3rd September 2013

Autoblog Podcast #322

Autoblog Podcast #322

2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla profit, 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Ford Atlas chief designer Gordon Platto Episode #322 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Tesla's cautious announcement of a first-quarter profit, the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and Zach and Dan share an interview with Gordon Platto, chief designer for the Ford Atlas Concept truck from this year's Detroit Auto ...
28th August 2013

Tesla Buys $15 Million of Equipment and Parts From NUMMI Plant

The NUMMI venture between Toyota and General Motors may be long gone, but some of that partnership’s parts and equipment will live on with Tesla. The electric vehicle company just bought $15 million worth of assets from the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California. This follows Tesla’s agreement to purchase the plant for about $42 million. In July, Tesla and Toyota announced an electric version of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV would be produced. It’s possible the purchase ...
26th August 2013

Tesla Models S Canadian price starts at $65,500

Tesla Motors has announced Canadian pricing for its 2012 Model S sedan. It looks like Canucks will have to shell out C$65,500 (around $66,400 U.S. at today's rate) to get into the least expensive, 40-kWh battery version of the all-electric. The 60-kWh variant will be C$75,200 ($76,200) and the 85-kWh, C$85,900 ($87,000). Those interested in the Model S Performance are now looking at a bill for C$100,400 ($101,700). Yes, that's a lot of loonies, but buyers ...
24th August 2013

Wheelies: The Dealer’s Dilemma Edition

Tesla Motors A Tesla Motors store in Scottsdale, Ariz. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Dealer associations around the United States have lodged formal protests against Tesla Motors, claiming the company has violated state laws barring manufacturers from operating dealerships. Tesla has opened stores in 10 states as well as in the District of Columbia, without the involvement of franchisees. Some dealers fear the Tesla retail model, if successful, could set ...
14th August 2013

For Tesla Motors, One Supercharger to Bind Them

Tesla Motors Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, introducing the Supercharger on Monday in Hawthorne, Calif. 9:39 p.m. | Updated On Monday night at its design studios in Hawthorne, Calif., Tesla Motors introduced its Supercharger, a glittering monolith capable of bringing the battery of a Model S sedan from flat to full in about an hour. Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, has always known how to manufacture excitement around the company’s products, and the introduction ...
3rd August 2013

L.A. to Vegas on One Charge? Wide Open Throttle Drives Electric Tesla to Test Range

The term “range anxiety” was created by now-Fisker CEO Tony Posawatz to describe what electric car drivers would feel as their range ticked down with little hope of finding a charging station. One part fear mongering and many more parts truth, there’s little an electric car driver can do when he or she is stranded at the side of a road with ...
2nd August 2013

Mercedes to market Tesla-powered 2014 B-Class EV in U.S.

Looks like another Tesla Motors investor will be looking to cash in on their connection. Autoweek reports Mercedes-Benz will offer their B-Class in the U.S. with Tesla propulsion. The magazine says their source at the German automaker confirms plans for a B-Class electric-only vehicle. While Tesla already provides battery packs for the battery-powered Smart ForTwo, the B-Class EV will reportedly have Tesla batteries, motor and other components. U.S. residents should be able to procure one sometime ...
29th July 2013

Forbes columnist says Tesla EVs are ‘niche’ vehicles, just like most cars

Did Forbes just publish an article defending a plug-in vehicle? Sure did, when one of the publication's columnists offered a counterpoint to that famous piece in The New York Times that criticized the Tesla Model S for less-than-advertised driving range. Forbes contributor Mark Rogowsky took issue with the Times' statement that the Teslas are 'nothing more than niche vehicles,' by pointing out that no vehicle can be all things to all people. For example, on the ...
29th July 2013

More on Tesla Model X crossover EV unveiled, set for late ’13 launch

The all-electric Tesla Model X crossover was unveiled at a red-carpet, velvet-rope style event at the Tesla Design Studios in Hawthorne, CA tonight, with company co-founder Elon Musk confirming that the Model X will start production late next year and that full production is expected in 2013. With luminaries such as California Gov. Jerry Brown in attendance and a post-announcement concert by Foster the People, Musk presented a CUV that, as rumored, has so-called 'falcon-wing' doors ...