Tesla shareholders approve acquisition of SolarCity

November 17, 2016 4:13 PM EST

A Tesla Model S charges at a Tesla Supercharger station in Cabazon, California, U.S. May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/File Photo

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) shareholders voted "overwhelmingly" in favor of acquiring SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY) on Thursday, handing a victory to Chief Executive Elon Musk as he tries to create a carbon-free energy and transportation company.

The company's special meeting of stockholders was broadcast live on the Internet.

(Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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