22nd June 2013

Tesla’s Model S Surpasses Sales Target and 40 kWh Battery is Cancelled

Over the weekend Tesla announced that Model S sales have exceeded their targeted number of 4,500 units, making their first quarter sales fully profitable. Also announced, Tesla will not produce its 40 kWh battery, as demand for the small battery is only at four percent of production totals. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors said in a recent interview that he ...
20th June 2013

Tesla Releases New Photos of Model S Sedan as Production Nears

Although initially slated to go on sale this year, the Tesla Model S seems to be inching closer to production. The electric car maker has just released new pictures of its Model S Alpha pre-production test vehicle, and, at least on styling alone, it looks ready to take on the competition in the midsize luxury market. Looking similar to the silver Alpha test car Tesla showed us a while back, this sinewy black model sharpens its ...
19th June 2013

Sarah Palin calls Tesla a ‘loser,’ which ‘wounds’ CEO Elon Musk

Wasn't it the 2012 presidential race that featured Republican candidates disparaging electric vehicle companies? Well, yes, but that doesn't mean the 2008 vice presidential candidate (and Ex-Alaska governor) Sarah Palin can't do the same. In a Facebook post that bashed subsidies for advanced-powertrain vehicles like the Fisker Karma and Chevrolet Volt, Palin referred to California-based electric-car maker Tesla Motors as a 'loser.' Palin, in a Facebook post presumably written while she enjoyed her home's view of Russia, ...
17th June 2013

Week in Review: The Rise and Fall of the Electric Car and Everything In Between

You would have loved to be in our office this week, especially with some big announcements from two environmental-centric automakers. Fisker looks like it’s circling the drain while rival Tesla is getting ready to expand. On top of that, the suddenly relevant Shanghai Motor Show is just around the corner, and automakers are preparing for that, including one blast from the past: ...
8th June 2013

Tesla Cancels Lowest-Range Version of Model S

John Moore/Getty Images A Tesla Model S on display after winning the 2013 World Green Car of the Year award at the New York Auto Show. Tesla Motors announced on Sunday that it had canceled plans to produce a 40 kilowatt-hour version of its Model S – the version that was to be the most affordable, starting at $59,900, of the company’s all-electric sedan offerings, with the smallest battery and the least amount of driving range. ...
8th June 2013

Tesla Model S goes road tripping, drivers experience variety of charging methods

The Tesla Model S is on another cross country road trip. It's not being driven by a Tesla team, like last year – this time it's a long, winding tour for old friends Peter, Luba and Tina, making their way from Portland, OR, to New York. It's been a sightseeing drive – as of day six, they'd only made it to Albuquerque from Oregon and still had a couple thousand miles to cover. Thankfully, they're ...