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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Tesla battery talks with BMW continue says Musk

Tesla battery talks with BMW continue says Musk

Tesla and BMW continue to have discussions around potential collaborations on batteries, charging stations, and lightweight car components, Elon Musk has confirmed, though the EV firm maintains the talks are still "casual" at this stage. "We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations," Musk told German press, in addition to suggesting that Tesla was aiming to launch a battery production plant for its EVs like the Model S and the upcoming Model X SUV in Germany within the next five to six years.

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Elon Musk says Gigafactory deal is “extremely good” for Nevada

Elon Musk says Gigafactory deal is “extremely good” for Nevada

Tesla Motors announced in early September that Nevada had been selected as the destination for its Gigafactory, something that has since been criticized as the result of manipulation and other unsavory tactics. Elon Musk has now addressed these reports, saying that he loves "backhanded compliments as much as the next person," but that the claims aren't true. He goes on to point out some details about the deal, doing so in a statement titled "The House Always Wins" as a reference to the nature of casinos.

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Tesla plans simpler Model S range to tackle EV bottleneck

Tesla plans simpler Model S range to tackle EV bottleneck

Tesla plans to cut down on the number of options and variations it offers with the Model S in an attempt to trim complexity and cut down on production delays, as the company announces revenues up 55-percent year-on-year for the most recent quarter. Quarterly deliveries for Q3 2014 were actually at their highest ever, at 7,785 cars, with Tesla making as many as 907 deliveries in a single day. However, the electric car firm was again hamstrung by production bottlenecks, unable to meet demand.

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Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

Tesla Model X pushed to latter half of 2015

This week during Tesla Motors' Third Quarter 2014 shareholder announcements they made a push for their newest Model X. Alpha prototypes of the Model X are being tested. Initial Beta prototypes are being built. Making way for the production of the Model X in full, Tesla decided to built in significantly more validation testing time compared to tests of the Model S. According to Tesla, "In anticipation of this effort, we now expect Model X deliveries to start in Q3 of 2015, a few months later than previously expected."

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Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford could make a Tesla-beater insists CEO (but will it?)

Ford execs have set tongues wagging about a possible Tesla-rivaling luxury electric car from the marque, after CEO Mark Fields described the idea as "consistent with our product philosophy." The tease came as Ford revealed its quarterly financial results, recording $1.2bn in Q3 profit - down a hefty $1.4bn year-on-year - as Fields was pressed into referring to the Silicon Valley EV startup and what investigations into the Model S' strengths his own company had performed. Still, while some have interpreted Fields' comments as telegraphing a true Tesla alternative might be in the pipeline, there's a good chance that too much is being read into the chief executive's words.

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Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had approximately 4-percent ownership of Tesla remaining, but sold it off having decided that the holding was "not necessary for our partnership and cooperation," Daimler board member Bodo Uebber said of the sale. Nonetheless, evidence of Tesla's work can be found throughout models in Mercedes-Benz's range, from the Smart city car upwards.

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Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla has been dealt a major blow in their quest to sell direct to customers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is set to sign legislation that will make it impossible for auto manufacturers to sell direct to customers. Tesla has long-held the position that it’s best for the consumer if they buy direct from Tesla, with the company opening several showrooms across the country. At least in Michigan, Tesla is going to have to try the same route other auto companies make use of.

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Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla’s first battery-swap station opening by year-end

Tesla will open its first battery-swap station within the next few months, the electric car company has confirmed to SlashGear, offering drivers of the Model S a ninety second way to "refuel" their cars. First demonstrated in June 2013, the battery exchange system eschews even the rapid charging of Tesla's Supercharger network in favor of a wholesale exchange of the batteries themselves. The process would be fully automatic, too, meaning the driver won't even need to step out of the car in order to replenish their charge levels.

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