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Tesla kills its relatively affordable 60kWh Model S options

After April 16th, 2017, people will no longer be able to buy the most affordable Tesla cars available today. The automaker has decided to stop offering the Model S 60 and 60D options to "simplify the ordering process," according to a newsletter it se...
budget proposal, unveiled on Thursday, would eliminate a major loan program that helped Tesla roll out its all-electric Model S. The costly but zero-emissions sedan later fueled Tesla's rise as one of the world's largest electric automakers.

The Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program is one of dozens of climate-related initiatives that Trump has placed on his chopping block.  Read more...

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Trump wants to kill the energy program that helped make Tesla what it is today

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President Donald Trump wants to swing a heavy ax at government programs for innovative clean energy technologies — including an initiative that once backed Tesla.

Trump's budget proposal, unveiled on Thursday, would eliminate a major loan program that helped Tesla roll out its all-electric Model S. The costly but zero-emissions sedan later fueled Tesla's rise as one of the world's largest electric automakers.

The Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program is one of dozens of climate-related initiatives that Trump has placed on his chopping block.  Read more...

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Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel explains its new solar storage facility

 Tesla’s new solar energy storage facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai does what most solar power plants cannot: it stores energy from the sun during peak times for use when the grid (and its customers) needs it most. The facility is a unique one, with 52 MWh of storage capacity and 13 MWh of generation via its field of panels. We spoke to Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel, who… Read More
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Equity podcast: The return of IPOs and Tesla’s billion-dollar bet

 One down, many more to go! The first episode of TechCrunch’s latest podcast, Equity, our venture capital-focused podcast is out. This week, TechCrunch’s Matthew Lynley, CrunchBase editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm and I sat down with investor and SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin to talk about Tesla’s $1 billion raise, the return of IPOs and recent acquisitions in the technology… Read More
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Crunch Report | GoPro plans to cut 270 jobs

GoPro plans to cut 270 Jobs, Tesla looking to raise $1 billion for the Model 3, growth of the iMessage store is slowing down and the pricing of the Lucid Air electric car is revealed. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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Elon Musk said he could fix state energy crisis in 100 days. Here’s his chance to prove it.

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Australia is about to find out whether a tweet storm can result in real change.

Tesla founder Elon Musk made some big promises about renewable energy battery storage in the state of South Australia on Twitter Friday — that the company could build 100 megawatts of capacity in 100 days or its money back, to be precise — and now the government is giving him the chance to prove it.

On Tuesday, the South Australian government announced it would fund a grid-connected battery project to provide the state with 100 megawatts of storage as part a wide-ranging energy plan. The government will also create a $150 million fund to support renewable energy projects. Read more...

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systems, which are used by 27 carmakers, depend on specialized cameras to sense a car's surroundings on the road. It's the tech behind the emergency braking and lane assistance systems that are becoming more common in new vehicles.      

The acquisition shouldn't come as a huge surprise, since the two companies have been working together with BMW since last year to create a fully autonomous car by 2021. The first test vehicles for that project, iNext, are slated to hit the streets as part of a pilot program in the second half of this year.      Read more...

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Intel throws down $15.3 billion to become a player in the self-driving car game

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Money keeps pouring in from companies trying to perfect the self-driving car.

Like, a ton of money. 

The latest eye-popping transaction: Intel announced Monday that it was buying Israeli company Mobileye for $15.3 billion

Mobileye's systems, which are used by 27 carmakers, depend on specialized cameras to sense a car's surroundings on the road. It's the tech behind the emergency braking and lane assistance systems that are becoming more common in new vehicles.      

The acquisition shouldn't come as a huge surprise, since the two companies have been working together with BMW since last year to create a fully autonomous car by 2021. The first test vehicles for that project, iNext, are slated to hit the streets as part of a pilot program in the second half of this year.      Read more...

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Tesla’s Kauai solar storage facility offers a glimpse of the company’s future

 Tesla’s solar installation on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is not just a product launch of the company – it’s the first real proof the company’s offering up that its acquisition of SolarCity is not only smart, but necessary. Necessary, because it will help Tesla achieve its grand vision of making solar (and other renewable) energy a practical and cost-effective option… Read More
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Tesla pledges to fix Australian state’s power woes

Lyndon Rive, co-founder of Solar City and head of Tesla's energy division, believes that his company could fix an Australian state's energy woes in just 100 days. Rive was talking to Australia's Financial Review, claiming that Tesla could build betwe...

Some Tesla owners across the country are asking themselves that very question after collisions sent their electric vehicles to the shop — where the cars remained, and remained, and remained. 

Elon Musk's Tesla has wowed fans and critics alike for the speed at which it has transitioned from an upstart car company to the preeminent manufacturer of electric vehicles in the United States, thanks to the well-received (and well-reviewed) Model S sedan and Model X SUV. But with growth comes pains. 

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Tesla owners drop serious cash on their cars only to wait months to get them repaired

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What good is owning a car if you can't actually drive it?

Some Tesla owners across the country are asking themselves that very question after collisions sent their electric vehicles to the shop — where the cars remained, and remained, and remained. 

Elon Musk's Tesla has wowed fans and critics alike for the speed at which it has transitioned from an upstart car company to the preeminent manufacturer of electric vehicles in the United States, thanks to the well-received (and well-reviewed) Model S sedan and Model X SUV. But with growth comes pains. 

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