6th September 2013
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Tesla increases lease calculator costs; Supercharging, ‘mystery’ announcement coming soon

Even Tesla Motors hasn't totally figured out the details of the just-announced Model S 'lease' program. Yesterday, when the financial product was first revealed, the small print on the company's online calculator described a 66-month loan and a tiered monthly payment structure, depending on which model you chose: $1,199 a month for the 85-kWh Model S, $1,421 for the 85-kWh Performance model and $1,051 for the 60-kWh version. Today, all three of these prices have ...
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 to Jon Stewart: sustainable energy easier than making life “multi-planetary”

Tesla Motors head Elon Musk has got his head in the clouds. Actually, he's thinking about the area above our clouds: creating a way for people to live on Mars. Or, as he puts it, making life 'multi-planetary.' Musk was on The Daily Show last night and talked mostly about the company he runs that isn't about electric cars, SpaceX, whose main goal is to explore nearby space and find a way for people to live ...
5th September 2013
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Wheelies: The Charged Argument Edition

Noah Berger/Reuters Elon Musk, at the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, Calif., in June. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Under scrutiny for bypassing a traditional, dealership-oriented retail model in favor of manufacturer-owned stores, Elon Musk, chairman of Tesla Motors, defended his company’s strategy in a blog post on Monday. Mr. Musk said Tesla products would be undermined in the setting of a traditional dealership, where a salesperson would be unable ...
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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Leaving Baggage On the Dock, a Flagship Departs From California

Paul Sakuma/Associated PressA Model S leaving the Tesla Motors factory floor on Friday. FREMONT, Calif. — On a Friday filled with press conferences, roundtable discussions, production-line walk-throughs and chaperoned test drives, it was only at a concluding pep rally, held on the Tesla Motors factory floor here, that the mood became palpable. As executives for the electric-vehicle start-up handed keys to the first Model S sedans to retail customers, the sense of a victory, to some ...
1st September 2013
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Elon Musk’s attack on “fake” New York Times article prompts lots of Tesla talk

Despite an official promise that Tesla Motors would respond to the online kerfuffle kicked up yesterday between The New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the official Tesla website remained silent today. The wait doesn't mean the internet has been mute on this subject, though. That's just not how it works. First up, Broder's detailed response to Musk tweeting that his article about running out of electricity was a 'fake' is clear ...
29th August 2013
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Tesla charging situation woul benefit from more flexibility, less confrontation

Tesla Motors would be better served making its Model S electric vehicles compatible with CHAdeMO and SAE combo connector fast-charging stations than by spending time taking on those pesky New York Times journalists who question the car's advertised single-charge range, writes Plug In Cars' John Gartner. With 'Please Compromise' as one of his article's subheadings, Gartner says the Times reporter in question would've had access to an additional two CHAdeMO fast chargers on his East Coast ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla Model S demand exceeds expectations, 40-kWh model nixed

Elon Musk has promised he will make an 'exciting' announcement tomorrow, but Tesla Motors issued two bits of news late last night to add to whatever we'll learn about on Tuesday. First off, sales of the Model S have 'exceeded the target provided in the mid February shareholder letter' by 250 units. Second, sales of the low-end 40-kWh Model S were so low that the model has been scrapped. In February, Tesla said in a shareholder ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla’s Elon Musk: most new cars will be electric by 2032, no matter who’s in White House

Twenty years ago, Car and Drive wrote about 'the emergence of the minivan as the new family car.' If you believe Elon Musk, twenty years from now will be a lot more fun. Flush with the success of the first production Model S deliveries, the Tesla Motors founder said most new vehicles will be battery-electric by 2032, and that the age of EV majority rule could come sooner than that, Reuters reports. Specifically, he said, 'In ...
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