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Tesla Owners Sue, Say Car Not 'Insane' Enough

Model S acceleration mode doesn't go fast enough, Norway suit says

(Newser) - Tesla owners in Norway are suing the electric-car maker, claiming the car's "insane mode" of acceleration is too, well, sane. The lawsuit filed by 126 owners of the P85D version of the Model S sedan says it falls short of claims it can go from 0 to 60mph... More »

Tesla: We're Fixing Autopilot

Company says improved radar will result in fewer crashes

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and severity of crashes they're involved in, the AP reports. Sunday's news comes in the wake of a May crash involving... More »

Tesla Hits a 'Profound Milestone'

100kWh battery extends range, amps up acceleration

(Newser) - Tesla on Tuesday introduced a car battery that's being hailed for two reasons: its ability to power an electric vehicle 315 miles on one charge, and the fact that it makes a four-door sedan the fastest accelerating production car (with an *; more on that below). The Wall Street ... More »

87% of Drivers Could Switch to Electric Car With Little Hassle

Almost all daily driving needs fall within once-a-day charging range

(Newser) - Drivers are generally leery of electric cars over the simple fear that the battery's charge will run out and leave them stranded. But now researchers from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute report in Nature Energy that range anxiety is overblown in the vast majority of the US. They... More »

After China Crash, Tesla Scrubs 'Autopilot'

Hello, 'self-assisted driving'

(Newser) - Weeks after the first crash of a Tesla in China, the US carmaker has deleted the terms “self-driving” and “autopilot” from its website in that country, Reuters reports. The move came after the 33-year-old driver accused Tesla salespeople of misleading him about the capabilities of the automated driving... More »

Tesla's Autopilot Might've Saved Driver's Life

'I'm very thankful I had it for this experience'

(Newser) - If Joshua Neally had been in any other car, it's possible he might not have survived. But when the 37-year-old lawyer began having "the most excruciating pain" that felt like "a steel pole through my chest" while driving home from work in Missouri on July 26, he... More »

Tesla Will Buy SolarCity, Says Elon Musk

Merger must still be approved

(Newser) - Tesla wants to put its car and energy storage businesses under one solar-powered roof. Tesla said Monday it will buy solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. in an all-stock deal worth $2.6 billion, the AP reports. The deal must still be approved by the government and shareholders at both companies.... More »

Report: Tesla Car Was Speeding in Fatal Autopilot Crash

Joshua Brown was going 9mph over the speed limit

(Newser) - The driver killed when his Tesla sedan crashed while in self-driving mode was traveling at 9mph above the speed limit just before hitting the side of a tractor-trailer, federal accident investigators said Tuesday. Data downloaded from the Tesla Model S shows the vehicle was traveling at 74mph in a 65-mph... More »

Heads Up, Uber: Tesla 'Master Plan' Sees Ride-Sharing

Elon Musk unveils his vision, including Tesla trucks

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released his "master plan" for the electric-vehicle company, one that comes 10 years after his first such plan. The nitty gritty:
  • Bigger vehicles: New vehicles in the works "range from a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi to a public transport bus, a
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3rd Tesla Autopilot Crash Reported

But this one may have been due to driver error

(Newser) - A Tesla Model X owner tells CNN Money that his car crashed while in Autopilot mode over the weekend in Montana. The owner, who identified himself only by his last name, Pang, says he wants to talk to Tesla to determine whether the accident was the car's fault or... More »

SEC May Have Issue With Tesla's Actions After Autopilot Crash

Sources say SEC is investigating possible rules breach

(Newser) - Tesla notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after its first fatal crash involving Autopilot mode , but it didn't bother telling investors about the May 7 crash, and that could land the company in hot water. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the Securities and Exchange Commission is... More »

Another Tesla Crashed While Reportedly in Autopilot Mode

Tesla says it has no evidence the car was in autopilot, but authorities are investigating

(Newser) - Tesla's autopilot feature may have been involved in a second crash the day after the federal government launched an investigation into the feature following the first such crash, the Detroit Free Press reports. Art gallery owner Albert Scaglione was driving his 2016 Tesla Model X on the Pennsylvania Turnpike... More »

Harry Potter May Have Distracted Man in Tesla Autopilot Crash

Authorities say they found a portable DVD player in Joshua Brown's car

(Newser) - A man believed to be the first person in America to be killed while his car was driving itself may have been watching a Harry Potter movie at the time, Reuters reports. The fatal crash happened in May but wasn't made public until Thursday. According to the AP , 40-year-old... More »

A 'Tragic' First: Driver Killed in Self-Driving Car Crash

He was using a semi-autonomous mode in his Tesla at the time

(Newser) - For the first time, a driver has been killed in a fatal crash while driving a car in autopilot mode. The accident, which happened in Florida in May but has only now become public knowledge, occurred when the driver was using his Tesla Model S in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode... More »

Tesla Looking to Change Up US Gas Stations

Move could 'redefine the gas station,' Washington Post says

(Newser) - Soon, it could be much easier for electric car drivers to recharge. Tesla is in talks with Sheetz, a chain that operates hundreds of gas stations and convenience stores in six states, about putting Tesla charging stations at Sheetz locations, a Sheetz exec confirms to the Washington Post . The Post ... More »

Work Here, Get a Free Tesla

The ultimate job perk?

(Newser) - If you're planning to apply for one of 10 open positions at startup Practichem, expect plenty of competition. The scientific instruments maker based in Raleigh, NC, says it will lease Tesla Model 3s for each of its more than 15 full-time staff members, plus new recruits. It's a... More »

Tesla CEO: We'll Investigate $5 an Hour Labor Claims

Newspaper says foreign workers were brought in on the cheap

(Newser) - An article in Sunday's San Jose Mercury News exposed a troubling narrative about Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif., claiming that about 140 workers from Eastern Europe were imported by a subcontractor to build a paint shop for the Model 3 sedan—for $5 an hour. Per the Guardian ... More »

Tesla Owner: My Driverless Car Went 'Rogue'

It hit a parked trailer; company blames human error

(Newser) - The owner of a Tesla Model S says his car went "rogue" while nobody was inside it and drove into a parked trailer. Tesla's response: It was the guy's own fault. Jared Overton of Utah says he parked his Tesla in front of a business, behind a... More »

Tesla Racks Up 'Unprecedented' Sales With Model 3

New electric car, not even available until late 2017, has 276K preorders

(Newser) - Electric cars used to be a quaint novelty for a niche demographic. But the throngs trying to nab one of Tesla's new Model 3 sedans are turning a one-time fad into a phenomenon. The Washington Post reports that in two days' time, 276,000 people preordered its latest vehicle,... More »

Tesla Model 3: 7 Things to Know

Nearly 200,000 people have pre-ordered the electric car

(Newser) - Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's newest electric vehicle , the Tesla Model 3, Thursday night in California, and the hype was strong. Thousands upon thousands of people lined up at Tesla dealerships to reserve the vehicle, which isn't even scheduled to be released until December 2017. But that's what... More »

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