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Study: Tesla likely the US’ worst carmaker for reliability and build quality

Study: Tesla likely the US’ worst carmaker for reliability and build...

When it comes to vehicle reliability, it’s not been a good week for Tesla. There’s been reports that the electric vehicle maker knowingly sold cars with faulty battery packs, and in a recent industry survey the marque ranked very poorly for build quality. Let’s start with the battery packs. According to a Business Insider exclusive,…
Tesla included in J.D. Power survey for the first time, and it’s bad

Tesla included in J.D. Power survey for the first time, and...

On Wednesday, J.D. Power has just released its Initial Quality Survey for 2020. Conducted annually for the past 34 years, the survey queries buyers of new cars of that model year to find out what, if any, problems they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership. Each brand is then ranked on the number…
The key differences between Tesla’s driving aids: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving

The key differences between Tesla’s driving aids: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving

Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. Tesla is perhaps the most well-known electric vehicle maker in the world. Whilst it’s perhapiss best known for its EV tech, it’s also talked about for its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver aid systems. There’s…
Tesla stock soars above $1,000 as Musk vows to “go all out” for Semi

Tesla stock soars above $1,000 as Musk vows to “go all...

Enlarge / The Nikola Two truck drives out on the stage at an April 2019 event. Tesla's stock price soared above $1,000 on Wednesday. The rise pushed the company's valuation to around $190 billion—within striking distance of the world's most valuable valuable car company, Toyota, at $215 billion. Tesla's stock surge comes a week after…
Tesla drops lawsuit against Alameda County [Updated]

Tesla drops lawsuit against Alameda County [Updated]

Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2020. Update (May 21): Tesla's lawsuit against Alameda County has been dismissed at Tesla's request. The move comes a week after Alameda County signaled that it wasn't going to try to stop the company from re-opening its Fremont factory despite a continued shelter-in-place order in the San Francisco Bay Area. Original…
Musk dares county officials to arrest him as he reopens Fremont factory

Musk dares county officials to arrest him as he reopens Fremont...

Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2020. Elon Musk is planning to defy county officials as he battles to reopen Tesla's Fremont factory in the face of a continued shelter-in-place order in Alameda County, California, Musk announced on Twitter on Monday. "Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules," Musk tweeted. "I will be on…
Musk reacts to continued shutdown order, announces intent to move HQ

Musk reacts to continued shutdown order, announces intent to move HQ

Enlarge / Elon Musk listens as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about constructing a high speed transit tunnel at Block 37 during a news conference on June 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.Joshua Lott / Getty Images Elon Musk's contentious relationship with Alameda County officials reached a tipping point on Saturday, when the Tesla CEO announced…
Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out of State

Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out of...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday that the electric car maker is seeking legal action against Alameda County. Musk has criticized shelter-in-place orders in recent weeks. Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday that the electric car maker is seeking…
These streamliners are the world’s most aerodynamic cars

These streamliners are the world’s most aerodynamic cars

In 1980, Volkswagen built the ARVW concept car, the most aerodynamic vehicle it has ever created. It achieved a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.15. By contrast, most road cars have a Cd of between 0.3-0.4. Volkswagen The ARVW was able to reach 225mph (362km/h) at the Nardo high speed bowl. Volkswagen The Model 3…
Hacker buys old Tesla parts on eBay, finds them full of user data

Hacker buys old Tesla parts on eBay, finds them full of...

Enlarge / Inside a Tesla. Tesla infotainment systems are a marvel to behold. Among other things, they display Netflix or Youtube videos, run Spotify, connect to Wi-Fi, and of course store phone numbers of contacts. But those benefits require storing heaps of personal information that an amateur researcher found can reveal owners’ most sensitive data.…

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