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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is official name of Elon Musk-inspired startup

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is official name of Elon Musk-inspired startup

The startup behind the Elon Musk-originating Hyperloop has announced its official name: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The company had revealed its ambitions to make the Hyperloop a reality back in September of this year, and has since traversed a fair bit in the few short weeks it has been working on its plans. The HTT started out as a project kicked off by JumpStartFund.

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Tesla west coast Supercharger stations now stretch from San Diego to Vancouver

Tesla west coast Supercharger stations now stretch from San Diego to Vancouver

Tesla has been busy getting its SuperCharger stations in place, having announced various plans and ambitions related to them over the course of this year. There's good news for Model S owners located on the west coast, with Tesla SuperCharger stations now stretching all the way between Vancouver, Canada and San Diego, California in close enough increments that owners can go on a long road trip.

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Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

A push to increase zero-emission cars has seen eight US states set ambitious targets of 3.3m EVs and plug-in hybrids on the roads by 2025, an exponential increase on today's numbers, with collaborative infrastructure development near the top of the priority list. The pact, signed by California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, aims to consolidate pro-EV legislation, public charger roll-out, and other elements, "to make it easier for customers to operate and use zero-emission vehicles" according to California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols. However, auto makers have already warned that waning subsidies and tax credits could see the cost of zero-emission vehicles rise by up to $4,000.

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Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently traveled to Germany where he talked about accelerating the rollout of the Tesla supercharger electric vehicle charging network around the country. Tesla has already rolled out its supercharger network in some areas of the US and is targeting five-minute recharges for its Model S electric vehicle. The announcement comes as deliveries for the Tesla Model S in Germany begin to increase.

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Elon Musk bought $866k Bond Lotus sub and plans Tesla-power upgrade

Elon Musk bought $866k Bond Lotus sub and plans Tesla-power upgrade

Elon Musk was the buyer of the Lotus submarine car prop auctioned off earlier this year, and intends to fit a Tesla electric powertrain and make it truly perform on the road and underwater. Musk spent $866,000 on the iconic Lotus, having fallen for the car after seeing it in The Spy Who Loved Me as a child growing up, Tesla confirmed to Jalopnik, but "was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform."

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Tesla AT&T deal confirmed with mobile hotspot in pipeline

Tesla AT&T deal confirmed with mobile hotspot in pipeline

Tesla's in-car telematics system relies on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the carrier has confirmed for the first time, part of AT&T's attempt to push its new mobility options which include intelligent SIMs that can split payments between car manufacturers and drivers. The system, which Tesla currently uses for sending telematics and car status data from the Model S back to home base, as well as to stream media content to the dashboard and show other infotainment content, will soon be opened up to using the car as a mobile hotspot, allowing passengers to get online through a shared connection.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla’s Elon Musk tackles Model S fire head-on

Tesla's Elon Musk has commented publicly on the recent Model S fire that left one car partially destroyed and the company's stock tumbling, detailing the exact cause of the issue and arguing that the EV is still far safer than traditional gas-powered vehicles. The startup made headlines earlier this week when an owner's car in Seattle collided with a "large metallic object" and subsequently burst into flames, prompting speculation that it was less than safe. Far from that being the case, Musk says, it actually took a freak 25 ton impact to cause the fire.

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Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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