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The $4,000 Tesla iPhone X claims to charge your phone with solar panels

Image: caviar Remember the company that created the iPhone 6S with Putin’s head encrusted in gold? Well, they’re back with a raaaaather different homage—this time, to Elon Musk.  Russian phone accessory maker Caviar—renowned for its ultra-expensive and over-the-top iPhone cases—has created something called the iPhone X Tesla, which it claims “is able to charge from light.” SEE ALSO: A $3,200 iPhone 6S has Putin’s head encrusted in gold Oh, and it’s all yours for a whopping $4,590 (£3,392). A bargain!  “iPhone X Tesla by Caviar is equipped with a solar…

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Tesla Semi does its first production cargo run with batteries on board

Tesla is putting its new electric Semi to work, with its first run as a “production” vehicle — for a familiar client. Tesla itself is the customer, as the trucks were equipped with trailers loaded up with battery packs fresh from the Gigafactory assembly line, heading to the Tesla Fremont car factory in California. Elon Musk shared an image of the trucks at work, with both the matte black version and the silver one with the aero hood, which presumably are the same they showed off at the official unveil…

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Elon Musk shares the last image of his Tesla Roadster in space

Unless you spent your day under a rock on Tuesday, you probably already know that SpaceX successfully launched its largest rocket ever, the Falcon Heavy. Oh, and on that rocket was a Telsa Roadster, because why not? Elon Musk shared the last image of the Roadster — equipped with a “Starman” at the wheel — before it spends the rest of eternity somewhere in space. Kind of haunting, kind of beautiful. May he ride forever, and not be blown to bits.  SEE ALSO: Watching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch to space…

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Why Tesla’s Autopilot Can’t See a Stopped Firetruck

On Monday, a Tesla Model S slammed into the back of a stopped firetruck on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles County. The driver apparently told the fire department the car was in Autopilot mode at the time. The crash highlighted the shortcomings of the increasingly common semi-autonomous systems that let cars drive themselves in limited conditions. This surprisingly non-deadly debacle also raises a technical question: How is it possible that one of the most advanced driving systems on the planet doesn't see a freaking fire truck, dead ahead? Tesla…

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Fisker EMotion electric car debuts at CES, immediately inspires drooling

Picture the Distracted Boyfriend internet meme, where the boyfriend is a Tesla owner and the girlfriend is the Model S. The other woman? That’s gotta be the Fisker EMotion. SEE ALSO: 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018 The all-new Fisker Inc. debuted its luxury electric car, the EMotion, at CES 2018, and it’s a beauty. Fisker’s sporty sedan would look completely in its element pulling up next to a Corvette or Porsche. But this a car made for the future, with equal attention paid to brains as well…

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Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including decreasing their overall emissions footprint. The retailer will pilot the Tesla Semi across both U.S. and Canada, the company says. Walmart operates around 6,000 of its own trucks currently to transfer stock from distribution centers to its stores. This is a…

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Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, its most powerful reusable rocket to date, might have its first launch before the end of the year after all — and it’s going to include Elon Musk’s very own Tesla. Following reports that time was up for the launch in 2017 — it had originally been schedule for November — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has seemingly confirmed that it will take place sometime in December. And, in true Musk style, there is more. Musk revealed that the payload inside the rocket will be his own Tesla…

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South Australia turns on Tesla’s 100MW battery: ‘History in the making’

Jay Weatherill marks the official launch as Elon Musk delivers on his promise to complete project within 100 days The worlds largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South Australia promising to usher in a revolution in how electricity is produced and stored. Tesla boss Elon Musk has after blackouts last year that critics of the states Labor government

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Elon Musk had 100 days to build the world’s biggest battery. He’s done.

Done and done. But now's the test.Image: tesla Elon Musk made a bet to build the world’s biggest battery in 100 days or he’d pay for it. And he’s done. Tesla has completed installing its colossal lithium ion battery in South Australia, a Powerpack system with 100 megawatts of capacity. But now comes the test. SEE ALSO: This isn’t the first time Elon Musk made big promises Regulatory testing will begin in the next few days to ensure the battery is optimised and meets AEMO and South Australian Government requirements,…

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Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks

Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, which is supposed to start shipping in 2019. Loblaw has a target of running a fully electric vehicle fleet to support its stores, as part of a goal of reducing its emissions impact by 2030.…

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What Does Tesla’s Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

On Thursday night, Elon Musk rolled out Tesla's biggest gizmo yet: a fully electric semitruck. The Semi can go a whopping 500 miles between charges, hauling 80,000 pounds along the way. And it can sorta, kinda drive itself—on highways, anyway. The truck comes with Enhanced Autopilot, the second generation of Tesla's semiautonomous technology, equipped with automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warnings. "Every truck we sell has Autopilot as standard," Musk said of the Semi, which goes into production in 2019. "This is a massive increase in safety." That…

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Tesla has fired hundreds of employees after performance reviews

Tesla fired hundreds of employees following what the company said is an annual performance review process, the company told TechCrunch. The news was first reported by The Mercury News. “Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved, as well as how those results were achieved, during the performance period,” a Tesla spokesperson said. “This includes both constructive feedback and recognition of top performers with additional compensation and equity awards, as well as promotions in many cases. As with any company, especially…

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