Tesla faces turmoil at the top ... and stiff competition

Oct 1, 2018
The company made electric cars exciting, but can it make them ubiquitous?
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
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A new ride hailing startup bets on Teslas to differentiate itself

Jul 6, 2018
Teslyne, a new startup in Denver, is banking on customers paying more than they would for Uber or Lyft for the chance to ride in an electric Tesla. Unlike with Uber or Lyft, the company owns the Teslas and though…

Investors are anxious about Tesla fairy tale

May 2, 2018
Cache, yes, and, lots of questions for electric carmaker Tesla. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Why Western tech companies want more control over minerals in Africa

Modern electronics rely heavily on one thing: lithium ion batteries. With carmakers gearing up to increase electric vehicle production, the demand for lithium ion batteries doesn’t appear to be slowing down. These batteries rely on an increasingly important supply of…

Can Elon Musk deliver on Tesla's Model 3s?

Feb 20, 2018
One reporter took it upon himself to determine how many cars the company is making

Lithium-ion batteries are about as good as they can get

Dec 7, 2017
But it's just a matter of time before the problem is solved, a UC Berkeley engineer says.
To make lithium-ion batteries better, you have to invent new materials, says Kristin Persson of UC Berkeley.
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For oil giant Shell, service station means electric cars, too

Nov 27, 2017
Running cars on something other than gas stands to greatly reduce the world’s need for oil. That has energy company Shell moving into the electric vehicle charging business. On top of last month’s purchase of major European electric vehicle charging…

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Auto racing goes electric

Jul 14, 2017
The Formula E circuit lets car makers test their electric vehicles and promote their products to buyers.
A race car for Formula E.
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Tesla skips prototype phase to get Model 3 to market faster

Apr 24, 2017
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for taking big risks. It’s a reputation that helped him raise billions of dollars for his various companies over the years. Musk’s latest gamble is a decision to fast-track the assembly-line strategy for the…

Portable solar units fill the electric charging void

Mar 27, 2017
It could take years to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, options exist.
The EV Arc is a solar array that charges electric vehicles, providing as much as 220 miles' worth of electricity each day.
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