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Lora Kolodny


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Recent articles by Lora:

Tesla quietly changed its return policy and added a non-refundable $100 order fee

Tesla has quietly raised Model 3 prices, and made a number of tweaks to its ordering and returns process. For example, it now charges $100 non-refundable order fee instead of requiring a $1,000 refundable deposit. → Read More

Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about his mini-subs in the midst of a deadly rescue mission

According to new court filings, Musk was focused on what Thai officials were saying about him while they were trying to rescue a trapped soccer team and its coach. → Read More

Tesla co-founder Marc Tarpenning joins Pierre Omidyar's Spero Ventures

Pierre Omidyar-backed Spero Ventures has a new venture partner, Tesla co-founder Marc Tarpenning. → Read More

Tesla's new Smart Summon feature is drawing scrutiny from US traffic safety agency as people use it in crowded parking lots

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday it is aware of reports of minor crashes involving Tesla Inc's Smart Summon feature that allows people to retrieve a parked vehicle remotely by using an app. → Read More

Tesla is buying computer vision start-up DeepScale in a quest to create truly driverless cars

DeepScale's technology helps automakers use low-wattage processors, which are standard in most cars, to power very accurate computer vision. The deal could help Tesla deliver on its goal of one day selling driverless "robotaxis." → Read More

Tesla updates cars with a feature that lets owners summon them with no driver at the wheel, in-car karaloke, and more

Tesla Smart Summon, in the new Version 10 software update, will let customers who have the Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot summon their cars as long as they're within line of sight. → Read More

Tesla and Musk hid facts about SolarCity deal and SpaceX involvement, shareholders claim in unsealed court docs

Shareholders are accusing Tesla of improperly valuing the SolarCity deal, providing flawed analysis and misleading investors, among other things. Their allegations were detailed in a court filing that was unsealed on Monday. → Read More

Tesla Model 3s are a hit in China, but Shanghai factory won't hit stride until mid-2020, says JL Warren

Tesla sales in China should hit around 6,400 vehicles this quarter, but the Shanghai factory won't be able to manufacture Model 3s in volume until mid-2020, according to JL Warren Capital. → Read More

Elon Musk testified he worried Thai cave rescuer might be 'another Jeffrey Epstein'

New court filings reveal that Elon Musk's family office spent tens of thousands on a private investigator to dig up details about Thai cave rescue hero Vernon Unsworth, after Musk called him a "pedo" on Twitter. → Read More

Tesla is testing a new Model S prototype with 3 motors, 'Plaid' powertrain

Elon Musk said that Tesla set a record at Laguna Seca race track with a new, 3-motor Model S. → Read More

Watch Tesla drivers apparently asleep at the wheel, renewing Autopilot safety questions

In videos shared online and with CNBC, Tesla drivers were caught apparently asleep at the wheel, a violation of the company's terms of use for Autopilot. → Read More

Elon Musk challenged Porsche to a race on its home turf-- but so far, Tesla hasn't booked the track

Porsche unveiled its first pure battery electric vehicle, the Taycan, to great fanfare this week. Elon Musk mocked it. → Read More

Tesla Model S crash result of user error and Autopilot design, says NTSB

The federal transportation safety authority found that driver error and Tesla Autopilot design led to a crash involving a Tesla Model S and a parked firetruck in early 2018. → Read More

Tesla owners in China are asking for refunds after the company scored a 10% tax break

Last week Tesla scored a 10% purchase tax exemption in China, but customers there aren't sure if it applies to them. → Read More

This shop in Seattle can fix the original Tesla Roadsters that Elon Musk left behind

Carl Medlock used to work at Tesla. Now he's one of the few people in the U.S. that can fix the company's original Roadster electric vehicles. → Read More

Tesla solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse in 2018

Tesla solar energy systems reportedly ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California last June, and the Seattle e-commerce titan confirmed that it has no further plans to buy solar energy systems from Tesla. → Read More

Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel fires at seven stores

After Elon Musk touts Tesla solar on Twitter, Walmart sues the electric vehicle and clean energy company over store rooftop panels that ignited. → Read More

Coming to a college near you: Delivery robots bearing Blaze pizzas, Starbucks and sushi (but no beer)

Students use the Starship app to order at all hours of the day and night, and can pay with their meal card if they're buying items covered through their plan. The company has raised another $40 million to expand. → Read More

Uber set to report results after the bell

Uber has worked to keep riders, and drivers, loyal with membership offerings and loyalty rewards, while battling competitors like Lyft. → Read More

Netflix wins bid for multi-year deal with Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Netflix wins bid for multi-year deal with Game of Thrones creators → Read More