Tesla’s Model 3 loses coveted Consumer Reports recommendation

Enlarge / Tesla’s new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images) Last year, Tesla won a Consumer Reports recommendation for the Model 3 thanks to a last-minute upgrade to its braking software. But on Thursday, the magazine rescinded its endorsement […]

Shell buys Sonnen, Tesla’s competitor in the home battery business

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village Wildpoldsried, southern Germany, is pictured on July 5, 2016. (credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) On Friday, oil major Royal Dutch Shell and German energy storage company Sonnen announced that Shell would acquire Sonnen for an undisclosed amount. Sonnen has […]

Tesla’s SolarCity lost ground to Sunrun in 2018

Enlarge (credit: Jon Callas / Flickr) The first three quarters of 2018 show that Sunrun’s residential solar panel sales have outpaced SolarCity’s residential solar panel sales, according to data from analysis firm Wood Mackenzie. Though Tesla, the owner of SolarCity, has been losing ground in the solar panel market-share game for years now, Sunrun’s new […]

GM’s Maven program will rent Teslas and Fords in 2019

Earlier this year, GM officially launched a program called Maven that gives people a way to earn extra money by renting out their cars. It’s only open to Chevrolet-, Buick-, GMC- and Cadillac-branded vehicles, though — in other words, cars from GM’s auto brands. According to TechCrunch, though, the automaker plans to expand the peer-to-peer […]

Tesla’s Model 3 gets quicker cornering with ‘Track Mode’

Tesla has just made your Model 3 Performance EV a helluva lot more fun with the launch of Track Mode. The software shuts down all the traction control protection that normally prevents wheel slip in order to keep your car between the scenery. With that turned off, the dual electric motors are repurposed to improve […]

Volkswagen’s CEO said it will make EVs that are as good as Tesla’s for half the price in 2020: Report (TSLA)

Michael Sohn / Associated Press Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said last week that by 2020 the automaker will make electric vehicles that are as capable as Tesla‘s for half the price, Electrek reports. “We will come in 2020 with vehicles that can do anything like Tesla and are cheaper by half,” Diess reportedly said on the […]