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Lora Kolodny


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Recent articles by Lora:

Tesla could help make lithium ion batteries for ventilators to help fight COVID-19, says ResMed CEO Mick Farrell

Amid a COVID-19 pandemic and ventilator shortage, Tesla purchased 1,000 "non-invasive ventilators" made by ResMed to donate to hospitals, explained CEO Mick Farrell. Typically, higher-end ventilators are recommended to treat patients. → Read More

California Health Corps site scored 25,000 sign-ups in its first day, Governor Newsom says

According to models used by the state, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he expects the COVID-19 outbreak to peak there some time in May 2020. To fight the pandemic, the state has asked licensed health professionals to raise their hands to work via a new Health Corps site, which scored 25,000 sign-ups in its first day. → Read More

Tesla Gigafactory employee tests positive for COVID-19, says internal memo

Tesla's vehicle deliveries report for the first quarter of 2020 is expected within a week. Despite direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations in Shanghai and the U.S., the company has yet to withdraw its prior guidance, which said it should comfortably exceed 500,000 vehicle deliveries in 2020. → Read More

SpaceX is making and donating hand sanitizer and face shields for the coronavirus effort, says internal email

SpaceX internal memo says employees are making and donating face shields, hand sanitizer, and planning a blood drive with the Red Cross to help their community fight COVID-19. → Read More

SpaceX sends some workers home after employee and One Medical medic test positive for COVID-19

Aerospace and defense companies like SpaceX are counted as "critical infrastructure" businesses, so employees have little choice but to keep reporting to work if they are healthy enough to do so, even during a pandemic. → Read More

Tesla will take temperatures of Fremont factory employees and hand out masks, internal email says

Read the e-mail Tesla sent to employees overnight describing what precautions the company is taking to prevent the spread of covid-19 at its main U.S. car plant. → Read More

Tesla HR memo: Essential employees, including production, should still come to work

A new internal email at Tesla tells employees, "We have had conflicting guidance from different levels of government," about how to operate during the covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. Production employees told to work if they can. → Read More

Tesla's Fremont factory is still running after county orders 'minimum basic operations' only, says report

Tesla's Fremont factory is reportedly open on Wednesday morning, despite a Tuesday night statement from Alameda County that it does not meet the definition of an "essential business" and therefore should be subject to the county's shelter-in-place order, issued to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. → Read More

Tesla's Fremont car plant is not an 'essential business,' can only keep minimum basic operations, says Alameda County

The Fremont plant is the only car-making factory Tesla operates in the U.S., and is responsible for the bulk of Model 3 sedans delivered to U.S. customers. It is also the only place where Tesla manufactures its new Model Y crossover SUVs. → Read More

Tesla factory is still open for business as Musk tells employees 'I will personally be at work'

One employee said that many Tesla colleagues had decided to take voluntary, unpaid leave and those who were left to work at the factory were now doing the jobs of two or three people at once. → Read More

Tesla stock drops despite monster market rally

Tech stocks rose, but Tesla shares sank on Friday after weeks of market turmoil sparked by covid-19 and oil price wars. → Read More

Tesla reportedly sends employees back to US from Germany ahead of Trump travel ban

Tesla was in the beginning stages of building a factory in Brandenburg, outside of Berlin, with hopes to deliver vehicles made there starting in 2021. → Read More

Tesla loses a manufacturing director who helped the company tackle seat and Model 3 production, sources say

Dhillon's departure comes at a critical time for Tesla, as the company works to cram production of four different electric car models into its Fremont plant. → Read More

Tesla shares plummet as cheap oil and coronavirus challenge electric car and solar sales

Uncertainty amid the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and oil price battles between Saudi Arabia and Russia weighed on shares of Tesla and other electric car makers on Monday. → Read More

Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's premiere startup factory, moves its pitch event online due to coronavirus concerns

The big Y Combinator Demo Day, where startups pitch investors, was scheduled to happen in-person, as it has in the past, on March 23. Now it will be held online only. → Read More

Tesla delivered cars to customers in China with lower-performance Autopilot hardware than promised

Tesla customers in China are complaining the company delivered new Model 3s with a version of Autopilot hardware that was not as advanced as promised. → Read More

Uber acknowledges coronavirus poses material risk to its business

On Monday, Uber acknowledged for the first time that COVID-19 poses a material risk to the company's business. → Read More

Tesla, Panasonic will reportedly stop joint solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo

Tesla, Panasonic will reportedly end their joint solar cell production at Buffalo, New York factory → Read More

Tesla shares have dropped by $100 in 2 days

Despite the drop, Tesla's market cap is still greater than that of General Motors, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler combined. → Read More

NTSB calls out Tesla and Apple for neglecting driver safety

At a hearing on Tuesday in Washington D.C., the National Transportation Safety Board called out Tesla, and Apple for neglecting driver safety. → Read More