Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is a fan of anime, and after giving "Your Name" high marks, he decided to Tweet: "It is time to create a mecha." The one you see above was made by South Korea-based Hankook Mirae, and called the Method-2. This $200 million mecha stands 13 feet tall and weighs a massive 1.5 tons, with just enough room for one operator in its cockpit. The team of 30 engineers claim that they'll get everything fully operational by the end of the year when it will sell for $8.3 million to the public. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Bollinger B2, the followup to the B1 SUV, is an all-electric pickup truck powered by two electric motors and a 120 kWh battery pack that produce 520 hp and 514 lb-ft of torque. It's capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and topping out at 100 mph, with a 200-miles range on a single charge. When the battery is fully depleted, you can recharge it in just 75 minutes with a Level 3 DC fast charger or 10 hours with a Level 2 220V charger. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
A Tesla Model S refresh is just around the corner, but at least one owner has given their P100D a "Dark Knight" makeover. It comes complete with blacked-out chrome accents, smoked headlights / taillights, tinted windows, and last, but not least, a set of 21-inch SM7T Deep Concave alloys (21x9 at the front and 21x10.5 at the rear) from Strasse Wheels. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Tesla has released its Software version 9.0 firmware update for all of its vehicles, provided they're connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot to start the process. In addition to a 'dash cam' mode that enables the vehicle to record and store video from its front-facing camera in 10-minute clips, you also get Atari games that can be played when the car is parked. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Tesla Autopilot Software Version 9 has a new feature called "Mad Max" mode, and it's not what you think. Your vehicle can now automatically initiate an overtake if a slower moving vehicle is encountered in its path with no other cars in the passing lane. Drivers can select their desired aggressiveness, between "Mild" to "Mad Max". Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled with Tesla Inc. and Elon Musk and it involves Musk's removal as chairman of the Tesla board and the payment of $40-million in penalties. Musk, who remains as CEO, will pay $20-million of the penalty personally, without using insurance or other assistance, and will be ineligible to be re-elected chairman for 3-years, while Tesla is paying the other $20 million and must name two new independent directors, one of which can be the new chair. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk for securities fraud as he made "false and misleading statements" to investors on August 2nd. On that day, he Tweeted to his 22-million Twitter followers that he was going to take his publicly traded company "private at $420. Funding secured." Continue reading for another video and more information.
If Elon Musk decided to create a Tesla tractor, it would probably look something like the Valtra H202. It's powered by an advanced hydrogen fuel cell / electric engine that generates massive torque for plowing through fields, and it boasts full-autonomous operation or can be controlled remotely with an app. Laser guidance technologies are used to enhance safety and efficiency in the field. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.
Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has just released two photos that give us a glimpse into the company's Mars exploration plans. The first image shows a BFR rocket that will be used for deep space missions, and the other, "Mars Base Alpha." SpaceX will first launch two BFR cargo missions to Mars by 2022 before Martian settlers arrive by 2024. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
We have seen the future of package delivery, and it includes Renault's EZ-Pro driverless robo pods that use a human concierge to supervise the fleet. These pods can be operated independently or follow each in a platoon, all managed by the same logistics operator who can carry different types of goods and merchandise. Each fully customizable and modular pod can be used to deliver for many stores to help maximize productivity as well as save costs. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.