The fire that burst from the top stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, quickly consuming it and the satellite it was to carry to orbit, did more than melt aluminum and crack carbon fiber on a $62 million rocket and throw another wrench into Elon Musk’s already busy day. It will have repercussions across the globe.Read more "SpaceX’s lost rocket could upset a global merger and delay America’s human spaceflight plans"
On Thursday, September 1st, one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The incident occurred as SpaceX was preparing the vehicle for an upcoming launch, which would have sent the Israeli communications satellite Amos 6 into orbit. To see if the Falcon 9 was ready for the mission, the rocket was about to undergo a static fire test — in which the main engines are turned on while the vehicle is constrained. But as propellant was being loaded into the Falcon 9 for the test, an explosion occurred around the upper portion of the rocket. Follow along here for the latest news about the accident as SpaceX tries to figure out what went wrong.Read more "SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket explosion: news, updates, analysis"
Audi’s upcoming four-door luxury electric car will have a 311-mile range, along with Level 4 self-driving features (essentially full autonomy, for those keeping track) and three separate electric motors, according to a new report from Autocar. The car is set to go head-to-head with the Model S, based on these new stats, and will likely be called the “A9 e-tron” when it goes on sale sometime in 2020, the publication says.Read more "More details on Audi’s Tesla Model S competitor emerge"
Being late isn’t the end of the world unless all eyes are on you to deliver. When asked to furnish information related to a fatal accident involving one of its vehicles, Tesla missed that deadline and asked for a one-week extension, despite having a couple months to get this info together.Read more "Tesla’s late to deliver the one thing it should probably deliver on time"
Rapidly rising prices aren’t good for everyone though.
“The potential losers in this situation are folks who live locally and work locally, but aren’t making the higher wages and may not be able to afford the higher prices,” said Blomquist.Read more "How Tesla caused home prices to soar in this Nevada town"
A Tesla Model S caught fire during a test drive in France on Monday.
The vehicle supposedly made a loud noise and sent a warning on the dashboard that there was a problem with charging, Electrek reports. The Tesla TSLA -1.87% employee then told the driver to pull the car over and had all passengers exit the vehicle.Read more "A Tesla Model S Caught Fire During a Test Drive in France"
ESG investors are gluttons for punishment: false environmental claims on top of dubious accounting.
SolarCity was ahead on “selling the payments” because their value prop was highly dubious. Maybe Tesla will soon learn.
The new Tesla will be neither an energy company nor green.