Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Monday that his company is planning to announce a “major” new product on April 30th and that it won’t be a new car. Musk offered no hints about what this new product will be but there’s good reason to believe that it will have to do with entering the market for home energy storage. More →
This week has been packed with Tesla news, from the announcement of a software update that will ensure drivers never run out of battery to the ability to put the car on autopilot, so it only makes sense to wrap the week up with a video of the Tesla Model S P85D shredding asphalt at a racetrack. More →
Tesla’s electric cars are a dream come true for some drivers, but that doesn’t mean the amazing vehicles can’t get even better. In addition to its Thursday announcement aimed at ending “range anxiety” in Tesla cars, the company also announced that the Model S will receive a software update that will enable limited automated driving, The Verge reports. More →
The futuristic Tesla Model S is about to get much cooler and a whole lot safer. As promised, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday delivered a number of important announcements regarding the highly revered Model S.
First and foremost, an upcoming software update to the Model S will include a “range assurance” application that will alert users when they drive out of charging range. By keeping tabs on how much juice is left in the car and always monitoring how far or close the nearest charging stations are, the car’s software promises to relieve range anxiety altogether. As Musk boldly stated, the new software update will make it “basically impossible” for a user to run out of charge before finding a station. Impressively, the software will be “smart” enough to assess if nearby charging stations are full or temporarily out of service.
With Tesla proving that there’s a bustling market for electric cars, a number of more traditional automakers have started devoting tremendous resources towards electric car development. BMW is of course one such example, and just a few weeks ago we began to see rumblings that even Apple has plans to develop an electric car of its own.
Now comes word that Porsche is also toying with the idea of releasing an electric car. While Porsche is already one of the world’s top luxury automakers, the Volkswagen owned brand is reportedly interested in attracting a new subset of customers: Those who prioritize environmental cleanliness.
Although you can drive Tesla vehicles for a long time on a single charge, many drivers still get range anxiety when they go on long drives simply because there are so comparatively few charging stations compared to, say, gas stations. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday vowed that his company would end so-called “range anxiety” this week via an over-the-air software update that would be announced this coming Thursday. More →
A recently discovered easter egg in the Tesla Model S might very well be the coolest easter egg ever discovered. Though easter eggs (code for a hidden message or inside joke embedded in software) are typically found in PC-based programs, that didn’t stop Tesla from joining in on the fun in an incredibly awesome way.
One seriously overlooked detail from last week’s big Bloomberg report on Apple’s car project was that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed just how far Apple is willing to go to bring his best workers over to Cupertino. In fact, Musk actually told Bloomberg that Apple is “offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases” for jumping ship. More →
Apple doesn’t typically make flashy acquisitions, which was why its big buy of Beats last year came as such a surprise. Nonetheless, Internet entrepreneur and angel investor Jason Calacanis makes the case that the stars are aligning perfectly for Apple to make its most massive acquisition yet: A $75 billion buy of electric car maker Tesla that he thinks will happen within the next 18 months. More →
To be fair, there’s no doubt that Elon Musk is a genius. Tesla and SpaceX are two of the most exciting companies on the planet and they’re doing incredibly important and groundbreaking work in the fields of electric cars and space exploration, respectively. There’s no way either of those companies would have come as far as they have without Musk pushing his engineers to their limits — one anonymous SpaceX engineer, for instance, says Musk has a “reality distortion field” on par with Steve Jobs. More →
If the reports are true that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is just as difficult to work for as Steve Jobs was, then there are probably a lot of very uncomfortable people at the company right about now. Reuters, via Re/code, brings us word that Tesla’s sales in China were so dismal last month that Musk is about to blow a gasket and start firing people. More →
Not too long ago, Tim Cook hinted that Apple is working on some amazing products that will be unveiled in the future, revealing the company is also developing some products that have yet to be mentioned in rumors in the press. Recently, however, various reports have taken stabs at what the company might be working on, and Business Insider may have now shed some light on one of them. More →