7th September 2013
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Mismatched motors: Tesla and Fisker both built the wrong cars for their tech

Last week, I wrote about how I thought that Tesla was getting chewed up by the Twitter fight between a New York Times reporter and Elon Musk, its famous and hard-to-control CEO. But as I looked at the test Tesla offered to put it through and thought more about the car a bit, I has another realization: The Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma would both be better off if they just swapped drivetrains. I arrived ...
7th September 2013
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IP Uh-Oh: Tesla Filing Reveals Roadster Production to End in 2011

Electric car purveyor Tesla filed paperwork for a $100 million IPO with the SEC earlier today, and after deeper perusal of the 173-page form S – 1, the company looks to be treading on extremely thin ice. The filing has revealed that not only will the company stop making its only car — the Lotus Elise-based Roadster — in 2011 because Lotus will be retooling its plant to make way for a new Elise/Exige line, ...
7th September 2013
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Elon Musk regrets not saying more about NYT Model S review

Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has always taken pains to pitch how far his cars can go when sufficiently charged. The man himself is proving he can go quite a distance as well. Sufficiently chafed by a review of the Tesla Model S in The New York Times that said the electric vehicle's single-charge range was far less than advertised, Musk called the February 8 article a 'low-grade ethics violation' in a recent interview at the ...
7th September 2013
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Tesla CEO Musk: World Needs Great Affordable Electric Car, Under $40,000

Tesla has been riding an ever-building wave of momentum, one that has made the California-based electric automaker a household name of late. From winning the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, to recently becoming profitable, Tesla has been surprising its doubters. Following this trend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says “what the world needs is a great, affordable electric car.” Tesla’s own acclaimed ...
6th September 2013
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Tesla Model S burnout: short, sweet and sort of silent

We'll keep this short, since the video in question is only 22 seconds long (and if you watch it below, go ahead and shorten it up by skipping six seconds of b-roll at the beginning). Still, if you've ever wanted to see a Tesla Model S spin out and smoke some tires, then be jealous of Road & Track west coast editor Jason Cammisa, who decided to see if electrons can go in circles recently ...
6th September 2013
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New York Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Tesla Factory-Direct Stores – Rumor Central

Lately, it seems Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been on tour around the country speaking in favor of his factory-direct sales model, against influential state dealer associations that see factory-direct car sales as a threat to the traditional dealership business model. Musk was most recently in Texas at a legislative hearing defending the factory-direct model. A New York Supreme Court justice ruled on Thursday that franchised dealers could not prove sufficient injury to prevent Tesla ...
6th September 2013
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First Look at the Audi A3 e-tron in Latest WOT Video – Rumor Central

Get the full details on the new Audi A3 e-tron electric car on the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle. Jeff Curry, Audi’s E-Mobility Marketing and Strategy representative, discusses Audi’s new EV. Curry tells us that 17 A3 e-tron test vehicles are being launched in four select cities to see how they perform in real-world driving conditions. The production version should be ready in two years and will be based on the upcoming ...
6th September 2013
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WOT Episode 4: C7 Breaks Cover, Mercedes AMGs, Tesla Model X – Motor Trend YouTube Channel

In the fourth episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang tops off the hottest stories of the week, starting out with more than a dozen models coming from AMG in the next few years, electric-powered BMWs, and spy shots leaking out of the upcoming seventh-generation Corvette just around the corner, and Tesla’s sporty new Model X electric crossover. Finally, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie talks with Jessi about Acura’s upcoming NSX. We’re all fans of high-performance models, so ...
6th September 2013
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For $25,000: New or Used? Latest Wide Open Throttle Discusses

Greg Emmerson of European Car joins the roundtable discussion on this episode of Wide Open Throttle to discuss his recent Head 2 Head comparison of the BMW E30 M3, Scion FR-S, and Volkswagen GTI. Jessi Lang, Jonny Lieberman, Angus MacKenzie, and Ron Kiino also discuss the crowded entry-luxury segment as well as the future of new and existing electric vehicle manufacturers. Despite the classic BMW’s high cost of entry when it was new and similar performance ...
6th September 2013
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Electric Car Telsa: Looking for Money from Public with IPO

Reuters news service is reporting that Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric sports car manufacturer, will be offering stock to the public. It is said that the offerings will occur “any day.” The company was started six years ago with the help of investors that included Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. By Automotive Staff
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