Two days after we called out Tesla's hype machine problem (and, from what we've heard, possibly in response to that), Elon Musk said today that the company will announce the launch of "limited beta" battery swaps between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Update 2:04PM ET: Official announcement below. »
There are only seven shopping days until Christmas and we're less than two weeks away from the New Year. So where are those battery-swapping stations Tesla promised? Or its big push into the energy storage biz? Didn't we hear something about the Roadster being upgraded? Are we seeing a pattern here?
Low oil prices and cheap gas are cutting into the demand for electric cars and solar power, if analysts are to be believed. That's no good if you're the largest shareholder of Tesla and SolarCity, and some back of the napkin math says Musk's pocket is about $1 billion lighter.
Elon Musk really understands the internet. This is, of course, news only to newborns and the recently coma-awoken, but it's impressive to see in action. This weekend, Musk tweeted about 'X-wing' developments to his rocket, making a technical recovery system seem like sci-fi, even if it actually makes perfect sense. »
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The FBI announced today that a startup founder and former SpaceX employee was arrested in San Francisco for allegedly operating Silk Road 2.0. According to the FBI, Blake Benthall's online drug bazaar was netting millions of dollars worth of bitcoin every month while he simultaneously worked at SpaceX. »
Sacred cows make the best burgers, which made last night's South Park episode that much more tasty. The grilling includes Matthew McConaughey shilling for Lincoln, Elon Musk and his D, and ride-sharing as the future of personal transportation. With that much material, it's hard to understand how it all fell flat. »
Elon Musk concedes that "the Internet is very good at figuring out secrets." So yes, the D in the Tesla Model S P85D stands for "dual" motor. Yes, it's the same system coming to the all-wheel-drive Model X. But here's what we didn't expect: 687 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 MPH run of 3.2 seconds – a full second quicker… »
The "something else" at tonight's Tesla event is Auto Pilot, a new system that combines a forward facing camera and 12 sensors that see 16 feet in every direction and provide a 360-degree view the surroundings. The camera does everything from seeing other cars to reading speed limit signs. Normal fare for luxury cars.… »
Tesla won't be streaming today's unveiling of the D (and something else) at the Hawthorne airport outside of LA. Considering the feverish anticipation behind tonight's reveal, that seems like a hugely missed opportunity because Tesla announcements are beginning to have the same aura as Apple events. »
Hey, you! Yeah, you! Are you captain of industry, in touch with the world, concerned about the environment, totally cool with neon green Toms, but still brimming with machismo and faith in the unerring divinity of the capitalistic system? Do you want to stick to The Man even though, really, you are The Man? Well,… »
Ok, so we know that the Tesla "D" stands for dual-motor all wheel drive, but we can still have some fun with the name! Here's ten ridiculous things the "D" could and should be. »
It's time to move beyond this pale blue dot to begin our multi-planetary colonization. That's one of the reasons Elon Musk started SpaceX. And in an interview with Aeon, he put a really fine point on his plans to explore the known universe. »