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Tesla sabotage/data theft scandal becomes even crazier

With leaked emails from Elon Musk on Monday, we first revealed that a Tesla employee had sabotaged software in the automaker manufacturing system and stolen data.<p>Now things have escalated as Tesla has sued the employee, Martin Tripp, and Tripp is attacking Tesla in the media in return.<p>As we …

Tesla

Green Deals: Greenworks 18-inch 12A Corded Electric Lawn Mower $119 (Reg. $160), more

Amazon offers the Greenworks 18-inch 12A Corded Electric Lawn Mower for <b>$119 shipped</b>. Also at Walmart. For comparison, it sells for around $160 at retailers like Target and today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low. This entry-level electric lawn mower features a 12A motor and 18-inch cutting deck …

Lawn Mowing

Tesla updates Autopilot ‘nag’ with new alert and clarifies hand on wheel detection

Following a comment from Elon Musk about changing the Autopilot’s ‘Hold Steering Wheel’ alert, Tesla has released a new software update to enable the change and it clarified how they detect the hands on the wheel.<p>Following accidents on Autopilot that seemed to indicate that some owners are becoming …

Tesla

Xiaomi’s new $261 electric bicycle prepares to turn the ebike industry on its head

The Chinese company Xiaomi has an impressive line of affordable products, ranging from consumer electronics to sofas. They are no strangers to personal electric vehicles either, having produced a very popular electric bicycle as well as an equally popular electric scooter.<p>And now they are doubling …

Electric Vehicles

VW’s all-electric race car sets fastest time in Pikes Peak’s qualifying round

There has been a lot of hype around the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, an all-electric race car, ahead of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.<p>Now the vehicle looks to back it up with a good performance and it is off to an impressive start as it sets the fastest time in Pikes Peak’s qualifying …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla Semi electric truck prototype sets out on test run to Santa Rosa

The first Tesla Semi prototypes, the automaker’s electric truck, are currently in their test program ahead of production.<p>This week, Tesla released some rare footage of the vehicle undergoing testing.<p>We have been tracking the Tesla Semi test program and the automaker is now deep into testing its …

Tesla

Trump administration plans to make electric bicycles more expensive with 25% tariff on Chinese e-bikes

Electric bicycles are a lot of things, from convenient commuter vehicles to fun recreational rides. But one word rarely used to describe e-bikes is ‘inexpensive’.<p>And now thanks to a new tariff plan proposed by US President Donald Trump, even the most affordable electric bicycles from China will be …

Trump Administration

Mercedes-Benz turns coal power plant into energy storage system with electric car batteries

Daimler, through its subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy and with partners, is turning a coal power plant into a large energy storage facility using over a thousand modules from its electric car battery packs.<p>Like Tesla and its ‘Tesla Energy’ division, Mercedes-Benz is leveraging its experience with …

Clean Energy

Tesla now lets you remotely limit the speed of your car with new update

Going a step further than its ‘valet mode’, Tesla is now letting owners remotely limit the speed of their cars with a new mobile app update alongside a vehicle software update.<p>Tesla owners with vehicle software version “2018.24 or above” and the latest mobile app update (Version 3.4.1) can now …

Tesla

This 32kW plane will fly twice as high as commercial jets on SunPower

SunPower isn’t just powering roofs and solar farms these days. The company, which touts its solar panels as the most durable and efficient on the market, is looking at other applications. I’d be hard pressed to find one as awesome as the upcoming Mission SolarStratos expedition which will be …

Solar Power

Green Deals: Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat $80, more

Amazon offers the Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat for <b>$79.99 shipped</b>. Regularly $100 at retailers like Home Depot, that brings the price down to the best we’ve seen at Amazon this year. Features include Alexa-compatibility, 7-day programming, and a built-in display. Rated 4.1/5 …

Home Depot

Nasa’s electric X-plane soars closer to its first flight

Despite once appearing to be a far off dream, electric transportation is largely commonplace today. Sales of Tesla cars are already surpassing that of their gas powered competitors, electric boats are sailing the seas and even electric buses are displacing traditional gas powered mass transit.<p>While …

Aviation

Tesla sues alleged saboteur engineer who also apparently leaked false reports to media

Things are never dull in Tesla-land. After we heard on Monday that Tesla’s Production line was sabotaged, today the automaker filed a lawsuit against Martin Tripp. The Gigafactory Process Engineer was accused of not only writing software that extracted data from Tesla’s Manufacturing Operating …

Tesla

Porsche takes a stake in electric hypercar startup Rimac

Rimac, the maker of insanely powerful all-electric hypercars, is adding another big name to its list of shareholders: Porsche.<p>The German automaker has confirmed that it has taken a minority but still significant 10% stake in the company.<p>Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and …

Supercars

Tesla and other tech giants join Apple in condemning separation of children from parents

Apple’s Tim Cook yesterday described the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from the parents of asylum speakers and suspected illegal immigrants as ‘inhumane’ – and the leaders of a long list of other tech companies are expressing similar views …<p><i>Buzzfeed</i> rounded up statements …

