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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 hires Apple’s Swift creator as new Autopilot chief

Tesla hires Apple’s Swift creator as new Autopilot chief

Apple's Swift head has left the company and joined Tesla, it's been confirmed today, where he'll be the automaker's VP of Autopilot Software. Chris Lattner spent eleven years at Apple, most recently as Senior Director of the Developer Tools Department. There, he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language Apple pushed developers over to in 2014, and which was made open-source in 2015.

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Tesla’s Gigafactory fires up battery cell production line

Tesla’s Gigafactory fires up battery cell production line

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Faraday Future's FF 91, Tesla has its own news to share. Tesla may not be revealing a new car today, but what it is doing could potentially be just as big: the company announced today that is has flipped the switch at its Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada. It's here that Tesla will be producing lithium-ion battery cells for use in its electric vehicles and energy storage devices.

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Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla's weekend has been busy, with the automaker starting the roll-out of Autopilot to its latest models, as well as extending the window for free Supercharger use. The software update, which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk began distribution on December 31, 2016, will only be uploaded over-the-air to 1,000 cars initially. After that point, and assuming there are no in-the-field problems observed, it'll be more broadly distributed in the coming week.

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Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Driver assistance technologies like Tesla Autopilot are billed as ways to keep human drivers out of trouble, but it's always impressive to see just how well they can work. Footage of a Tesla in Autopilot mode predicting a likely crash on the road ahead, and stomping on the brakes to keep out of trouble, has emerged from an incident in the Netherlands. According to the video, shared by Hans Noordsij, the Tesla Model X sounded the forward collision warning and began slowing before the human driver had time to react.

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Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Tesla and Panasonic will build solar panels together in a Buffalo, New York factory the two have agreed today, with Panasonic pumping more than $255m into the venture. The deal, which is expected to see production kick off in the summer of 2017, marks a deepening of the business relationship between the two companies as the ambitions of each expands. Panasonic already supplies the lithium-ion batteries that Tesla uses in the Model S and Model X electric cars, for instance.

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Elon Musk teases Supercharger V3 that packs over 350kW of power

Elon Musk teases Supercharger V3 that packs over 350kW of power

Elon Musk is a busy man between Tesla and SpaceX, he also likes to tease company plans via Twitter and has recently teased a coming version of the Supercharger. If you are unfamiliar, the Supercharger network is a network of high-powered charging stations intended to combat range anxiety and allow freer EV travelling. Elon Musk recently teased Supercharger V3 and it sounds like a serious update.

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Tesla limits Autopilot top speed in latest update

Tesla limits Autopilot top speed in latest update

It's update season for Tesla right now, with a new Autopilot upgrade being pushed out to the electric cars that caps top speed on certain roads. Autopilot is Tesla's take on piloted or semi-autonomous driving, capable of maintaining pace with the rest of the traffic on a road, keeping to lanes, and even changing lane with a tap of the indicator. However, there's always been some leeway in what speed it will allow owners to travel at.

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Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla has taken the top spot in a customer satisfaction survey, with more owners of the electric car saying they'd buy another than any other automaker brand. The results of Consumer Reports' 2016 Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey see Tesla once again in pole position, with Porsche and Audi keeping hold of their second and third place spots. However, there's some sizable movement elsewhere in the rankings, particularly after this year's "dieselgate".

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Tesla Enhanced Autopilot: What 8.1 is (and isn’t) and 2016 will bring

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot: What 8.1 is (and isn’t) and 2016 will bring

Tesla's 8.0.2 software is rolling out, bringing new convenience features, though not the Enhanced Autopilot which will grant the electric cars autonomous driving. The update, details of which Tesla has confirmed to SlashGear today, is focused on getting more out of roadtrips, in addition to better personalizing the EVs and enhancing the Summon feature for the Model X SUV. It comes as anticipation is higher than ever for the self-driving abilities many owners are now expecting from Autopilot 8.1, which has become a subject of some confusion. Read on for how it all breaks down.

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Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla will raise prices of its Model S and Model X electric cars in the UK, blaming Brexit for its impact on the country's economy. The UK's controversial vote to exit the European Union - aka "Brexit" - has already been cited as a cause for price increases or even leaving operations in the country altogether by a number of technology firms. Now, it seems Tesla's California-made cars are next to feel the pinch.

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Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla just grabbed Volvo’s ridiculously good cabin designer

Tesla has snatched Volvo's head of interior engineering, importing Swedish designer Anders Bell to California to presumably give its future electric cars better cabins. Bell confirmed the move on his LinkedIn profile this week. At Tesla, he will be senior director of engineering.

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