U.S. turns down Tesla bid for tariff exemption for Autopilot ‘brain’

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U.S. trade officials turned down Tesla Inc’s bid for relief from President Donald Trump’s 25-percent tariffs on the Chinese-made Autopilot “brain” of its Model 3 among other electric automobiles, one of over 1,000 product denials associated with China’s industrial development plans. According to documents submitted by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office (USTR) and seen by […]

Tesla sets up Shanghai financial leasing company as China plans accelerate

People visit a Tesla Model S car during the Auto China 2016 in Beijing, China, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

Tesla Inc has registered a financial leasing company in China, a regional business registration filing shows, in the recent sign the U.S. electric automaker is trying to speed up its push into China. The California-based automaker, led by CEO Elon Musk, has started a wholly-owned financial leasing unit in Shanghai’s free trade zone with registered […]

Cultural change after diesel crisis takes time, says Andreas Renschler

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Volkswagen is a “second mover” in electric commercial vehicles, after lagging companies including Tesla and Deutsche Post DHL in putting them on the road, the head of VW’s trucks business stated. He stated Volkswagen had emissions-free options to conventional trucks and buses on offer. “Cultures are not changed overnight,” German newspaper Tagesspiegel quoted Andreas Renschler […]

Apple hires former NASA and Tesla workers for driverless car project

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Apple has employed former NASA staff members, robotics professionals and ex-Tesla staffers to establish part of its driverless vehicle groups, according to official documents launched to two media outlets. On Friday, WSJ and Business Insider observed a permit that was released to Apple by Californian officials which gave the company permission to test autonomous cars. […]

Uber, Tesla, and PepsiCo executives join Donald Trump business council

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Elon Musk, the chairman and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla along with Uber Technologies CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi have signed up with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s advisory council, Trump’s transition team stated on Wednesday. The transition team’s statement comes in advance of Trump’s Wednesday conference with leading […]

Tesla’s SolarCity vote comes as rooftop solar rise hits the brakes

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The roof solar market has slowed dramatically this year as the sector moved from among scrappy upstarts to a mature company Latest quarterly incomes reports from sector leaders SolarCity Corp, Vivint Solar Inc and SunPower underscored the remarkable downturn in development, with SolarCity and Vivint reporting practically flat setups for this year compared with 2015. […]