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The history of Tesla

Sure, you now know Tesla as a Cerberus of energy innovation, software, and booming stock, but it wasn’t always the clean energy juggernaut we know today. In fact, Tesla as a company has overcome quite a few obstacles to get where it stands today as the most valuable automaker by market cap.

Tesla Inc. was founded in 2003 as Tesla Motors by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. If you’ve been living on a deserted island or under a large rock the past 18 years, you may be surprised to hear that the company’s name is a tribute to inventor Nikola Tesla.

Regardless, Ian Wright joined Tesla shortly thereafter, and the three original employees were off to the races in search of funding.

That’s where Elon Musk comes in. In early 2004, Tesla Motors managed to raise $7.5 million in series A funding, including investor Musk, who contributed all but $1 million of that total.

As a result, Musk joined the company as chairman of the board. J. B. Straubel, now of QuantumScape fame, joined Tesla in May 2004 as employee #5. As a result of the first of many controversies surrounding the company, a 2009 lawsuit settlement allows all five of the original employees to call themselves co-founders.

Elon Musk

After an early investment and a role at the company, Musk began spearheading public statements for Tesla while helping facilitate more funding.

This included several additional rounds, each garnering tens of millions of dollars. Musk openly discussed the company strategy of creating a sleek and stylish sports car to attract early adopters (and their wallets) before expanding production to more practical and affordable EVs with the cash flow to scale. This led to the introduction of Tesla’s flagship EV, the Roadster, which debuted as a prototype in the summer of 2006.

In 2007, cofounder Martin Eberhard was asked to step down as CEO by the board of directors, and by early 2008, neither Eberhard nor Tarpenning was still at Tesla. That is when Musk took over as CEO, a position he still holds today… along with “Technoking of Tesla.”

Tesla’s original Roadster EV

The Roadster

The Tesla Roadster hit production in 2008 as the original electric vehicle to debut for the American automaker. It helped show that EVs could be carbon conscious and cool, helping pave the way for Tesla to develop and sell more practical and efficient vehicles.

Although it was a niche vehicle from a relatively unknown automaker at the time, The Roadster emerged as the first highway legal serial production BEV to use lithium-ion batteries. It was also the first fully-electric production vehicle to travel over 200 miles on a single charge.

Tesla ended up selling close to 2,500 first-generation Roadsters over the course of the four years it was in production. Small potatoes by today’s Tesla standards, but this Roadster remains the EV that put Tesla on the map and kicked in the door of an industry still very much focused on internal combustion engines. It remains a collector’s item for many as the original Tesla.

Used Roadsters remain coveted EVs and are still available on the used car market.

Model S, energy storage, and Model X

Tesla started to gain steam in 2010 when it purchased what would become its Fremont Factory to begin production on two new EVs. Later that year, Tesla launched an IPO on the NASDAQ as the first American automaker to do so in over 50 years.

After discontinuing The Roadster in early 2012, Tesla began production on its Model S sedan the following summer.

2015 proved to be another tremendous year for the automaker, as Tesla ventured into energy storage solutions with the introduction of its Powerwall for the home and Powerpack battery packs. Shortly thereafter, Tesla introduced its third EV: an SUV called the Model X.

Solar and Model 3

In 2016, Tesla acquired SolarCity, thus entering the solar energy game as well. It was at this point that the company dropped the “Motors” from its name, which includes solar and energy solutions in addition to electric vehicles.

Profits from previous EV models and new energy ventures allowed Tesla to scale and produce its Model 3 sedan, a mass-market EV that remains the most affordable option in the company fleet. Production issues plagued the entire production process on the Model 3, but Tesla was eventually able to deliver at a reasonable price, making it one of the best-selling EVs of all time in its short tenure.

Model Y and beyond

It would be three whole years before Tesla would deliver a new EV after the Model 3, but in March of 2020, The Model Y crossover emerged. Tesla continues to sell many of the two newly introduced EVs compared to the original S and X models, although both have seen a significant refresh this year.

