The Network Inside Tesla's Model S Is Just Like The One in Your House

The Tesla car company isn't shy about breaking from automotive standard practice, building fast, near-silent, sleek electric cars in a world where most vehicles still sip dinosaur juice. So it probably shouldn't surprise you to learn that the complex electronic infrastructure supporting the car's many sensors and… » 4/04/14 2:54pm 4/04/14 2:54pm

Which State Will Get Tesla's Gargantuan Battery Factory?

Electric car maker Tesla wants a cheaper, faster way to produce the lithium ion batteries that power its cars, and the company has settled on a gargantuan solution: the so-called "gigafactory" that, if all goes as planned, will crank out more lithium ion batteries than the entire world produced in 2013. » 4/01/14 4:54pm 4/01/14 4:54pm

Sparks Fly In A Debate Over Where to Keep Nikola Tesla's Remains

The gold-plated sphere that holds free energy pioneer/mad scientist/fan fiction staple Nikola Tesla's ashes has been on display in a Belgrade museum for over half a century, but now church officials have successfully pressured the Serbian government to intern Tesla's remains in a churchyard. » 3/07/14 5:39pm 3/07/14 5:39pm

How the Downtown Project Is Solving Vegas's Urban Problems In-House

When I meet Josh Westerhold at the offices of Project 100, the Las Vegas urban mobility startup that's funded by the Downtown Project, we decide it would probably make sense to head out into downtown Vegas to tour their project area in person. From the other room, his co-worker has an even better idea: "Take the… » 1/09/14 3:40pm 1/09/14 3:40pm

This Week in Time Capsules: Nikola Tesla Statue Rises in Silicon Valley

Our weekly round-up of time capsule news includes a group of kids in Ohio who sealed an Xbox into a capsule, the tragic story of a recently unearthed time capsule from 2003 that didn't fare too well, and a new Tesla monument in Silicon Valley that includes some predictions for the world of 2043. » 12/13/13 2:49pm 12/13/13 2:49pm

The Truth About Nikola Tesla Is That There Are Two Versions of Him

Because we live on the Internet and we're supposed to love certain things like bacon and cats and net neutrality, we almost unanimously bow in adoration towards one Nikola Tesla. Anybody who thinks anything different is yelled at with all caps for being anti-science, anti-electricity and anti-life. But the truth is,… » 9/12/13 9:00pm 9/12/13 9:00pm

Tesla Could Use Up All The World's Laptop Batteries

Based on current production predictions of 21,000 cars this year, and up to 40,000 by 2015, it's possible Tesla could use the entire global supply of 18650 model LiOn batteries for its Model S sedans. Sure, there's way more laptops sold with those batteries, but every Model S with the 85 kWh battery pack uses over… » 9/04/13 3:19pm 9/04/13 3:19pm

A Tesla Model S Crashed Into an Electric Pole and Caused a Blackout

Stop me if you heard this before but an electric car and an electric pole walk into a bar... Okay, seriously. This is one of those ridiculous local news stories that are too perfect to be true but actually are. A Tesla Model S crashed into a utility pole in Tennessee and caused a local blackout. » 8/16/13 4:00am 8/16/13 4:00am

Tesla's CEO Feared Microsoft Would Make His Car Racist And Slow

I'd just taken over as Tesla's PR guy and had been contacted by old friends at Microsoft Game Studios about including the Tesla Roadster in Project Gotham Racing 4. Darryl Siry, my boss, took me into Martin Eberhard's (Tesla's Co-founder/then CEO) office to broach the topic. That's when it went very wrong. » 8/14/13 1:21pm 8/14/13 1:21pm

Hyperloop: Everything We Think We Know About the Future of Transit

On Monday, Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk will finally reveal his concept for a high-speed transit system called Hyperloop. The Hyperloop, according to Musk, will be able to whisk you from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in roughly the time it takes to watch an episode of Veep. He's been intentionally… » 8/11/13 11:00am 8/11/13 11:00am

Elon Musk Has No Intention of Building the Hyperloop Himself

Elon Musk, enthusiastic entrepre-nerd that he is, might have gotten a little bit ahead of himself with all the Hyperloop talk recently. On an investor call, he indicated that he has a pretty good idea about the design for the high-speed travel concept, but no plans to move forward with it—at least not with the gusto… » 8/08/13 11:10am 8/08/13 11:10am