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Tesla Fires spark U.S. investigation; shares extinguish slightly

Tesla Fires spark U.S. investigation; shares extinguish slightly

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Tesla is under investigation after three electric Model S fires in a five-week span, bringing the new-age automaker into increased skepticism from the government, and from investors.
Sonali Basak
Feds look into 3rd Tesla Model S fire in six weeks

Feds look into 3rd Tesla Model S fire in six weeks

The third battery fire involving a Tesla Model S in six weeks has drawn the attention of the watchdog National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Tesla industrial accident injures three employees

Tesla industrial accident injures three employees

Nov. 14 (UPI) -- An industrial accident at the automaker's Fremont, Calif. plant Wednesday resulted in three workers being burned in a hot metal spill. Two injuries were considered minor, and one serious.
Sonali Basak
NHTSA won't probe Tesla fire, Ford to cut platforms

NHTSA won't probe Tesla fire, Ford to cut platforms

Consumer Reports panned the redesigned Infinity Q50 and the Lexus IS 250, placing both Japanese sedans near the bottom of its near-luxury list.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

NHTSA: Tesla S crash near Seattle does not warrant investigation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it would not investigate Tesla Motors for a fiery crash that occurred near Seattle in early October.

James Bond submersible car bought by Tesla Motors CEO

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has purchased the Lotus Esprit featured in the underwater scene in "The Spy Who Loved Me," his company said.
Ford experiments with self-parking car

Ford experiments with self-parking car

Volvo and Audi not the only automakers looking toward a future where vehicles can safely park themselves.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Tesla CEO says fiery crash proves car is safe

SEATTLE, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk says a fiery crash involving a Tesla Model S car in Seattle proved his cars are safe.
Elon Musk reveals details of high-speed 'Hyperloop' transit system

Elon Musk reveals details of high-speed 'Hyperloop' transit system

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Elon Musk has revealed details of his solar-powered, elevated transit system he says could take people and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes.
Electric car maker Tesla debuts quick battery swap system

Electric car maker Tesla debuts quick battery swap system

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors has introduced a system is says will allow a swap of a car's battery pack in less time than it takes to fill up a traditional car's gas tank.
Elon Musk says he's not dating Cameron Diaz

Elon Musk says he's not dating Cameron Diaz

LOS ANGELES, May 31 (UPI) -- Tesla Motors businessman Elon Musk has denied media reports claiming he is dating Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz.

Tesla Motors pays off $452 million owed to U.S. government

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Wednesday it has sent $452 million to the U.S. Department of Energy to pay off a loan it took out three years ago.

Fwd.us draws criticism from defector Musk

SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 (UPI) -- Prominent Silicon Valley businessman Elon Musk said the political group Fwd.us was going about its support of immigration reform the wrong way.
Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

Time magazine announces 100 most influential list

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Rapper Jay-Z, tennis star Li Na and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are on Time magazine's list of the world's most 100 most influential people, announced Thursday.

Gore critical of American leadership

AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Al Gore offered a harsh critique of American governance in a speech at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010. President Obama visited the Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on the new course the administration is charting to maintain U.S. leadership in human space flight. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. According to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, Musk is the inspiration for his and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark.

Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.

After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."

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