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Pablo Escobar's Brother in Odd Dispute With Elon Musk

Roberto Escobar says Tesla engineer stole flamethrower idea from him

(Newser) - Elon Musk's super-popular limited-edition flamethrower (er, that is, "Not a Flamethrower" ) was actually Pablo Escobar's brother's idea, says Pablo Escobar's brother. Roberto Escobar released his own "tactical toy flamethrower" last week (you can buy one for $249 here ), and a press release... More »

Guy Says Musk Saw His Sheep Meme, Gave Him a Job

It all started with an 'absolute unit' of a ram

(Newser) - A guy tweeted a photo of an "absolute unit" of a sheep and now claims he's Tesla's social media strategist. It's a fascinating story best digested once CEO Elon Musk's passion for Internet culture is understood. It turns out Musk spotted a reference to the... More »

Tesla's New Mission: a Quiet Leafblower

'Tesla blows,' quips Elon Musk

(Newser) - Elon Musk kept things weird Tuesday evening with the announcement of a possible new Tesla product line. "Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leafblower," the CEO tweeted , adding: "Tesla blows haha." It's not clear what prompted the announcement, though CNET speculates that Musk... 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 Rolls Out an Electric SUV

Model Y will 'ride like a sports car,' Musk says

(Newser) - Tesla rolled out its new electric SUV Thursday night, and analysts say the Model Y could be the company's most profitable vehicle yet. "It has the functionality of an SUV, but it will ride like a sports car," CEO Elon Musk told the audience at Tesla's... More »

Drama Between Musk, Tesla Whistleblower: 'Horrible Human Being'

2nd whistleblower says Tesla tried to destroy previous whistleblower Martin Tripp

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and a former Tesla employee. Martin Tripp, a whistleblower who aired alleged evidence of dangerous practices in Tesla's Nevada battery factory, has been accused of leaking information about the company and stealing data ; a lawsuit was filed against... 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 »

Musk's US Security Clearance Could Go Up in Pot Smoke

It's being reviewed over marijuana use

(Newser) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is on the verge of scoring a massive success with his Dragon crew capsule —but his pot-smoking could complicate his relationship with the government. Sources tell Bloomberg that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's security clearance because he was filmed smoking a joint during an... More »

One Tesla Burst Into Flames. The Other, Sheared Off.

One possible issue is the cars' Autopilot driving system

(Newser) - A federal agency with the power to seek recalls and issue fines is investigating two fatal Tesla crashes in Florida over the past week, Reuters reports. The Friday crash in Delray Beach involved a 2018 Model 3 that had its roof cut off when it passed under a tractor-trailer; the... 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 »

Elon Musk in Hot Water Yet Again Over a Tweet

SEC wants Tesla CEO held in contempt

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk's tweeting habits have triggered another legal challenge from stock market regulators worried about him using his Twitter account to mislead investors, the AP reports. The latest dust-up emerged late Monday when the Securities and Exchange Commission asked a federal court in New York to hold... 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 »

Musk Has Unusual Reason for New Round of Layoffs

He says Tesla's vehicles are 'too expensive'

(Newser) - Last year was "the most successful year in Tesla's history," with sales almost as high as all previous years combined—but around 3,000 workers are going to have to lose their jobs because the company's cars are too expensive, Elon Musk wrote in a letter... 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 »

Musk: First Tunnel Ride Was 'Epic'

He unveils prototype transportation tunnel

(Newser) - Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube—the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic." Guests boarded Musk's Tesla Model S and rode... More »

When Working for Musk, Beware 'Elon's Rage Firings'

'Wired' recounts volatile outbursts of the Tesla boss

(Newser) - Those fascinated or even mildly interested in the doings of Elon Musk will want to make time for a long and often unflattering profile in Wired by Charles Duhigg. The story paints a picture of a brilliant CEO for whom it can be absolute misery to work. One Tesla manager,... More »

Musk: Tesla Might Buy Plants GM Is Closing

He says new chairwoman won't be able to control him

(Newser) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk has dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior. Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla's board last month, replacing Musk as part of a securities fraud settlement with US government regulators. But Musk... More »

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