Tesla stock drops after Musk smokes joint on live web show.

The billionaire CEO Elon Musk Friday lit up a cigarette described as containing tobacco and marijuana during a chat on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” a popular YouTube talk show.

The two-and-half-hour chat on the streamed podcast late on Thursday touched upon a wide range of topics, including the Boring Company, artificial intelligence, Musk’s plan to use SpaceX’s yet-to-be-built BFR rocket for suborbital travel, and his idea for an electric-powered supersonic airplane that takes off vertically.
Just hours after the interview, two of Tesla key executives quit and the electric car maker’s share prices fell as much as 10 percent to reach a five-month low on Friday morning. The company’s head of accounting, Dave Morton, and head of human resources, Gaby Toledano, said they were leaving the company.

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A BritishTesla owner has been banned from driving for 18 months for climbing into the passenger seat of his Model S after turning on its semi-autonomous feature. Tesla instructs its drivers to keep hands on the steering wheel while Autopilot is engaged. More »

Tesla has installed the world’s largest battery storage system in South Australia.

The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery was plugged into an Australian state grid at Hornsdale Wind Farm, near the outback town of Jamestown, about 120 miles north of the state capital, Adelaide. The news was announced by officials two days ago.

Musk signed the contract at the end of September and promised to build the 100-megawatt battery within 100 days or the company would hand it over to Australian state government for free.

The battery began dispatching power into the state grid, providing 70 megawatts, announced South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill Thursday afternoon when temperatures topped 86 degrees. The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery came on the first day of the Australian summer — the season when power usage increases significantly due to air conditioning use. More »

Tesla Inc. has just sent hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico. Tesla employees have been sent to install the battery systems on the island.
The island still does not have electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a category 4 Hurricane that tore through the Caribbean more than a week ago. Over 3 million citizens in the American Commonwealth will most likely not have electricity for up to six months.
The hurricane destroyed the electricity grid on the island, killed 16 people and injured much more. Electricity is being only provided to high-priority buildings such as hospitals. More »

Tesla Inc has recalled nearly two-thirds of Model S and Model X vehicles made last year to fix a parking brake issue.
Following the biggest ever recall for the company, announced on Thursday, shares of the luxury electric car maker were down nearly 1 percent to settle at $302.77 in afternoon trading.
The vehicles affected are roughly 53,000 of Model S and Model X electric cars built between February and October of 2016. 31,000 of them were sold in the U.S. More »

Tesla expects to finalize locations for three more Gigafactories later this year, the company revealed Wednesday.
Telsa has currently two Gigafactories. The first one, Gigafactory 1, is located outside of Reno, Nevada and the facility in Buffalo where Tesla is building solar panels together with Panasonic.
Gigafactory 1 spreads on about 3,200 acres in a massive industrial center. The current structure of the factory features a footprint of 1.9 million square feet More »

799px-Tesla_Model_S_Indoors_trimmedTesla Motors Inc. has announced the activation of Autopilot features for cars equipped with the “Hardware 2” camera and sensor set.
Tesla is now beginning to roll out upgraded software to customers with newer cars that launched in October. All Model S and Model X electric cars built since then are fitted with Hardware 2 that includes eight cameras, radar, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a new supercomputer. More »

800px-concrete_tile_re-roof_with_upvc_dormer-300x225Panasonic Corp. and Tesla Motors Inc. are planning to begin production of solar cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, New York.
Japanese electronics company and U.S. electric car maker said Tuesday they finalized an agreement. Panasonic would pay capital costs for the manufacturing and Tesla made a long-term purchase commitment.
The factory in Buffalo is under development of SolarCity, More »

800px-Tesla_Model_S_(108)The biggest factory in the world, the new Tesla Gigafactory, will be run by robots, boasted Elon Musk.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors has announced that it has entered into an agreement to buy Germany’s Grohmann Engineering to accelerate its production rate, the automaker said in a blog post.
Grohmann Engineering is based in Pruem, Germany and specializes in highly automated manufacturing techniques. The German firm has production lines for battery and fuel cells and produces batteries for numerous German and international automobile manufacturers. More »

799px-Tesla_Model_S_Indoors_trimmedTesla is giving all its new cars hardware for full self-driving capability.

All of Tesla vehicles being produced in its factory, including the Model 3, would be equipped with the hardware that will allow Level 5 self-driving capability, announced the company in a press release only a few days ago. More »