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Tesla Roadster Rocket Thrusters Explained By Tesla Patent

During the annual Tesla shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk announced that Roadster 2020 would have a SpaceX option package that will include rocket thrusters. Later, Musk tweeted a few more details: the thrusters won’t actually combust; instead, they will expel high-pressure air to give the Tesla an extra boost of acceleration. Industry experts and the …
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Moats: Why Tesla Can Do What Other Car Companies Only Dream About

In modern business parlance, a moat is something that protects a business from competition or gives it an advantage. A moat could be a trade secret, patented product or process, or an asset that represents a significant capital investment. A moat could be a partnership, an exclusive license, a government granted limited-monopoly, or any barrier to a …
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Poll: 81% of Prospective Model 3 Owners Say They Won’t Pay Upfront For Full Self-Driving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It seems most prospective Model 3 owners aren’t willing to shell out cash upfront for a $3,000 “full self-driving capability” option that is likely years away from becoming available to engage. In a poll posted by jsraw 81.3% (347) of respondents said they will not pay for the feature at purchase. Adding the option later …
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Service Center Rescues Kitten Trapped in Model X

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/NSc7wjQ1Ts8″ video_title=”1″][vc_column_text]TMC Member SUMD was surprised to wake up this morning and find that his Model X was meowing. A cat managed to lodge itself somewhere inside the rear of the vehicle and was unable to find its way out. Fortunately, as you can see in the video below, a trip to the Tesla Service …
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TMC Connect: Who Will Win The Coming Autonomous Vehicle Revolution?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENnUstQy-5I&feature=youtu.be” video_title=”1″][vc_column_text]TMC Member Eric Bergerson has contributed a thoughtful series of articles this week about the impact of autonomous, electric vehicles on society. Don’t miss those great write-ups – “Will We Own Cars in Fifteen Years and How Will Enthusiasts Survive This?,” “The Economic Superiority of Electric Vehicles in the Mobility Cloud,” and “How Many …