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Tesla is a transportation and energy company. It sells vehicles under its ‘Tesla Motors’ division and stationary battery packs for home, commercial and utility-scale projects under its ‘Tesla Energy’ division.

The firm acquired its sister-company, solar installer SolarCity, in 2016. It is now part of its energy division.

The company is led by Elon Musk, who currently hold the roles of CEO, Co-founder, Chairman, and Product Architect.

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Internet connectivity has been an important feature of Tesla’s vehicles since the launch of the Model S in 2012.

The automaker uses the cellular connectivity in its vehicles to enable features like internet streaming, live traffic map and data, Autopilot map tiles and data, and push over-the-air software updates to get new features.

It is also standard in all of Tesla’s vehicles, but that’s about to change.

Tesla is introducing a new paid ‘premium connectivity’ package to support the in-car internet features of its growing fleet. expand full story

Tesla is now reportedly producing Model 3 at a rate of over 3,500 units per week and it is attempting to push that to 5,000 units by the end of the month.

Where those vehicles are going is also highly important as Tesla is about to hits its 200,000th delivery in the US, which would trigger the phase-out of the federal tax credit.

Now ‘almost 1,000’ Model 3 vehicles were spotted stored near a rail track ahead of the end of the quarter. expand full story

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Tesla Stories June 22

Tesla started pushing a new software update to its fleet of vehicles this week. We reported on the features for Model S and Model X vehicles, but we now learn that the update is even more significant for Model 3.

Model 3 vehicles on the new software update now have access to Autopilot’s Summon feature, cabin overheat protection and WiFi. expand full story

This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla Model 3’s new general assembly line that created some controversy, but not more than Tesla’s sabotage scandal. We also talk about BMW’s electrification plan and a lot more.

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Sorry for the clickbaity (yet somewhat still accurate) headline, but I couldn’t resist with the current hysteria around Tesla’s Model 3 production ramp up and the shorts/naysayers trying to turn anything into something negative.

That said, Elon Musk is actually thinking of having owners build parts of Tesla vehicles, but it’s for the experience – not to actually ramp up production. expand full story

Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a vague plan to flatten management and restructure the company in order to achieve profitability during the second half of the year.

We now have a better idea of what the restructuring entails after Musk announced last week that Tesla is laying off about 9% of its workforce.

Now we’ve learned about the impact of the restructuring on Tesla’s Energy. expand full story

After a few delays and setback over the last year, Electric GT, the Tesla racing championship, is now pushing ahead for the first season to start at the end of the year.

Now they have delivered the first Tesla Model S P100D stripped-down and race-ready to one of the Electric GT teams that will be competing in the championship. expand full story

Tesla Stories June 21

With leaked emails from Elon Musk on Monday, we first revealed that a Tesla employee had sabotaged software in the automaker manufacturing system and stolen data.

Now things have escalated as Tesla has sued the employee, Martin Tripp, and Tripp is attacking Tesla in the media in return. expand full story

Following a comment from Elon Musk about changing the Autopilot’s ‘Hold Steering Wheel’ alert, Tesla has released a new software update to enable the change and it clarified how they detect the hands on the wheel. expand full story

The first Tesla Semi prototypes, the automaker’s electric truck, are currently in their test program ahead of production.

This week, Tesla released some rare footage of the vehicle undergoing testing.  expand full story

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