4th September 2013

Video of the Day: Artist Depicts ’Green’ Cars Like Tesla Roadster Using Dirty Walls

Imagine having the ability to clean up the environment and create something you love at the same time. This is a reality for English artist Moose Curtis as he washes walls covered in dirt, moss, and other grime with a pressure washer. However, Curtis doesn’t restore walls to their original state; he utilizes the pressure washer and traces wooden cut-outs of cars. ...
3rd September 2013

Tesla CEO Says He Might Go to Washington to Fight Dealer Franchise Laws

Tesla Motors is continuing its fight to set up independent stores to sell its novel electric cars, and dealers are fighting back. Now its CEO, Elon Musk, says he’s willing to take his case to Washington to smite the traditional dealership sales model in one fell swoop. “If we’re seeing nonstop battles at the state level, rather than fight 20 different state battles, I’d ...
23rd August 2013

Motor Trend suggests Tesla Model S may be most important new car since Ford Model T

'It may very well be the most important new car since the Model T.' That's the summation of the latest video from Motor Trend and its Ignition video series, speaking of the Tesla Model S. Though the buff site had previously released a video featuring a range-testing excursion from LA-to-Vegas (and back), this time its cameras were out to capture whether it proves its worth as a car. For MT's Carlos Lago, the criteria involved in the ...
23rd August 2013

Tesla’s Elon Musk calls Fisker Karma ‘a mediocre product at a high price’

It is official: the gloves are off in the war of words between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Fisker Automotive chief Henrik Fisker. Most of the verbal barbs came from Musk, who sat down to gossip with Automobile Magazine about archrival Fisker. The bad blood goes back a few years to when Tesla unsuccessfully sued Henrik Fisker for developing the Karma while under contract for the design of the Model S – basically paying someone ...
20th August 2013

Tesla Claims Plug-In Sales Lead for First Quarter 2013 – Report

The Tesla Model S has never been marketed or positioned as a mass-market volume play along the lines of the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, but despite the car’s not-insignificant purchase price, the Palo Alto, California-based company is expected to report first-quarter sales of the Model S surpassing the Leaf and Volt, making the Model S the best-selling plug-in vehicle for the quarter, according to Bloomberg. Tesla is expected to report 4750 deliveries of the Model ...
18th August 2013

Tesla Model S to go on Sale Next Month, Ahead of Schedule

Electric carmaker Tesla delivered a bittersweet announcement today. First the good news – the upcoming Tesla Model S will go on sale next month, ahead of schedule. Bad news? The automaker posted a loss of $89.9 million during the first quarter of this year, which is significantly more than the $48.9 million it lost during the first quarter of 2011. Despite that, Automotive News reports that Tesla is expecting its total revenue for 2012 to be ...
5th August 2013

Dealers’ suit against Tesla dismissed in MA court

Tesla has been facing resistance from dealer associations with its factory-owned dealerships since the start-up automaker first started selling cars, but it won another big case in Massachusetts when a judge dismissed a lawsuit brought on by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA). According to Automotive News, the case was dismissed after the judge said the association 'lacked standing to sue' despite the fact that MSADA executive vice president quotes the state law as ...
5th August 2013

NYT’s Tesla Model S trouble report is “fake,” says Elon Musk [UPDATE]

Remember that episode of Top Gear, where the notoriously anti-EV crew pushed a Tesla Roadster to show what would happen if the car's battery had run out of juice? And then Tesla got all litigious and filed suit (which the company eventually lost)? Well, we might be in for another public scuffle about the merits of electric vehicles. The New York Times recently sent John Broder out in a Model S between the two new Superchargers ...
3rd August 2013

Carpooling: Is it Making a Comeback?

By Yuliya Chernova Getty Images Carpool lane in San Rafael, Calif. In the past several years, start-ups like Tesla Motors have led large auto makers in introducing new technologies. “As a result, consumers may perceive larger companies as uninnovative dinosaurs at best, and actively resisting environmental and other technologies at worst,” wrote Kevin See and colleagues in a recent Lux Research report. Possibly to resist that reputation and to stay in the innovation loop, some large automotive manufacturers have ...
2nd August 2013

Consumer Reports buys Tesla Model S. Yes, we’re jealous

Lucky them. That's our opinion of Consumer Reports, which really took one for the team by taking delivery of its Tesla Model S last week. The organization is noted for purchasing most of the vehicles it tests rather than reviewing ones loaned to them by manufacturers. The institute groused about waiting for more than two years after paying its $5,000 deposit to receive the goods. While the car's base price is $57,400, Consumer Reports managed to ...