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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2013 Tesla Model S to Start at $57,400, End at $92,400

It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that Tesla had ambitiously targeted selling its 2013 Model S electric sports sedan for $57,400 before a $7500 federal tax credit. What we didn’t know, however, was just how high it would go.  With official prices for models and options packages released this week, consider both missions accomplished. With every checkbox tallied, the Model S ...
31st August 2013
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Around-the-world Tesla tour crashes just 600 miles from finish line [w/video] *UPDATE

noooooooooo!!!!!! game over! +++ I'm fine!!!! That's how Rafael de Mestre let his fans know that his attempt to be the first to drive around the world in a standard all-electric car, a Tesla Roadster, had come to an end. De Mestre posted the above picture to Facebook along with a short video of 'the black day of the race' showing the crash and some of the aftereffects (see it below). The Roadster rear-ended a Toyota ...
22nd August 2013
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Tesla Expected to Take First Quarter 2013 Plug-In Sales Lead – Rumor Central

The first models that come to mind for mass-market plug-in vehicles are probably the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and more lately, the Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi. But the best-selling plug-in vehicle for the first quarter of 2013 is expected to be our 2013 Automobile of the Year, the Tesla Model S. Bloomberg reports that the company will reveal the sales results as part of their official sales and financial report to be released on ...
22nd August 2013
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California Issues 10,000th Rebate for Zero-Emissions Incentive Program

Start undressing California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, a program intended to spur the sales and leases of zero-emission vehicles, and front-page topics come into view — reduction of greenhouse gases and job creation chief among them. So when the program recorded its 10,000th rebate earlier this month, it merited some pomp. Courtesy of the Air Resources Board Natasha Casteel, with her 2012 Nissan Leaf. Natasha Casteel of Meadow Vista, Calif, was recognized on Friday as the state’s ...
19th August 2013
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An EV Fit for a Sunday Drive

An EV Fit for a Sunday Drive

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing The dim outline of Santa Rosa Island is just barely visible on the horizon as we peer south across the Pacific Ocean toward Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California. We're 120 miles from home base and our 2012 Tesla Model S sits quiet in a roadside turnout on the Pacific Coast Highway. But this pure electric luxury sedan isn't stranded with its battery perilously low ...
18th August 2013
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Report: Tesla Wants To Build A Nissan Leaf Competitor – Rumor Central

Tesla Motors wants to build a competitor to the Nissan Leaf, CEO Elon Musk told Bloomberg. Musk said that his electric-car company would develop a more affordable model that was nicer and more desirable than the Nissan Leaf. Musk admitted to Bloomberg that his company’s only current offering, the Model S, has somewhat limited appeal because it is very expensive. He says Tesla will develop a more affordable model that would compete with — and beat ...
14th August 2013
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In deep with Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Financials, Falcon doors and finding faults in the Model S

Tesla Motors Elon Musk spends about half his working life – i.e., almost all of his waking hours – in his office at SpaceX in Los Angeles. The automotive CEO is, after all, also in charge of the rocket company, which means that he's thinking about a lot more than just ramping up production of the Model S. But he is thinking about that a lot, too. More than you might expect. AutoblogGreen recently got to ...
10th August 2013
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Toyota RAV4 EV priced at $49,800

Announced almost two years ago, Toyota finally gave us some more details about the was the all-electric RAV4 EV will be sold to the general public during the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles today. The important number? The MSRP for what Toyota calls a 'fully equipped' RAV4 EV is $49,800 and will be available before the end of the year. Toyota says the RAV4 EV's range is 100 miles and that the car will ...
7th August 2013
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Tesla adds replacement battery pack costs to price increase details

Price increases are common in the automotive industry so the recent $2,500 jump in prices for upcoming Tesla Model S vehicles wasn't exactly a surprise. Still, most vehicle MSRPs don't go up two-and-a-half grand, and so to explain why the price for the award-winning electric vehicle was so 'high,' George Blankenship, Tesla vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience, has written on the company blog with numbers and details. For example, Blankenship says that inflation ...