VW Puts Audi at Center of Taking on Tesla With EVs, Software

(Bloomberg) — Whether Herbert Diess gets the contract extension he’s seeking from Volkswagen AG or not, the chief executive officer has positioned one division of the automaker to carry out his fixation with beating Tesla Inc. at its own game.

Diess has tasked Audi with key roles to develop and share software and electric-car parts across VW’s stable of 12 brands. That puts the division at the forefront of building up competencies the CEO sees as pivotal to surviving disruption by Tesla and other companies racing to bring battery-powered and autonomous vehicles to market.



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Volkswagen AG Begins Mass-Market Production Of The VW ID.3 Electric Automobile

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Diess, 62, installed new top executives this year not only to restore Audi’s technological edge but to bolster returns with strict cost discipline. Efforts to do the same across VW have led Diess to butt heads

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Russian inventor created his version of the Tesla 20 times cheaper with parts from the internet

The ideas of entrepreneur Elon Musk are a source of inspiration for many, as demonstrated by a Russian amateur inventor. This is Vladimir Kurbán, who created his own version of a Tesla car with parts purchased online .



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The enthusiastic creator decided to transform his old Nissan into an electric car, guided by YouTube tutorials. Kurbán bought the components on the Chinese platform AliExpress for about $ 1,300, and spent an amount on lithium-photopolymer batteries to power the vehicle.

Kurbán’s total investment was about 2,600 dollars, about 52,500 Mexican pesos . The cost of an original Tesla ranges between 970 thousand pesos (Model 3), and 2.1 million pesos (Model X).

After putting together his version of the hybrid vehicle, the man managed to turn it on and even take it for a ride. However, when he put it to charge, a short circuit caused

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Tesla could release ‘full self-driving’ beta software to wider audience in 2 weeks, says Elon Musk

Cars of the future may be closer than they appear.

The head of Tesla Inc. has some encouraging news for self-driving car enthusiasts. On Friday, Elon Musk said on Twitter that the company could soon expand the beta, or test, version of its “Full Self Driving” software to a wider audience.

Musk, the 49-year-old tech innovator who earlier this week became the second richest person in the world, was answering a question posted on Twitter by a self described “Cloud/Infrastructure geek, motorcyclist, auto racing enthusiast, Tesla-nerd, and technologist.”

Twitter user DanBurkland asked Musk when #FSDbeta would be available in Minnesota, he wrote, referring to the beta version of the software.  “Roads are dry and I’m happy to put it through its paces on our interesting roads,” he added.

“Probably going to a wider beta

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Researchers warn of internet security risks connected to Tesla Backup Gateway

Researchers have outlined weak security points in Tesla Backup Gateway and the ways in which they can be exploited. 

On Tuesday, Rapid7 described the security risks associated with connecting Tesla Backup Gateway to the internet; in particular, ways that open connections can be used to violate user privacy and security. 

Tesla Backup Gateway (.PDF) is a platform designed by the automaker for managing solar and battery/Powerwall installations. The system is able to connect directly to the grid, monitor outages, and gives users the option to watch and control energy reserves via a connected mobile application. Connections can be established via wifi, Ethernet cable, or mobile. 

In order to access the gateway, users connect to the software’s wifi network, enter its serial number — which acts as a password — and access Tesla Backup Gateway from an internet browser. Each gateway uses a self-signed SSL certificate.

The first time a user

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Tesla scares Roadster reservation holders by removing car from website, Musk says it’s a mistake

Tesla gave Roadster reservation holders, who placed up to $250,000 deposits on the car, a scare by “removing the electric supercar from its website.”

CEO Elon Musk says it’s just a mistake, but it’s actually still on the website — just not front and center anymore.

When first unveiling the next-generation Tesla Roadster in 2017, Musk said that it will come to market in 2020.

Tesla started taking reservations for the impressive electric supercar with a 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and over 600 miles of range at the unveiling event.

People who wanted to be first in line to get the vehicle had to put down between $50,000 and $250,000 in deposits.

The vehicle program was later delayed as the CEO said that it wasn’t a priority for Tesla.

