30th June 2013

Electric-Car Maker Tesla Repays U.S. Loan

By Joseph B. White Getty Images Elon Musk Luxury electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. said on Wednesday it has fully repaid a $452 million federal loan it received in 2010, and said it would be able to finance development of its next two vehicles without selling new shares. Tesla promised earlier this month that it would use some of the proceeds from a $1 billion sale of stock and debt to repay a loan it received during the depths ...
29th June 2013

The Tesla "Supercharger" Debuts Giving Model S Owners Free Charging

In the world of electric vehicles, Tesla is busy placing the finishing touches on the Sistine Chapel while the rest of the automotive world is still fumbling around with paint-by-numbers kits. Tesla managed to pull ...
28th June 2013

Tesla Wins Direct Sales Case in New York State

Concurrent with its legislative battle in Texas for its right to have factory-direct dealerships, the California-based electric car maker received some welcome news in the form of ruling from the New York state supreme court, in which a justice ruled that franchised dealers could not prove sufficient injury from the presence of Tesla’s factory-owned stores, Automotive News reports. Naturally, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association voiced its displeasure at the ruling, claiming Tesla’s factory-owned model ...
28th June 2013

Tesla Motors revamps warranty and service program

Tesla Motors is used to doing things in a big way. Its Model S sedan owns nearly every superlative in the EV realm and gets recharged from something called a “Supercharger.” The company also invented a radical new way to sell these cars, so radical that it’s illegal in many states. Given that, it’s not surprising that Tesla is extending that same mentality and excellence to one of the less sexy aspects of car ownership: warranties ...
25th June 2013

Tesla Model S “almost ready”

Tesla Motors is close to rolling out the first Model S electric five-doors from the company's Fremont, California plant, and customers who reserved the Model S Signature Series are already sending in their specification requests, indicating that the company will likely hit its July deadline for first deliveries. Tesla has also added three colors – Piano Black, Lacewood and Banana Leaf – to its interior options and Internet connectivity will be an option on all cars, ...
22nd June 2013

Tesla Model S EPA-Rated for 89 MPGe, 265-Mile Range with Biggest Battery

The EPA has gathered test-cycle economy figures for the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan, including MPGe and expected driving range. The EPA has rated the sedan at 89 MPGe combined, lower than the Nissan Leaf’s 99 MPGe, the Ford Focus Electric’s 105 MPGe, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV‘s 112 MPGe, and the Honda Fit EV’s stellar 118 MPGe—all smaller conveyances, to be sure, but also the only other fully electric cars. (The 2011 Smart fortwo ED ...
17th June 2013

Of Bricks and Batteries: The Anatomy of a Controversy

Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesA battery-electric Tesla Roadster on display in a Los Angeles showroom in 2008. In Sunday’s Automobiles section, Bradley Berman writes about bricking, a term that describes what happened to the battery pack of a Tesla Roadster electric sports car that had been left unplugged for an extended period and rendered useless — in other words, a brick. The word entered the gearhead lexicon in late February, when a blog post circulated about an ...
15th June 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes autonomous driving cars, but prefers term ‘autopilot’

Looks like Tesla might be hiding more in its software than blind spot detection and adaptive cruise control. According to Bloomberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is 'discussing' autonomous cars with Google, specifically the Lidar laser tracking system. Oh, and if you're going to have a self-driving future Tesla vehicle, then you shouldn't call it autonomous. Instead, Musk prefers the term autopilot. As he told Bloomberg, 'Self-driving sounds like it's going to do something you don't ...