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Tesla Branches Into The Insurance Game

Tesla starts offering car insurance to owners in Australia and Hong Kong

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Insured by Tesla Carmaker Tesla, the automaker known for its electric vehicles, and self-driving features, has decided to branch out—into insurance. So says electrek, which reports that Tesla will start its 'Insure MyTesla' insurance programs specifically for its cars and devices, including its chargers, starting only in Australia and Hong Kong. Prices look to start at about $900 a year—not entirely bad—and includes features such as $2,500 AUD (Australian dollars) in credit to hire a replacement car should your Tesla be damaged in an accident or stolen. Tesla hasn't made any announcements on when, or if, they will offer this new policy in the United States. But surely car insurance giants are paying attention.

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