For now, Tesla continues to expand its global production presence with two new Gigafactories on the way, along with three additional vehicles. This includes Cybertruck, the Tesla Semi, and a 2nd generation Roadster.

We will get deeper into those models a little later. For now, we will focus on Tesla’s current EV offerings.

Current Tesla EVs

As the company currently stands, Tesla has four electric vehicles in its fleet, varying in a number of ways — particularly in availability. In terms of sedans, Tesla has its veteran Model S and more consumer-friendly Model 3. The Model X sits as Tesla’s largest EV on the current market, while the Model Y is the company’s most recent offering as more of a smaller, crossover SUV.

Below is a breakdown of each vehicle in greater detail.

Model S

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The Model S sedan is Tesla’s longest-running EV in production to date. It made its official debut in 2012 after years as a prototype for the automaker. Since then, the sporty EV has reigned as the best-selling plug-in electric in both 2015 and 2016.

Sales of the veteran Tesla have slowed since the launch of the automaker’s more cost-friendly Model 3 and Model Y EVs, but the Model S still sits as a premier sedan that offers a variety of luxury and performance for those who can afford it. You can check out 2021 Model S pricing here.

The current Long Range trim can travel 405 miles on a single charge, hit a top speed of 155 mph, and tear from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Tesla recently revealed in its Model S refresh that the vehicle will now come in either a Plaid or Plaid+ trim with varied range.

Model S Plaid/Plaid+

Tesla originally claimed the Plaid+ will be able to travel an EPA estimated 520+ miles on a single charge compared to 390 miles on the regular old Plaid. Either tri-motor option can also reach a top speed of 200 mph, blowing a hole through the top speed previously held by its “ludicrous mode.” At 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds, this upcoming Tesla EV has already claimed the throne of quickest of any production car ever.

Originally the Plaid was scheduled to begin deliveries this spring with the Plaid+ to follow in late 2021. Those plans have since changed, however. In June, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla would be scrapping the Plaid+ Model S altogether, because no one needs more than 400 miles of range and the new Plaid, “is just so good.”

The Model S is Plaid is now available and has been delivering to customers. However, those who order now likely won’t see their delivery until 2022.

For those who were holding rezzies for the Plaid+, you may want to put that money toward a 2nd generation Roadster.

Here’s a quick catchup:

Tesla’s Model X

Tesla’s Model X, its largest EV currently available, holds seniority as the automaker’s second-longest-running model on its assembly lines behind the Model S. While the Model X was originally unveiled in 2012, its first deliveries were not until the fall of 2015 due to production delays, particularly on its distinct Falcon Wing doors.

Shortly thereafter, the Model X quickly ranked as one of the top-selling plug-in EVs worldwide, although sales have since staggered a bit following the release of the less expensive Model 3 and Model Y. The Model X hadn’t seen any substantial overhauls since its initial rollout. That was until early this year when Tesla finally confirmed a refresh was, in fact, coming.

With the new refresh, the Model X will be soon available in either dual-motor AWD or a tri-motor Plaid option. The dual-motor Model X Long Range can travel 360 miles on a single charge (a slight downgrade of 11 miles from the previous Long Range Plus). That being said, it can still hit a top speed of 155 mph, and its 0-60 mph acceleration of 3.8 seconds is an improvement of .6 seconds compared to its previous version.

Model X Plaid

Additionally, Tesla has dropped the Performance trim Model X in favor of a tri-motor Plaid option. This version can travel an EPA estimated 340 miles, reach a top speed of 163 mph, and go 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Truthfully, this feels more like a rebranding than anything, as the Plaid powertrain offers nearly the same specs as the previous Performance trim. Plaid loses one mile of estimated range in exchange for .1 seconds saved on its 0-60. The top speed of 163 mph remains the same.

Those interested in the refreshed Model X will have to continue to wait, however, as the delivery times have been continually pushed throughout 2021. In fact, these models were originally scheduled to arrive in April of 2021, but both trims were pushed to deliver in January or February of 2022.

