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Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

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Howard Coe poses in front of his wife’s Tesla sedan on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, on a road near Nambé Pueblo outside of Santa Fe, N.M. Coe welcomed the opening of a new Tesla store and repair shop where he can pickup an SUV he’s buying. Last year, he and his wife had to pick up her car in Denver, Colo., about five hours away, because of New Mexico laws that bar companies like Tesla from selling cars directly to customers. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

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Carmaker Tesla has opened a store and repair shop on Native American land for the first time, marking a new approach to its yearslong fight to sell cars directly to consumers and cut car dealerships out of the process.

The white-walled, silver-lettered Tesla store, which opened last week, sits in Nambé Pueblo, north of Santa Fe, on tribal land that’s not

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The Tesla Roadster Has Been Delayed Again

When Tesla announced its upcoming Roadster in 2017, it seemed like an impossible dream. An electric car capable of 0-6 in 1.9 seconds, an 8.9 second quarter mile, and a top speed of 250 MPH with a 620 mile range seemed to be at least five years ahead of the rest of automotive development. Four years later, the Roadster is still a set of renderings from the last Olympic cycle that will not hit showroom floors any time soon. According to a tweet from Tesla CEO and de facto PR head Elon Musk, the Roadster will not come out five years after its debut date, either. No, the Model S has now been pushed to 2023 at the earliest.

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Nissan Z, Genesis GV60, and a Tesla Robot

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Photo credit: Nissan

Regulators released a warning this week that a flaw in some BlackBerry software (you remember BlackBerry, right?) could make the cars that use it vulnerable to hackers. A determined criminal could exploit the bug to overwhelm the software and cause it to crash or freeze. BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen use the software in question to help power their cars’ driver assistance systems. Regulators say they are not aware of any instances in which BlackBerry’s system has been exploited, but count this as a reminder to keep your eyes on the road, even if you think your car is watching the road for you.

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Nissan finally unveiled the production version of its new Z sports car, and we’re happy to report that it is almost indistinguishable from a prototype we saw last year. We once thought Nissan would call this rear-wheel-drive two-seater

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Tesla sold enough cars and energy products to turn a profit even without counting the sale of emissions credits to other automakers — a milestone for the company. This was the eighth profitable quarter in a row for Tesla, but the first where it can truly say it’s a profitable automaker.

Tesla shared Monday that it logged a $1.1 billion profit in the second quarter of 2021, with $354 million of that coming from credit sales. The rest came from automotive sales, as well as a boost in energy storage sales.

Tesla pulled this off despite taking a loss of $23 million on its big Bitcoin bet (something that had helped it to a profit last quarter), a delayed rollout of the revamped Model S sedan and Model X SUV, and the global semiconductor shortage. All told, Tesla generated $11.9 billion in revenue in the quarter.

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