarter

Tesla delivered 25,000 cars in the first quarter while Ford’s sales dropped more than 7 percent in March.<p>Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer helmed by Elon Musk, set a new record in the first quarter by delivering 25,000 vehicles.<p>The 14-year-old company is now worth more than 113-year-old …

Tesla’s Autopilot 2.0 is now using 2 out of 8 cameras with the new update

Tesla’s 8.1 software update released this week is the most significant step for the Autopilot program on the new hardware. Chris Lattner, Tesla’s Vice President of Autopilot software, said so himself:<p>Indeed, it’s the biggest jump for the speed limit, but Electrek has also learned that Tesla is now …

Tesla Model 3 'release candidate' drives off the lot

Elon Musk showed off the prototype's first drive, then dropped details on performance and RHD models.<p>As Tesla continues its march towards producing a mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk gave us a brief glimpse at the latest prototype. This Vine-length clip showed the first drive of a …

Tesla's Potential Body Shop Backlog Nightmare

With production of the Tesla Model 3 supposedly coming soon, the automaker’s ability to successfully bring the sedan to production has been the …

Tesla Model 3: new and better footage of prototype spotted around SpaceX’s HQ

Last Friday, we reported on a Tesla Model 3 prototype spotted driving up and down the road near SpaceX’s hyperloop test track along its headquarters in Hawthorne, California.<p>New and better footage of the prototype taken during the same sighting has now been released.<p>The original images came from …

Tesla made it difficult for hacker geohot to buy a Model S and use his own software to power Autopilot 2.0

If you think that the rivalry between George ‘geohot’ Hotz’s small autonomous driving startup comma.ai and Tesla is only in the hacker’s head, you might be wrong.<p>The hacker tried to buy a Model S last week and while Tesla didn’t outright stop him from buying the car as he made it sound on Twitter, …

Tesla opens 'Project Loveday' contest for fan-made ads

Inspired by a child's letter, its Grand Prize is a trip to a Tesla product launch.<p>Tesla has refused to do traditional advertising for its electric vehicles, instead relying on PR and its reputation for innovation. Some fans love the cars so much that they've gone ahead and made advertisements for …

The Tesla Model 3 Goes To Production In July And Prototypes Aren't Completed Yet

Elon Musk says the new Tesla Model 3 sedan design was pencils-down and completed as of last summer. But documents filed by the automaker this week …

Video of Tesla crash shows exactly why Autopilot isn't true self-driving tech

Listen up, Tesla fans.<p>Your favorite carmaker's Autopilot is a super-smart marriage of high tech hardware and software that provides one of the best …

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Are you smarter than a fifth-grader? Elon Musk takes advice from a 10-year-old

Never say never: This week a fifth-grader from Michigan wrote to Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk with a great idea, and the inventor not only …

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Clever Owner Uses Tape To Discover Nearly All Of Tesla's New Cameras Do Nothing

The roll out from Tesla Autopilot 1.x to 2.0 has been, uh, less than smooth. The program is still very much in beta, and out of the car’s eight …

The Road Ahead: For Chevy Bolt And Tesla Model 3, It's A Culture War

An EV culture clash could hurt Bolt sales when the Tesla Model 3 arrives.<p>First, let me say that the focus of this article is my experience at Chevy dealers, using Tesla stores as a benchmark. Second, let me state the obvious: the Tesla Model 3 isn’t available yet. So, I’m extrapolating on the Model …

Elon Musk Emails Staff About Safety, Pay and Likely the Best Company Party Ever

As if free frozen yogurt weren't enough, the party will feature a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster.<p>A week ago, a Tesla worker alleged that employees of Elon Musk's car company were subjected to mandatory overtime and long hours. The CEO on Friday sent out details about his findings about these …

The Tesla Model 3 gets real in July

Tesla's 2016 earning report and letter to shareholders presented some exciting news for some of its most eager customers.<p>The letter revealed that …

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Tesla owners now have an even more obsessive companion app

As some of the most technologically advanced production cars on the road, Tesla's vehicles collect a lot of potentially useful data. Unfortunately for Tesla's diehard fanclub of early adopters, the company's in-house app doesn't offer a simple way to get at much of that data. So two obsessive Tesla …

Botched Drag Race Shows One Big Benefit of Electric Cars

With more moving parts, the Challenger Hellcat has a lot more potential failure points. Like the driveshaft it broke on launch.<p>It wasn't all that long ago that the Dodge Challenger's biggest rivals were the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. They were, after all, a trio of retro-styled, …

UAW goes on the offensive in attempt to unionize Tesla’s factory, sends out organizers

The new effort to unionize Tesla’s Fremont Factory saw a new development today as the president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), Dennis Williams, held a press conference during which he answered questions about Tesla.<p>Williams confirmed that they sent out organizers to help in the effort to …

Good Guy Elon Musk fixes hero's Tesla Model S for free

Elon Musk is far from one of those hands-off CEO types. In a shrewd PR move, the owner of Tesla took to Twitter to cover the repair costs for a Model S used in a rather heroic way.<p>Yesterday in Germany, a man used his Tesla Model S to bring an out-of-control car to a stop. When Manfred Kick noticed …

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Elon Musk says claims of poor working conditions at Tesla are "morally outrageous"

Following claims of poor working conditions<p>Earlier today, a Tesla employee wrote a post on Medium alleging that he and fellow Tesla employees at the company’s Fremont, California manufacturing facility endure “excessive mandatory overtime,” lower-than-average pay, and frequent injuries. Tesla CEO …

Missing Autopilot 2 features should be coming to HW2 Teslas ‘by next month’

Tesla cars with second-generation Autopilot hardware should receive a big update “by next month,” according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The update will apparently include features like autosteer at highway speeds, autopark, and automatic high beams and wipers.<p>Back in October, Tesla rolled …

Tesla front trunks can open without a key but it’s an important safety feature – not a ‘flaw’

Yesterday, I was surprised to see that people were somehow making a big deal about the fact that the front trunk, also known as the ‘frunk’, of the Model S and X can be opened without the key.<p>I thought it was something widely known among Tesla owners, but a popular Youtuber made an insipid video …

Tesla P100D reaches insane 2.28 second 0-60 time in test

If you like Tesla’s already-quick acceleration, but want it to be even faster, than brace yourself! The latest model of the electric car just clocked in acceleration times that beat a Porsche and a Ferrari.<p>In a recent test, a production model Tesla S P100D accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in …