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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 […]

Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as […]

Car heist video reminds Tesla owners that relay attacks are still a thing

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The crooks definitely haven’t forgotten. 

Despite a rash of publicity last year warning Tesla owners of the risk, yet another unlucky individual appears to have fallen victim to a so-called relay attack — losing his pricey electric car in the process. In surveillance video published to YouTube (embedded below), it seems thieves can be seen amplifying the signal from the car owner’s key fob (located inside his home) in order to trick the vehicle into thinking the fob was present. 

And, after initially struggling but finally succeeding to unplug the charging vehicle, the two car thieves manage to drive away.  Read more…

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A Tesla competitor just got $1 billion boost from Saudi Arabia

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A hotshot electric vehicle company in Silicon Valley just got a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

No, not Tesla. We’re talking about its eventual competitor, Lucid Motors, which is based right next door to Tesla’s Fremont headquarters in Newark, California. 

The luxury electric vehicle brand announced the cash infusion this week, saying it would use the funding to move forward with its Tesla Model S “killer,” the Lucid Air, expected to launch in 2020, and to build out its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona. Read more…

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Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S vehicles

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Tesla announced Thursday a recall to all its Model S battery-powered vehicles built before April 2016 — that’s 123,000 vehicles globally.

The electric sedan has an issue in the power steering component, but the company assures no accidents or injuries have been reported because of the issue. 

Only an estimated .02 percent of vehicles in the U.S. have had an issue with the steering that apparently presents itself in cold winter climates where roads are salted. 

An email going out Thursday to affected customers assures the cars can still be driven, but the cars need to be taken in eventually to have parts replaced. A Tesla representative will be in touch with owners to schedule an appointment. The retrofit is expected to take about an hour.  Read more…

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