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Tesla has added a new ‘secret level’ to its customer referral program to “launch a time capsule into space” for a select few owners who achieve a high number of referrals. expand full story

These are confusing times for the US’ federal tax credit for electric vehicles as three different bills have been introduced to the legislation to change the law.

The latest would be good news for Tesla and GM as it would remove the 200,000 car delivery cap, which the former has reached and the latter is about to reach, and replace it with a deadline. expand full story

Tesla has deployed its largest Destination Charging station in Asia – a giant station with 50 charge points.

Interestingly, the station has been installed in Hong Kong, which was once a large market for Tesla, but it has since slowed down to just a few sales per quarter. expand full story

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Google Maps adds detailed charging station listings for Tesla, other electric cars 

Following recent updates focused on upgrading Commutes, Google Maps is now working to improve the experience of finding charging stations for electric vehicles. Optimized search and listings surface more detailed information like ports availability, and supports Tesla, ChargePoint, and several other networks around the world.

Porsche is investing a lot of money in the launch of the Taycan, its first all-electric vehicle, and it wants its U.S. dealers to do the same.

The German automaker is ramping up its effort to deploy charging infrastructure ahead of the arrival of the car and it is turning to its dealers to foot part of the bill. expand full story

A judge has officially approved the settlement of the SEC’s complaint against Tesla and Elon Musk – making the several punitive actions against the automaker and its CEO official.

Tesla’s stock (TSLA) jumped by 4% on the news. expand full story

A week after announcing a similar deal in Europe, ChargePoint has unveiled a new “roaming partnership” with FLO to allow electric vehicle drivers to use both charging networks across North America with “a seamless charging experience.” expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk updated the timeline to release the company’s new neural net computer, which they claimed will be the ‘world’s most advanced computer for autonomous driving’.

They are now aiming for the new computer to be in production in about 6 months and it could result in a 500-2000% increase in operation per second, according to Musk. expand full story

October 15

As I stated in my ‘Taking a Tesla Model 3 Performance to the dragstrip‘ post yesterday, there was only one other electric vehicle at the track this weekend and it was a special one: A Tesla-powered Honda S2000 that ran the quarter-mile in 10 seconds. expand full story

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