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Tesla battery gigafactory opens as pace ramps up to ludicrous

Tesla battery gigafactory opens as pace ramps up to ludicrous

If it's built out to the full size in the original plans, the Tesla gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, will cover 10 million square feet. That's the equivalent of more than 260 U.S. football fields, which would make it one of the largest buildings in the world. Yesterday, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk... read more

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Tesla Autopilot suite of features  -  with version 7.0 update

When to use Tesla's Autopilot system, and when not to use it

A fatal May 7 crash now under investigation by the NHTSA has generated plenty of discussion about the capabilities and limitations of Tesla's Autopilot system. Since... read more July 26, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model 3

Reactions to Tesla Motors' master plan are mixed

Last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk issued an updated version of the "master plan" whose first edition he wrote way back in 2006. It included proposals for everything from... read more July 25, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV preview

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be the world's first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more. That alone makes it a hugely important new market entry... read more July 25, 2016 by


 
Nissan Leaf 48-kWh prototype built by employees

Nissan Leaf 48-kWh prototype built to compete in Spanish race series (video)

Lots of attention is focused on the second-generation Nissan Leaf, which should arrive soon to replace the aging, first-generation model. The new Leaf is expected to have... read more July 24, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW 330e i Performance

Next BMW 3-Series to include all-electric Tesla Model 3 rival: report

Tesla rocked the German luxury makers a couple of years ago when it became clear that its all-electric Model S sedan was truly appealing to a wide swath of enthusiastic... read more July 22, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW i3

U.S. to offer $4.5 billion for electric-car charging stations via DoE loan guarantees

The Obama Administration said yesterday that it will invest up to $4.5 billion to build electric-car charging stations in a major push to create comprehensive charging... read more July 22, 2016 by


 
BYD Qin EV300

Samsung takes stake in Chinese electric-car maker BYD, joining Warren Buffett

As cars come to rely increasingly on electronic systems, non-traditional companies are making forays into the car business. Google continues to develop its autonomous-driving... read more July 22, 2016 by


 
Tesla Model S Autopilot system

Tesla working on changes to Autopilot driver-assistance software

In the wake of a May fatal crash in which a Model S operating on Autopilot collided with a semi trailer, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has said he will not disable the system... read more July 22, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW i3

2017 BMW i3 preview

The 2017 BMW i3 represents the first significant update of BMW's electric car since it went on sale in the U.S. back in May 2014. This mid-cycle refresh includes several... read more July 21, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Tesla 'Master Plan' update defends Autopilot; electric SUV, pickup, autonomous bus coming

In August 2006, Elon Musk issued a "Top Secret Master Plan" for Tesla Motors, outlining the goals of what was then a small and largely unknown company. He said Tesla would... read more July 21, 2016 by


 
Atieva electric van "Edna" drag races Tesla Model S and Ferrari California T

When a Tesla Model S and Ferrari drag-race an electric van...what happens?

It's become apparent fairly recently that electric cars are particularly well suited to drag racing. Their instant torque gets the cars off the line very quickly, and... read more July 20, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

How many different groups are investigating Tesla Autopilot crashes?

The fatal May 7 crash involving a Tesla Model S driving on Autopilot continues to occupy news coverage, as well as garnering attention from regulatory agencies. The National... read more July 20, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car to enter production in October

General Motors has followed an aggressive schedule for the launch of its 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. After unveiling the production version of the 200-mile electric... read more July 19, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf at start of 1,000-mile road trip [photo: John Briggs]

1,000-mile Nissan Leaf electric-car road trip in the Northeast: are we there yet?

When my son scored a coveted civil engineering summer internship in Silver Spring, Maryland, the chance for an electric-car road trip from our Boston-area home presented... read more July 19, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla cancels guaranteed-price buyback program for electric cars

As of July 1, Tesla no longer offers its guaranteed buyback program for electric cars. The program was launched in 2013 to help reassure consumers buying the then-new Model S... read more July 19, 2016 by


 

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