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A study by Thomson Reuters looks at the past 24 years of auto patents to examine Apple's current place in the industry. Samsung might be a big competitor, but an Apple merger with Tesla could be a real boon for both businesses.

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Translogic Tests 'Insane Mode' In Tesla's All-Wheel-Drive Model S Update

If the original Model S proved that electric cars can be class-leading, the P85D hammers home that point with class-demolishing specs. We test out "Insane Mode" and discuss the over-the-air updates that will keep the improvements coming for the Model S in this episode of Translogic.

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EV Maker Looks To Boost Deliveries By 70 Percent This Year

Tesla last year almost doubled its workforce to about 10,200 employees as it gets ready to increase production.

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Ford could unveil a 200-mile, $30,000-ish battery electric car later this year to go properly head-to-head with the upcoming Chevy Bolt.

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EV Maker Appears to Make Good On 2013 Goal

The latest Tesla Supercharger count rolls past 2,000 worldwide to serve Model S drivers.

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The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case by citing a failed GM direct-sales program that had shut down years earlier.

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Elon Musk is sharing his ownership of the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me with every Tesla Model S owner thanks to a nifty Easter egg in the car's software. He also pays homage to a classic piece of sci-fi literature.

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Texas Joins Arizona, Connecticut Where Lawmakers Debate Tesla Distribution Model

Some Texas lawmakers step up efforts to allow Tesla to sell electric vehicles directly to customers without third-party dealerships.

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Insiders claim that Apple is aiming for 2020 to launch its car, and the company reportedly has around 200 people working on the project.

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Electric-Vehicle Maker Gets Support on Both Sides of Political Divide

Conservative Koch Brothers, liberal Sierra Club agree that Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell direct to consumers.

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Firings Could Be On The Horizon

After selling 120 cars in China in January, Reuters reports that Elon Musk has sent an e-mail to Tesla managers in China threatening firings and demotions if they can't show "a clear path to positive long-term cash flow."

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Connecticut Legislators Say State Loses Business, Revenue to New York, MA

Connecticut legislators discuss allowing Tesla to directly sell electric vehicles within the state.

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Tesla Model X's Wing Doors' Hinges, Seals, Strength Continue to Be Tweaked

The Tesla Model X's falcon-wing doors are likely the primary reason why the debut of the all-electric SUV is being delayed.

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Demands Include In-State Service Center, No Dealer Relationship

Arizona legislators take one small step closer to allowing Tesla to sell cars in the state.

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Bloomberg has the fascinating story on the hiring competition between Apple and Tesla for Silicon Valley's talent.

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Estimates of EVs' Monthly Sales Figures Are Often Way Off

Tesla's lack of transparency with its US sales figures leads to a lot of bad estimates by auto publications.

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Tesla is giving rear passengers in the Model S a bit more luxury and headroom with the new executive rear seat option that feature plusher, heated chairs. Cold-climate drivers should be a little happier too because a heated steering wheel is now included in the Subzero Weather Package.

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Though the Apple Watch is not yet on sale, software developers already have a version of the Tesla Model S iPhone App running for it. The functionality is somewhat limited at the moment, but it shows what could be possible from the gadget in the very near future.

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An over-the-air software upgrade for the Tesla Model S P85D sheds a tenth of a second off the model's already-quick acceleration to 60 mph. The single-motor P85 also get the improvement but with less significant improvements to the sprint.

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Says Lowering Costs To Make EVs Mainstream Is 'Not Possible'

New Zealander Ian Wright was one of the three original founders of Tesla Motors in 2003 and helped get Elon Musk to back the company the following year. But while Wright says Tesla has done "quite a lot better than I expected it would," he still doesn't fully support the position that simply lowering the price of electric cars will create mass adoption.

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An article in Seeking Alpha called "The Incredible Shrinking Tesla Disclosure" lays out the timelines and details to support one analyst's suspicion for why Tesla is removing hard numbers from its quarterly reports; namely, that Tesla doesn't want to show adverse developments in its business.

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