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Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla Motors has been in a constant battle with state governments over whether or not the car company can sell its vehicles directly to customers rather than going through a middle man (a.k.a. car dealerships). However, a White House petition recently surpassed the required 100,000 signatures, and it asks the US government to allow Tesla direct sales in all 50 US states.

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GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

An unofficial Tesla Google Glass mashup brings remote control of the coveted electric car to Google's wearable computer, with GlassTesla bringing unlocking, location, and auto-climate control to the head-mounted display. The app, handiwork of Sahas Katta, can show current charge status of the Model S as well as offer control over starting and stopping recharging, and it's even possible to pop the charging port itself from the headset.

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Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

There's a petition out there in Washington summond by the public on behalf of Tesla Motors, and as of the first of July, it's reached 75,000 of the 100k it needs to be seen. While the end result of the petition gaining its full set of signatures isn't entirely clear*, the sheet's aim is this: allow Tesla - and all other vehicle manufacturers - to sell their vehicles direct to consumers. At the moment, if you did not know, 48 states in the USA restrict or prohibit direct sales between automobile manufacturers and consumers.

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Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell powered car will be priced roughly in line with the Tesla Model S, and deliver around 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, the company has revealed, ahead of the FCV-R-based vehicle's debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. The new car, which may be launched under Toyota's own brand or as a Lexus, will cost in the neighborhood of $50,000 "depending on how big your neighborhood is" US advanced product development VP Chris Hostetter said, Bloomberg reports, with Toyota targeting something "price competitive" with Tesla's sedan.

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Tesla stands victor in North Carolina direct car sales battle

Tesla stands victor in North Carolina direct car sales battle

Last month, North Carolina state auto dealerships kicked up a fit over Tesla's direct car sales approach to getting its Model S into consumer hands, spurring a legislative proposal that would ban such a retail method. New York followed soon after, and in both instances Tesla pushed back, saying that selling the Model S in a dealership was like selling fine wine in a mall's cafeteria. While the legislation is still going through, the provisions that would halt Tesla's direct-sales have been removed.

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Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Following other states in the US, New York is looking to ban direct auto sales in the state, which would prevent Tesla from selling their cars directly in yet another region in the US. It seems New York lawmakers are attempting to quietly get the bill passed through without a lot of attention, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already aware of it.

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Tesla makes good on promise with battery swap demonstration

Tesla makes good on promise with battery swap demonstration

On June 18, Tesla promised a live demonstration of its battery-swapping technology for the Model S, which will allow owners to get a fully juiced car faster than a battery can be charged and a gas tank can be filled. As promised, they demonstrated this feature tonight, achieving a full battery swap in less than 90 seconds. You can see the process for yourself after the break. [Update: Official Tesla video added!]

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