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Tesla announces plans for a $25K vehicle
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Tesla hosted its Battery Day event in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday.

Tesla announced that it expects to debut an affordable, autonomous electric vehicle in three years' time during its inaugural Battery Day event.


"We're confident that long term we can design and manufacture a compelling $25,000 electric vehicle," CEO Elon Musk said to the drive-in audience of stockholders, many of whom honked upon hearing the news. "This has always been our dream from the beginning of the company."

This model will be enabled by a new "tabless" battery that the company announced it will begin producing in-house for its cost benefits and energy improvements. Musk and other Tesla executives said this new battery product will eventually halve the company's cost per kilowatt-hour, the unit of energy commonly used to measure the capacity of electric vehicle battery packs.

Tesla did not say where this new vehicle will be produced. However, earlier in the Battery Day event, Musk touted the benefits of the company's new and forthcoming factories, including Giga Texas, which is currently under construction in Southeast Travis County.

"For Giga Texas in Austin, even if we had exactly the same (vehicle) classes in California, it would still be advantageous to do it there because it's roughly two-thirds of the way across the U.S.," he said. "So in terms of delivering cars to the central U.S. and the East coast, it's just faster, costs less, and it fundamentally improves our economics."

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
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The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.