1st August 2013

Tesla Model S Offers a Lesson in Electric-Vehicle Economics

Noah Berger/ReutersTesla Model S, near the start-up’s factory in Fremont, Calif., on June 22. A handful of fully electric Tesla Model S Signature Performance sedans were presented to their owners at the company’s factory on June 22, each priced around $100,000. The luxury sedans were fitted with the most powerful battery pack available from the start-up automaker, rated at 85 kilowatt-hours. In combination with the vehicles’ electric motor and other running gear, those reserves of energy ...
1st August 2013

Tesla’s Elon Musk named one of Time’s 100 most influential people

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may have called Elon Musk's company a 'loser' earlier this month, but Time magazine – not to mention Virgin Group chief Richard Branson – begs to differ. Musk, the Tesla Motors chief, made Time's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and it is Branson, who also founded the Virgin Galactic space-exploration company, is feting Musk for his leadership of SpaceX. 'His Tesla Motors and SolarCity companies are making ...
28th July 2013

Tesla Model X Production Won’t Start Until Late 2014

Paul Sancya/Associated Press The Tesla Model X at the 2013 Detroit auto show. Tesla Motors has confirmed that production of its all-wheel-drive Model X electric crossover will begin in late 2014, a year later than the company had originally announced. The revised timing was described in the company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last Thursday. When Tesla first revealed the Model X in February 2012, the company said production would begin at the ...
18th July 2013

Akio Toyoda Talks EV with Tesla, Hints at New-Age Supra

NAGOYA, JAPAN — What will Toyota Motor Company get out of its recent minor investment in Tesla Motors? Perhaps an electric vehicle prototype, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda told a group of American reporters Friday. Toyoda expressed enthusiasm for working with a new, Silicon Valley-based high-technology company and said through an interpreter they can “join hands and develop cars, in terms of being a joint-venture.” Toyoda said his company is “building a prototype EV unit,” ...
16th July 2013

Wall Street loves Tesla’s Elon Musk, values the brand higher than Fiat

Tesla's value on the stock market far exceeds the number of vehicles it contributes to the automotive market. According to a report from Automotive News, Tesla is currently valued at $8.8 billion. Almost unbelievably, though we've never claimed to have a firm grasp on the inner workings of the stock market, that's a full billion dollars more valuable than Fiat and three times more valuable than PSA Peugeot Citroën, says the report. How unfathomable is that ...
15th July 2013

Tesla Model S Videos: Stuffing Kids in a Car and Finding Its Top Speed

Why do we, as a society, benchmark everything with kindergartners? Believe me, we do. How many kindergartners can you take in a fight? That humorously exists. Maybe because we (usually) find kids charming and cute. So what happens when you pair a class of kids with a Tesla Model S? You get some of the most shameless pandering we’ve seen in a long ...
10th July 2013

Tesla Model S vs Chevy Volt drag race ends exactly how you think it will

It may have a sliver of Chevrolet muscle car heritage, but the plug-in hybrid Volt didn't stand a chance of beating the Tesla Model S in a recent quarter-mile race. As you can see in the video below, shown recently on That Racing Channel, the Model S took the lead in the race right away, hitting the finish line in 12.562 seconds at 108.34 miles per hour. The Volt took a leisurely 17.201 seconds and only ...
10th July 2013

Tesla announces ‘revolutionary’ lease option for Model S starting at $1,050/month

Just how 'revolutionary' you think the just-announced lease option is for the Tesla Model S will depend on a lot of factors, like how much gas costs where you live and whether or not your current car drinks premium or not. The promised 'exciting' news from Tesla Motors is what the company calls a 'revolutionary new finance product.' It's not really a lease, but it is claimed to combine the 'best aspects of car leasing and ...
5th July 2013

First Tesla Model S delivered to board member Steve Jurvetson

We noted yesterday that some 2012 Tesla Model S buyers have already received their cars even though deliveries won't officially begin until June 22. Now we've got video proof. The very first Model S, decked-out with license plate TSLA S1, left the Fremont, CA factory this past weekend, Green Car Reports believes, in the hands of venture capitalist – and Tesla board member – Steve Jurvetson. Now that the U.S. government has fully homologated the car, ...