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Tesla Model 3 misses targets dramatically amid rough Q3

Tesla Model 3 misses targets dramatically amid rough Q3

Tesla has revealed the numbers for its third fiscal quarter 2017, and things aren't looking so hot. The company reports that of its 26,137 vehicle deliveries during Q3, only 222 of them were Model 3 cars. Tesla previously disclosed production bottlenecks as holding up its Model 3 progress, something later tipped to include delays forcing workers to assemble some parts by hand.

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Porsche’s electric Mission E spotted on the Nürburgring

Porsche’s electric Mission E spotted on the Nürburgring

Anticipation is starting to build for Porsche’s upcoming Mission E — its first all-electric model — ahead of the scheduled 2019 release, and fueling the excitement are more frequent sightings of the vehicle on the road. While the electric car is still in development, we've mostly been treated to still images up until now, however video has finally surfaced showing Porsche test the Mission E on Germany's famous Nürburgring track.

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Facebook Marketplace car shopping features expand, plus new auto partners

Facebook Marketplace car shopping features expand, plus new auto partners

Facebook is making it easier to find and buy used cars with Facebook Marketplace via some new features and new automotive partnerships. The new partnerships are with some notable companies including Edmunds, while the new features include what Facebook describes as an 'enhanced vehicle section,' plus additional filtering options. The new features will only be available to US users, though.

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Tesla China factory deal tipped with Shanghai named as facility site

Tesla China factory deal tipped with Shanghai named as facility site

It's no secret that Tesla has been planning to start producing cars in China, and now more details about that plan have been revealed. We first heard about the company's China-based production plans this past summer, but there were still details to be ironed out at the time. Now the company has finalized a deal that will put its factory in Shanghai, at least according to sources with insider knowledge.

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Zero Motorcycles’ 2018 e-bike lineup offers 6x faster charging

Zero Motorcycles’ 2018 e-bike lineup offers 6x faster charging

Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2018 lineup, explaining that with its latest electric motorcycles, buyers can expect charging rates as high as six times faster than previous models. These all-electric motorcycles are for commuters ready to shed the ordinary gas tank, but who don't have hours on end to spend waiting for their battery to recharge. Depending on configuration, Zero's electric motorcycles can provide a range of more than 220 miles in the city.

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Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel may have scaled down or even axed some of its extracurricular activities, like wearables and IoT, but it isn’t yet backing down from down from one of those: autonomous vehicles. After acquiring Mobileye just recently, the chip maker has double down on its involvement in making the self-driving car dream come true. It’s latest contribution, curiously, is a mathematical formula that it claims will offer a more or less standard way to not only ensure driving safety but also assign responsibility for when accidents do happen.

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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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