Earlier this year, Musk hinted at Tesla Roadster being delayed all the way to 2022 as the automaker focuses on

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Tesla Expands Warranty to Cover Main Computer Failures in Older Vehicles

Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has reportedly notified customers that it is expanding warranty coverage to address issues with defective main computers on some of its Model S and Model X vehicles.



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Tesla Expands Warranty to Cover Main Computer Failures in Older Vehicles

Tesla owners have complained in recent years of touchscreen failures and other issues seemingly related to the failure of memory chips that store vehicle data. In emails to customers obtained by CNBC, Tesla said it would repair touchscreens that are currently experiencing issues and offer refunds for repairs already made.



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The vehicles affected were made from late 2012 to early 2018, prior to Tesla redesigning the main computer system in its vehicles. Due to the cars’ high-tech design and reliance on the touchscreen as a user interface, a failure of the screen can

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Tesla is looking to switch to AMD ‘Big Navi’ GPU for onboard computer, leak shows

Tesla is apparently looking to switch to AMD “Big Navi” GPU for its onboard media computer (MCU), according to a new leak.

Originally, Tesla used Nvidia Tegra chips in its Media Control Unit (MCU), which is different from its Autopilot or Full Self-Driving (FSD) computers that use Tesla’s own chip.

As Tesla started working to transition away from using Nvidia’s chips for its Autopilot computer, the automaker also switched from Nvidia to Intel for its onboard MCU media computer.

Now, we’ve learned that Tesla is again looking to make a change in its MCU, and it is looking to move to AMD.

Patrick Schur shared a document showing that Tesla was looking to move to AMD’s new Navi 23 chip before removing the document as it could potentially reveal the source:

This is

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Tesla launches $250 Tequila, runs out in hours

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk made good on his promise to sell “Tesla Tequila” – two years after teasing the plan in a tweet, and the $250 bottles quickly flew off the virtual shelf.



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Pictures revealed a sleek, lightning bolt-shaped bottle, a lot different than what Musk teased when he touted the Tequila.

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The Silicon Valley billionaire is no stranger to selling quirky products in limited one-time sales.

He sold flamethrowers at $500 a piece in early 2018, raising $10 million for his high-speed tunnel venture The Boring Company. Musk has also sold 50,000 Boring Company hats previously.

He tweeted the idea of ‘Teslaquila’ on April Fool’s day in 2018, which many of his followers considered to be a joke. However, Musk’s efforts to trademark the drink in October

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Tesla unveils ‘Tesla Tequila’ for $250, product sold-out on website

Nov 6 (Reuters)Tesla Inc TSLA.O Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk finally made good on his promise to sell “Tesla Tequila” – two years after teasing the effort in a tweet, and the $250 bottle quickly flew off the virtual shelf.

The agave-based liquor, which was touted as “Teslaquila” two years ago, was currently out of stock on the company’s website. Pictures revealed a sleek, lightning bolt-designed bottle, a lot different than what Musk imagined when he touted the Tequila.

Musk tweeted the idea of ‘Teslaquila’ on April Fool’s day in 2018, which many of his followers thought was a joke. However, his efforts to trademark the drink in October of that year were frowned upon by Mexico’s tequila producers. (https://reut.rs/2TZW5Wk)

Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council had at the time argued the “name ‘Teslaquila’ evokes the word Tequila … (and) Tequila is a protected word.”

According to the website, Tesla

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Tesla Project to Install Another Giant Battery in Australia

(Bloomberg) —



a close up of a computer: Tesla Inc. Powerpacks that will be used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery stand on display at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Against a backdrop of wind turbines 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Adelaide, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a contract to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery system had been signed with South Australia's power distributor, triggering a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the electricity storage system.


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Tesla Inc. Powerpacks that will be used to form the world’s largest lithium-ion battery stand on display at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Against a backdrop of wind turbines 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Adelaide, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a contract to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery system had been signed with South Australia’s power distributor, triggering a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the electricity storage system.

France’s Neoen SA will partner with Tesla Inc. to install one of the world’s biggest lithium-ion batteries in Australia after reaching a grid connection deal with the power market operator.

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The 300-megawatt Victorian Big Battery will be located in the southeastern city of Geelong and use Tesla’s Megapack technology. It will be double the size of Neoen’s Hornsdale site in

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