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Actress Posts Video of Hubby's Tesla on Fire 'Out of the Blue'

Mary McCormack says fire was not caused by accident

(Newser) - The latest unfortunate headline for Tesla comes courtesy of actress Mary McCormack, who on Friday tweeted a video of a Model S with flames shooting from it. "This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident,out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica... More »

Tesla Slashes Thousands of Jobs

Round of layoffs is biggest in company history

(Newser) - Tesla has never made an annual profit but it's getting serious about trying, Elon Musk said in a letter to employees announcing the biggest round of layoffs in the company's history. Musk told employees that the company's rapid growth had led to "duplication of roles and... More »

Tesla Crash Leaves Cops With One Big Question

A Tesla sedan rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph

(Newser) - A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous autopilot feature rear-ended a fire department truck at 60mph apparently without braking before impact, but police say it's unknown if the autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic... More »

Tesla Stock Dives After Bizarre Earnings Call

Musk cut off analysts after 'boring' questions

(Newser) - Tesla's share price took a major hit Wednesday after CEO Elon Musk decided he didn't want to spend a conference call on the company's earning report dealing with a lot of dull questions from analysts. Musk interrupted a back-and-forth between a Bernstein analyst and Tesla Chief Financial... More »

Tesla Gets One More Problem—a Big Recall

123K Model S owners learn rusty bolts could affect power steering

(Newser) - A rough week for Tesla just a got a little rougher, with the company announcing a recall of 123,000 Model S sedans because of rusty bolts. Specifically, the issue affects vehicles made before April 2016, particularly those in colder climates where road salt can corrode power steering bolts. In... More »

Driver Deliberately Crashes Fancy Tesla to Save Lives

He was able to stop an out-of-control Passat whose driver was in distress

(Newser) - The driver of a $70,000 Tesla Model S put his fancy car on the line to save lives with an impressive maneuver Monday in Germany. Jalopnik reports the driver was on the autobahn near Munich when he saw an out-of-control Volkswagen Passat swerve across the road and repeatedly hit... More »

Tesla Owner Stranded in Desert, and Not for Lack of Charge

Ryan Negri relied on phone to start car, but they were out of range

(Newser) - One Tesla Model S driver learned the hard way that technology has its limits. In a story he tells on Instagram , Ryan Negri describes venturing out into the Nevada desert with his wife and two dogs: "The thought was to go for a quick drive to take some photos... 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

Consumer Reports Yanks Tesla Recommendation

Model S has too many maintenance problems

(Newser) - The ultra hip Tesla Model S tests great, but it seems it might not hold up in the long run, according to a new report published Tuesday by Consumer Reports . The publication gave the electric vehicle its best performance rating ever —a seemingly mathematically impossible 103 out of 100—... More »

New Tesla Model Breaks Consumer Reports' Scale

It initially scored 103 out of 100, prompting a new scoring system

(Newser) - For those who think electric cars will never outperform gas ones, Consumer Reports has something to say. In its latest test drive of Tesla's new Model S P85D , the writers said the all-wheel-drive sedan "performed better in our tests than any other car ever has, breaking the Consumer ... More »

Tesla Riders Go Nuts Over 'Insane Mode'

Video compilation reveals passenger reactions, lots of cursing

(Newser) - The car everyone is buzzing about is now the car passengers are cursing about in a hilarious new video from DragTimes . Tesla driver Brooks managed to convince friends and family to get into the Model S P85D to test out the car's "insane" mode: a 0 to 60... More »

You Can Sleep in Man's Tesla for $85 a Night

He lists it as a room on Airbnb

(Newser) - Want to drive a Tesla Model S but can't afford to buy one? Well, you're out of luck. But if you'd like to at least sleep in one of the $118,000 electric cars, you can do so for just $85 per night. That's because, as... More »

Hybrid, Electric Car Sales Running Out of Gas

Market isn't living up to expectations

(Newser) - Gas prices have been pretty flat lately, and the automobile industry is responding with its best August sales figures in a decade. But hybrid and electric cars appear to be the casualty, with sales accounting for 3.6% of all vehicles sold thus far in 2014, down from 3.7%... More »

NY Man Drives to Florida and Back, Spends $0

Michael Fritts' trip may make him a world record holder

(Newser) - A former truck driver may have set a new record for driving his electric car from New York City to Miami and back: 58 hours and 15 minutes—and he did it all without spending a penny. Michael Fritts, who charged his Tesla Model S for free along the way,... More »

Consumer Reports Names Best Vehicles

Tesla Model S takes top honors, with Chrysler's Ram 1500 best pickup

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with its top picks for 2014 vehicles, with Tesla's Model S taking top honors as "best overall." The pricey Tesla is among four new winners this year, with the others in the categories of midsize SUVs, small SUVs, and pickups, notes USA ... More »

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