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Elon Musk Will Have His Day in Court

Tesla CEO to testify this week in trial tied to 'pedo guy' defamation lawsuit brought by British diver

(Newser) - Elon Musk has made at least a few tweets he probably regrets (or maybe not ), but one in particular will see him in court this week for a defamation trial. In October, a judge rejected Musk's attempts to nix the lawsuit brought against him by British diver Vernon... More »

This Police Force Is Getting a Cybertruck

Dubai plans to use in tourist-heavy areas

(Newser) - Police in Dubai apparently aren't too worried about criminals throwing metal balls at their vehicles. The force has signaled that it plans to place an order for Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck, despite a well-publicized window failure during the vehicle's recent unveiling, CBS reports. Dubai police tweeted an image... More »

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on... More »

Elon Musk: Here's Why 'Unbreakable' Windows Shattered

It was all because of that earlier sledgehammer hit, Tesla CEO says

(Newser) - It was the smash seen round the world. Now, Elon Musk is offering new spin on why the "unbreakable" windows on the Cybertruck he unveiled Thursday shattered when metal balls were thrown at it during a live demo. That cringeworthy moment—Musk can be heard saying, "Oh, my... More »

Orders Are Pouring In for Cybertrucks, Musk Says

Customers have put down $100 for 146K vehicles already

(Newser) - Tesla received 146,000 preorders for its upcoming Cybertruck in the first two days after its unveiling, CEO Elon Musk said. A $100 refundable payment comes with each preorder, the Verge reports, which means the company has already collected $14.6 million for the electric pickup. Production won't begin... More »

Elon Musk Pays $770M for Most Expensive Windows Ever

That's how much Tesla CEO lost in one day after his Cybertruck's windows smashed during demo

(Newser) - Elon Musk's disastrous demo of Tesla's newest electric vehicle wasn't just a PR debacle—it hit his wallet big time. When the company's head designer threw a metal ball at the Cybertruck's window Thursday to show how durable it was, the window smashed; a second... More »

Here's Video of Elon Musk's Demo Fail

New truck's windows not as strong as the Tesla CEO thought

(Newser) - It was going to be spectacular. In his rollout of Tesla's futuristic truck , CEO Elon Musk had a company engineer throw a metal ball at one of its windows. The idea was that the ball would bounce off harmlessly, demonstrating the amazing strength of the windows. Except the window... More »

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 »

Brexit Chaos Had an Impact on Tesla

Automaker chose Berlin over Britain for its new factory

(Newser) - One consequence of Brexit: Tesla has chosen Berlin as the site of its first European factory. The UK was under consideration, but "Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," CEO Elon Musk told industry website Auto Express after making the announcement Tuesday night.... More »

Suit: Man Died in 'Death Trap' Tesla Due to Door Malfunction

Omar Awan burned in Model S crash after rescuers couldn't get to him: complaint

(Newser) - A 48-year-old anesthesiologist died an unnecessary death earlier this year in a fiery Tesla crash, according to a new lawsuit that claims the car's design was what ended up killing him. Dr. Omar Awan was burned "beyond recognition" after his Model S veered off the road and crashed... More »

Walmart Blames Tesla Solar Panels for 7 Store Fires

Company is suing over 'widespread negligence'

(Newser) - "To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust," a Walmart lawsuit against Tesla states. The retail giant says solar panels installed on store rooftops caused at least seven fires between 2012 and 2018, reports Reuters . The lawsuit filed in New... More »

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various... More »

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 »

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