While some new versions of the Model X were recently spotted, delivery times are listed as May or June of 2022. Might want to check out versions of the Model X that are currently available for delivery.

Model 3

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From the early years after Tesla’s inception, CEO Elon Musk was candid about the automaker’s goal of providing quality EVs most consumers could afford to drive. With 2016’s announcement of its Model 3 sedan, Tesla came one step closer to its goal of an EV at $35,000.

After an encouraging number of early reservations were made for Tesla’s most affordable model to date, the Model 3 debuted in 2017. Since then, it has cruised comfortably in the fast lane of sales. The EV currently sits as the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle and has accounted for a majority of the total Teslas sold in recent years.

Tesla (briefly) sold a $35,000 version of the Model 3 to hit a price point originally promised by Elon Musk in years leading up to the first delivery. Last November, however, Tesla quietly removed this option during a refresh for its 2021 model. For perspective, the current version sits at a purchase price of $41,990 for the Standard Range Plus trim with zero added features.

Tesla’s Model 3 currently sells three separate drivetrains to choose from, each offering various ranges and speeds based on a customer’s preferences (and budget). The most affordable trim, the Standard Range Plus, travels an EPA estimated 263 miles, has a top speed of 140 mph, and can travel 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

Moving up the ladder to the Long Range trim, this version can travel 353 miles per charge and has a top speed of 145 mph. Furthermore, its 0-60 time is 4.2 seconds flat. The Performance Model 3, on the other hand, sheds 38 miles of range compared to the Long Range (315 miles) in favor of speed. This trim tops out at 162 mph and can dart 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.

Tesla’s Model Y

Tesla unveiled its Model Y in 2019 as a smaller, crossover version of its larger and more established Model X mid-size SUV. After beginning deliveries to customers in March of 2020, the Model Y remains the newborn in the Tesla family but has still managed to make a significant splash in sales during its short tenure on the EV market.

Last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk nixed a Standard Range Model Y option but still promised a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Long Range Model Y to follow. It then appeared that Tesla had gone back to Standard Range RWD Model Y, as it recently made this option available on its website. Almost as quickly as it was implemented, the Standard Range Model Y suddenly disappeared from Tesla’s website configurator.

Electrek later reported that the RWD Model Y will instead remain available as an “off menu” item because Musk was not satisfied with its 244-mile range. That being said, it did recently receive its official EPA rating as one of the most efficient EVs in the world.

Tesla’s newest EV now comes in two different dual-motor AWD trims: Long Range and Performance. The current Long Range trim boasts an EPA estimated range of 326 miles, can reach a top speed of 135 mph, and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Its Performance trim can travel 303 miles on a single charge, tops out at 155 mph, and can do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. The EV also houses 68 cubic feet of cargo space.

Upcoming Tesla EVs

The following EVs have been long promised by Tesla (some more than others) but are all seemingly on the cusp of full production… at least we all hope.

Cybertruck

The upcoming Cybertruck is Tesla’s modern (albeit futuristic) take on the pickup truck, one of the last vehicles on the road to see successful electrification. Cybertruck is also only the second major Tesla vehicle outside the mainline S, 3, X, Y lineup, second only to the aforementioned 1st generation Roadster.

Cybertruck was unveiled in November of 2019 via a glass-shattering Tesla reveal, showcasing unique design and performance. The exterior is comprised of an exoskeleton of 30x cold-rolled stainless-steel structural skin and Tesla armored glass for its windows.

Updates on the Cybertruck were somewhat slow-moving after the unveiling — a solar roof option will offer an additional 15 miles of range each day, and a matte black exterior has also been confirmed. Regardless, the hype is real; Tesla tallied over 250,000 pre-orders in the first week. By February 2020, they were at half a million.

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Powertrain variations

Cybertruck is currently slotted to arrive in three different powertrain options. A single motor RWD version will debut last in late 2022 and will offer an EPA estimated range of 250+ miles, travel 0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds, and carry a towing capacity of 7,500+ lbs.

