The Tesla Model 3 will start at $35,000 in 2017. IT will be a smaller version of the Tesla S with similar distance and battery options. First Tesla will make the Model X SUV with gull wing doors due out later this year.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will receive $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and automated vehicles.
The contracts are awarded from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.