Stories by Zach Visconti

Tesla Model 3/Y No Longer Qualifies for California EV Rebates

Tesla’s recent price hikes have caused the automaker to price out of California’s rebate program, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, according to Forbes. The program offers rebates of up to $2,000 for qualifying electric vehicle (EV) purchases, and it can be applied to models costing up to $45,000 or $60,000 if they’re crossover vehicles. Due […]

Elon Musk ‘Giving Serious Thoughts’ on Starting Own Social Media Platform

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is thinking about creating a new social media platform, following tweets suggesting that Twitter doesn’t adhere to free speech, according to CNBC. @ElonMusk tweeted a poll saying “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” then asking, “Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” The poll resulted in 70.4 […]

SpaceX Confirms it Will Stop Making Crew Dragon Capsules

SpaceX will cease production of new Crew Dragon capsules, according to a company executive speaking with Reuters. While the company currently has four Crew Dragon capsules, SpaceX is also planning to succeed the spacecraft with Starship, a rocket made for eventual trips to the moon and Mars. The company will cap its Crew Dragon fleet […]

Stellantis Plans 100% Battery-Electric Sales in Europe by 2030

Stellantis is expecting double-digit returns through 2030 on its move to electric vehicles (EVs), as detailed in its strategic plan Dare Forward 2030 by the company’s head in a recent presentation. Stellantis plans to target 300 billion euros ($335 billion USD) in revenue per year by the decade’s end as part of Dare Forward 2030, […]

Tesla Website Code Mentions ‘Dogecoin’ as Payment Type

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company will accept Dogecoin to pay for certain merch items last month, and one user has validated the claim using internal code. A mention of Dogecoin can be seen in Tesla’s internal payment processing code, as pointed out on Tuesday by @TeslaShopBot. The mention comes alongside what looks […]

Toyota Announces $3.4 Billion Investment into EV Battery Production in U.S.

As Toyota unveils more plans for zero-emission cars in years to come, including the Toyota bZ4X unveiled earlier this year, the company is looking towards how it will bolster the production of zero-emission car batteries over the next decade. Toyota announced plans on Monday to invest $3.4 billion USD into localizing automotive battery production in […]

Cruise Teases ‘Poppy’ the Autonomous Vehicle in San Francisco [VIDEO]

Autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming a reality, even as self-driving company Cruise has introduced its most recent California-based driverless vehicle to the public. Cruise shared a new video on Tuesday of what it calls “one of [its] favorite self-driving vehicles,” depicting the autonomous vehicle Poppy. According to the video’s description, the autonomous vehicle delivered thousands […]

Toyota Quietly Lobbying Against Electric Vehicles in Washington: Report

The first Toyota Prius was launched in 1997, and the hybrid helped to pioneer a generation of environmentally conscious car buyers. However, the company’s stance towards clean car technologies has not been as clear to consumers as of late. Toyota has become one of the auto industry’s strongest enemies of swift, mainstream adoption of electric […]

Cable Fire Near Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin Was Planned, Say Police

Brandenburg police believe a cable fire near Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin to be related to a deliberate attack, according to a report from RBB. The fire took place on a nearby cable that supplies the construction site with electricity near 3 a.m. on Wednesday, only about 1,640 feet (500 meters) from the Grünheide Gigafactory. According to […]

Tesla Says its Vehicle Cameras are Not Activated in China

Tesla’s electric vehicles (EVs) are outfitted with many cameras and sensors for Autopilot, and recently they came under fire from the Chinese military for concerns over privacy and security. On Wednesday, Tesla China said that the cameras on its EVs aren’t activated outside of North America, in an apparent defence against recent claims of privacy […]

Tesla’s Bitcoin Investment and Environmental Impact Questioned by Critics

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently added Bitcoin to both his bio and to Tesla’s investment repertoire, sending the decentralized digital currency soaring with a $1.5 billion (USD) investment from the company. However, some analysts have criticized the company’s moves towards Bitcoin as an environmental disaster to-come. Despite its virtual nature, the process of mining Bitcoin […]