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Imagine how fast this 1,000 horsepower Tesla is going to be

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A regular Tesla with all the bells and whistles produces 532 horsepower. This is enough to literally scare people shitless, or thoroughly embarrass the crotchiest of crotch-rockets. So why would you hack yourself together a 1,000hp custom electric vehicle? Because speed is a drug, and 1,000 all-electric horsepower is a great middle finger to the internal combustion engine. Jason Hughes is well known within the EV community as a Tesla hacker. He retrofitted an Autopilot system to and older Tesla Model S, but his new project is way more ambitious. He's planning on fitting a Tesla drivetrain and Chevy Volt batteries into some kind of non-electric vehicle, quite possibly an old Mitsubishi.

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July 22nd

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Mercedes will show off a Model X killer in September

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Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world's first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn't going to take it lying down. According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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Chris Mills

June 9th

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Wireless Charging for Electric Cars Is Nearly Useful

On the list of first-world problems, not being bothered to plug in your Tesla is very near the top. Luckily for lazy Model S owners, the Department of Energy is on it.

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Chris Mills

April 5th

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What It’s Actually Like To Ride In The Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 , Elon Musk’s electric “everyman” car, has landed in Southern California. With any luck, it should be shipping out to its first new owners by the end of 2017. Well before that, we got to spend a few sweet seconds in the passenger seat, and here’s what it felt like.

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April 1st

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Tesla Motors Is Handing Out Free Chargers To Airbnb Locations 

If you drive a Tesla and use the accommodation renting service Airbnb a lot, you’re in luck. Starting in California, Tesla Motors will hand out free (minus an installation fee) charging stations to certain Airbnb locations.

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August 26th

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We’re Six Years Closer to a Clean Energy Future Than We Thought

Key price indicators in the clean tech industry are about six years ahead of estimates, and it’s mostly thanks to companies like Tesla that are pioneering cheaper, smarter solutions for mass-market consumption which can be used across a wide range of applications. This is a very good thing for Earth.

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Alissa Walker

April 9th

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Affordable Electric Cars Are Coming Soon, Study Says

For many of us, purchasing an electric vehicle is still a pie in the sky dream. But that might be changing soon, if a new peer-reviewed study is correct that the cost of electric car batteries is falling much more quickly than we assumed.

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Maddie Stone

April 5th

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Apple’s electric car plans

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It looks like Apple is working on an electric, possibly autonomous automobile. Numerous publications have reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook started the project about a year ago, which followed a M&A meeting with Tesla’s Elon Musk in the Spring of 2013.

We must remember that Apple has many R&D projects and “says no a thousand times for every yes” and of course even if the car project does happen, any type of product is many years off (barring any acquisition). Then there is the current mess that is CarPlay

But the idea does make some sense on a macro level. Tim Cook’s Apple is a Green company and takes on the world’s problems including Global Warming. Electric cars, when coupled with clean energy, cut Co2 emissions.

“We know at Apple that climate change is real… our view is the time for talk is past and the time for action is now” – Tim Cook on the recent opening of Apple’s monster solar project

Execs including Eddie Cue (Ferrari’s Board), Phil Schiller (who testified in the Samsung trial that Apple considered making a car before the iPhone) and Jony “Aston/Bentley” Ive (pictured above, shotgun) are known for their interest in cars.

Perhaps the most compelling argument is that Apple, which sits on $200B cash mountain and looks for areas ripe for disruption, can make a very short list of industries bigger than the consumer electronics industry that it now dominates.

If you consider household capital expenditures, cars are second only to housing. The auto industry is a trillion dollar a year industry. That’s a big pie, even if Apple hopes to just take a small piece. Tesla thinks it can hit Apple’s current valuation in a decade, just by selling electric cars and batteries.

For the record, I’d heard from people outside of Apple that they were hiring people that could only be working on electric cars. Without solid proof and with the knowledge that they’d hired auto folks like Doug Field to actually work on Macintosh hardware development in the past, we had nothing to go on.

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As an electric car enthusiast who drives two different electric cars and writes about the clean energy/electric car industry, I couldn’t be happier about the prospect of Apple joining the electric car industry. I am a big Tesla fan but I think an Apple car would be great for the whole electric vehicle ecosystem. Even the rumor of Apple’s electric vehicle entry has cast a bright light on the technology.

Every major carmaker has some sort of electric car initiative and the prospect of Apple taking over their industry will only spur investment in the field. Nissan’s Leaf which debuted with ads on iAd, now is the only mainstream fully electric car, but many more are just around the corner.

Apple has the resources to expand vehicle charging infrastructure, battery technology and even influence government regulations.

Electric and autonomous transportation is clearly the future and Apple’s entry would be good for everyone outside of the legacy car and oil industry.

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February 14th

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BYD intros dual-mode electric Qin vehicle, Remote Driving key for outside-the-car operation

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The New York Auto Show may be done and over with, but the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show is just hitting its stride. Predictably, BYD is in attendance, and it's got a couple of new gizmos out on the red carpet. For starters, there's the Qin (pronounced "Chin," not Kin), a dual-mode electric vehicle that includes seven percent better efficiency, power and energy-saving in pure EV mode compared to the first generation's F3DM system. All told, the vehicle can scoot some 31 miles on a single 10KWh charge, and in hybrid mode, it can use both its 110KW electric motor and its 1.5 Turbo engine to output some 223KW of power and 440Nm of torque. For the technophiles, the car is also equipped with an intelligent cloud system platform, which incorporates things like "telematics, cloud-computing and a full-range of services 24 hours a day (like roadside assistance, vehicle positioning, remote monitoring, music and video downloads etc.)."

As if that weren't enough, the outfit's showcasing a new Remote Driving Controller for its F3 Plus, which enables owners to perform a variety of driving functions -- moving it forward / back, turning left / right and traveling at a "restricted speed" -- without having the owner inside of the vehicle. Naturally, we're anxiously awaiting a test unit of our own. Or, for a wave of lawsuits -- whichever comes first.

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April 24th

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Tesla loses two Model S executives, Elon Musk says it’s no big deal

A pair of bigwigs over at electric vehicle maker Tesla have drawn their final checks, with Peter Rawlinson and Nick Sampson calling it quits. The former was the automaker's vice president and chief engineer, while the latter "supervising vehicle and chassis engineering." Ricardo Reyes, a company spokesman, emailed the following: "Having completed conceptual and design engineering work on Model S, Peter has decided to step away to tend to personal matters in the U.K." The Model S, if you'll recall, is the un-launched four-door sedan that has heaps riding on its success, so it's no big shock to hear that the outfit's stock plunged around 20 percent following Bloomberg's report. Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive officer and biggest shareholder, stated that "the uncertainty around [the] Model S is now much diminished, as anyone who has seen the beta vehicles and toured the factory will appreciate; there is no question in my mind that we will start delivering vehicles in July, if not sooner." Musk took to Twitter to assure people that the shock reverberating from the news was "way overstated," insinuating that the company's still well in control of its destiny. Whatever the case, we'd still take a couple of those S sedans in our garage, regardless of who's heading up their deployment.

Tesla loses two Model S executives, Elon Musk says it's no big deal originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

January 13th

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