Tesla Considers Building A Big Battery Factory of Its Own

The unparalleled success of the Tesla Model S sedan has eaten up the world’s supply of lithium-ion laptop batteries, causing the electric automaker to sign a $7 billion agreement with Panasonic for even more battery packs. But Tesla could end up building the world’s largest battery factory, with the same output as all the rest of the world’s battery producers combined.

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Tesla Model X To Be AWD Only, More Expensive Than Model S

2014 is the year that Tesla Motors will launch its third vehicle, the Tesla Model X, a family-oriented luxury SUV that already has thousands of reservations on the books. At a recent London conference, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the Model X will only be available with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system, and will carry a slightly-higher price than the Model S.

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Hertz Adds Tesla Model S To Select Rental Fleets

Rental car agency Hertz announced that it is adding the Tesla Model S to its Dream Fleet line of vehicles. For $500 a day, and $.49 cents per-mile after the first 75 miles, you can drive the same car that all the cool Silicon Valley kids want.

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Tesla To Debut 90% Self-Driving Car In Three Years

Elon Musk claims that within just three years, Tesla will have an electric car capable of running on autopilot, handling 90% of driving decisions.

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Elon Musk Finally Reveals His Vision For An 800 MPH Hyperloop

Last month Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk created quite a stir when he mentioned a concept he had been mulling over called the “hyperloop”. At a tenth of the cost of high-speed rail, but around four-times fast, the hyperloop is the kind of 21st century science-fiction we’ve come to expect from Musk, but don’t expect him to build the hyperloop anytime soon.

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Video: 4,000 MPH Hyperloop To Start Testing This Year

America has been embroiled in a debate over the wisdom of spending billions of dollars on a national high-speed rail network. A small Colorado company called ET3 has other ideas though, calling for a 4,000 mph “Hyperloop” system of vacuum tubes that could connect New York with L.A. in under an hour.

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