5th September 2013

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

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 ...
4th September 2013

Tesla pickup truck could be a sweet ride for electric cowboys

Talk about burying the lede. Autocar published a short piece the other day about Tesla Motors releasing its third-generation vehicles – mass-market models that we believe will come in both sedan and crossover flavors with starting prices in the $30,000 neighborhood – in 2015. Cool, but we knew that. Speaking with Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, the publication was also told that future models would feature more distinctive styling compared to the Model S. Those familiar ...
3rd September 2013

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 ...
2nd September 2013

During National Plug In Day, Getting the Silent Treatment

Ronald Ahrens Tesla Roadsters outside the Automobile Driving Museum on Sunday. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — For four conspicuously quiet hours on the second-annual National Plug In Day, electric cars and motorcycles swarmed the flat, oak-shaded boulevards wending through office parks just south of Los Angeles International Airport. From a shared starting point here at the Automobile Driving Museum, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner and 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, two of Detroit’s most recognizable products of ...
28th August 2013

Tesla Owners Take Solidarity Road Trip

By Lauren Goode Getty Images Tesla Model S A group of Tesla Model S owners, charged up over a recent New York Times column that challenged the reliability of the electric vehicle, hit the road this weekend to replicate the same drive the Times reporter made. The group, which started out with nine cars, drove the 353 miles from Rockville, Md. to Groton, Conn., live-tweeting telemetry updates and color commentary throughout the trip. But not all of the starting nine ...
28th August 2013

Wheelies: The Exit Velocity Edition

Jean-Francois Monier/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThe driver Stephane Sarrazin in a Peugeot 908 during qualifying sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race last June. The factory team announced its withdrawal from the 2012 race calendar this week. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Peugeot, which has competed with Audi for dominance of the Le Mans series in recent years, has announced its withdrawal from the 2012 race calendar. ...
26th August 2013

Tesla Models S Canadian price starts at $65,500

Tesla Motors has announced Canadian pricing for its 2012 Model S sedan. It looks like Canucks will have to shell out C$65,500 (around $66,400 U.S. at today's rate) to get into the least expensive, 40-kWh battery version of the all-electric. The 60-kWh variant will be C$75,200 ($76,200) and the 85-kWh, C$85,900 ($87,000). Those interested in the Model S Performance are now looking at a bill for C$100,400 ($101,700). Yes, that's a lot of loonies, but buyers ...
25th August 2013

Developer sues Tesla over proposed New Mexico Model S plant

New Mexico may be The Land of Enchantment, but at least one developer from the state is less than charmed with Tesla Motors. The electric-vehicle maker has been sued by Rio Real Estate Investment Opportunities for what the developer says was an agreed-upon deal for Tesla to produce its Model S battery-electric sedan in New Mexico, according to website Gigaom. Tesla allegedly reached an agreement in early 2007 to have Rio Real Estate build a 150,000-square-foot factory ...
24th August 2013

Wheelies: The Dealer’s Dilemma Edition

Tesla Motors A Tesla Motors store in Scottsdale, Ariz. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Dealer associations around the United States have lodged formal protests against Tesla Motors, claiming the company has violated state laws barring manufacturers from operating dealerships. Tesla has opened stores in 10 states as well as in the District of Columbia, without the involvement of franchisees. Some dealers fear the Tesla retail model, if successful, could set ...
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