7th September 2013
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Elon Musk regrets not saying more about NYT Model S review

Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has always taken pains to pitch how far his cars can go when sufficiently charged. The man himself is proving he can go quite a distance as well. Sufficiently chafed by a review of the Tesla Model S in The New York Times that said the electric vehicle's single-charge range was far less than advertised, Musk called the February 8 article a 'low-grade ethics violation' in a recent interview at the ...
6th September 2013
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Tesla Model S burnout: short, sweet and sort of silent

We'll keep this short, since the video in question is only 22 seconds long (and if you watch it below, go ahead and shorten it up by skipping six seconds of b-roll at the beginning). Still, if you've ever wanted to see a Tesla Model S spin out and smoke some tires, then be jealous of Road & Track west coast editor Jason Cammisa, who decided to see if electrons can go in circles recently ...
5th September 2013
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV [w/video]

Tesla-Hearted Toyota Offers Real Sport And Utility The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the most advanced Alpha prototype electric vehicle we've ever driven. Or maybe it's a poster child for the 21st Century automotive industry where all sorts of new things are being tried, like when old-school automakers and ambitious start-ups find common purpose in rushing an all-electric crossover to market in two years. Or maybe it's the end result of a decade-long process of getting ...
5th September 2013
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Tesla Model S is emissions-free burnout machine after pulling fuses

Add one more feather to the proverbial cap of the Tesla Model S. Road & Track West Coast Editor Jason Cammisa figured out how to make the electric luxury sedan extra frisky and then set about nuking the rear tires with electric-motor torque. 'Holy hell there's a lot of torque here,' Cammisa wrote in his notes after pulling a fuse that took the ABS, stability control and traction control offline. That fuse also took out the ...
5th September 2013
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2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S [w/video]

Eleven cars enter, one car leaves. Silently and with zero emissions. Tesla has earned one of the most coveted prizes in the automotive world, as its Model S has taken home the Golden Calipers as the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year. In the process, the Model S beat out a field that included 10 other contenders. In case you were wondering, this is the first time an electric car has earned this accolade. No internal ...
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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Tesla Model S vs. the world

Since the Detroit Auto Show almost 12 months ago, Tesla began calling 2012 the Year of the Model S. Following the US launch earlier this year, the all-electric sedan is about to go on sale in Europe. Tesla's latest email newsletter reveals a bit about how the company is preparing audiences around the world – namely Canada and Hong Kong – for the Model S. For Canada, the Model S needed 'new labels, language modifications and ...
3rd September 2013
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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 ...
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 ...
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