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Tesla Drops 'Motors' From Name As CEO Musk Looks Beyond Cars (reuters.com) 69

Tesla Motors changed its name to "Tesla Inc" as Chief Executive Elon Musk looks to transform the Silicon Valley firm from an electric car maker to a diversified energy products company. From a report on Reuters: In October, Musk unveiled solar-powered roof tiles that eliminate the need for traditional panels and a longer-lasting home battery illustrating the benefits of combining his electric car and battery maker with solar installer SolarCity Corp.
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Tesla Drops 'Motors' From Name As CEO Musk Looks Beyond Cars

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  • Makes sense (Score:4, Interesting)

    by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Wednesday February 01, 2017 @02:44PM (#53782811)
    But why not just create an umbrella that owns Tesla Motors as a subsidiary?
    • Because then it would be harder to shuffle money around.
    • But why not just create an umbrella that owns Tesla Motors as a subsidiary?

      Umbrellas are so 2016.

      What Tesla needs is a bodega company that can cover multiple umbrella organisations at once, one of which would actually cover Tesla Motors, itself donning a pac-a-mac for extra weatherproofing capability.

      • What Tesla needs is a bodega company that can cover multiple umbrella organisations at once, one of which would actually cover Tesla Motors, itself donning a pac-a-mac for extra weatherproofing capability.

        So like Samsung, Hitachi and other multinational conglomerates.

    • They probably have bigger plans. Since they dropped "Motors" from the company name, maybe that Elon Musk is actually going to start umbrella production...
    • But why not just create an umbrella that owns Tesla Motors as a subsidiary?

      That's a great idea and name! I can't wait for Elon to tell us about all the great cool things the Umbrella Corporation is going to do for us. I'm looking forward to their bio-engineering projects! :)

  • In another few years the name will change again to Nikola Tesla and the appropriation will be complete...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I will know. Whenever I read or see the history of that poor motherfucker, I get real pissed.

      George Westinghouse fucked him and now Musk is fucking his name,

  • Translation (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    We failed as a car company.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It's easier to talk about other people's failure than your own. Succeeding does not come from typing on slashdot.

  • Remember Apple Computer?
  • Great (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Wednesday February 01, 2017 @03:48PM (#53783453)

    Now, how about a Tesla electric bicycle? At the very least, they have a chance to push a new standard for battery packs and chargers with their new 2170 batteries. Electric tools, bicycles, motorcycles... If everything used a single standard pack (with all dimensions and specifications made public domain) it would make it very easy for DIY users.

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Wednesday February 01, 2017 @03:55PM (#53783523) Journal
    Amazon needs a whole department to think up castles in the sky, ahem sorry, warehouses in the sky, projects.

    Musk beats them all single handedly. Expecting an announcement for a battery powered personal aircraft. "A souped up drone most likely. 120 miles range, 20 minutes to recharge. Just 50K USD. But before we ship that we will introduce a luxury version to pay for the factory and to amortize the R&D. 10 mile range, 12 hours to recharge, 1.2 million dollars. The model-3 will ship for 50K in 2045. Luxury plane in 2024"

    Original Tesla too had very good ability to persuade people to give him money for grand projects. It is uncanny.

  • by mmell ( 832646 ) on Wednesday February 01, 2017 @04:18PM (#53783759)
    Consider that the most notable research advancements from this organization have dealt primarily with energy storage (battery) technology. I'm sure I'm not the only one to realize the vast number of non-automotive applications such devices might be suited for. Security robots come screaming to mind, although I can think of several other intriguing possibilities as well. Anywhere it would be reasonable to operate a powered device over a long period of time without needing a physical power feed (e.g., an extension cord) could well be a beneficiary of the battery research performed by Tesla (Motors).
  • A Miracle (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jim Sadler ( 3430529 ) on Wednesday February 01, 2017 @05:04PM (#53784107)
    Every now and then a person is born who will make a positive and drastic change for all of us. Mr. Musk is obviously one such man and we had better be grateful we have him as so very few are born.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I think many feel Tesla will never be a large volume car company. I have my doubts that if they did reach a milestone of something over 10,000 vehicles a month they couldn't deal with it. When Apple dropped computer from Apple name it decided that Mac's were never going to be the cash cow they thought they would be. We now know Apple as a phone maker. Almost all their focus and market accessories is for the iPhone. Tesla most likely will focus on licensing technology, battery systems, and develop new market

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