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Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

Tesla Model S again fails to earn Top Safety Pick+ grade

The Model S is Tesla's crowning glory. Although really its second electric car, it is the first of its kind to reach international renown and commercial success. It is also the one that has earned the biggest scrutiny and criticism, particularly over driver safety. And while it may have just recently received accolades from the US NHTSA, it has, for the second time this year, failed to get the highest thumbs up from one nonprofit safety organization: the coveted Top Safety Pick+ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS.

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Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

If you're a Tesla owner, you might have noticed an update this past week that adds limited use of automatic emergency braking (AEB), a safety feature that was first announced some six months ago. The roll-out of the feature came just ahead of Consumer Reports lowering their scores of the Model S and Model X vehicles, specifically citing the absence of the AEB as their justification.

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Tesla drops price on 75kWh Model S, upgrades for 60kWh batteries

Tesla drops price on 75kWh Model S, upgrades for 60kWh batteries

The past few days have seen some pretty big changes to Tesla's EV lineup. Tesla kicked things off by discontinuing its 60kWh Model S, which saw its last day of availability yesterday. Now that it's no longer being offered, Tesla is making some pricing and feature changes to the rest of its lineup.

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Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

If you're desperate to own a Tesla, on a budget, and can't wait for the Model 3's scheduled release later this year, you better act fast. The iconic electric car-maker has revealed that it's discontinuing the Model S that comes with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery, in other words its cheapest vehicle currently available. The Model S 60kWh has a starting price of $68,000, but once this goes away the lowest-priced option will be the 75kWh version for $74,500 before any tax incentives.

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Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

An electric vehicle is really only as good as the charging network that supports it. After all, what use is all that energy efficiency and environment friendliness if you run out of charge in the middle of your trip with no charger in sight. That is why Tesla is investing heavily in its Supercharging system, not just in infrastructure and efficiency but also in its accessibility for Tesla EV owners. The latter apparently means giving brand new owners some free kWh every year on the birthday of their car's delivery some free Supercharging credits.

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Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Just last week Tesla and SolarCity unveiled their new "Solar Roof" product, which is designed to cover a home's roof in small solar-powered shingles. But now the electric car company has announced a new roof option for the flagship Model S sedan, and it aims to remove all barriers to between passengers and the sky above: an all-glass roof.

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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Do you really, really like electric cars? And by that I mean do you believe it's past time all mass-market cars abandon the combustion engine? Well, when the time finally comes for you to depart this world, take comfort in the fact that your remains can take their final car ride in an all-electric hearse made from a modified Tesla Model S.

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Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Tencent security lab says Tesla Model S is easily hacked

Along with the promise of hi-tech features like full or semi autonomous driving, modern cars that sport all kinds of sensors, connectivity features, and remote controls have also brought concerns about security and safety. In particularly, cars that can be controlled remotely have become the target of many researchers’ hacking attempts. Such was the case with the Tesla Model S and Tencent’s Keen Security Lab, revealing how it was possible to manipulate the electric car from a distance, whether it’s parked or even while it’s moving.

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Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

Tesla test drive world tour offers a taste of EV ownership

This morning Tesla has announced "The Electric Road Trip", three months of the company meeting with communities around the world. This tour will have the company finding enthusiasts and green energy users - and what we must imagine Tesla is hoping will be new customers - in dozens of cities around the globe. They'll be making stops at what they describe as "many of our Destination Charging partner locations" inside the United States.

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Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

Amazon Alexa learns to summon a Tesla Model S

The autonomous driving features in the Tesla Model S have allowed the car to be summoned from its parking space for several months now, first via the keyfob, and then with an unofficial Apple Watch app. But now it's time to let another device do the summoning for you — like Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant in the Echo connected speaker. That's exactly what developer Jason Goecke has done, allowing him to tell his car to pull out of the garage with voice commands.

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Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

Tesla offers a free month to try out autopilot features

The age of trialware and DLCs has finally arrived for cars. Although firmware updates delivered wirelessly aren't totally new now, especially for Tesla Model S and Model X owners, the idea of trial updates might still be an amusing development. That, however, is exactly what Tesla is doing when it started informing owners of its two production vehicles that they can try Tesla's autopilot features for a whole month for free. And after the month, Tesla will send instructions on how to make that permanent.

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