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Tesla Model 3 name announced for 2016 rival to BMW 3 Series

The Tesla Model 3 is the name of the mid-sized luxury sedan designed to electrify a segment led by the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The new luxury sedan, which also has the likes of Jaguar’s forthcoming XE and the Audi A4 in its sights, is the model Tesla expects to propel it beyond a market niche and into something resembling the mainstream...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk donates $1 million to Nikola Tesla museum

On June 10, Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday, it was announced that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk had pledged US$1 million to the Nikola Tesla museum that's being built in Long Island, New York. The Tesla Science Center will be housed at the inventor's former research facility, Wardenclyffe, about 85 kilometres from the centre of New York City...

Tesla Model S hacking competition will have $10,000 prize

Next week a computer security conference will host a competition to hack a Tesla Model S sedan with a prize of US$10,000 on offer. According to Forbes, the conference organisers, SyScan (Symposium on Security for Asia Network), will have a Tesla Model S on site for participants to electronically intrude upon...

Tesla's 3 Series competitor will have steel body

The more affordable, smaller sedan that Tesla is planning to bring to market will not use the Model S's aluminium platform. Tesla is planning to launch a smaller all-electric sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS...

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...