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Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

A third fire involving Tesla's Model S has prompted renewed calls for a full investigation into the electric car's safety, after the award-winning EV caught alight following a crash earlier this week. The incident, in Smyrna, Tennessee, saw the Model S hit a tow hitch in the middle of a lane on the highway, a spokesperson from Highway Patrol told Bloomberg, in the process "damaging the car’s undercarriage and causing the fire."

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Tesla low-cost EV plans teased as 3rd-gen platform work starts 2014

Tesla low-cost EV plans teased as 3rd-gen platform work starts 2014

Tesla's more affordable, third-generation cars will begin development next year, the company's chief designer has confirmed, describing the upcoming BMW 3-Series rival as "more expressive" than the award-winning Model S. Former VW, Mazda, and GM designer Franz von Holzhausen was playing Tesla's cards close to his chest when he spoke to Gigaom this week, saying the unnamed new car - known in some quarters by its "BlueStar" codename - would be "as cool as anything we've done today and better."

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Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently traveled to Germany where he talked about accelerating the rollout of the Tesla supercharger electric vehicle charging network around the country. Tesla has already rolled out its supercharger network in some areas of the US and is targeting five-minute recharges for its Model S electric vehicle. The announcement comes as deliveries for the Tesla Model S in Germany begin to increase.

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Hyperloop project scores former SpaceX director, applications are now open

Hyperloop project scores former SpaceX director, applications are now open

The crowd-centric startup company JumpStartFund has been busy with ambitions to bring Elon Musk's Hyperloop to reality, something that is now well under way with an announcement that former SpaceX Director of Mission Operations Dr. Marco Villa and ASCE President Dr. Patricia Galloway have stepped on board. In addition, JumpStartFund is now accepting applications from those interested in working on the project fulltime.

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Tesla to also make self-driving car, ready in three years

Tesla to also make self-driving car, ready in three years

The prolific Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has just revealed plans to take the company on a path towards developing and producing autonomous cars, putting it even more at odds not only with rival car makers, but even with technology giant Google, who also has similar plans. Tesla, however, has more reasonable goals, albeit paired with a seemingly tighter schedule.

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Tesla Model E trademark tips “affordable” EV name

Tesla Model E trademark tips “affordable” EV name

A new Tesla trademark registration for the "Model E" has prompted speculation that the company's much-anticipated low-cost electric car will launch under that name, following the Model S and upcoming Model X crossover. Filed on August 5, the "Model E" application - for "automobiles and structural parts therefor" - comes well in advance of the car expected to bear the name, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned shouldn't be expected until 2016 at the earliest.

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SpaceX Grasshopper aces side-tracking reusable rocket test

SpaceX Grasshopper aces side-tracking reusable rocket test

SpaceX's Grasshopper test rig for the Falcon 9 reusable launch vehicle has stepped up its game, with Elon Musk's private space company demonstrating that the rocket can now not only take off and land in a straight line, but track sideways as part of the maneuver. A vital talent if Grasshopper is to land safely when put into full service, the so-called divert test saw the 106-foot rocket flying to 250m while also completing a 100m lateral shift.

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Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates has slammed Google's Project Loon, which would bring internet connectivity to developing nations using high-altitude balloons, arguing that getting online won't help core issues like malaria, and suggesting that the search giant has lost its way when it comes to altruism. "When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you" Microsoft founder Gates told Bloomberg Businessweek, when asked whether he saw schemes like Project Loon helping low-income countries. "When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there's no website that relieves that."

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