The dual-motor powertrain comes with AWD and a range of 300+ miles on top of 10,000+ lbs. towing capacity. This trim can travel 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds too.

Last and far from least is the top tier, tri-motor Cybertruck, boasting an EPA range of over 500 miles, 14,000+ towing capacity, and a 0-60 mph time under 2.9 seconds. Did we mention it has three motors?

The dual and tri-motor Cybertrucks were originally listed as delivering in late 2021 on Tesla’s website. However, Elon Musk recently shared what many had previously expected – the Cybertruck has now been delayed to 2022.

Although it has been delayed, Elon Musk as exclaimed that Cybertruck will be “a glitch in the matrix.”

Most recently, Tesla has removed the Cybertruck specs and pricing from its website entirely. Not good.

Check out our Cybertruck guide for all the latest details in one place.

Tesla Semi

The Tesla Semi promises to be the first commercial offering from the automaker and a workhorse at that. First unveiled in November of 2017, the Semi features a unique, centrally positioned driver’s seat led by four rear powertrains.

Tesla’s website lists the Semi with either a 300- or 500-mile range, depending on the battery pack, but Musk has previously stated the truck will eventually have up to 621 miles of range. The trucks are also listed at a starting price of $150,000-$180,000 depending on battery size and promise owners gas savings over $200,000.

After its unveiling, the Semi was scheduled to arrive on roads in 2019 before being pushed to low-volume production in 2020. During a 2020 Q1 results call, Tesla again shifted its delivery window to 2021. Despite multiple delays, Tesla has seen interest from major companies like Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS. Furthermore, the company plans to deliver 15 Semis to PepsiCo later this year.

The Semi trucks are currently being produced at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, which recently added a new production line with a goal of producing five trucks a week. Next, Tesla will move its Semi production to Austin when its Gigfactory Texas is complete later this year. For now, however, the focus will be on service technicians and infrastructure between Tesla’s Fremont Factory and Gigafactory Nevada.

Tesla Semi remains in the prototype stage, although those recently spotted appear to be updated versions of the original 2017 prototypes. At this point, Tesla is moving ever closer to finally reaching full-fledged production on its Semi trucks in 2021… but they’ve been wrong before.

Second-generation Roadster

To pay homage to its original trailblazing EV, Tesla is releasing a second-generation Roadster with groundbreaking specs, which may include the unconfirmed potential to hover.

According to Tesla’s CEO, the Roadster redux will reach a 620-mile range and zoom from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Musk even teased that these are the “base specs,” hinting at even better performance. Tesla’s website is currently taking reservations for the new Roadster, as well as a variation called the Founders Series Roadster.

It remains unclear what the extra $50,000 for the Founders Series will get consumers, but Tesla is only taking reservations for 1,000 total. That would make it a collector’s item and could explain the price bump. The Founders Series Tesla Roadster costs $250,000, compared to a much more affordable $200,000 for the regular Gen. 2 Roadster.

When the revamped Roadster was first unveiled in 2017, Musk said it would deliver in 2020… then 2021. Then he admitted another Roadster delay to 2022, so Tesla could focus on the Cybertruck.

Most recently, Tesla admitted it is now targeting 2023 for the debut of the Gen. 2 Roadster, but that will only happen if the automaker doesn’t suffer long term effects of the global supply chain shortage, so that’s a big “if.”

Whenever it does deliver, it is sure to turn heads.

Tesla manufacturing facilities

While Tesla was founded and is headquartered in the US, it has since expanded its sales and production around the world. Currently, Tesla has three operational facilities in addition to its original Fremont Factory in California, with two more on the way.

Additionally, rumors are perpetually circulating about where Tesla might break ground next, including an additional factory in China or expansion to other parts of Asia like Japan, Korea, or possibly India. You can also check out our specific map of Tesla’s Gigafactories, both current and rumored.

