6th September 2013
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New York Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Tesla Factory-Direct Stores – Rumor Central

Lately, it seems Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been on tour around the country speaking in favor of his factory-direct sales model, against influential state dealer associations that see factory-direct car sales as a threat to the traditional dealership business model. Musk was most recently in Texas at a legislative hearing defending the factory-direct model. A New York Supreme Court justice ruled on Thursday that franchised dealers could not prove sufficient injury to prevent Tesla ...
6th September 2013
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First Look at the Audi A3 e-tron in Latest WOT Video – Rumor Central

Get the full details on the new Audi A3 e-tron electric car on the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle. Jeff Curry, Audi’s E-Mobility Marketing and Strategy representative, discusses Audi’s new EV. Curry tells us that 17 A3 e-tron test vehicles are being launched in four select cities to see how they perform in real-world driving conditions. The production version should be ready in two years and will be based on the upcoming ...
1st September 2013
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Feature Flick: Los Angeles to Las Vegas on One Charge in a Tesla Model S – Rumor Central

The Tesla Model S can go almost 300 miles on a full change, but is that enough to make the drive from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada in relative comfort? Frank Markus and Jessi Lang found out in this episode of Wide Open Throttle. The EPA has rated the Model S at a range of 265 miles when equipped with the largest, 85-kWh battery. For those of you keeping count, the drive from L.A. ...
28th August 2013
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Consumer Reports Rates Tesla Model S 99 Out Of 100 – Rumor Central

The Tesla Model S now has another strong endorsement. Product-review publication Consumer Reports gave the electric car 99 out of 100 possible points — a rating matched by only one other car in Consumer Reports’ history, the 2007 Lexus LS460L. The Tesla Model S received the ringing endorsement from Consumer Reports because, “It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car, it has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy ...
28th August 2013
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Feature Flick: Tesla Model S Does An Electric Slide on Ice – Rumor Central

Though Tesla’s Model S electric sedan is considered by many to be merely a pipe dream, the four-door EV is apparently well into its development, as this video shows a Model S prototype conducting winter in Baudette, Minn. The video starts like an intro to a spy movie, with a satellite image of the testing location complete with info about the region and graphics simulating instrument readings. From this, we learn the temperature range of the ...
25th August 2013
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Zero-Emissions: A Tour of the Tesla Factory and Spin in the Model S in Latest WOT Video – Rumor Central

In the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle, Frank Markus drives the all-new Tesla Model S while host Jessi Lang takes us to electric automaker’s Northern California factory for a tour and a look at how the Model S is built. Lang starts with 2012 Tesla Model S specs. The Model S will be available with 40-, 60- and 85-kWh battery capacities, with an estimated range of up to 265 miles. The Model S is powered ...
24th August 2013
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2013 Tesla Model S Rated For 95 MPGe, 208-Mile Range With 60-kWh Battery Pack – Rumor Central

The 2013 Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan is offered with several different battery packs, and now the Environmental Protection Agency has rated the energy efficiency of the Tesla’s middle option, a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The EPA says that Model S sedans equipped with the 60-kWh battery average 94/97 mpge (city/highway) for a combined rating of 95 mpge, and can travel 208 miles on a single battery charge. The estimates show that the 2013 Tesla ...
24th August 2013
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Tesla Loses $396.2 Million in 2012, Posts Net Loss In Q4 – Rumor Central

The 2012 loss grew some $141.8 million over the company’s 2011 losses, bringing the red ink to a total of $396.2 million. According to Automotive News, “manufacturing and supply chain inefficiencies” were behind the fourth-quarter loss of almost $90 million, which was up by $8.4 million over the same period in 2011. Indeed, the automaker says much of its red ink stems directly from ramping up production of the Model S sedan, the company’s sole product ...
23rd August 2013
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Tesla Model S Top Speed, Child Capacity Tested – Rumor Central

We’ve tested our 2013 Automobile of the Year, the Tesla Model S, extensively. But some people are curious to see what else the electric sedan is capable of, as these two amateur test videos show. In one clip, a driver tries to find the Model S’ top speed, while the other seeks to find out if you can squeeze a kindergarten class into the EV. As we’ve seen in other videos, the Tesla Model S can ...
22nd August 2013
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Tesla Expected to Take First Quarter 2013 Plug-In Sales Lead – Rumor Central

The first models that come to mind for mass-market plug-in vehicles are probably the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and more lately, the Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi. But the best-selling plug-in vehicle for the first quarter of 2013 is expected to be our 2013 Automobile of the Year, the Tesla Model S. Bloomberg reports that the company will reveal the sales results as part of their official sales and financial report to be released on ...
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