Tesla Model 3 Sets New EV Cannonball Run Record of 50 Hours, 16 Minutes, cost: $100.95

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018 by

Approximately one hundred years ago, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker began driving cross-country, as quickly as possible, in anything he could get his hands on. His point: to demonstrate the reliability, range, and ease of refueling internal combustion cars. On Thursday, December 28th, 2017, Alex Roy joined Daniel Zorrilla, a Tesla Model 3 owner, to test the […]

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Tesla Finishes Building World’s Largest Battery Month and a Half Ahead of Schedule

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017 by

Elon Musk has won an audacious bet he made back in March to build a battery system for South Australia in “100 days from contract signature or it is free.” The 100-megawatt Powerpack system is the world’s largest, or three times bigger than Tesla and Edison’s battery at Mira Loma in Ontario, California. The Tesla CEO was responding to a challenge […]

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Tesla’s ‘long-haul’ electric truck aims for 200 to 300 miles on a charge

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017 by

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) next month plans to unveil an electric big-rig truck with a working range of 200 to 300 miles, Reuters has learned, a sign that the electric car maker is targeting regional hauling for its entry into the commercial freight market. Chief Executive Elon Musk has promised to release a prototype of its […]

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DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels. The tech was alluring to those interested in alternative energy, but for many, the starting price of $3,000 was too steep. The battery could only store up to 10 kWh of electricity, or around […]

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Tesla moves beyond electric cars with new California battery farm

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by

From the road, the close to 400 white industrial boxes packed into 1.5 acres of barren land in Ontario, California, a little more than 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, look like standard electrical equipment. They’re surrounded by a metal fence, stand on concrete pads and sit under long electrical lines. But take a […]

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The Netherlands is making moves to ban all non-electric vehicles by 2025

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 by

Electric vehicles – including self-driving cars – are clearly the future of personal transportation, but the question remains: when does the future begin, exactly? If the Netherlands has its way, we now have an answer. There are moves within the country to ban all petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2025, meaning only new […]

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Tesla’s massive batteries are powering everything from exotic islands to breweries

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by

In November, Tesla announced it was powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa using solar power and packs of its massive commercial battery, the Powerpack 2. The announcement, made just a few days after Tesla acquired SolarCity, showed a bigger push by the automaker to grow its energy business. Although Tesla has yet […]

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“It’s not a thing on the roof. It is the roof.”

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by

As Electrek reported, Musk and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said they were working on creating a roof made entirely of solar panels—solar shingles, if you will. Instead of tacking on solar panels onto an existing roof, the whole roof itself will integrated with photovoltaic material. “I think this is really a fundamental part of achieving […]

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Inside Tesla’s gigantic Gigafactory

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more […]

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Tesla’s Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports’ rating system

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2015 by

How good is Tesla’s Model S P85D? Insanely good, says Consumer Reports, with the electric sedan performing better than any other car the magazine has reviewed and breaking its rating system in the process. “The Tesla initially scored 103 in the Consumer Reports’ Ratings system, which by definition doesn’t go past 100,” said Consumer Reports. “The […]

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