  • Fremont Factory – California
  • Gigafactory 1 – Giga Nevada
  • Gigafactory 2 – Giga New York
  • Gigafactory 3 – Giga Shanghai
  • Gigafactory 4 – Giga Berlin (under construction)
  • Gigafactory 5 – Giga Texas (under construction)

Here’s the latest news on Tesla’s Gigafatories, in case you’ve missed it:

Other Tesla ventures

While Tesla began as an automotive company taking a software development approach to designing electric vehicles, it has since transcended that narrow scope into new technologies. As you’ll see below, Tesla’s focus on solar panels, energy storage, and its own network of charging stations has made it just as much of an energy company, if not more.

With advancements in autonomous driving technologies, Tesla is (maybe?) on the cusp of delivering Full Self-Driving (FSD) to customers. To that note, Musk recently said on a quarterly sales call that Tesla is becoming more of an AI and robotics company too.

Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities

FSD has been a carrot constantly dangled in front of Tesla fans since 2014, when the company first mentioned its Autopilot feature and potential capabilities. By the end of 2016, Tesla was confident it would be able to demonstrate full autonomy a year later. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

In fact, we still have seen hard evidence of full self-driving capabilities, although Tesla did roll out a beta version of the software to a select group in October of 2020.

This whole promise of FSD, along with multiple punts on deadlines, has led to controversy and debate amongst the EV community about whether Tesla’s approach to autonomous driving is even possible

Still, Tesla continues to roll out beta versions of its Full Self-Driving tech and its currently on v10. It has also announced a public beta release coming at the end of September.

Here’s some literature to get you up to speed:

Solar

As previously mentioned, Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 and has been focused on becoming a one-stop-shop for all energy solutions since then. That being said, its solar rollout has been a bit haphazard.

When Tesla first unveiled its Solar Roof tiles, the product wasn’t actually complete yet, although the company had several design plans in its pipeline. Since then, Tesla has had issues bringing the solar panels to volume production and deployment, as it tried to test the longevity and make the installation quicker.

Last year, Tesla finally began to accelerate solar deployment, but the public has only seen one version of the tiles being installed on customer roofs so far, even though it was originally listed in four different styles. Many paying customers are still awaiting installation of their solar roofs, too.

Furthermore, the company has caught the ire of some customers as a result of price hikes and changes to policy, which now involves its Powerwall, too.

Most recently, the company has discontinued its solar subscription service that was originally announced two years ago. This was previously the cheapest solar option for Tesla’s customers.

Here’s the latest:

Powerwall and Powerpack

The Powerwall and Powerpack are rechargeable lithium-ion battery stationary energy storage products manufactured by Tesla Energy. The Powerwall is designed for home energy storage by storing electricity for solar self-consumption, time of use load shifting, and as a source of backup power. The larger Powerpack is specifically intended for commercial or electric utility grid use.

The company recently revealed a Powerwall 2 Plus went into production last November, leading to increases in capacity. So far, we have seen the first glimpses of the new Powerwall too. Here’s what we know so far.

Supercharger network

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The Tesla Supercharger exists as a combined network of proprietary charging stations developed and implemented by Tesla. As a result, the automaker doesn’t have to rely on third-party charging networks like most automakers producing electric vehicles currently do.

The Supercharger network was introduced in September 2012, beginning with six Supercharger stations. This debut coincided with the launch of Tesla’s Model S sedan, the first to utilize the new network.

Since then, the Supercharger network has grown to over 20,000 stalls worldwide within over 2,100 stations or hubs. This includes North America, Europe, Asia, and even the Arctic Circle. Tesla recently passed 1,000 Supercharger stations in North America alone.

The average station usually features about 10 Supercharger stalls, but some stations offer many more. For example, Tesla opened a 72-stall Supercharger station in Shanghai at the end of 2020, making it the world’s largest. Currently, Tesla is working through permitting for a 62-stall station on the west side of Los Angeles that could easily make it the largest in North America.

