Tesla’s Really Making Its Own Brand of Tequila
Leave it to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to turn seemingly harmless jokes and pranks and make something out of them. The under-fire CEO took a break from all his legal problems to show a “visual approximation” of Teslaquila, the company’s new tequila product. It’s unclear if Teslaquila is actually a real thing — it stemmed from an April Fool’s joke earlier this year — but considering that Musk once signed off on a flamethrower — that product netted Tesla $5 million pre-orders, by the way — it’s not unlikely that Teslaquila will be sold in liquor stores and groceries in the not-too-distant future.
James Murdoch Reportedly Eyed To Replace Elon Musk as Tesla’s Chairman
James Murdoch, the son of billionaire mogul Rupert Murdoch, reportedly has the inside track to replace Elon Musk as chairman of Tesla. The report comes from the Financial Times, which is quoting two people familiar with the matter. Tesla has not issued a comment on the report, though Musk, who is still the current CEO and chairman of the company, categorically denied the report, saying that it was “incorrect.” As it is, the younger Murdoch is a non-executive director at Tesla’s board.
Tesla Updates Autopilot with "Mad Max" Mode for Assertive Overtaking
Tesla keeps on improving its Autopilot system and the new version is now able to overtake other cars in traffic with the "Navigate with Autopilot" function. It features a "Mad Max" mode for more assured passes.
Tesla cars have been driving themselves around and about for quite a while now, but passing hasn’t been anywhere near second nature for the American EVs. To initiate an overtake when navigating with the Autopilot system turned on, you had to toggle the turn signals yourself. Now, with version 9 of the system being available, this is no longer the case.
New Hyperloop Pod Unveiled, Could Go Into Service Next Year
Meet the world’s first full-scale hyperloop capsule, called Quintero One (quintero in Spanish means “fifth”), a 32-meter/105-foot plane without wings or windows, for lack of a better comparison. It’s expected to be “optimized and ready for passengers” in 2019, and its makers are touting it as possibly the safest form of transportation in the world.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Settles With SEC After Tesla Shares Take a Beating
Elon Musk is stepping down as chairman of Tesla as part of a settlement reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The man behind companies like Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company will be allowed to remain CEO, but he must vacate his position as chairman of the board within 45 days and cannot seek re-election for three years. Tesla has also agreed to pay a $20 million fine as part of the settlement stemming from a tweet he posted announcing that he had secured funding to take Tesla private.
Elon Musk Accused of Fraud, SEC Sues to Remove Him from Tesla
Elon ‘Controversy’ Musk is in the news yet again. This time, it seems serious. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Musk of fraud. What fraud, you ask? The agency says he made a series of “false and misleading” tweets about potentially taking Tesla private last month. They want him fired from Tesla.
Saudi Arabia Wants A Bigger Piece of Tesla, But Can it Really Do It in Light Of Elon Musk’s Plans To Turn Tesla Private?
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has a stake of almost five percent in Tesla, but a new report from Bloomberg claims that the Middle Eastern nation wants to raise its stake by being a part of any investor pool that will be created in response to Elon Musk’s plan to take the electric car maker private. It’s unclear if these plans will gain any traction because the process of taking Tesla private is going to be a difficult task.
Elon Musk’s The Boring Company Will Build a Transit Loop O’Hare Airport and Downtown Chicago
Tesla’s Latest Update Makes Autopilot Nag You More than an Unhappy Wife
Tesla’s Version 9.0 update is set to drop in August, and one of its new features is increased nagging alerts to make sure that drivers remain attentive by keeping their hands on the steering wheel. The update is an “improvement” over the current system, which cuts in half the time the system needs to send out alerts to drivers who stray their hands away from the steering wheel.
Elon Musk Teases the Tesla Model Y; Mentions a Compact Hatchback in the Near Future
Tesla has just finished its annual shareholder meeting, and two of the biggest takeaways involve the announcement of the Model Y crossover and the teasing of a compact car that could be built in the next five years. Without jumping to any specifics, Musk responded to a question about compact cars by saying that the electric car maker will have its own “in less than five years.” The company’s goal, it seems, is to have a car that can compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the rest of the hatchback segment.
Elon Musk Reveals March 15 as Potential Debut Date for Tesla Model Y
Elon Musk’s Twitter account has led to some pretty outrageous things. Of course, he’s made some pretty crazy claims too, but a lot of them come to life. Think about the Tesla Roadster floating through space or The Boring Company’s flame gun, for example. All seemed unbelievable and yet they really happened. Now, Musk is on Twitter again, this time with the claim that the Model Y will debut on March 15. Well, then he said it’s made up, but March sounds good. And, then said to consider it real and that March 15th is “about right.”
Elon Musk Admits Tesla Model 3 Has Braking Issues, Promises Update to Fix It
If Elon Musk Has His Way, It’ll Cost You $1 to Ride the Mass Transit Pod Through the Boring Company’s Tunnels
Earlier this week, we covered a first-look at The Boring Company’s most recent tunnels under Los Angeles, as posted by Elon Musk to his various social media outlets. Now, we’re getting a little more insight into the Boring Company’s plans, courtesy of a Q&A session Musk recently conducted in LA, wherein the company CEO revealed a $1 price point for mass transit users of the new underground transportation network.
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Elon Musk Posts First Look At Nearly Completed Boring Company Tunnel Under L.A.
Tesla’s Voting To See if Elon Musk Can Still Be Chairman and CEO
Elon Musk is under threat of losing his chairman role in Tesla if investor Jing Zhao has his way. The California-based investor has put a proposal on the table to vote on Musk’s ability to continue serving his role as chairman and CEO of the electric car brand. According to Zhao, Musk shouldn’t hold both roles anymore because the company is “now in a much more highly competitive and rapidly changing technology industry.” Zhao is arguing that it’s become more difficult for Musk to oversee Tesla’s business and senior management. As a result, he’s suggesting that an independent Board Chairman should take Musk’s place in order to eliminate potential conflicts down the road.
April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.
Elon Musk Removes Tesla And SpaceX Facebook Pages Because He’s The Man
You don’t want to challenge Elon Musk while he’s in a middle of a tweetstorm. You just might get what’s coming to you. No more was that on full display than when Musk was challenged to remove the Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX to prove that he was “the man.” As a result, both Facebook pages, which contained millions of followers each, have now been deleted.
Elon Musk and The Boring Company to Sell Lego-Like Bricks for Fun Projects, Affordable Housing
Elon Musk’s Boring Company is now on the cusp of selling its latest merchandise to help fund its infrastructure projects. With its hats and flamethrowers already in the mix, the Boring Company is now turning its sights on selling LEGO-like blocks made out of the rocks that were dug out of the company’s tunnels. The goal of these blocks is to build affordable housing and other structures.
Elon Musk: All Boring Company Tunnels and Hyperloop to Service Pedestrians and Cyclists First, Cars Later
Elon Musk is recalibrating his plans for the tunnels his company, The Boring Company, will dig to service the Hyperloop transit system. According to Musk, his tunnel-digging company will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars. There’s still a plan to service and transport cars, but that plan has taken a back seat a new plan that will service those who can’t afford a car first.
Elon Musk Sure Did File for Permits to Build a Tesla Supercharger Drive-in Restaurant
Whatever comes out of Elon Musk’s Twitter account might as well be taken seriously from now on. Remember, that was the forum Musk used to let the world know of his plans to sell Tesla merchandise to help fund his many business endeavors. It was also where he got the idea of selling flamethrowers to help send Falcon Heavy on its maiden voyage to outer space. Recently, Musk also tweeted about plans to put up an “old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant.” Well, don’t look now because that retro restaurant may actually come to life.