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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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Tesla Motors has had a good couple days.
The electric car maker's Model S was given an absolutely glowing review and near-perfect score from Consumer Reports today. "This car performs better than anything we've ever tested before," the site reported. "It does just about everything really, really well."
It goes on to praise the Model S as one of the most energy-efficient, quiet, fun-to-drive cars of all time.
Inside, the car looks like something Marty McFly might have brought "back from the future" in place of his iconic fusion-powered DeLorean. A giant 17-inch touch screen glows in the center of the dashboard, controlling everything from high-res Google Earth maps to opening the sunroof.
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Want one now? You're not alone. Yesterday, Tesla Motors reported its first quarterly profit in the company's 10-year history, and delivered a record revenue, blowing earnings expectations out of the water. Following the earnings report, Tesla stock jumped almost 30 percent.
The downside? It ain't cheap. Yet.

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Which Cities Are Most Ready for Electric Vehicles? You May Be Surprised

Dallas and Memphis are better equipped than San Francisco and Seattle, according to EV software maker Xatori.


According to Xatori, makers of electric-vehicle-related software, Dallas is the second-most EV-ready city in the United States. Now, they're using the incidence of charging stations as their metric, and as Armen Petrosian, Xatori's chief technical officer, told me, that's not necessarily a great indicator of where the actual electric vehicles are, but it is a pretty interesting statistic.

Here are the rankings, based on data stored in PlugShare, the company's EV-focused social network, public charging locations, and 2012 U.S. Census data. These are the number of public charging locations per 100,000 residents.

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Tesla-Powered Electric Rav4: Unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show

Remember Toyota's electric Rav4? It's back-in Tesla-powered form. Here's first look.

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Photos from New Tesla Electric Car Plant

A rare look inside the new Tesla electric car factory from our friends at Earth2Tech.

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