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Elon Musk Unveils 'Cybertruck'

Electric pickup will enter production in 2021

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. The "cybertruck," an electric pickup truck, will be in production in 2021, Musk said at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday. The pickup, which Musk said will cost $39,900... More »

GM, Volkswagen to Pull the Plug on Hybrids

Automakers to focus on electric vehicles

(Newser) - General Motors and Volkswagen have decided to go all in on electric vehicles, at the expense of the hybrids in their US lineups. That's a major change for the automakers. Both have invested in hybrids, which have a gasoline engine and an electric motor. It's also a recognition... More »

This Tesla Is About to Explode. The Carmaker Is Investigating

Tesla sends team to Shanghai to look into video showing car allegedly exploding in parking lot

(Newser) - Teslas catching fire have made recent headlines , but one supposed incident has now been caught on video, and the automaker is investigating. Reuters reports the company has sent a team to China to check out an explosion that allegedly took place in a Shanghai parking garage, an incident seen in... More »

Tesla Makes 'Bizarre' Reversal

It now says stores will stay open, prices will go up

(Newser) - After announcing earlier this month that it would close most of its stores and lower prices , Tesla has revealed an updated strategy of keeping its stores open and raising prices. Stores that closed around a week ago are already reopening, including outlets in Hawaii and California, Bloomberg reports. "Over... More »

Tesla Says All Sales Will Be Shifted Online

Musk says savings will allow for a $35K Model 3

(Newser) - Tesla says it is launching the long-promised $35,000 version of its Model 3—and shifting all of its sales online to help lower costs. "It is excruciatingly difficult to make this car for $35,000 and still be financially sustainable," CEO Elon Musk told reporters Thursday, adding... More »

After Fiery Fatal Crash, Tesla Battery Kept Igniting

One dead after high-speed Model S collision outside Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

(Newser) - The driver of a Tesla Model S was killed when his car crashed near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and erupted in flames. Witnesses told police in Davie that the car was traveling 75mph to 90mph Sunday afternoon when it left the road for an unknown reason, per the AP . The driver... More »

Tesla's Model 3 Had 'Recommended' Status. Not Anymore

'Consumer Reports' pulls back coveted designation after customers complained of reliability issues

(Newser) - Consumer Reports giveth, and Consumer Reports taketh away—and this time around, it's Tesla who's losing out. New Atlas documents the "love-hate relationship" between the consumer advocacy group and the electric-car maker, with the former either not offering its coveted "recommended" status to Tesla's cars... More »

Pet Owners Will Love Tesla's New Features

'Dog,' 'Sentry' modes unveiled Wednesday

(Newser) - Now that it's achieved farting cars , Tesla is ready to show off new features that are more functional than funny—including one catered to pet owners. " Dog Mode ," revealed in a Wednesday software update, ensures a vehicle's air conditioning stays running after the driver exits, and... More »

Elon Musk Just Pressed a Button to Set Off a Tesla First

Company's first car-manufacturing factory outside of US breaks ground in China

(Newser) - With the press of a button, Elon Musk set in motion Monday a big first for Tesla. Per Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal , the company's first car-manufacturing plant outside the US broke ground a couple of hours from Shanghai, a four-year effort that comes during a turbulent time... More »

'Fart on Demand' Is Now a Feature in Tesla Vehicles

Impress your friends with a 'Short Shorts Ripper' every time you put on your turn signal

(Newser) - As if we needed any more proof that Elon Musk is as guylike as guys can get , Tesla has unveiled a new Easter egg—a surprise bonus feature—that's sure to please everyone's inner Cletus Klump . TechCrunch reports on the company's new "Emissions Testing Mode,"... More »

Tesla Shares Big News, Elon Musk Gets Choked Up

Company posts first profit in 2 years

(Newser) - Tesla Motors delivered on CEO Elon Musk's promise to make money during its latest quarter after fulfilling his pledge to boost production of its first electric car designed for the mass market. The company earned $311.5 million during the three months ending in September, swinging from a loss... More »

Hundreds of Parked Teslas Raise Many Questions

The 'New York Times' delves into monthslong mystery

(Newser) - It's a mystery that's been brewing since July: Various locations around the country—including lots, garages, and industrial sites—each have anywhere from dozens to hundreds of Tesla cars parked there. Photos and videos of the numerous parked cars started popping up online back in July, and a... 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 »

Meet the New Electric Road

Swedish project aims to charge vehicle batteries

(Newser) - You may one day drive down roads charged with electricity that your vehicle automatically detects and sucks up through an automatic arm—if a Swedish project gains any headway, CNN reports. Called eRoadArlanda , it has turned 1.2 miles of road outside Stockholm into a kind of slot-car track where... More »

The Best SUV, Car, and Truck of the Year

Volvo XC60, Honda Accord, and Lincoln Navigator take the honors at Detroit auto show

(Newser) - The annual Detroit auto show is underway, and a marquee moment is out of the way: The 2018 honorees for best car, SUV, and truck of the year in North America have been named, reports the Detroit Free Press . The winners, and other trends and developments from the show:
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Why This Scene May Cease to Exist in California After 2040

Assemblyman wants to ban sales of cars fueled by gas, diesel by that deadline

(Newser) - If Phil Ting has his way, California girls will soon be cruising down Highway One and never having to stop for gas. When the state Legislature returns at the start of 2018, the Dem assemblyman says he'll introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars fueled... More »

China Wants an End to the Age of Gas-Powered Cars

The country will impose electric-car quotas on manufacturers

(Newser) - China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars, AP reports. China's industry ministry is developing a timetable to end production and sale of traditional fuel cars and will promote development of electric technology, state media on Sunday cited a Cabinet... More »

In Electric Vehicles, the 'Gas' Is Also the Brake

Welcome to the world of one-pedal driving

(Newser) - It's one of the lines that gets beat into every teenager's brain in driver's ed: Brake left, gas right. But in our new electric-vehicle world, that sentence could use an upgrade. That's because what was once the gas—the proper term for EVs is accelerator—is... More »

After a Tax Break Is Decimated, Tesla Sales Disappear

Nearly 3K Teslas were registered in Hong Kong in March. In April, 0

(Newser) - The weekend brought photos of Tesla's first Model 3 sedan to roll off the production line, but it wasn't all positive news for the automaker. The Wall Street Journal on Sunday posted an analysis of data out of Hong Kong that suggests just how severe an effect the... More »

Volvo's Electric Push May Not Be as Electric as You Think

It's including 'mild hybrids,' which typically run on gas engines

(Newser) - Volvo made big headlines Wednesday when it became the first traditional automaker to announce that all of its cars would be at least partially electric in 2019. The trend away from old-school engines may seem inevitable, but the Wall Street Journal has a sobering stat for electric advocates: Less than... More »

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