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Tesla Is About To Buy SolarCity, Another High-Tech Musk Company

Elon Musk is on the brink of acquiring the the next critical component in a solar-electric transportation future. Tesla Motors just made an offer to buy SolarCity, one of the largest solar providers in the US — a company not coincidentally founded by Musk’s cousins, which Musk holds a large stake in already.


Germany Will Need To Ban Petrol Cars To Meet Future Emission Goals

Germany’s State Secretary of Economy and Energy, Rainer Baake, says that a mandate to ban petrol car sales by 2030 will be necessary to achieve the country’s emission goals to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.

And it is not the first country to float the idea — The Netherlands and Norway government are in discussions to only allow electric car sales by 2025, and India is “evaluating a scheme” for an all-electric fleet by 2030.


The New Tesla Model S Has A Software-Locked Battery

Tesla Motors’ recently face-lifted Model S is an expensive vehicle, even considering its ridiculous performance and zero carbon emissions. The Model S started life in Australia as a $100,000 car, but feature additions and exchange rate fluctuations meant that until today, you’d be paying around $130,000 for the entry-level 70kWh battery pack. Today, Tesla is driving the price back down to its starting point with a new 60kWh variant — with a battery pack that can be unlocked to 75kWh capacity with a software code.


Tesla Proved A Driver Wrong About An Accidental Crash With The Car's Data Logs

Tesla’s pure-electric Roadster, Model S and Model X are reasonably high-tech vehicles, so it should come as no surprise to any casual observer — and definitely not to any owner — that they track basic information like a driver’s speed, GPS location and various other inputs like steering wheel rotation and throttle position. That hasn’t stopped one California driver from claiming that a Model X crashed itself into a building under the control of Tesla’s Autopilot, despite Tesla having plenty of data to the contrary.


Evidence That Elon Musk Is An Alien

Elon Musk has suggested that Earth is simply a simulation from an alien race’s video game. Why would Musk say this? Because he is one of those aliens.


Elon Musk Calls Apple's Car A 'Missed Opportunity'

At the Code conference this evening, Elon Musk joined Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher onstage to talk about his varied and eclectic pursuits. And when the talk turned to autonomous vehicles, Musk was sure to share his opinions on what he perceives to be Tesla’s biggest competition.


Ferrari And Ford Corner World's Best Engines For 2016

The twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 that powers Ferrari’s 488 GTB, 488 Spider and the California T grand tourer has won the International Engine of the Year at this year’s awards in Stuttgart, held at the Engine Expo 2016 — yep, that’s a thing. Ford’s tiny 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost continues to get plaudits for its placement in the Fiesta S and EcoSport, too, handily winning the sub-litre category.


There's A Chauffeur Service In Sydney With Nothing But Teslas

Fancy getting picked up from the airport by a luxury chauffeur? Now, what about a zero-emissions luxury chauffeur?

One year ago Sydney based company Evoke became the first in Australia to offer a fleet of pure electric vehicles, and in the process of clocking 200,000km the fleet has quickly grown from one to four luxurious Tesla Model S limousines.


Tesla Held An Aussie Model S Owners Meet-Up, At A Petrol Station Without Petrol

The new-look Tesla Model S has landed on Australian shores — with a surprisingly short turn-around after its April facelift — and the electric car company marked the occasion last night by holding a meet up for Victorian owners, at a petrol station that wasn’t a petrol station.


Build Your Own Tesla Model 3, Unofficially

Don’t want to wait at least another couple of years for Tesla to officially launch the Model 3, the company’s electric car for the masses? One particularly enterprise Model 3 reservation holder has built his own car configurator, complete with colour choices for bodywork and wheels. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than waiting.


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