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Letting it ride: Entrepreneur bets it all on a $6,800, 84 mpg microcar for the masses

Letting it ride: Entrepreneur bets it all on a $6,800, 84 mpg microcar for the masses

By about 9 hours ago.

All of the buzz around the cars of the future — from the millions of dollars in investment sloshing around the industry to the glitzy unveilings at places like Tesla — can easily make it seem like everything is the Next Big Thing. Where everywhere you turn, you breathe in that sweet new car smell, all of it a great smashing of the old order.

The story of entrepreneur and car enthusiast Paul Elio is reflective of what it takes for all that to happen. More →

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Tesla Model 3 Interior Images Leaked

Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior

By about 11 hours ago.

Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior

Although Tesla has officially launched the Model 3 (and hundreds of thousands of people have put down $1,000 to reserve one), we still don’t know exactly what it looks like.

Helping to fill in the gaps are some new prototype photos, leaked yesterday on Reddit, which show off the interior surprisingly clearly.

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Electric Car 0-60 MPH

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Video: This mini electric car just smashed the 0-60 MPH world record

Tesla likes to boast that it only knows how to make fast cars. And with good reason, the Tesla Model S in Ludicrous Mode can go from 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars by acceleration on the planet. Ranked slightly above Tesla are an assortment of cars from Porsche, Bugatti and Ferrari, with the Porsche 918 Spyder boasting the fastest 0-60 time for a production car in history with a blazing 2.2 seconds.

Well, there’s no a new record holder for the 0-60 title and it comes from an unlikely place: a motorsport student club in Switzerland.

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Tesla Vs Mercedes

Mercedes’ next-gen autopilot probably won’t run you into a van like Tesla’s

By on June 23, 2016 at 12:11 PM.

Mercedes’ next-gen autopilot probably won’t run you into a van like Tesla’s

Through a combination of great marketing and rushing out ‘Autopilot’ while it’s still in beta, Tesla has managed to become the big name in semi-autonomous driving (though there have been a couple of bumps in the road so far). But as you’d imagine, other automakers are working on programs of their own.

USA Today recently got behind the wheel of a Mercedes E-Class equipped with all the autonomous driving tech that will be coming to Mercedes’s cars in the next year. It all sounds quite similar to Tesla, but you won’t be able to sleep behind the wheel.

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Porsche Mission E

Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’

By on June 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM.

Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’

Tesla has been on the vanguard of the EV revolution and has demonstrated no hesitation to completely deviate from practices that have governed the auto industry for decades. And as tends to be the case with any company so willing to shake up the status quo, the company has no shortage of detractors, even from car companies who themselves see the wisdom in developing and releasing electric cars.

Most recently, a Porsche product manager went to town on the Tesla Model S, effectively calling the company’s ballyhooed Ludicrous Mode nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

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Elon Musk Tesla Model S Boat

Elon Musk isn’t lying: Watch Tesla’s Model S float and steer through water like a boat

By on June 20, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Elon Musk isn’t lying: Watch Tesla’s Model S float and steer through water like a boat

Over the past several years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has become infamous for saying ridiculous things in public forums, but even if you don’t think we’re all living in a computer simulation, you can’t dismiss everything he says.

For example, over the weekend, he tweeted that the Model S “floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and even shared video footage of a Model S “swimming” in a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan to back up the claim.

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Tesla Model S Repairs

Tesla denies that it forced a Model S owner to keep quiet about repairs

By on June 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Tesla denies that it forced a Model S owner to keep quiet about repairs

Even Tesla detractors would have to concede that the company isn’t afraid to be painfully honest about its mistakes, no matter how bad the resulting PR might be. Whether it’s Elon Musk admitting that the Model X design was too ambitious or the company issuing a voluntary recall for the Model S this past November, Tesla has always been upfront and honest about its missteps.

That said, a strange story about Tesla began to gain traction in the mainstream press late this week. According to a report from Reuters, the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began probing reports about worrisome suspension issues on the Tesla Model S that could result in drivers losing control while driving. What’s more, the report claims that Tesla may have gone so far as to force a Tesla owner with suspension problems to sign an NDA in exchange for repairs. In other words, Tesla was allegedly willing to fix the problem so long as the owner agreed not to contact the government of the NHTSA about it.

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Steve Jobs V-Vehicle Car Prototype

The car prototype that impressed Steve Jobs

By on June 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

The car prototype that impressed Steve Jobs

It’s no secret that Apple’s Steve Jobs was interested in cars, and a new report details the car that impressed the iconic leader. Made of polypropylene and glass fiber, the car was 40% lighter than a conventional steel vehicle, and would cost 70% less to produce. Called the V-Vehicle, the car was actually brought to Jobs’ house in 2010, where he was given a detailed demo of the concept. More →

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Tesla Model X Problems

Tesla is fixing a big Model X problem by shipping customers some mesh

By on June 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Tesla is fixing a big Model X problem by shipping customers some mesh

Tesla’s Model X SUV has a sweeping front windshield that extends up much further than on regular cars. It looks amazing, but as it turns out, regular cars have regular-sized windshields for a very good reason.

As Model X owners have been discovering, the overly-large windshield can mean blinding sun coming directly into the car all day long. The sunshades, which are attached to the side pillar, only have limited coverage.

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Larry Page Flying Cars

Google’s Larry Page has secretly spent more than $100M to build flying cars

By on June 9, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Google’s Larry Page has secretly spent more than $100M to build flying cars

Autonomous cars? Pffff, those are old news. Who wants to sit in traffic in a car that drives itself when you can fly right over all that traffic? While Google and more than a dozen other top companies are hard at work trying to bring self-driving cars to the roads in the United States and abroad, Google co-founder Larry Page has already moved on. As revealed by an extensive new report, Page has secretly dumped more than $100 million of his personal fortune into at least two startups that are looking beyond roads in an attempt to redefine personal transport. More →

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