When can we expect the auto jacks?
Tesla Motors' electric cars already sport some pretty impressive officially supported features, but sometimes, the most interesting uses of technology are kind of ... off-label. That's the case with recent confirmation that the Model S can, in fact, double as a boat under the right circumstances. It's not quite Speed Racer's submarine mode, but it'll do for now.Read More
A very real "shut up and take my money" scenario.
Tesla's big on high performance electric cars, but they've generally been priced out of range of most of the population. The Model 3, unveiled last night, aims to change that, and despite its price being still a bit high, starting at $35,000, and its fall 2017 shipping window, they've already sold a whole lot of them.Read More
Affordable is still a relative term.
Tesla's long-awaited, lower-end electric car option, the $35,000 Model 3, is almost ready to make its debut, and the company is going to be ready for how much we all want one with a preorder program in place.Read More
Edward Norton does not understand this math.
Remember that scene in Fight Club wherein Edward Norton describes car recall math? Number of vehicles out there multiplied by probably failure rate multiplied by the average cost of an out of court settlement, and if that's more cost-effective than doing recall, they don't do one? Yeah, Tesla's not into that, so they're recalling a ton of cars over a single seatbelt failure.Read More
This is why we can't have nice things.
Self-driving cars are closer to a reality than you might realize as you manually drive your analog car down the street, concentrating very hard on not hitting anything while you text. (Yes, we know what you've been doing. Stop it. Pull over if you need to. Geez.) But on the way to that impressive technology, we'll have to be very careful about understanding its current limitations—or Elon Musk will take away our toys.Read More
So Ultron, then, since we previously dubbed him Iron Man?
In Stephen Colbert's first night as host of the The Late Show, he interviewed Jeb Bush and demonstrated that he's still got it when it comes to solid and fun interviews. On his second night in an interview with SpaceX and Tesla Motors' Elon Musk, he demonstrated that he can still do things like call people supervillains.Read More
When it rains...MORE TOTOROS!
Check out this awesome Totoro umbrella! One of several Studio Ghibli umbrellas available in Japan that change patterns when wet.Read More
OK, we'll accept another "Uptown Funk" parody on the basis that this one is the best one. See, I told you Elon Musk was really Iron Man.Read More
The future of the '80s is finally here.
There was an urban legend when I was growing up about someone who thought "cruise control" was autopilot in their RV, turned it on, and went in the back to make a sandwich. Tesla Motors is set to make that tall tale obsolete in the coming months with a real autopilot mode for its cars to drive themselves down the highway.Read More
OK, on a technicality, but still.
A guy from Phoenix, Arizona noticed his Tesla Model S had enough back to fit an air mattress back there, and after using it as his own portable, environmentally friendly hotel several times, he's opening up the opportunity to everyone on Airbnb. $85 might seem like a steep asking price to sleep in a trunk, but the Model S probably cost him more than some people's homes you could stay in.Read More
I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now.
Oh. Oh boy. There's so many poorly chosen words in that sentence.Read More
Seriously, Thomas Edison is the worst.
Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) loves Nikola Tesla. Like, really loves Nikola Tesla. Inman loves Tesla so much that Inman actually saved Tesla's former laboratory from destruction, owns it, and now wants to turn it into a Tesla Museum. So rad. To educate the rest of the world about how awesome Tesla is, Inman and Sarah Donner created this musical homage to his brilliance, and it's pretty great.Read More
"What the Hell is a gigafactory!?" -Marty McFly to Elon Musk.
The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association doesn't like electric car maker Tesla Motors cutting out the middleman and selling directly to consumers. I wonder why that is? So they're crying foul on a rule that limits the number of cars Tesla can sell in a year. Meanwhile, Nevada is laughing all the way to the bank (screw electricity. I want one of these laugh-powered cars that Nevada is getting) as Tesla prepares to build a huge factory there.Read More
Anouk Wipprecht designed this fashionable and functional chain mail dress with the help of ArcAttack, and wore it herself at Maker Faire when her models were too nervous to try it in action. To build a bad-ass, lightning-resistant, 600-rings-of-chainmail dress for your own use, you can follow step-by-step instructions over on Instructables. Hall of the Mountain King not included.Read More
Anyone have $35,000 I can borrow? It's for the environment.
Electric cars are great and all, but most of them suffer from short ranges and long charging time or a high price tag. Well, Tesla's $35,000 Model 3 is going to change all of that with a car that offers the long travel ranges Tesla is known for without their equally high prices.Read More
His business card should just read "Elon Musk: Basically Tony Stark."
Elon Musk just made all the patents held by Tesla Motors open source, paving the way for more innovation in the electric car market. It's great news for anyone looking to build an electric car, and even for anyone hoping to someday buy one. The real question here is, "Why?"Read More
Elon Musk worked all night on this? What a procrastinator.
Well, it's here. So here's what's going on with Elon Musk's Hyperloop scheme for building a high-speed maglev transit system, which he calls "a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars, and boats."Read More
Tesla Motors Allowed to Sell Cars in North Carolina, Because of Course They Should Be Allowed to Do That
The State House of Representatives shot down a bill sponsored by auto dealers that would have made Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales illegal in the state.
This week marked a big win for electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors as the company won the right to sell cars directly to consumers in North Carolina. While that may seem like a no-brainer -- after all, what would you expect a car company to do other than "sell cars" -- the company's fate in the Tar Heel State was up in the air since a bill passed the State Senate last month that would have made it illegal for companies to sell automobiles directly to consumers in the state, a practice only Tesla currently engages in. Earlier this week, though, the North Carolina House of Representatives killed the bill, which had become increasingly unpopular. Probably because of how stupid and unfair it was on its face.Read More
North Carolina Moves Towards Banning Sale of Tesla Cars, Because…Yeah, We Can’t Figure It Out Either
If you live in North Carolina and want to buy an electric car from Tesla motors, here's hoping you already did that, because doing so stands to get a lot more difficult in short order. A bill moving through the state legislature there would make it illegal for Tesla -- or any other car manufacturer -- to sell cars directly to consumers in the state.Read More
In case you weren't already aware, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk and The New York Times' John M. Broder have been involved in something of a brouhaha ever since Broder published a rather damning evaluation of Tesla's Supercharger network, and therefore their Model S electric vehicles, on the East Coast last Friday. Essentially, Musk and Tesla contend that Broder essentially sabotaged his own review, and Broder argues that everything he did during the review was justified. Musk has since come forward with a whole mess of data on the trip, but the reality of the situation is still rather murky.Read More