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Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla schedules Gigafactory grand opening for July 29

Tesla has finally set a date for the official opening of its Nevada Gigafactory, a massive building where the electric car maker will produce the batteries for its vehicles. A ceremony at the facility will be held on July 29th, with certain Tesla owners and VIPs getting invited. This is all despite the fact that the Gigafactory began limited operations several months ago, but as of the beginning of May is only 14% complete.

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Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla has hired long-running Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as its new Vice President of Vehicle Production. In his role, Hochholdinger will be aiding the auto maker in achieving its-ever growing production goals, ensuring the company is able to deliver on its Model 3 promises while keeping up Model X and Model S production. Before Tesla, Hochholdinger spent 22 years at Audi, where he has roles in ‘the entire production chain,’ helming production for multiple Audi models and more.

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Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla’s latest Easter Egg makes the charge port a rainbow of color

Tesla is famous for its Easter Eggs hidden in the software updates for some of its most popular models. Back in February of 2015, it was discovered that Tesla had put an image of the James Bond Lotus submarine in the menus of the Model S EV as an Easter Egg for owners of the car to discover. Tesla also showed off another Easter Egg that Elon Musk claimed would play any song at any time. This week another Easter Egg has been discovered and this one makes the charge port colorful.

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Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

The autonomous driving features in the Tesla Model S have allowed the car to be summoned from its parking space for several months now, first via the keyfob, and then with an unofficial Apple Watch app. But now it's time to let another device do the summoning for you — like Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant in the Echo connected speaker. That's exactly what developer Jason Goecke has done, allowing him to tell his car to pull out of the garage with voice commands.

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Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Tesla’s entire 2018 Model 3 production is almost all taken

Affordable sedans don't typically find themselves on the "covet" side of the supply/demand curve, but it's looking like the Tesla Model 3 will buck that trend. The most affordable model in the automaker's all-electric line-up has already seen record reservations, and now CEO Elon Musk is warning that those who don't stake a place in line may be forced to wait even longer than initially expected.

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Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla’s latest Model S makes more range an in-app upgrade

Tesla is pushing the limits of in-car upgrades, offering some owners of its Model S sedan the option to add more range without changing a single battery or motor. The automaker has quietly been putting its 75 kWh battery pack inside its entry-level Model S, but badging - and selling - the car as the Model S 70, billed as having a 70 kWh pack instead.

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Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

Takata airbag recall doubles in size, Tesla added to affected list

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the Takata airbag recall in the U.S., announcing that between 35 million and 40 million additional inflators will be added. The announcement was made today, and marks a new record-breaking auto recall, bringing the total number of affected parts up to 69 million. As well, Tesla Motors has been added to the affected list, bringing the number of manufacturers up to 17.

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Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

The safety features on your car are there to protect you from all sorts of things. Primarily, they're designed to keep you as unharmed as possible when you face a collision. However, Tesla doesn't want to just protect you when you're involved in an accident, they want to keep the very air you breathe safe.

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Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

No one likes being stuck in traffic. I live in the Midwest, so a traffic jam means I might take an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination. However, in larger cities, a short distance can take a very long time to travel, especially during rush hour. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to this problem, however.

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Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

Tesla Model 3 pre-orders reach 400,000

By now you've likely heard that the latest Tesla vehicle, the Model 3, has been in high demand almost immediately since its debut early this month. The first 24 hours saw more than 250,000 pre-orders, over double what Tesla CEO Elon Musk said they expected. Now, almost three weeks later, Musk has provided an updated number on pre-orders: nearly 400,000. All for a car that even the first buyers won't see for another year and a half from now.

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Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

The age of trialware and DLCs has finally arrived for cars. Although firmware updates delivered wirelessly aren't totally new now, especially for Tesla Model S and Model X owners, the idea of trial updates might still be an amusing development. That, however, is exactly what Tesla is doing when it started informing owners of its two production vehicles that they can try Tesla's autopilot features for a whole month for free. And after the month, Tesla will send instructions on how to make that permanent.

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Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla Weekend Social is Cars and Coffee for the EV set

Tesla ownership has always been fairly exclusive, but now the electric car company is starting up an official club of sorts, with a series of weekend gatherings. The Tesla Weekend Social is, owners were informed via email this week, a new series of events intended to bring drivers of the Model S and Model X together with product specialists from the company.

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