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Tesla Unveils Revolutionary Solar Battery For Homes

The company branches out from car manufacturing to energy innovation.

Tesla Motors unveiled Tesla Energy on Thursday during a press conference, where Elon Musk assured that it is “within the power of humanity” to change the way we use and produce power. The entire presentation and party, Musk revealed, was being powered entirely by stored solar energy and Tesla’s new line of cutting-edge batteries.

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Curious About Electric Vehicles? You Can Now Rent a Tesla for $25

The new peer-to-peer car rental service Getaround is offering members a spin in the $157,000 Tesla Roadster for $25 per hour.

"Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
 Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
 Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
 It’s time we gave this some thought."

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Watch: Revenge of the Electric Car Trailer

Prepare yourself for operatic levels of intensity and lots of Elon Musk.

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Back in March, This American Life told the long, tragic tale of Northern California's NUMMI auto manufacturing plant. Opened in 1984 as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors, it was once thought to be the plant "that might have saved the U.S. car industry." Until GM nearly folded and the Fremont plant was shuttered in April, leaving around 4,700 workers jobless.

But now there's some good news: Last week Toyota and electric car startup Tesla Motors (which we've covered a bunch) announced a new deal that will reopen the doors at NUMMI and put at least some of the workers back on the job. As Richard Gonzales reported on All Things Considered, "The agreement between Toyota and Tesla was announced by Toyota's CEO Akio Toyoda, who promised to invest $50 million in Tesla. The fledgling electric carmaker will, in turn, buy the old NUMMI plant, a facility where Toyoda himself had once worked."

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