Automotive

Tesla has fired hundreds of factory and administrative workers

Tesla has fired hundreds of factory and administrative workers

Tesla has fired hundreds of managers, factory workers, engineers and others in a move said to not be a layoff, but instead the result of an annual review of worker performance. The company has more than 33,000 employees, and indicated that this firing spree was the result of each worker's performance, with one spokesperson explaining that performance reviews "occasionally result in employee departures."

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Tesla Semi Truck debut is officially set for November 16

Tesla Semi Truck debut is officially set for November 16

Tesla's official unveiling of its semi truck has had a dubious date, with plans first indicating that it would be unveiled in September, then later being updated tentatively to October 26. That latter date wasn't a guarantee based on Musk's tweet at the time, and now it has changed again. In a recent tweet, Musk updated the unveiling to mid-November.

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Tesla’s Semi Truck: this photo might be it

Tesla’s Semi Truck: this photo might be it

Today a photograph appeared with what appears to be the not-yet-revealed Tesla Semi Truck. While Tesla plans on revealing this vehicle at their next event and has said as much, they've not yet shown nearly this much to the public. This vehicle has been teased in an invite to the event, but the vehicle has not been uncovered in this large a leak until now.

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Why Tesla Model 3 production seems a little low

Why Tesla Model 3 production seems a little low

Tesla just reported their Q3 Vehicle Deliveries and Production results for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3. This was apparently the company's all-time best quarter for deliveries on both the Model S and the Model X - by just a tiny bit - at a 4.5% increase over this same quarter in the year 2016. Quarter-by-quarter, though, Tesla's production rose a cool 17.7% (over Q2, 2017).

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Tesla expands referral program with cross-product rewards

Tesla expands referral program with cross-product rewards

As of this week, Tesla automotive / device owners no longer need to own one specific product to be rewarded for referring a friend to buy another. In the past, a Model X owner would only get an award for referring a new user to buy another Model X. Thus continues Tesla's mission to turn all Tesla automotive and device owners into pseudo salespeople for their products of all sorts.

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BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW has teamed up with Amazon to integrate Alexa into its vehicles, enabling drivers to use the digital assistant for playing music, getting directions, and more. Alexa will be arriving in both BMW and MINI vehicles sometime around next summer, marking the latest expansion for Amazon's popular assistant. Of course, no separate app will be needed to use the in-car Alexa.

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Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in US EV factory

Mercedes-Benz to invest $1 billion in US EV factory

Mercedes-Benz has spent the last year making it clear that it's making the shift towards an all-electric line-up. It isn't the only car maker doing this, of course, but the German luxury brand is promising that its new EQ line is the start of offering an electric version of each of its models by 2022. To help make that happen, parent company Daimler AG has revealed that it's making a $1 billion investment in the Mercedes factory in Alabama, allowing it to produce EV in the US.

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Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity has announced a new 'nanodegree' program that revolves around self-driving cars, and it is available to anyone who signs up (and pays the fee, of course). The program is designed to help kick off a career in self-driving automotive technologies, though it is an introductory course and not something you're likely to get a job solely with. The course opens early next month and lasts for four months, about the length of a typical semester.

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Porsche CEO details Mission E pricing, release date

Porsche CEO details Mission E pricing, release date

It's been two years now since Porsche revealed the stunning Mission E concept — its first all-electric model — at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then we've heard that the four-door will actually enter production to challenge Tesla's growing dominance in the EV market, but little else has been revealed. That's finally starting to change, as the German carmaker's CEO Oliver Blume has shared concrete information on the Mission E's release date and pricing.

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Project One And Electrification Take Center Stage at Frankfurt for Mercedes-Benz

Project One And Electrification Take Center Stage at Frankfurt for Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz took the Frankfurt Auto Show with both a bang and a whirr as it showcased not just a world-beating Mercedes-AMG Project One 'hypercar' - the brand's first foray into such rarefied air in well over a decade - but also several facets of its electrification strategy, which figures ever more prominently in the plans of all global automakers.

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BMW X7 Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW X7 Concept revealed ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

The 2017 Frankfurt International Auto Show is only a few days away now, but BMW has decided to pull the curtain back a bit early on its largest SUV yet: the Concept X7 iPerformance. The upcoming crossover will top the German carmaker's existing X5 SUV by offering three-row seating, as well launching as a plug-in hybrid model. BMW has been busy with its concepts lately, with the X7 coming after the recent 8 Series and Z4 reveals.

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Volvo buys valet service app Luxe to implement its tech

Volvo buys valet service app Luxe to implement its tech

Volvo has announced that it's acquired Luxe, the premium valet service app that lets users request someone to not only park their car, but also perform tasks like deliver parcels or wash and refuel the vehicle. The Swedish car company says it plans to integrate the startup's systems and technologies into Volvo's own services with a goal of providing its customers with the ultimate convenience.

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