A couple of years ago, a Tesla software update added the ability to unlock the company's all-electric cars remotely using the owner's smartphone, as well as to actually allow the car to be driven without the key. One problem: if you step away from your car when you're out and need to get back into it, you better be somewhere you can get a signal on your phone.
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Spent $100,000 (at least) on your Tesla Model S? Good. Because you can now drive it all the way from Melbourne to Brisbane, and back, without spending a cent more.
Over the weekend, a California-based South Korean celebrity named Ji Chang Son filed a lawsuit against Tesla, which alleged his Model X spontaneously accelerated as he was parking it into his garage, ramming through his living room, and injuring him as well as his son, who was in the car with him.
In a email to Gizmodo, a Tesla spokesperson claimed that before Son filed the suit — which seeks class action status — he "threatened to use his celebrity status in Korea to hurt Tesla" unless the company "agreed to make a financial payment and acknowledge that the vehicle accelerated on its own."
Model X owner Ji Chang Son filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Friday, claiming his vehicle suddenly accelerated as he was parking it in his garage. Filed in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, the suit "alleges product liability, negligence and breaches of warranty, and seeks unspecified damages," according to Reuters.
Back in September, Tesla released a software update that improved the effectiveness of the radar technology used by its Autopilot hardware. Now there's dashcam footage that shows the technology in action. The video captures an accident occurring moments after Tesla's Autopilot alert goes off.
Ever since Tesla's range of cars made it possible to do updates over the air, we've all been wondering what the company who invented Ludicrous mode would slot into their cars as unlockable Easter eggs. We might now finally have an answer, and it's the most amazing thing I've personally ever seen a Tesla do.
It's common courtesy to move one's car from the petrol pump to a parking spot if you're going to spend more than a few minutes inside a servo, but that kind of courtesy doesn't seem to have carried over to Tesla's brand of electric automotives. As such, the company has just introduced an "idle" fee to its Supercharger stations, which means drivers who overstay their welcome will be financially pinged for it.
When it launched into Australia late last year, Tesla's Powerwall home battery energy storage system got a lot of people thinking about switching to solar power and off-grid storage. One year on, the second version of the Powerwall — smaller and with double the energy storage — is finally on sale in Australia.
The island of Ta'u in American Samoa is home to around 600 people. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the island relied until recently on diesel generators for energy production — which meant that not only did the generators produce pollution as a byproduct, but the diesel itself had to be shipped in at a rate of around 300 gallons per day. SolarCity, a company just acquired by Tesla, took a year to set up the island with a bank of solar panels and Tesla Powerpack industrial-grade battery energy storage that means Ta'u now runs almost entirely off the sun.
Addressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration could threaten green businesses like Tesla, CEO Elon Musk assured shareholders on Thursday that eliminating zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credits could actually improve the company's competitive advantage.
Tesla's east coast Supercharger network will soon get you and your $100,000-plus electric supercar from Brisbane to Adelaide. Construction has started on two new locations in northern NSW that will extend the fast-charging range of Tesla's Model S and Model X north to Brisbane, and a station between Melbourne and Adelaide will keep South Australian owners (like Simon Hackett) happy.
In 10 years, every new house built in Australia might have a roof made up of solar tiles. That's the pipe dream of Elon Musk, but the almighty dollar might help make the decision for buyers — especially if the Tesla solar roof is cheaper than normal tiles.