Most recently, Elon Musk revealed that the American automaker plans to upgrade its Supercharger network to support 300 kW faster charging.

For more information, visit our comprehensive Tesla Supercharger guide.

Tesla Bot

During the company’s AI Day in August of 2021, it released many details about its progress to develop AI technology to power its self-driving system. As expected, however there was a “one more thing” moment, and it was robots.

CEO Elon Musk shared plans to build a humanoid robot called Tesla Bot. Musk stated that Tesla already describes itself as the largest robotic company in the world, considering the capabilities of its vehicles to see and understand the world around them, and act on that data.

While Musk didn’t go into many details about the overall capabilities of the Bot, or what exact tasks it will be able to do, he did hint that the ultimate goal is for the robot to eventually replace most “dangerous, repetitive, and boring tasks.”

Here’s the latest news surrounding the Humanoid Bot:

Tesla FAQ

How much does a Tesla cost?

As you can see above, there are several different models and variations to each available to customers. Depending on the vehicle, the powertrain, down to the exterior color, all play a part in potential cost of a new Tesla. Everything you need to know is been compiled here for you:
How much is a Tesla? Your guide to Tesla prices

How long does it take to charge a Tesla?

Again, not a simple answer due to a number of factors. Where you are charging, what level of charger you are using, and what sort of output is available from that port are all common variables.

To better understand these charging levels and the differences between home and public chargers, you can check out the following guide:
How long does it take to charge a Tesla?

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

Another great question, but unfortunately another not so clear cut answer. Battery size, charging level, time of day, and charging efficiency can all affect how much or how little it will cost you to fully charge your EV. Luckily, we’ve broken it down further for you by each current model:
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

Can I lease a Tesla?

Sure can. However, we recommend doing your research to determine that a lease is the best option for you as opposed to buying

Check out our Tesla leasing guide here.

Tesla Stories Yesterday

It looks like today’s the first day of deliveries for the refreshed Model X at a very small event where a handful of vehicles were delivered to new customers. Let’s take a peek inside!

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Herbert Diess, CEO of VW, invited Tesla CEO Elon Musk to call in to an internal conference with 200 VW executives in an effort to spur further innovation from his company. The two auto execs continue to have a beyond cordial relationship after Musk tried to hire Diess to become Tesla’s CEO.

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Tesla Stories October 15

Following the release of its Q3 delivery numbers, Volkswagen Group continues to grow its presence in the BEV market, up 109% compared to Q3 last year. Nine months into 2021, Volkswagen has more than doubled its worldwide deliveries, nipping at the heels of Tesla – the current undisputed EV market leader.

Tesla continues to grow as well, and could (maybe) surpass one million deliveries in 2021, but at the rate Volkswagen is moving (up 138% this year), it could be following the trend in 2022.

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Tesla has slashed its included premium connectivity period to 30 days for all Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. People are now going to have to pay sooner if they want to retain access to some of Tesla’s connectivity features.

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Tesla today opened Model Y orders in the United Kingdom, a right-hand-drive market, with deliveries expected to start in early 2022.

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As electric vehicles look to gain an even larger portion of the automobile market in 2021, consumers will look at a number of factors as they choose to go electric. One major specification on any EV data sheet is the estimated range i.e. the amount of miles your new vehicle can travel on a single charge. Naturally, you’re going to want the most battery for your buck. Below is a list of the current EV options for 2021 sorted by longest range.

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Tesla has updated its Cybertruck web page to remove Cybertruck specs and prices for each configuration of the electric pickup truck.

It comes after the highly anticipated electric vehicle has been delayed to next year.

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Tesla Stories October 14

Tesla has now officially launched its insurance product using “real-time driving behavior.”

The product is only available in Texas for now.

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Tesla has pushed its “Full Self-Driving Beta” to an investor who had a terrible “safety driving score” based on the automaker’s own scoring system.

It comes as Tesla says that it is only pushing the software to owners who scored 100 out of 100.

