3rd September 2013

Tesla CEO Says He Might Go to Washington to Fight Dealer Franchise Laws

Tesla Motors is continuing its fight to set up independent stores to sell its novel electric cars, and dealers are fighting back. Now its CEO, Elon Musk, says he’s willing to take his case to Washington to smite the traditional dealership sales model in one fell swoop. “If we’re seeing nonstop battles at the state level, rather than fight 20 different state battles, I’d ...
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

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, Calls Fisker a "Mediocre Product at a High Price;" Henrik Fisker "Delighted"

It was just a matter of time before Tesla and Fisker had to duke it out for a second time – the first coming in a Fisker-won court battle. This time around, it was Tesla ...
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 ...
1st September 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers Boeing unsolicited help via Twitter

No fan of electric vehicles likes to see the words “lithium-ion” and “fire” in the same sentence, but thanks to the recent fiasco of battery packs being identified as the possible cause of fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, that’s just what the headlines have been saying. A thorough investigation of the model’s systems is still under way, but the batteries have now been more or less cleared as the cause. But help, which nobody ...
31st August 2013

Rolls-Royce copies Tesla and opens its first in-mall boutique showroom

Tesla got a lot of flack when it opened its showrooms inside of malls, turning the entire dealership and car buying process on its head. Though Tesla has been banned from such sales in a couple of states including Texas and perhaps soon in North Carolina, the idea has apparently inspired others, notably Rolls-Royce. Rolls officially announced today that it has opened its first-ever boutique showroom in Bangkok, Thailand, of all places. Just like the Tesla showrooms, ...
31st August 2013

Coda Automotive, the 'anti-Tesla,' files for bankruptcy, returns focus to battery biz

Tesla Motors has stolen the electric car spotlight with its flashy, luxurious Model S, but there is another upstart EV builder that most people forget about (and it’s not Fisker). Maybe that’s why Coda Automotive is filing for bankruptcy. The company will leave the car business and instead concentrate on Coda Energy, a stationary battery division it started in 2011. Coda Automotive had a short and frustrated existence. It finally put its electric sedan on sale last ...
30th August 2013

First Tesla Model S Owner Takes Delivery

Watch on YouTube The anticipated release of the Tesla Model S is nearly here. It began just a few days ago with the launch of the Tesla Model S design studio, so customers could customize their own Model S and place an order. Just a few days later, we are now set to announce that the first Model S has been handed over ...
30th August 2013

The Greenest and Meanest Cars in 2013

Toyota Motor Sales 2013 Toyota Prius C. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has produced an annual list of the “greenest” and “meanest” vehicles for 15 years. Its 2013 Greenest winner is the downsized Toyota Prius C. The council gives cars and trucks a green score derived from Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy and emissions data. The Prius C’s score of 58 (with fuel economy at 53 city/46 highway) just topped the 57 rating of the ...
30th August 2013

2013 Tesla Model S 60-Kilowatt-Hour Model EPA-Rated at 208 Miles of Range

It took Tesla long enough. The start-up automaker has filled its first reservation orders with its 85-kilowatt-hour Model S for two reasons: 1) Its performance is far more impressive than its smaller-battery stablemates and 2) with the money coming from the more expensive models, Tesla has a bigger buffer before trying to meet its 20,000 cars per year sales target. But Tesla Motors ...