Elon Musk’s Battle with Swedish Unions Now Extends to Tesla’s Charging Network

For the past several months, Tesla has been locked in a battle of wills with the labor unions of Sweden. The company’s refusal to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with a small number of workers associated with the Swedish union IF Metall has led to boycotts by other regional unions, turning what should have been … Read more

This Is Why Tesla’s Stainless Steel Cybertrucks May Be Rusting

Tesla says it uses proprietary stainless steel (possibly from Outokumpu of Finland, Europe’s largest producer, which runs a plant in Calvert, Alabama). However, even proprietary stainless steels can stain, especially if any cheaper steel fittings beneath the Cybertruck’s panels react with the stainless product. There are five basic families of “stainless steel”: austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, … Read more

Tesla’s latest update takes aim at cold weather woes

Tesla rolled out two changes in its latest vehicle software update — 2024.2.6 — that appear to be aimed squarely at battery issues that immobilized cars during an extreme cold weather event in January. One of those new features will tell Tesla drivers how much time they can expect until their battery is warm enough … Read more

Tesla’s iPhone app gets better digital car key support with ultra wideband

The Tesla app now supports ultra wideband (UWB) in the 2024.2.3 version of the app for iPhones. Spotted by Not a Tesla App, it promises more reliable and secure use of phones as digital keys than Bluetooth does because UWB’s precision tracking lets the car know exactly where the key is, which also helps protect … Read more

How bad is Tesla’s hazardous waste problem in California?

Allegations that Tesla mishandled hazardous waste point to a systemic failure at the company’s California facilities. This was no simple accident or one-off event. No less than 25 counties sued Tesla this week for allegedly illegally disposing of hazardous waste. Within a couple days, the Elon Musk-led company agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle … Read more

What went wrong at Cruise, a pivot at Vroom and a home for Tesla’s Dojo supercomputer

TechCrunch Mobility is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation Sign up here — just click TechCrunch Mobility — to receive the newsletter every weekend in your inbox. Subscribe for free. Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility – the same weekly newsletter you’ve been reading, but with a new name and a few changes. As I mentioned … Read more

Tesla’s solar installs drop, but battery business is booming

Tesla’s once-leading solar business is in decline, according to the latest figures from its fourth-quarter 2023 earnings report. The automaker revealed on Wednesday that its solar deployments cratered by 36% to a total of 223 megawatts (MW) last year, down from 348 MW in 2022. Although high interest rates slowed solar growth in some markets, … Read more

Tesla’s upgraded 2024 Model 3 is now available in the US

An updated version of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan that was released in markets across Europe, the Middle East, and China last fall is now available in North America. Reportedly codenamed “Highland” while it was in development, it introduces several noticeable tweaks to Tesla’s mainstream electric sedan. From the outside, the front end’s distinctive bump has … Read more

BYD’s best-selling China EVs, including one edging out Tesla’s Model Y

BYD’s new luxury brand Yangwang is selling its first model, the U8, for more than 1 million yuan (US$160,000). CNBC | Evelyn Cheng BEIJING — BYD has overtaken Tesla again by the sheer number of new energy vehicles produced in 2023, thanks in part to the Chinese automaker’s hybrids and wide range of offerings in … Read more

Tesla’s first smart home partner is Samsung SmartThings

Ahead of CES 2024, Tesla and Samsung announced today that they’re teaming up on energy management for smart homes. Users of Samsung’s SmartThings platform will be able to connect to Tesla products like the Powerwall home battery so that you can keep track of things like energy production and your usage. When connected to the … Read more