Tesla Sales Texas

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:56 PM.

Texas blocks direct Tesla sales; Texas pol thinks company is run by ‘Mr. Tesla’

Despite Tesla’s best efforts, the Texas legislature this week opted not to pass a bill which would have allowed the electric automaker to sell cars directly to consumers. Instead, if Tesla wants to sell its highly revered vehciles in the lone star state, it looks like it’s going to have to do it through local franchise dealers, something the company has no intention of doing.

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Apple Car Rumors Electric Battery

New evidence emerges that suggests Apple is indeed building an electric car

By on May 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM.

New evidence emerges that suggests Apple is indeed building an electric car

Many reports have claimed that Apple is working on a brand new type of product: An electric car that may also include self-driving features. Obviously, the company has not confirmed anything at this point. However, a lawsuit Apple is looking to settle might actually confirm that Apple is indeed working on a car of its own. More →

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Google Self-Driving Cars Public Testing

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

By on May 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

You’ll see Google’s cute self-driving car on public roads this summer

Google on Friday surprisingly announced that its own self-driving car will soon be ready for public testing. No, you won’t be able to start using one yourself, as Google will only start small public pilot programs in the following years. But the company will use a few prototype vehicles on public roads in and around Mountain View with safety drivers aboard. More →

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Apple Car Battery

Apple settles lawsuit over poaching

By on May 14, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Apple settles lawsuit over poaching

This past February, Apple poached a number of high-profile battery engineers from a company called A123 Systems. What made the story so interesting is that Apple’s new hires were all Ph.D scientists involved in cutting edge and advanced battery research.

Even more intriguing was the fact that A123 Systems specialized in the development of high-performance and efficient lithium batteries for transportation-oriented initiatives. Naturally, many people viewed Apple’s hiring of A123 employees as even more proof that Apple was planning to develop and release a battery-powered car.

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Uber Driving Salary, Costs, Insurance

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

By on May 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Reporter turned undercover UberX driver reveals what it’s really like to drive for Uber

To make $90,000 a year, an UberX driver would have to work “27 hours a day, 365 a year.” That’s what one reporter learned after going undercover as an UberX driver to see whether the company’s income claims could be verified in real life. After 100 rides, she concluded that she would need to work 10 hours per day for six days each week, and take just one week off each year, to make about $30,000 annually before taxes.

That’s a third of what Uber claimed is the median income for UberX drivers in New York City. More →

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Tesla Model 3

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Tesla is finally making a car you can afford – here’s when it will be released

During Tesla’s earnings conference call on Wednesday, Elon Musk finally disclosed when Tesla plans to begin production of the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3, and what it will look like. What’s more, Musk at long last gave us a launch window (read: year) that, we can only hope, won’t be subject to change in the months ahead.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Photos

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

By on April 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM.

A rare behind-the-scenes look as Mercedes builds its most beautiful sportscar ever

Guy Kawasaki is a name most people in the tech industry are familiar with, thanks largely to his roles with Apple and his subsequent investments in Pandora and other companies with the venture capital firm he co-founded, Garage Technology Ventures. What you might not know is that Kawasaki is also a big car fanatic, and he often gets access to things most car fans will never enjoy.

Case in point: Kawasaki recently toured Mercedes’ AMG facility where the stunning AMG GT and GT S are built. More →

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Tesla Google

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

By on April 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM.

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

With a share price that’s consistently hovering in the $200 range and an award-winning car, Tesla these days is sitting pretty. But before Tesla began selling Model S cars faster than it could make them, there were a lot of questions surrounding the company’s ability to turn a profit, let alone thrive as a viable entity.

In a bombshell revelation posted by by Bloomberg, and excerpted from the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, we learn that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was extremely close to finalizing a deal to sell the entire company to Google.

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License Plate Funny

The DMV recently declared the license plate ‘370H55V’ to be obscene – can you guess why?

By on April 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

The DMV recently declared the license plate ‘370H55V’ to be obscene – can you guess why?

If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a Lamborghini, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you have carte blanche to come up with any type of vanity license plate your heart desires.

While typical objections to license plate permutations typically focus on overtly offensive words, a Texas man named Safer Hassan recently learned the hard way that even obfuscating an alleged obscenity might leave you with a revoked plate.

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Hyundai Message to Space with Cars

Watch: This has to be the coolest way to send messages to astronauts

By on April 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Watch: This has to be the coolest way to send messages to astronauts

Hyundai has thought of a very cool way to promote its cars — by using them in a heartwarming way that also just so happened to go viral almost instantly. What did Hyundai do? The company sent a message from Earth to a special someone who happens to be orbiting the planet aboard the International Space Station for a living with help of moving cars. More →

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Uber Vs. Taxis Medallion Prices

After getting crushed by Uber, NYC taxi mogul demands a government bailout

By on April 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM.

After getting crushed by Uber, NYC taxi mogul demands a government bailout

Uber definitely has its issues but we should nonetheless be happy that it’s opened up some more competition for personal transportation services. Many taxi moguls, however, are not pleased by the additional competition since it’s cut into their profits by considerable sums. However, we don’t think we’ve ever heard any of them go as far as Evgeny Freidman, a taxi fleet owner who told The New York Times recently that he’s deserving of an AIG-style government bailout. More →

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Tesla Model S China Sales

Tesla’s strategy may finally succeed in China

By on April 9, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Tesla’s strategy may finally succeed in China

In every country around the world where the Tesla Model S is sold, demand far outstrips supply. That is, every country except one. The lone outlier is China, where Model S have been wildly disappointing and way below both analyst and Tesla’s expectations. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that part of the problem was that he was “misled” by Chinese speculators who ordered cars but never ended up buying one.

Compounding the problem is that Tesla appears to have completely misread Chinese culture as it pertains to luxury automobiles, a problem it’s already begun fixing. More →

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