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Tesla finishes installing mega-battery in Australia

The 100-megawatt battery in South Australia is designed to provide security to the state's electricity grid.

It will store enough energy to power 30,000 homes for about an hour.

Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk had said the battery would be free if it was not installed within 100 days of signing a contract for the project.

It appears the company will meet the 1 December deadline for installation of the battery array, which will be connected to a wind farm run by French renewable energy company Neoen.

Tesla: World's biggest battery half-built

The plan to build the 100MW (129MWh) lithium battery grew out of a Twitter bet between Tesla boss Elon Musk and Australian software entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Mr Musk said Tesla would build the wind-charged battery in 100 days or the state would not have to pay for it.

It is designed to help prevent power cuts that regularly hit the region.

Critics have said the area's reliance on renewable energy sources has left it vulnerable.

Tesla and Panasonic are working on a new solar project

The electric automaker, which is already working with Panasonic to produce car batteries, wants to start production of photovoltaic components at the SolarCity (SCTY) factory in Buffalo as soon as next year.

Tesla ordered to dump Autopilot brand in Germany

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) confirmed it had told Tesla to scrap the "misleading" term.

It said the term gave customers "incorrect expectations" that they could stop concentrating on the road and let Autopilot take over completely.

Tesla said it had always told drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.

The Autopilot software helps cars:

Hackers take remote control of Tesla's brakes and door locks from 12 miles away

Hackers can remotely hijack your car and even control its brakes from 12 miles away.

 

Car hacking is a hot topic

Today many automobiles companies have been offering vehicles with the majority of functions electronically controlled, from instrument cluster to steering, brakes, and accelerator.

These auto-control electronic systems not only improve your driving experience but at the same time also increase the risk of getting hacked.

Tesla removes 'autopilot' from China website after Beijing crash

The Tesla driver crashed earlier this month while on a Beijing commuter highway after the car failed to avoid a vehicle parked on the left side, partially in the roadway, damaging both cars but causing no injuries.

Tesla says autopilot involved in second car crash

However, the electric carmaker has suggested that the function was not being used correctly at the time.

The motorist survived the accident, but another Tesla owner died in an earlier crash blamed on the driver-assist function failing to detect another vehicle in its path.

Chief executive Elon Musk said Tesla had no plans to disable autopilot.