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Tesla’s new return policy off to confusing start because of Elon Musk

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets are causing a stir yet again — but this time it’s about the electric car company exec’s guidance on car returns clashing with what’s on the company website.

Tesla’s return policy lays out a seven-day return window for any cars delivered. But it specifies that that you’re only eligible for a return if “you have taken delivery of your vehicle without ever having taken a test or demo drive with us.”

Around 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, the return policy page included this key detail, as seen below on the left. But by 6 p.m. PT the site had been updated, without the test drive limitations. Read more…

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Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. […]

Elon Musk defends tweets in SEC’s contempt proceedings

Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency’s request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The SEC has asked […]

Transit officials checked out Elon Musk’s tunnel and tried very hard not to mock it

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Virginia transit officials don’t seem very impressed with Elon Musk’s tunnel and they had a very hard time trying to hide it.

The state’s public transit subcommittee is in talks to invest billions of dollars to upgrade its transportation systems. However, the board was worried that rail infrastructure projects would soon be rendered obsolete by technology like Elon Musk’s much-hyped tunnel. So, earlier this year Elon Musk’s Boring Company provided a tour of its tunnel in Southern California to Virginia transit officials.

This week, the transit professionals who experienced Musk’s tunnel shared their opinions to the subcommittee. Read more…

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Tesla’s customer referral program is back weeks after it was killed off

Tesla killed off its customer referral program way back on Feb. 1, 2019 because the popular program was getting too costly to maintain. But now, less than two months later, Tesla is bringing it back with new incentives aimed at rewarding its customers, and bringing in new ones. Tesla’s customer referral program had offered a […]

SEC pushes court to hold Elon Musk in contempt over Tesla tweets

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is in blatant violation of a settlement agreement reached last year over securities fraud allegations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a biting response to the court that argued the billionaire entrepreneur be held in contempt. The response, which was filed late Monday, is the latest salvo in the […]

Cult of Elon: What it’s like to see Tesla unveil a new car

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Well that was one hell of a party. 

On Thursday night, Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Model Y to a pumped-up crowd of Tesla fan boys, employees, investors, and media at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, CA.

“We’re literally bringing sexy back,” Musk said, after walking onto the stage to the opening bars of the ’90s hit “I’m Too Sexy.” Musk was alluding to the fact that his line of cars, the Models S, 3, X, and now Y, now intentionally spell out the word — you guessed it — “sexy.” Or, uh, S3XY.

A newly completed wall at Tesla's design studio.

A newly completed wall at Tesla’s design studio.

Image: rachel kraus/mashable

Tesla bills its new model as an affordable crossover vehicle, that, as Musk said, “has the functionality of an SUV, rides like a sports car.” IRL, it kind of looks like the hatchback version of the Model 3; with cheeky curves and a big, bubbly behind, call it the Cardi B of Teslas. Read more…

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