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 ...
1st September 2013
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Superchargers will only work on Model S (for now) and every future Tesla EV

There were a lot of details left out of the late-night unveiling of the Tesla Supercharger network earlier this week. Sure, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the big picture, saying the Supercharger network is 'the answer to the three major problems holding back electric vehicles.' Those problems? Long-distance EV driving, the 'long tailpipe' argument and how much it costs to produce electricity. But how big of an impact can your fancy charging station have if ...
31st August 2013
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Is free charging for EVs actually a hindrance, long term?

The days of free public charging for electric vehicles may soon be coming to an end, despite there being a lot of it out there right now, whether solar powered or as an incentive deal when buying the EV. Plug In Car's European correspondent Laurent Masson, though, is looking ahead and is making the argument that free electricity will actually hinder growth of charging networks. Instead, he writes, utilities and charging station providers need to ...
30th August 2013
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Tesla powers up East Coast with first stops in new Supercharger network

The argument can now be made that Tesla Motors has come up with a sleeker alternative to the Amtrak lines that run along the Eastern Seaboard. The California-based electric vehicle company has installed the first East Coast fast-charging stations, allowing Model S owners to make the 450-mile trek between Boston and Washington DC without worrying about having sufficient juice. Last week, Tesla added two fast-charging stations: one in Wilmington, DE, which is about 30 miles southwest ...
30th August 2013
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Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting “soon”

Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, though, as he talked about his company to the assembled ECC members and media. Fisker said that ...
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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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 ...
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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Jay Leno burns rubber in Tesla Model S

Jay Leno has a pretty big soft spot for alternative-fuel vehicles. From his steam-powered relics to his beloved Chevrolet Volt, the comedian's automotive interests are nothing if not varied. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen stops by the Big Dog Garage to show off his company's new Model S. Jay gets a closer look at the five-door EV's interesting touchscreen controls, expansive moonroof and yes, even the ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk makes just $33,280 a year; has option to buy 5.27 million shares

Depending on when Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is speaking, he's either pointing out that his electric vehicle company has a rough road ahead or that everything will be fine. Both lines can be kind of true, which is one reason that Tesla is such a fascinating company. It's also potentially a very profitable endeavor for Musk, depending. Business Week is reporting that Musk's compensation package, designed 'to keep him at the company,' included an option ...