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Tesla (TSLA) must be feeling pretty good about its move into cryptocurrency holding, as its stake in Bitcoin is already up by $1 billion.

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Tesla has released a new mobile app update with a few new small features, but it also shows that the automaker has made some progress toward delivering a remote live view from Autopilot cameras on your car.

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Tesla Stories October 13

The NHTSA is upping the pressure on Tesla as the regulator asked for more information about the non-disclosure agreement it made Full Self-Driving Beta testers agree to.

The government is also questioning Tesla about what it believes to be a potential “stealth recall” of Autopilot.

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Tesla has signed a new supply agreement in order to secure a large amount of nickel from New Caledonia for battery production.

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Tesla cofounder and longtime CTO JB Straubel sent a warning to automakers that are making announcements about timelines to go all-electric: “Make sure you do the math when it comes to your supply chain.”

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So you’re thinking of getting a Tesla and wonder, “how much is a lease?” Smart choice. Have you considered the Tesla’s cheapest EV, the Model 3? Or perhaps you have the money to splurge on the Model S Plaid? What color? What added features? Should you buy instead of lease? These are all questions you’ll need to consider before your first zero-emission joy ride.

Fear not prospective leasee, below is a comprehensive guide outlining what a new Tesla lease entails, and what options to consider before you put the pedal to the floor.

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Tesla Stories October 12

Tesla has been spotted deploying the first Megacharger to charge its upcoming Tesla Semi electric truck at Gigafactory Nevada.

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Tesla unveils its latest crash safety technology based on real-world data collection using its large fleet of vehicles equipped with sensors for its self-driving technology.

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CATL, the leading battery manufacturer in China, has shared new plans to create a $5 billion facility to recycle used batteries for their earth materials such as cobalt and lithium. The facility will be erected as a joint venture at a time when EVs are becoming more and more in demand globally.

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Tesla has achieved an impressive new delivery record in China, which has greatly contributed to the automaker’s massive delivery expectation beat last quarter.

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There are several game-changing elements the EV world has patiently but attentively kept tabs on in recent years – solid state batteries, fully-autonomous driving, whether some of these SPAC mergers will actually produce a series production vehicle. As one of the largest names in electric vehicles, Tesla has promised several products over the years. – some of which it has delivered, but many it has yet to (ahem, Cybertruck and 2nd Gen. Roadster). Another fabled prospect promised by Tesla is a $25,000 model. While the automaker has only caught a quick whiff of EV pricing within $10K of that figure, it’s apparently still imminent. Here’s everything we know to date.

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Tesla Stories October 11

While Tesla is moving its headquarters out of California, CEO Elon Musk made it clear that the automaker would still grow in the state.

He wasn’t lying, since Tesla is now taking over a large part of HP’s campus in Palo Alto.

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Ich bin ein Berliner. These are the famous words with which John F. Kennedy won the hearts of the Berlin population in 1963. Tesla has the same goal. Hearts need to be won in Germany. The stakes are high. Like a gigantesque alien spaceship, the new Gigafactory emerged from the ground in an incredibly short amount of time, for German standards. The skepticism within the German population is very high. An American car company! Building electric cars in the backyard of our German premium brands! You can imagine that a lot of hearts still need convincing. So, Elon Musk announced the Gigafest County Fair, an event for the people of Grünheide, Brandenburg, and Berlin. Tesla got the permission to invite 9,000 people. This is quite exceptional, as COVID-19 restrictions are still quite strict and other big events like the Bavarian Oktoberfest got cancelled this year.

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Tesla has officially started its “wider release” of Full Self-Driving Beta in the US, which consists of slowly allowing more owners to download based on their “safety score.”

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Tesla announced a new “Gigabeer” with Cybertruck-inspired bottle that it plans to sell out of its factory in Germany.

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Tesla Stories October 10

Tesla has unveiled its latest structural battery pack with 4680 cells during a Gigafactory Berlin tour ahead of Model Y production at the new factory.

