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Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory to cost $5 billion

Gigafactories are crucial to the future of Tesla, even more than awesome cars and SUVs like the Model X. The delicate mix of car production and battery manufacturing will help Tesla roll cars off the line like never before, and if history is any indication — they’ll sell them all. How much will a ‘Gigafactory’ cost, though? What does it take to build one? Building permits give us those details, and shows just how big Tesla is betting on themselves as well as our desire to have an all-electric car.

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Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla in Connecticut: new bill looks favorably on direct sales

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has been challenged in several states by dealership associations in much the same way ridesharing companies have been challenged by the taxi industry. Direct sales pose a threat to the dealership business model, some argue, and should be limited or eliminated altogether. Tesla has battled this issue more than once, sometimes seeing victory (or partial victory) and other times losing. Connecticut might end up proving to be a victory in the near future, with a new bill in place that looks favorably upon direct auto sales.

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Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Tesla’s Musk talks gigafactories, profit at NAIAS

Today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Elon Musk sat down to talk all things Tesla. The CEO, who has a contentious relationship with both the auto industry and state of Michigan, opened up about the state of the union at Tesla. He answered questions, and gave a prospectus on where the auto maker was going. As stock fell roughly 6%, Musk explained it away, and further detailed their plans for world domination. Or, just being allowed to sell cars.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet Bolt EV tipped to take on Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet is set to reveal a second hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Bolt, in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday, insiders claims, as a pre-emptive strike against the upcoming cheaper Tesla. The Bolt - its name a nod to the existing Volt, which itself will be updated for the 2016 model year at Detroit - will reportedly cost around $30,000 and be able to run around 200 miles on a charge. Like the Volt, it will not only support being plugged-in to replenish the batteries, but have a range-extending gasoline engine onboard.

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Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla “solid metal snake” robo-charger in works

Tesla is working on a robotic charging system which will automatically plug in its electric cars like the Model S, described by CEO Elon Musk as "a solid metal snake." The intelligent charger would presumably be positioned as a way to bypass one of the lingering frustrations around EVs, namely that drivers have to remember to plug them in. While Musk gave no timescale for the robo-charger's release, he did confirm that it would work not only with future models but all existing Tesla cars.

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Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla P85D to get 155mph unlock as range explained

Tesla will push out a firmware update for the Model S P85D and 85D dual-motor EVs in the new year which will boost the top speed to 155 mph and tweak the torque, while also addressing lingering confusion over range of the new cars. At launch, and like all other Model S versions until now, the P85D and 85D are electronically limited to 130 mph, but Tesla will nudge that cap higher and in the process match the limiter commonly found on most high-end sedans. However, while early reports suggested dual-motor drivers would in fact see improved range over the RWD cars, it turns out the reality is not quite so clear-cut.

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Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

Tesla Model S P85D roasts predecessor in EV drag race

When you talk about torque, the instant shove of a performance EV like the Tesla Model S can't be ignored, but P85 owners used to being top of the tree may have some egg on their face if they take on a new P85D. The all-wheel-drive luxury sedan has already demonstrated its capabilities against a worthy - and traditionally-powered - challenger in the shape of the Lamborghini Aventador, but what about when old takes on new in an EV show-down? Thankfully we now know what that looks like, too.

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Tesla Roadster 3.0 400 mile upgrade detailed

Tesla Roadster 3.0 400 mile upgrade detailed

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised an update for original Tesla Roadster owners, and the company has certainly delivered, upgrading the battery for up to 400 miles of range, as well as numerous other improvements. Dubbed Roadster 3.0, the main enhancement has been to the batteries, with Tesla crediting improvements in lithium-ion technology - and the expertise gleaned in making the Model S so as to know exactly how best to implement that technology - for a whopping 31-percent improvement in energy capacity than the original Roadster cell. However, a new battery pack is not the only tweak.

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Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Tesla's Roadster announcement didn't make it in time for Christmas, but CEO Elon Musk still has a thing or two to say before the day is over. The good news is that the new version of the sports car will have a range that is almost double its predecessor. Even better, Musk is promising to finally reveal details tomorrow (December-26th) as a "day after Christmas" gift to eagerly awaiting fans. That is, of course, unless some crisis issues rear their ugly heads again to delay even that.

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Tesla Roadster details coming next week

Tesla Roadster details coming next week

There is a saying about the best laid plans and that it happens to everyone, even the illustrious Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla Motors, who also happens to hold SpaceX and its many ambitious projects (which includes an army of micro-satellites revolving around earth), has somewhat conceded to the constraints of a 24-hour daily cycle. Due to "crisis issues", the promised new Tesla Roadster is being delayed. The good news? Details about this mysterious new car will be revealed next week, right in the middle of the holidays.

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