1st August 2013

Tesla Sues Top Gear; CEO Shrugs Off Takeover Talk

Fans of the British Top Gear television program may remember the controversy surrounding a segment involving the Tesla Roadster. First aired back on December 14, 2008, the Top Gear episode (season 12, episode 7) infamously depicted the electric sports car being rolled into a garage in an attempt to highlight the plight of using electricity to solely provide a vehicle’s motive force. A purportedly broken brake pedal was also brought to viewer attention, as was an ...
28th July 2013

Elon Musk, New York Times Spar Over Tesla Model S Driving Range – Rumor Central

Just how far can you drive an electric car? That’s the subject of a mild argument between Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and The New York Times, after the latter published a story claiming a Tesla Model S electric car couldn’t drive as far as its range estimates predict. Reporter John M. Broder planned to test Tesla’s new Supercharger network by driving a Model S with an 85-kWh battery from a Supercharger point in Newark, Delaware, ...
27th July 2013

Tesla teasing Supercharger design before next week’s reveal

We know a fair number of details about the upcoming high-speed charging network for Tesla vehicles. What we don't know is what the chargers will look like. This will change Monday evening. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently Tweeted that that Supercharger unveiling will make it 'feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops,' so that give us some indication of the design. We're not sure if those vertical supports in the image above are part ...
19th July 2013

Creative Math: Tesla Says Model S True Net Cost Is Under $500/Month With New Financing Option

Tesla has announced a new, more affordable way to get behind the wheel of a Model S. Essentially a leasing program, Tesla’s new financing is designed to make it more affordable than ever to buy a Model S. How affordable? Tesla is tossing around a $500-per-month figure with no money down, though that’s with a bit of creative math, which we’ll explain below. The program, a collaboration with U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, works by having ...
15th July 2013

Tesla Sells Banked Vehicle Emissions Credits to Raise $13.8 Million

Many business start-ups fail within the first few years because they run out of cash. Fortunately for Tesla, the electric-car maker was able to sell banked vehicle emissions credits to other automakers and raise $13.8 million to help keep the young manufacturer alive. Since setting up shop in 2003, Tesla has barely managed to turn a profit from selling its $130,000 Roadsters. About 1000 of the pure-electric Roadsters have been sold — primarily to big-shot actors, ...
14th July 2013

2012 Tesla Model S [w/video]

Proof That An Impressive Sport Sedan Doesn't Need To Burn Dead Dino Juice One-hundred years from now, the Smithsonian museum at our nation's capital will host a display of history's most revolutionary automobiles. The collection will include the 1866 Dudgeon steam wagon (one of the earliest self-propelled vehicles), the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (recognized as the first combustion-powered automobile) and the 1908 Ford Model T (the first automobile mass produced on an assembly line). Most certainly included, among ...
28th June 2013

Tesla Says the Model S Will Arrive in Showrooms in June – Rumor Central

Tesla announced it will start selling its Model S electric car in June, earlier than originally planned. The news, however, was tempered a bit due to the company’s reported first-quarter loss of $89.9 million, almost double the $48.9 million loss reported during the same period last year. Despite that, Automotive News reports that Tesla is expecting its total revenue for 2012 to be at least $560 million. It originally predicted $550 million in revenue, but ...
27th June 2013

Motor Trend tests Tesla Model S, finds 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 100.7 MPGe

Tesla has said the highest-end Model S has a range of 300 miles (at 55 miles per hour), but until recently, it's been tremendously difficult for anyone outside the company to verify this number. When the EPA did its testing thing, it came up with a 265-mile range estimate for the version with the 85-kWh battery pack. Tesla is even offering a prize of some sort to anyone who drives a Model S over 400 ...
27th June 2013

Tesla faces increased dealer opposition to opening stores in Minnesota

Yes, MADA's a little, uh, mad, about the prospect of Tesla Motors opening stores in the Land 'o Lakes. Tesla is facing increased opposition from Minnesota auto dealers to the California-based electric-vehicle maker's plans to open stores in the state, Automotive News reports. The Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA), has introduced a law which would prohibit vehicle makers from operating dealerships within the state. Such a law would be a step stricter than the current law, ...