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Tesla Stories October 8

Elon Musk is talking about licensing Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software to other automakers, but the company has yet to deliver the feature to Tesla owners who paid for it.

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After a long wait, Tesla Insurance is finally expanding outside of California, starting with Texas next week.

The automaker aims to “aspirationally” expand to “most of the US” next year.

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Tesla released a new important detail about the Megafactory under construction in California.

It aims to produce 40 GWh of Megapacks per year, which indicates a massive ramp-up in energy storage deployment.

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Tesla owners outside of Europe should finally be able to use public CCS fast-charging stations, as the automaker’s CCS to Tesla proprietary plug adapter is finally coming.

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Tesla Stories October 7

Elon Musk commented on the Tesla Cyberquad for the first time since he unveiled the electric ATV with the Cybertruck in 2019.

The CEO said that it will be the safest ATV in the world.

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Elon Musk announced that Tesla is officially moving its headquarters to Austin, Texas – something he threatened to do in the past.

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Tesla (TSLA) is holding its annual shareholder’s meeting at Gigafactory Texas in Austin today at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s a news hub with all the important news coming out of the event.

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Elon Musk has released a few additional details about Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving Beta” wider release, which should start tomorrow.

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Tesla has decided to expand the market for solar roof tile installations to anywhere in the US.

The move comes as Tesla aims to greatly accelerate solar roof installations.

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Tesla Stories October 6

Tesla has started pushing a new software update to improve its new yoke steering wheel experience in the Model S alongside a few other new features.

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Tesla has implemented a price increase across its entire Model 3 and Model Y lineup in an overnight update to its online configurator in the US.

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How much is a Tesla? Your guide to Tesla prices

You’ve read about all the improvements to emerge both inside and out each 2021 Tesla model as well as the new versions to come in 2022, and maybe you’re more than a little bit tempted. Next, reality sets in, and that age old question rears its head: “how much?” No need to click through several variations of each model on Tesla’s website, it’s all been compiled for you here.

Tesla Stories October 5

In an auto manufacturing first, Tesla has started building Model Y bodies with two giant single casting pieces for the front and back of the electric SUV.

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Tesla has been ordered by the court to pay $137 million to an ex-contract worker at its Fremont factory in a racial abuse lawsuit.

Following the verdict, Tesla released a blog post defending itself – something the automaker rarely does since it dissolved its press relations team.

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Tesla Stories October 4

Tesla (TSLA) was once the most shorted stock in the NASDAQ as people were heavily betting against the electric automaker, but now it looks like most of them have given up as the short interest on Tesla hits an all-time low.

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Tesla’s stock (TSLA) jumped by as much as 4% this morning – adding billions of dollars to its market capitalization.

The market is adjusting to the new reality that Tesla is now reaching an annual production rate of almost 1 million electric cars.

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Tesla, which is already suing Rivian and former employees hired by the electric pickup truck startup, is expanding its lawsuit against the company.

It now claims that Rivian is stealing its “trade secrets” about battery technology.

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Tesla Stories October 2

Today, Tesla (TSLA) released its Q3 2021 delivery and production numbers – confirming it achieved again new records.

The automaker managed to deliver 241,300 electric vehicles during the last quarter.

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Tesla Stories October 1

Nikola appears to finally be letting go of its ridiculous $2 billion lawsuit against Tesla. Nikola had claimed that Tesla stole the design for the Tesla Semi.

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Tesla (TSLA) had strong deliveries in Norway last month, and it helped the leading EV market to achieve yet another record.

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Tesla has deployed its first two Supercharger stations in Morocco, marking its first entry in the African market.

Supercharger stations are generally the first step toward Tesla entering a new market.

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Tesla missed its deadline to deliver the Model X in Q3 2021, but a handful of units of the new electric SUVs were spotted in Fremont factory.

It gives some hope that deliveries might start soon.

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Tesla Stories September 30

Tesla is angering some Tesla certified repair shops after the automaker used its contact to try to recruit the technicians that those shops paid to train on Tesla cars.

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