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Tesla on Autopilot Involved in Fatal Crash

Tesla on Autopilot Involved in Fatal Crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the driver of a Tesla automobile, operating the car in autopilot mode, died in a crash in May. The accident is believed to be the first death in a self-driving car.
Joshua Brown of Canton, Ohio was driving a Tesla Model S on …

Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

Tesla Debuts Model 3 Electric Vehicle

Tesla Motors unveiled its new Model 3 electric vehicle Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio.
The Model 3 will carry an MSRP starting at $35,000 and will be eligible for federal and state tax incentives for electric vehicles. The new EV is expected to have a range of a …

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Dramatically Expands Number of Charging Stations in Manhattan

Tesla Motors is in the process of deploying additional charging stations in Manhattan, a move that will make the ratio of charging stations to gas stations more than 2 to 1.
By the end of March, Tesla’s network of charging stations will number 105 in Manhattan. By contrast, there are fewer …

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.
The list of automakers, which is a who’s who …

Tesla to Debut $35,000 Model 3 Electric Vehicle in March

Tesla to Debut $35,000 Model 3 Electric Vehicle in March

Tesla Motors announced that it would unveil its new Model 3 electric vehicle on March 31. The news was disclosed earlier in the week in the company’s earnings release letter.
The entry-level vehicle will retail for $35,000 before a federal and state tax credits for electric vehicles, which could range from …

Consumer Reports Recalls Tesla Recommendation

Consumer Reports Recalls Tesla Recommendation

After commending the Tesla S electric vehicle for performing “better in our tests than any other car ever has” and rejiggering its rating system to allow for the fact that the car somehow scored 103 on a system that where 100 was the top rating, Consumer Reports magazine yanked its …

Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

Tesla to Extend Roadster Range to 400 Miles

Tesla Motors, which launched its first car, the two-seat Tesla Roadster, in 2008, announced an upgrade for the vehicle that will extend its range to 400 miles (644 kilometers).
The upgrade for the vehicle, which was manufactured through 2012, will enable the car to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco …

March of the Electric Cars

March of the Electric Cars

While hybrid vehicle sales have remained somewhat steady in the past two years, the number of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles sold in the U.S. nearly doubled in 2013.
Figures released by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, an industry group, show that, while sales of hybrids increased 61% from 2011 to …

Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

Third Tesla in Six Weeks Destroyed by Fire

A Tesla Model S was destroyed by fire in Smyrna, Tennessee on Wednesday after the car hit a tow hitch that was on the roadway, causing an electrical fire, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  The driver was uninjured.
The accident was the third reported Tesla fire in six weeks.  The …

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

Cadillac, Nissan, Tesla Launch New Electric Vehicles

DETROIT—General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla all introduced new electric vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
On Tuesday, GM, the nation’s largest automaker, unveiled the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and said it would be offered for sale later this year.
Nissan, in turn, …

Audi Announces Debut of A3 e-tron Electric Vehicle

Audi Announces Debut of A3 e-tron Electric Vehicle

Audi has announced its entry into the U.S. electric vehicle market with the launch of the A3 e-tron pilot program. 
The A3 e-tron is based on Audi’s compact A3 model, which is currently available in diesel and gasoline variants.
The A3 e-tron comes as part of Audi’s plan to move towards complete …

Tesla Unveils Model X SUV Electric Vehicle

Tesla Unveils Model X SUV Electric Vehicle

Tesla unveiled its new SUV, the Model X.  The new electric vehicle is built on the same platform as the automaker’s Model S but has a longer wheelbase.  A unique aspect to the Model X are its Falcon Wing doors that open up and move out of the way, thereby …