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Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla is aiming to push the Model S into businesses, announcing lease plans for companies wanting an EV in their parking lot, though as with the car firm's previous financing deals there's some juggling to be done with the numbers. The headline figure Tesla has gone with is $408 a month, however that takes into account not only business tax benefits, but an estimated fuel saving, without which the recurring fee would be much higher.

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Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Expect an irate call if you try to hack your Tesla Model S

Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for car lovers to get under the hood and tinker with the mechanics; in the modern world of EVs, that's been upgraded to hacking access to the computer systems, as one Tesla Model S owner discovered. Some investigation of a mysterious port turned out to be a hidden ethernet link into the Model S' internal communications system, as well as a shortcut to getting an irate call from Tesla itself warning owners not to fiddle lest they be accused of "industrial espionage".

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Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.

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Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

Forget CarPlay: Here’s NVIDIA’s plan to power your next car

NVIDIA is no stranger to car dashboards, with the company’s Tegra chips already powering Tesla’s Model S infotainment and the system found in the new Audi A3, but the company has even bigger ambitions for Tegra K1. The chip company brought its Automotive team along to GTC 2014 this past week to show off the heavily-customized Jeep its been working on as a showcase for its vision of the future of mobility tech, and we grabbed some time at the helm to see how it works.

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Tesla Model S fire investigation ends: brand blameless

Tesla Model S fire investigation ends: brand blameless

More good news comes Tesla’s way as the Government ends its investigations regarding the Model S fires. Earlier, we reported about the dealership tussle that the electric car company is embroiled in and how New York’s Governor took a softer stand on them. Presently, the NHTSA has closed its inquiries into the fires that broke out in the Model S, in three separate incidents.

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Tesla gets relief in New York, allowed five direct-dealerships

Tesla gets relief in New York, allowed five direct-dealerships

After a tough battle between traditional dealerships and the EV upstart, the deal that Tesla Motors has managed to conclude with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's car dealers is that the company’s direct-sales outlets will be allowed to continue business, as long as they don’t open any more dealerships in the state. There are currently five company-owned outlets in New York.

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Telsa agreement gives it three direct-sales stores in Ohio

Telsa agreement gives it three direct-sales stores in Ohio

Tesla Motors' direct car sales have been a hotly contested issue in many states, Ohio among them. In December, an amendment being pushed by the Ohio Auto Dealers Association wasn't addressed by the Ohio House committee, which meant it would roll over into this year. For the time being, the auto maker has reached an agreement with the Auto Dealers Association to operate three stores in the state.

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Tesla New Jersey ban response: “Gov. Christie has a bridge closure he wants to sell you”

Tesla New Jersey ban response: “Gov. Christie has a bridge closure he wants to sell you”

After facing a ban on Tesla sales direct to customers in the State of New Jersey this week, Tesla Motors Chairman of Product Architecture and CEO Elon Musk wrote a letter. This letter speaks up on the state of the industry, suggesting that it’s not for "consumer protection" that Tesla has been banned from selling cars in the state, but to promote a monopoly for the gas-dependent auto industry in place today.

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