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Apple wanted to buy Tesla in 2013 - report

Craig Irwin, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners, has told CNBC his company believes Apple made a bid of US$240 per share for Tesla back in 2013. Through multiple sources Irwin has "complete confidence" Apple made a "serious bid", but he isn't sure if the interest went as far as formal paperwork. According Irwin the talks broke down over Apple's insistence Elon Musk step down from the helm...

Elon Musk to personally review Tesla expenses due to cash situation

After a rocky start to 2019, Tesla will examine every penny heading out the door to ensure its long-term survival. In a leaked email to all Tesla staff obtained by Electrek and Reuters, Musk said the company would embark on a “hardcore” cost cutting drive to ensure it is "financially sustainable and [able to] succeed in our goal of helping make the world environmentally sustainable"...

Tesla updates battery software after Hong Kong, Shanghai fires

Tesla has wirelessly updated the software on the Model S and Model X, after spontaneous battery fires in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The company this week issued the update, which tweaks "charge and thermal management settings" in the battery out of "an abundance of caution". The changes will "further protect the battery and improve battery longevity", according to the company...

Tesla adds factory Model 3 tow hitch option in Europe

Tesla has launched a tow hitch add-on for its Model 3 in Europe, allowing owners to haul 910kg with their all-electric sedans. The feature can't be retrofitted to the car, meaning only new Model 3 owners will be able to get their electric vehicles set to tow by the factory. There are, of course, aftermarket options in the USA already...

Teslas can automatically diagnose faults, order parts

Tesla is constantly making headlines with the small features embedded in its infotainment system. Some are silly, like the inbuilt whoopee cushion, others are very clever. A Model 3 owner has discovered one of the clever ones, posting an image of an automated message about a faulty part on Reddit. "An unexpected condition has been detected with the Power Conversion System on your Model 3...

VIDEO: Electric vehicles explained for Australian buyers

Electric cars have been thrust into the spotlight in the lead-up to the 2019 Federal Election, driven by a proposed Labor policy to make 50% of new car sales electric by 2030. If you've been keeping up with coverage of the issue, you'll know there's a lot of misinformation and confusion around the technology...

Tesla Model 3: Australian orders opening in May

Order books for the Tesla Model 3 will open early in May for Australia, Elon Musk has confirmed. The outspoken CEO used his preferred method of communication, Twitter, to deliver the news. "UK Model 3 order page goes live next week, followed shortly thereafter by Japan, Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong," he said in a thread about the 'affordable' electric sedan...

Elon Musk agrees to new tweeting rules with SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, have come to a more detailed agreement regarding tweets which could affect the automaker's share price...

Tesla plunges back into the red

After two profitable quarters, its first in many a moon, Tesla posted a US$702 million ($984 million) loss during the first quarter of 2019. Although red ink was expected, the loss was significantly larger than many analysts and the market had predicted, and ranks as the company's fourth largest quarterly loss so far...

2019 Tesla Model S, Model X get a range boost

Tesla has used new electric motors to extend the range of its Model S and Model X Long Range variants, which can now cover 595km and 523km on the EPA test cycle respectively. That's up from 540km in the Model S. It's a handy upgrade, especially when you consider the 100kWh battery still holds the same amount of energy...

Tesla full self-driving computer revealed: 'The best chip in the world' according to Musk

Elon Musk says Tesla cars could be able to drive themselves by the end of 2019, on the back of today's full self-driving computer reveal. According to the outspoken CEO, the new computer is "the best chip in the world... objectively". It was unveiled at an investor day in Palo Alto, California. It'll be built in Texas by Samsung, with the company suggesting supply shouldn't be an issue...