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Elon Musk Makes Surprising Claim About New Tesla Solar Roof

He says power-generating shingles will cost less to install than regular roof

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company's new solar roof will actually cost less for homeowners to install than a regular roof, Bloomberg reports. “So the basic proposition will be: Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less... More »

Elon Musk Says Humans Could Be on Mars in 10 Years

And living in a permanent Martian colony in 50 years

(Newser) - Human's have two choices: "become a spacefaring species" or perish in an "extinction event on Earth," Elon Musk said Tuesday during the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico while laying out his plan to colonize Mars. Here's what you need to know about the SpaceX founder'... 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 »

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 »

Is This Amber Heard's New Guy?

She's spending a lot of time with Elon Musk, sources say

(Newser) - Has Amber Heard moved on from Johnny Depp to Elon Musk? Sources tell TMZ Heard has known the Tesla inventor for years, but just over the past few months has been hanging out a lot more with him. They're said to have spent time at one another's homes;... 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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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 »

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 »

Futuristic 'Hyperloop' Train Passes High-Speed Test

Eventually, commuters would travel at 750mph

(Newser) - The age of uber-quick "hyperloop" transportation had a milestone Wednesday: One of the companies hoping to turn the idea into reality successfully tested its propulsion system in the desert near Las Vegas, Mashable reports. So what's a hyperloop? It's the brainchild of Tesla's Elon Musk , and... 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 »

Elon Musk, Wife Take 2nd Shot at 2nd Divorce

This time, Talulah Riley filed the papers

(Newser) - Billionaire Elon Musk and actress Talulah Riley are making another attempt to end their second marriage, the AP reports. Riley filed to divorce Musk on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Musk filed for divorce on New Year's Eve in 2014 but withdrew the petition seven months later. The... More »

Tesla Motors May Have Name Change in the Works

One major tell: acquisition of www.tesla.com

(Newser) - Tesla Motors is more than just cars—and with its most recent domain-name acquisition, it may soon get a new company name to reflect that, Business Insider reports. On Saturday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted : "Just wanted to thank Stu G for tesla.com. Know it meant a lot to... More »

Elon Musk Cancels Guy's Tesla Order After Complaint

To be fair, the complaint was posted on a blog

(Newser) - Warning: Do not get on Elon Musk's bad side. A California venture capitalist who put down a $5,000 deposit on a Tesla Model X blogged about problems he encountered during the launch event in an open letter to Musk —and Musk responded by canceling the man's... More »

MIT Designs Winning High-Speed Travel Pod

More than 100 teams had Hyperloop ideas

(Newser) - MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk's idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed. MIT was named the winner Saturday after more than 1,000 college students on more than 100 teams presented... More »

44 Tech Leaders Want to Let VW Off the Hook —Kind Of

'Cure the air, not the cars'

(Newser) - More than 40 technology leaders have proposed a radical solution for how Volkswagen can fix its emissions-test-cheating vehicles: don't. Instead Quartz reports the 44 signers—including Tesla's Elon Musk—of a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board on Thursday suggest putting all the money and resources... More »

In 10 Minutes, SpaceX Made History

Booster rocket lands vertically after putting satellites in orbit

(Newser) - SpaceX dusted off its Falcon rocket Monday night, launching it toward orbit for the first time since an accident over the summer . That first part was successful; the second part was, in the words of Elon Musk, "a revolutionary moment": The New York Times reports as the "second... More »

Bezos 1, Musk 0: Reusable Rocket Goes to Space and Back

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket nailed landing after 62-mile journey

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space firm beat Elon Musk's SpaceX to the punch and launched its Blue Shepard reusable rocket into outer space, then returned to its landing pad in its "first successful uncrewed reusability test," Mashable reports. The BE-3 rocket and empty crew capsule flew to... More »

Tesla's Autopilot Mode Does the Driving for You, Mostly

New system takes care of highway driving, lane changes, even parallel parking

(Newser) - It's not the completely autonomous self-driving system found in Google's cars , but with Tesla's new "Autopilot" mode—included in a software update for its Model S and new Model X cars and available in North America starting Thursday—drivers will be able to "automatically steer... More »

Elon Musk Just Majorly Dissed Apple Workers

'If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding.'

(Newser) - Just over a week ago, Elon Musk introduced the "Bioweapon Defense Mode" in Tesla's Model X, and now he's going nuclear on a new target: Apple. Per the German newspaper Handelsblatt , the Tesla CEO was in Berlin Thursday and had some choice things to say when asked... More »

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