$2,110.46 - that's how much the Pfitzner family says they have saved in power bills since installing a Tesla Powerwall 12 months ago, with the yearly bill for 2016 coming in at $178.71. The Sydney residents, who were the first in the world to install a Powerwall on their home, claim to now pay just 50 cents a day for electricity.
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Last Thursday, Tesla's plant in Fremont, California — where all the company's cars are manufactured — was thrown a curveball. Jose Moran, a worker trying to rally the plant's 6000+ employees to join the United Auto Workers union (UAW), alleged long hours, low pay and potentially unsafe equipment in a post. Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told Gizmodo he intends to look into the situation.
Last Thursday, a Tesla production associate named Jose Moran came forward to publicly decry working conditions at the company's plant in Fremont, California, including what he describes as gruelling hours, low wages and frequent, preventable injuries — issues he felt could be fixed by joining the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). The Fremont plant is located in the building formerly occupied by NUMMI — the experimental facility jointly owned by GM and Toyota. In direct messages to Gizmodo, Musk alleged that "UAW has been trying to unionize Tesla since 2010" when NUMMI closed down, and that Moran "works for the UAW".
Tesla's effort to bring electric cars to the world has often felt like science fiction in real life. CEO Elon Musk's continued defence of and association with the decidedly anti-science Trump administration has cracked that illusion somewhat, but an alleged employee's impassioned post on the car company's working conditions seems intent on shattering it completely.
The list of companies opposing President Trump's discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there's still one high profile tech company that hasn't spoken out: IBM.
Joining the great ranks of icons like Rihanna and Aristotle, Tesla is growing up and dropping its last name. On Wednesday, the company officially changed its name from "Tesla Motors" to "Tesla Inc" as its leader, Elon Musk, focuses on shifting the company from just electric cars to a multitude of clean energy solutions.