23rd July 2013

Tesla Supercharger network goes nationwide, gets quicker [w/video]

For Model S drivers, Tesla Motors' oft-delayed Supercharger announcement was worth the wait. The electric vehicle company today explained how it will expand its network of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations across North America (and hinted that the technology will come to Europe and other areas in the future). The Supercharger roll out will take place as follows. The number of Supercharger stations will triple from eight today to 25 by the end of June, bringing ...
23rd July 2013

Tesla Announces Early Repayment of Loans, Annual Report Correction

In what could prove to be a symbolic moment for the strength and potential of the electric vehicle industry, Tesla Motors, on its company blog, announced its intention to re-pay its Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan five years ahead of schedule, with the last payment being on 2017, instead of 2022 the original deadline for payback of the loans. In the heated political climate surrounding government-subsidized green energy initiatives, the company was quick ...
20th July 2013

Tesla gets $10 million from California for Model X production

The Golden State is providing some green for the Tesla Model X. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors $10 million to expand its Fremont, CA, plant to accommodate production for the Model X SUV. Tesla, which currently employs around 3,000 people, will add more than 500 jobs to build the Model X. Production is expected to start in 2014, and Tesla itself is investing $50 million getting ready for Model X ...
13th July 2013

Aston Martin engineering VP moves to Tesla Motors

Rumors were traveling at light speed through the Internet’s series of tubes this week about the VP of Engineering for Aston Martin, Chris Porritt, jumping ship and moving to Tesla Motors. Now Tesla – by way of Green Car Reports – has confirmed the move. This is a big move for Tesla for it didn’t just acquire a great engineer; it got one of the most innovative in the luxury performance market. In 2009, Porritt lead the engineering ...
6th July 2013

Tesla Model S 60-kW-h Version Rated at 94/97 MPGe, Goes 208 Miles

The EPA has released official ratings for the mid-range Tesla Model S with the 60-kw-h battery, which scores a rating of 94/97 mpge city/highway, and 95 mpge combined. In addition, the government agency has rated the mid-level battery pack’s range at 208 miles. Although the 60-kW-h battery provides less range than the 85-kW-h unit, found in our 2013 Car of the Year, the mid-range model uses less energy to travel 100 miles. Where it takes 38 ...
2nd July 2013

Tesla says Model S can recharge in an hour, given the right equipment (a Supercharger)

Get this: the recharge time in the humongous Tesla Model S battery pack – yes, the 300-mile version – could be as short as an hour. That is, if you happen to have one of Tesla's Supercharger stations handy. At the big Model S launch event Friday, Tesla chief technology officer J.B. Straubel told Automotive News that the upcoming 90-kW 440-volt Superchargers will be able to recharge a top-of-the-line, 300-mile-range car in an hour. Say what ...
25th June 2013

Wheelies: The Best-Car-Ever Edition

Tesla Motors The Tesla Model S. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Tesla is back in the news again, this time as the subject of accolades from Consumer Reports. The magazine has declared the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ head of vehicle testing, had plenty of good things to say about the electric luxury car, giving it a score of 99 out ...
24th June 2013

Tesla Reports 2012 Losses, Expects Positive Q1 2013

Starting a new car company is hard. Tesla has been finding that out, and it has reported larger losses in 2012 than it did in 2013. It’s not all bad, though – the company is now building 400 Model S cars per day and is on track to produce 20,000 of them this year. Indeed, the automaker says much of its red ink stems directly from ramping up production of the Model S, the company’s sole ...
24th June 2013

The Charges Are Flying Over a Test of Tesla’s Charging Network

John M. Broder/The New York Times A test by The New York Times of Tesla’s East Coast Superchargers has stirred debate. The account in Sunday’s Automobiles section of The Times detailing my troubled East Coast road trip in a Tesla Model S sedan has generated quite a lot of commentary on the Internet, on Twitter and in the news media. Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, issued several tweets and was interviewed on CNBC Monday ...
23rd June 2013

One of World’s Most Efficient Vehicles Unable to Enter U.S.

Roger Riedener The MonoTracer MTE-150, in Zurich, being prepared for shipment to the United States. 12:35 a.m. | Updated One of the world’s most efficient vehicles and an X Prize winner has been unable to enter the United States since Jan. 25, held up at the Port of Los Angeles at the city’s international airport by the Environmental Protection Agency, United States Customs and the Transportation Department, people associated with the vehicle said on Thursday. The regulations ...