Tesla targeted by two safety investigations in California

Last week, we posted an excerpt from a scathing report on the dangerous conditions at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California. The report claimed that Tesla has sacrificed worker safety for the sake of meeting production goals and accommodating the whims of its…

Three big predictions about the auto industry’s future (spoiler: diesel dies at the end)

Volkswagen’s Dieselgate crisis was a turning point. First and foremost, it dramatically reduced demand for diesel vehicles. Remember how Volkswagen had to cheat on emissions tests because it couldn’t find legit ways to bring diesels in line with stricter cleanliness…

Like a certain president, Tesla doesn’t take criticism well

Some people don’t take criticism well. Even when the critiques are legitimate, they bob and weave, deflecting accusations as best they can. That description fits Tesla to a tee. As proof, look no further than a report published by the…

Car maintenance 101: Tire rotation

Tires suck. They’re expensive, they’re always wearing out, and depending on where you live, you may need another set when winter rolls around. But as frustrating as they are, tires are one of the most important parts of your car…

Four important car-related reads: Tesla, Toyota, Japan, China

Here’s a quick roundup of the most interesting automotive news I’ve come across today: 1. Tesla Model 3 production grinds to a halt [Mashable]: All eyes are on Model 3 production as Tesla has been lagging behind its production goals for the…

Self-driving car news: Waymo goes driverless in Caliornia, China rolls out national rules

Despite two deadly crashes involving self-driving (and semi-self-driving) vehicles in recent weeks, the race to put autonomous cars in consumers’ driveways is speeding up. Here in the U.S., Waymo says that it’s going to take advantage of California’s new “completely…

Is Tesla wrong to blame Model X driver for his own death?

On March 23, 38-year-old Walter Huang was killed in a one-car collision when his vehicle hit a highway safety barrier in Mountain View, California. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be front-page news. The sad fact is that nearly 100 people die every day on…

Gaywheels car-buying guide part 9: Financing your new car and understanding the cost of ownership

Financing your new car and understanding the cost of ownership In the U.S., the average cost of a brand-new car is over $36,000. That’s a mountain of moolah–far more than many consumers can pay outright, even with help from a…

Oh crap: Tesla Autopilot was engaged during last week’s fatal crash of a Model X

Last week, we told you about a fatal crash in Mountain View, California involving a Tesla Model X. On Friday, Tesla confirmed that Autopilot was engaged at the time of the collision. Tesla published a blog post about its findings,…

EPA chief Scott Pruitt is probably violating ethics rules, but he’s going to undo emissions regulations anyway

Climate change denier and current EPA chief Scott Pruitt has apparently been renting a condo in Washington, D.C. from energy company lobbyists. That sound you didn’t just hear was the sound of no one clutching her pearls. CNN reports that the…