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Tesla's patents now available for use by all for free

Tesla Motors has taken down the patent certificates in its lobby and will not prosecute anyone who uses the company’s technology in "good faith”. In a blog post titled “All our patent are belong to you”, a reference to a famous piece of poor translation from the Japanese game Zero Wing (below), Tesla CEO Elon Musk said: "At Tesla ..

Tesla may open up patent library, is willing to share Supercharger stations

At a string of recent events Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted at doing something dramatic with the company's patents and reiterated Tesla's willingness to share its fast charging stations with other manufacturers. When asked by an investor at the company's annual shareholder meeting about what he might do to speed up the development and adoption of electric vehicles, Musk said he was "contemplating something fairly significant [and] controversial with respect to Tesla's patents"...

Tesla Model X : Delayed luxury SUV to look "better" and appeal to women

The already delayed Tesla Model X, now due in 2015, is set to be better looking and more female friendly than the 2012 concept car, according to the Californian car maker's CEO. Speaking at an annual shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming Model X production car would look different to the concept (pictured below)...

Tesla Model S pricing and specifications : Electric sedan from $96K in Australia

The most advanced electric car in the world, the Tesla Model S, will cost under $100,000 when it arrives in Australia later this year. Tesla today confirmed it would offer three Model S variants in Australia priced to rival the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class...

Tesla Model S can be hacked with six-character password, says expert

A corporate security consultant says the Tesla Model S can be located and unlocked remotely using nothing more than a six-character password and basic hacking techniques. Hacking expert and Tesla owner Nitesh Dhanjani told the Black Hat Asia conference in Singapore last week he found several flaws in the security system of his Model S sedan during his own investigation into the car...

Tesla, car makers' alliance pushing to legalise side cameras

On the same day as US safety regulators set a 2018 deadline for the standard implementation of reverse-view cameras in new vehicles, Tesla Motors and the US automotive industry’s key lobby group filed a petition pushing for the right to replace external mirrors with side-mounted cameras...

Tesla to build world's largest battery production factory

Tesla is gearing up to build the world’s largest battery production factory later this year. The American electric vehicle manufacturer announced plans to raise US$1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in a convertible debt offering to construct the 'Gigafactory', which will sit on a 929,000-square-metre area in an as yet undisclosed location...

Tesla Supercharger network now spreads across the US

Tesla has completed its coast-to-coast Supercharger vehicle recharge network in the US, allowing Model S owners the possibility of driving from one side of the country to the other for free. The US electric car brand says its network of 71 Supercharger stations covers 80 per cent of the US population, and the company says it has plans to offer 98 per cent coverage at some point in 2015...

Tesla Model S catches fire; CEO maintains electric cars are safe

A Tesla Model S caught fire on a highway in the US city of Seattle recently after its floor-mounted battery compartment was ruptured by a large piece of metal. The shape and size of the metal piece was enough to punch a 7.62cm diameter hole through the quarter-inch armour plate protecting the base of the vehicle...

Tesla repays government loan nine years early

  Tesla Motors has paid off the remaining portion of the loan granted to it by the US Department of Energy in 2010. The California-based electric vehicle manufacturer transferred US$451.8 million ($464.0 million) this week to clear its debt with the government, plus interest, following earlier payments in 2012 and the beginning of 2013...

Tesla announces "world's best" service and warranty program

  Tesla has announced the details of what it claims is the "world's best service and warranty program" for its Model S electric sedan in the US. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the program is designed to provide peace of mind to Model S owners even if they “never read or followed the instructions in the manual”...