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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 Model 3 parts were being built by hand, causing bottleneck: report

Tesla Model 3 parts were being built by hand, causing bottleneck: report

Tesla recently said that 'production bottlenecks' were slowing down its Model 3 efforts, and a new report allegedly sheds light on why: some of the parts were being built by hand, at least according to sources. Those sources claim that this hand-building process involved 'major portions' of the Model 3 vehicles, and that the hand production was still happening as recently as early September.

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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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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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MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race 2017 is an epic race

MotorTrend’s World’s Greatest Drag Race 2017 is an epic race

Since I was 12 and got my first subscription to MotorTrend magazine, I have long thought that the guys who get to work there have the greatest jobs ever. They get to drive all sorts of cool vehicles and drive them fast. They als get to do the World's' Greatest Drag Race, something they have done alongside their Best Driver's Car each year since 2011.

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Tesla Superchargers may borrow something from gas stations

Tesla Superchargers may borrow something from gas stations

Tesla may have a track record of looking to the future of transportation, but it's considering a thoroughly well-established idea for upgrading its Superchargers. Rather than getting more energy into your electric car, the automaker is apparently considering ways drivers and their passengers might want to top up their own energy levels. If that sounds like a convenience store at a traditional gas station, you're not wrong.

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Tesla Model S 75 rear wheel drive EV gets the axe this Sunday

Tesla Model S 75 rear wheel drive EV gets the axe this Sunday

If you have been on the fence about buying a Tesla Model S and have been considering the cheapest Model S option, it is about to go away. Tesla has confirmed that as of September 24 the cheapest Model S of them all will be no more. The budget Model S is the Model S 75 in rear-wheel drive.

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Tesla just axed a Model S to give the Model 3 space

Tesla just axed a Model S to give the Model 3 space

Tesla is further widening the gap between the Model S and the new Model 3, discontinuing the entry-level version of its premium sedan. The automaker has long been fighting assumptions by would-be owners that the Model 3, simply by virtue of being newer, is actually "better" than the Model S. Now, since CEO Elon Musk's repeated insistence of that fact still isn't hitting home, Tesla is making the differences even more obvious.

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NVIDIA Tesla P100 comes to Google Compute Engine in the cloud

NVIDIA Tesla P100 comes to Google Compute Engine in the cloud

Today the NVIDIA Tesla P100 was introduced for the public in the Google Cloud Platform for cloud computing. These NVIDIA P100 GPUs were launched first in beta mode, while at the same time the NVIDIA K80 GPU was made available on the Google Compute Engine. Both the K80 and the P100 are available in US West (Oregon), US East (South Carolina), Europe West (Belgium), and Asia East (Taiwan) immediately if not soon.

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Tesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars

Tesla and AMD tipped in development of AI chip for autonomous cars

Tesla has been tipped in a project to develop its own artificial intelligence chip, and sources claim it is working with AMD to refine this chip. Such a chip may pave the way for a future in which Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous, but details are slight at this time. Sources indicate that Tesla is developing its chip on top of a foundation of AMD intellectual property, and that testing with an early implementation is already underway.

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Tesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swapping

Tesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swapping

If any company is pushing the limits of what transportation of the future might look like, it's Tesla. The company makes some of the longest driving and most popular EVs on the market today. Tesla is looking at how it can extend the driving range of its EVs even further than the vehicles can go today. It's not doing this by installing more Superchargers alone, it's looking at a system that would allow the swapping of battery packs.

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