5th September 2013

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 ...
3rd September 2013

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 ...
25th August 2013

Tesla Model S production reaches 400 cars a week capacity

Civil War Admiral David Farragut has famously been credited with saying, 'Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!' when he was presented with a challenging path ahead during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Specifically, the path was full of torpedoes. The Admiral has some 'move forward!' ideological company in one Elon Musk. While the torpedoes are only figurative at Tesla's Fremont plant, Musk has pushed Tesla Motors to double its weekly output of the Model S all-electric ...
23rd August 2013

Motor Trend suggests Tesla Model S may be most important new car since Ford Model T

'It may very well be the most important new car since the Model T.' That's the summation of the latest video from Motor Trend and its Ignition video series, speaking of the Tesla Model S. Though the buff site had previously released a video featuring a range-testing excursion from LA-to-Vegas (and back), this time its cameras were out to capture whether it proves its worth as a car. For MT's Carlos Lago, the criteria involved in the ...
15th August 2013

Musk reports positive cash flow for Tesla last week

According to Bloomberg, Tesla actually earned money last week. CEO Elon Musk sent out a message on Twitter saying his company was 'narrowly cash positive.' That's big news for a company that hasn't turned a quarterly profit as of yet. Tesla is currently in the middle of stepping up production for its Model S sedan, and has announced the vehicle's MSRP will jump by $2,500, presumably to help fund that expansion. So far, Tesla says it ...
13th August 2013

Tesla Model S will get update for ‘creep’ mode, Service Center costs detailed

With a vehicle as potentially paradigm-shifting as the Model S, you've got to have the service to match. That's why Tesla Motors is rolling out what it calls a 'transformed service experience.' 'Moving beyond automobile service of the past 100 years means bringing service to you in a new way,' wrote Joost de Vries, vice president of global service, on the company's official blog. Tesla will be nearly tripling the number of Tesla Service Centers so ...
12th August 2013

Tesla Model S finally has its date with a dyno

The performance abilities – and even the burnout potential – of the Tesla Model S has already been well documented, but, surprisingly, we haven't yet seen the all-electric luxury hatchback strapped to a dyno. Fortunately, the crew over at Dragtimes has posted a video that finally gave us some real-world numbers for the family- and environmentally friendly Tesla. As the article points out, the results might be off a little (on the low side) due to ...
8th August 2013

Tesla Model S wins 2013 World Green Car of the Year

The automotive journalist judges behind the World Green Car of the Year apparently with the overwhelming majority of AutoblogGreen readers, as they've just named the Tesla Model S their winner. We don't yet know what the official ballots were, but our informal poll had the Tesla beating the other two finalists – the all-electric Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid – with over 82 percent of the vote. This is just the latest win ...
7th August 2013

Tesla adds replacement battery pack costs to price increase details

Price increases are common in the automotive industry so the recent $2,500 jump in prices for upcoming Tesla Model S vehicles wasn't exactly a surprise. Still, most vehicle MSRPs don't go up two-and-a-half grand, and so to explain why the price for the award-winning electric vehicle was so 'high,' George Blankenship, Tesla vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience, has written on the company blog with numbers and details. For example, Blankenship says that inflation ...
5th August 2013

NYT’s Tesla Model S trouble report is “fake,” says Elon Musk [UPDATE]

Remember that episode of Top Gear, where the notoriously anti-EV crew pushed a Tesla Roadster to show what would happen if the car's battery had run out of juice? And then Tesla got all litigious and filed suit (which the company eventually lost)? Well, we might be in for another public scuffle about the merits of electric vehicles. The New York Times recently sent John Broder out in a Model S between the two new Superchargers ...