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 ...
5th September 2013
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Wheelies: The F1 Golf Cart Edition

Wheelies: The F1 Golf Cart Edition

Renault The Twizy Renault Sport F1 mixes diminutive electric car with a Formula 1-style KERS boost. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • What do you get when you cross a diminutive electric city car and a Formula 1 racer? The Twizy Renault Sport F1, apparently. It’s an exercise in boldness, superimposing Formula 2 wheels, a Formula-style steering wheel and a racy front splitter onto a platform that looks more likely ...
1st August 2013
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Tesla’s Elon Musk offers “final” thoughts on NYT spat, but Twitter flames continue

For a while there, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was having a kumbaya moment after the public editor The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote that her publication may have been overzealous in its criticism of the Tesla Model S and admitted that Times reporter John Broder was not entirely precise with his mileage or speed logs. Musk, writing on the official Tesla blog post, thanked Sullivan and the Times for the response and also singled out ...
28th July 2013
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Gentlemen, Start Your Calculators: Checking the Math of Tesla’s Lend-Lease Program

Noah Berger/Reuters Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk. The announcement on Tuesday by Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, of a hybrid lease-purchase plan for its Model S electric luxury sedan, coupled with a guaranteed buyback program for three-year-old cars, generated a great deal of Internet buzz and a lot of armchair number-crunching. Until now, it has not been easy to lease a Model S, partly because it was not possible to claim alternative-vehicle tax incentives unless ...
22nd July 2013
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Wheelies: The Fantasy Electric Truck Edition

Jack Plunkett/Associated Press Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who made an appearance in Austin, Texas last month, was back this week to ply state lawmakers. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • He just won a legal battle waged by New York car dealers, but Elon Musk still has his sights set on Texas, where he is trying to prepare the way for dealer-free Tesla to be able to sell more electric ...
21st July 2013
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Tesla vs. Chrysler: Who’s on First?

Twitter Part of the Twitter battle between Elon Musk and Chrysler over which American company paid off its federal loans first. The Twitter messages are once again flying from Tesla Motors. In a Wednesday announcement, the Palo Alto, Calif., automaker said it had paid off the entire loan made to the company by the Energy Department — and added that it was “the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.” Within hours, Gualberto Ranieri, a ...
28th June 2013
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Wheelies: The Change the Batteries Edition

Tesla Motors The Tesla Model S. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • If Consumer Reports’ recent review of the Tesla Model S is anything to go by, the electric carmaker has produced quite the phenomenal ride. But the big drawback with fully electric cars is, of course, the fact that drivers have to sit around and wait while the car charges. But that may change. Tesla Motors has revived discussion of ...
15th June 2013
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Wheelies: The Cheaper Used Cars Edition

Thomas R Machnitzki, via Wikimedia Commons Rising new-car sales have led to cheaper used-car prices. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • This year’s spike in new car sales is good news for used car buyers. As more people opt for new cars, more vehicles will become available on the used car market, lowering their prices. According to Kelley Blue Book, wholesale auction prices for used cars were at a three-year low ...