6th July 2013

Musk says New York Times debacle may have cost Tesla $100 million

Despite the old chestnut that there's no such thing as bad publicity, there's always a cost incurred – sometimes it's hidden, and sometimes it's front and center. Enigmatic Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to think his company's now-infamous Model S range dustup with The New York Times is falling squarely into the latter category. According to Musk, fallout from the back-and-forth battle over the newspaper's cold-weather road trip story may have decimated Tesla's stock value ...
24th June 2013

Tesla’s Musk Says Roadster Kicks Ferrari’s Ass; Is He Right?

“This kicks the ass of any Ferrari except the Enzo.” — Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk regarding the Tesla Roadster. We took a good long look at Tesla’s SEC filing and IPO road show presentation on Monday, and there was a lot to cover. One detail we skipped was this quote from Tesla’s commander-in-chief Musk, a man known for his over-the-top statements. He and Tesla have made a lot of bold claims about their company and ...
17th June 2013

Gavin Newsom takes a look at the Tesla Model S with Elon Musk

Want a private tour of the Tesla Model S? Try being California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who is also the host of The Gavin Newsom Show. All that Current TV is releasing so far is a brief clip of Newsom talking with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, mostly getting a tour of the car's huge touchscreen. What's perhaps most enlightening about this video (available below) is that this is intended for a broad audience, and so we ...
12th June 2013

Mercedes A-Class going electric with Tesla’s help; for real this time?

Reports of Mercedes-Benz and Tesla building an electric A-Class together are nothing new. In fact, a fleet of 500 A-Class-based E-Cells was built for Europe. Most recently, a Tesla earnings report revealed that Tesla was still working on an all-electric powertrain for an unnamed EV for Daimler, the evolution of a deal that began when Daimler invested in the Silicon Valley automaker in 2009. The two automakers also worked together on the Smart ED. So, what's ...
9th June 2013

Tesla’s Elon Musk Shares Thoughts, Data Logs to Refute NY Times Model S Review

The controversy continues surrounding the recent The New York Times article written by reporter John M. Broder, who was left stranded when the Model S he was driving ran out of charge before reaching a charging station. Since then, his review has received lots of attention, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently provided his side of the ordeal and shared extensive data from the Model S driven by Broder. The controversy began when Tesla approached Broder ...
8th June 2013

Tesla Model X Production Pushed Back to Late 2014

Production of the Tesla Model X crossover has been pushed back from the end of this year to the end of 2014. A Tesla representative told the Los Angeles Times that the wait for the electric crossover has increased as the company focuses on filling orders for the Model S four-door, which could reach 20,000 units this year. The original Tesla Model X was supposed to go on sale early in 2014, but now deliveries will ...
8th June 2013

Tesla Motors Offers Up Delivered-To-You Loaner Cars, No-Fault Battery Replacement

Tesla Motors really does seem hellbent on getting rid of the stigmas associated with electric cars: limited range, battery deterioration, high costs of ownership, and everything that comes with buying a car from a startup instead of a long-established automaker. Its latest service plan initiative only goes to solidify that. The automaker has said that it will be offering Model S–and Tesla Roadsters in ...
8th June 2013

Elon Musk to remain at Tesla for “several more years,” personally inspects Model S

Few automakers' fortunes and CEOs are as intrinsically linked as Tesla Motors and Elon Musk. The boss of the full-electric automaker can influence the stock of his company with something as simple as an outlandish statement – exactly the sort of utterance the mercurial executive is fond of making. In the latest Musk news, it appears he has no plans to change any of that, saying that he will stay with Tesla for 'several more ...