5th September 2013
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Elon Musk explains why Tesla has its own stores, defends service program

Elon Musk is taking his argument for a different kind of customer-dealer relationship directly to the people. In this case, the Tesla Motors CEO writes on his company's blog to list the reasons why the luxury electric-vehicle maker decided to own all of its dealerships instead of offering franchises. Musk, who said the Tesla Model S sedan aspires to be 'the best car of any kind' in his new post, says that using the traditional dealer ...
5th September 2013
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Elon Musk says Tesla Model S variants coming next year

If variety is the spice of life, then Tesla's Model S should have even more zest next year. Speaking during the company's third quarter financial results conference call, CEO Elon Musk dropped a bit of news that has raised our curiosity to levels of unmitigated distraction. Said Mr. Musk whilst speaking of R&D efforts currently underway: There are a few other variants of the Model S that we'll come out with next year that I think ...
3rd September 2013
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Watch Out Tesla: Porsche Tests Full-Electric Boxster E

Porsche may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think electric vehicles. However Ferdinand Porsche developed what is believed to be the first hybrid car in 1906 for Austrian car builder Lohner. In the last few years, Porsche has begun using modern hybrid technology to increase efficiency in their SUVs and even a few race cars. The forward thinking company is again looking forward by building three full electric Boxsters to ...
29th August 2013
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Tesla Roadster facing ‘brick’ battery problems?

Here's a new worry for electric car owners: bricking your new, expensive ride. Using a word taken from the computer world, to 'brick' an EV means to make your electronic device inoperable. In the case of an EV, it would mean to run the battery state of charge so far down that nothing works anymore, thus requiring an expensive flatbed tow and an even more expensive battery pack – about $40,000 in a Tesla Roadster. This is ...
29th August 2013
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Those Tesla Model S reservations on eBay? Not legal

You can sell the car, but not the reservation for it. That's the gist of a Green Car Reports post about Tesla Model S reservation holders looking to 'sell' their spots in line on eBay. With the half-dozen or so reservations for the all-electric sedan being posted for sale on the auction site, Tesla confirmed to Green Car Reports that none of the approximately 14,000 reservations can be legally sold because the holders have signed an ...
28th August 2013
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Toyota to Pay Tesla $60 Million to Develop RAV4 EVs

In July of this year, we brought you news that Silicon Valley electric vehicle start-up Tesla and Japanese automotive powerhouse Toyota had inked a deal to build electric Toyota RAV4s and today we have more details about the partnership. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla has revealed more details about the nature of its partnership with Toyota. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla will develop a battery, motor, gearbox, “power electronics ...
26th August 2013
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Tesla Model S Prices Bumped by $2500 to $59,900, Battery Replacement Costs $8000-$12,000

Tesla has opened up about the Model S four-door’s recently announced price bumps: for all reservations placed after the end of 2012, Tesla Model S prices will increase by $2500. Before federal tax credits, that means the 40 kW-hr model will now cost $59,900, add $10,000 for the 60 kW-hr model and $20,000 for the 85 kW-hr model, while the 85 kW-hr Performance model will carry an MSRP of $94,900. All Tesla Model S cars with ...
19th August 2013
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Tesla’s Model S Lease and Financing Program Expensive, Misleading

With the help of two banks, federal tax credits for EV purchases, and math that even Wall Street would find fishy, Tesla now has an official loan program for the electric Model S sedan. Company founder (and noted pugilist) Elon Musk announced the news himself earlier this week, calling the deal a “revolutionary new finance product,” enabling buyers to get a $79,995 Model S for just $500 per month. Apart from the misrepresentation of the monthly ...
17th August 2013
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Tesla Launches Model S Design Studio for Custom Ordering

Tesla is starting the beginning phases of production for its Model S sports sedan and it is easier than ever to order a model custom fitted just for you. Tesla’s new design studio allows you to dive right in and add in the options that you ...
14th August 2013
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Tesla Unveils Supercharger Network, Promises Solar-Powered Charging – Rumor Central

One of the largest hurdles Tesla has faced is the lack of electric charging points for its electric cars. Now, the company is working to resolve that issue by opening up a network of quick chargers across the country. Dubbed the Supercharger, Tesla’s new charger not only helps to expand the current network of electric-car charging stations, but it can also help feed electricity back into the current power grid. The Supercharger works as such: the ...