Immigration

Tesla is looking at Germany for a new Gigafactory

There has been a lot of talk about Tesla soon announcing a new Gigafactory in China as the company confirmed discussions with the Shanghai government to build a plant in their Free-Trade Zone.<p>But the company has also been talking about a European factory.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that Germany is …

Tesla

Colorado punches back against EPA, will require higher emissions standards like California

Today, in response to the EPA’s recent rollback of agreed-upon 2022-2025 fuel efficiency standards, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado issued an executive order for his state to develop a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard similar to California’s current standard. The executive order explicitly …

Automotive Industry

Tesla Autopilot ‘buddy’ hack to avoid ‘nag’ gets shut down by NTHSA

Tesla has recently been increasing the alerts to ‘hold the steering wheel’ when using Autopilot in an attempt to try to reduce misuse of the driver assist system.<p>The move is not welcomed by all Tesla drivers and could potentially lead to some of them seeking ways to avoid the alerts, which are …

Tesla

Green Deals: Grape Solar 100W Solar Panel $99 shipped (Reg. $125+), more

Home Depot offers the Grape Solar 100W Polycrystalline Solar Panel for <b>$99 shipped</b>. For comparison, it regularly sells for around $130 with today’s offer around $10 of the previous all-time low. You can use this panel with compatible 12V systems on RVs, boats and just about anything that accepts a …

Home Depot

Tesla’s new Model 3 assembly line inside a ‘tent’ is ‘way better’ and cheaper than other line, says Elon Musk

Tesla’s new Model 3 general assembly line at the Fremont factory is creating a small controversy in the Tesla community because it is being built inside a building that appears to be a tent, which is not standard in the industry.<p>CEO Elon Musk has now commented on the project and said that the new …

Tesla

Mitsubishi slightly increases battery capacity in new 2019 Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi’s popular plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV, is getting quite a few upgrades with the 2019 version, including a slight increase in battery capacity for a little more range.<p>When I say “slight”, I mean it.<p>The battery pack capacity increased by 10% to 13.8 kWh.<p>It’s enough for an …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla production line was ‘sabotaged’, Elon Musk tells employees to be ‘on alert’

As we reported last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears more confident than ever about meeting the automaker’s goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of the quarter.<p>But there are still plenty of things that can go wrong with over 10,000 parts all converging in Fremont to make a …

Tesla

Jaguar breaks electric speed records in a battery-powered boat with Formula E tech

The Jaguar Vector Racing has been working for the past year to convert a speedboat to electric propulsion by leveraging Formula E technology and it has now broken electric speed records with the battery-powered boat.<p>The unique boat called Jaguar Vector V20E recorded “an average speed of 88.61 mph …

Speedboat

Zero Motorcycles to open first exclusive dealership in North America, taking page out of Tesla’s book

When you think of an electric motorcycle, especially in the US, Zero Motorcycles is often the first to come to mind. They aren’t the only electric motorcycle company out there, but they are one of the best known for their multiple models of sporty and commuter electric two-wheelers.<p>The Santa Cruz, …

Motorcycles

Green Deals: Rain Bird 6-Zone Sprinkler Controller $50, more

Amazon offers the Rain Bird 6-Zone Indoor Sprinkler Controller for <b>$49.98 shipped</b>. Originally selling for over $110, most retailers currently have it for around $65+. Today’s deal is a match of the Amazon all-time low. This sprinkler controller monitors the weather and creates schedules to help your …

Home Depot

Audi e-tron quattro electric SUV to have ‘intelligent charging functions’ optimized for solar

Several electric automakers are also venturing into the energy generation aspect of charging electric vehicles. Tesla is leading the charge after its acquisition of SolarCity.<p>Now several other automakers are getting on board and Audi is partnering with SMA Solar Technology to have ‘intelligent …

Electric Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz reveals EQC all-electric SUV summer testing ahead of production

Over the past few months, Mercedes-Benz has been revealing some information about its all-electric EQC SUV development program.<p>Today, they are releasing the details of summer testing ahead of the start of production.<p>Earlier this year, they showed a glimpse at its production prototype during winter …

Mercedes-Benz

Renault expands its electric vehicle-only stores to another location

Some of the legacy automakers who are really serious about electric vehicles are also trying to address the issues that come with selling both electric and gas-powered cars at dealerships.<p>Renault is exploring electric vehicle-only stores and after a successful pilot project in Stockholm, it is now …

Electric Vehicles

Electric moped sharing programs expand around the US – Are Americans ready to become scooter riders?

Electric scooters, ride-on scooters, mopeds – whatever you want to call them – aren’t exactly commonplace in the US. It wasn’t long ago at all that spotting these two-wheeled EVs in America’s cities was nearly impossible.<p>But in Bob Dylan’s ironically timeless words, “…the times, they are …

San Francisco

A rare look at what Tesla Autopilot can see and interpret

We previously reported about what Tesla’s Autopilot can see with its suite of 8 cameras around the car, but we rarely got into how the Autopilot understands and interprets what it is looking at through its computer vision system.<p>That’s changing today after a few hackers were able to overlay …

Tesla