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This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

This is what buying SolarCity is worth to Tesla’s master plan

Back in June, we heard of Tesla chairman Elon Musk's plan to purchase SolarCity. At that time, it appeared that a deal was all but approved, with Musk saying the two had to do their due diligence and seek the go-ahead from the board of directors for both companies. It looks like that approval has arrived, with Tesla announcing today that it has struck a deal with SolarCity and will now move forward with the acquisition process.

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Good news: Tesla finished designing the Model 3

Good news: Tesla finished designing the Model 3

Tesla finalized the design of the hotly-anticipated Model 3 two weeks ago, Elon Musk has confirmed, though exactly what the more affordable electric car looks like remains to be seen. The outspoken chief executive of the EV firm revealed the milestone during tours of Telsa's first Gigafactory, a vast facility in Nevada where, eventually, the company will make its li-ion batteries.

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Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’ part 2: solar, self-driving, and sharing

Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’ part 2: solar, self-driving, and sharing

As promised earlier today, Elon Musk has posted about Tesla’s master plan (part 2). If you’re unfamiliar with the first part of that master plan, check it out here. Got the gist of it? Musk explains the rationale behind the original master plan, pointing out that it was largely shaped by the limitations of the funding behind it at the start. The automaker has proven successful since then, though, and with that success comes an evolution of its goals. In the second iteration of his Master Plan, Musk zeroes in a handful of new plans including solar energy, vehicle sharing, and autonomous driving.

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Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

Germany plans “black box” recorder rule for Autopilot-style cars

With controversy lingering over the role Tesla's Autopilot played in recent crashes, German regulators are preparing new rules that would demand "black box" recorders in any car offering driver assistance technology. Though fully self-driving cars are still some way off from general market availability, increasingly capable semi-autonomous or "piloted driving" systems are spreading from luxury sedans down to the mass market.

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Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Elon Musk bullish on Autopilot upgrade for existing Tesla cars

Tesla isn't willing to disable Autopilot, but it is planning a huge update to the controversial semi-autonomous system, Elon Musk has confirmed. The new software, which will be version 8, is "our biggest release since v1" Musk said on Twitter, while also discussing some of the potential ways existing sensors and other hardware could be reworked to improve the electric cars' accuracy and abilities.

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Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

Consumer Reports wants Tesla to rename & disable Autopilot until it’s safer

The influential and well-respected Consumer Reports has chimed in on all the recent controversy surrounding Tesla's Autopilot, calling on the car maker to make significant changes to its autonomous driving feature. The publication wrote earlier this week that it wanted Tesla to rename the technology, feeling the term "Autopilot" to be misleading, and even remove the hands-free system from its cars until it's proven to be safer.

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This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

This 60D is now the cheapest Tesla Model X

Tesla has launched a new and more affordable version of its SUV, the Model X 60D, trading overall range in return for a lower sticker price on the forecourt. The new car slots in as the entry-level option in what's now a four model line-up of electric SUVs from the California automaker.

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Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla is now upgrading old Roadsters with 340 mile batteries

Tesla has begun upgrading Roadster batteries, giving the automaker's oldest car a boost in range in a welcome - albeit expensive - refresh. News that Tesla would turn its newer battery technology to improving the Roadster, production of which ceased in 2012, came as a surprise when Elon Musk announced it in late 2014, though it's taken some time to actually filter through to owners' cars.

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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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Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 tipped to arrive ‘soon’ as 8.0 update details surface

Tesla's Autopilot 2.0 will be launching some time this year, according to a source that has cropped up, and it may work with a pair of cameras to enable the vehicle to stop at traffic lights and stop signs. The auto maker is said to have test vehicles currently running a “very beta” version of the software, which is itself said to be an early version of the Tesla 8.0 update. That update itself has also been leaked by sources, some details of which include upcoming autopilot features.

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In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

In new Model X crash, Tesla suggests Autopilot not to blame

With Autopilot's safety in question, Tesla has distanced the semi-autonomous driver assistance technology's role in a crash last Friday that saw a Model X rolled in Pennsylvania. The driver of the car, who was in the SUV along with a passenger on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday around 5pm, July 1, told law enforcement that Autopilot was active when the incident took place.

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Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Lucky Tesla Model 3 buyers score Golden Tickets to Gigafactory opening

Now that Tesla has scheduled July 29th as the date of the grand opening ceremony for its massive battery-producing Gigafactory in Nevada, it's probably every electric car enthusiasts dream to attend. Unfortunately, unless you're considered a Tesla VIP, the only other way to get invited was to pre-order the company's new Model 3 sedan, and even then you had to among the 12 super lucky ones to receive a "Golden Ticket." Yes, Tesla is taking a page straight out of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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