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 ...
25th August 2013
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Return of the Sports Car: Tesla’s Future Includes BMW X3 Fighter, Roadster Successor

With news of upcoming expansion plans, Tesla appears to be continuing its journey from just barely surviving to thriving. In a Wired report, Tesla CEO Elon Musk admits the company is planning a BMW X3 fighter as well as a sports car successor to the original Tesla, the Roadster. Before Tesla can think about launching a midsize crossover and roadster in the 2016 calendar year, however, the company also has the upcoming Model X crossover, not ...
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 ...
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 ...
23rd August 2013
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Inside Line pits Tesla Model S against Porsche Panamera GTS

Well, that must've been fun. Inside Line really took one for the team by road-testing the battery-electric Tesla Model S and the Porsche Panamera GTS against each other. It's a tough life. Inside Line decided the Panamera GTS was the closest competitor to the Model S based on performance, price and size, even though the Porsche's base price of almost $112,000 is around $18,000 more than the 'base' Model S Signature, the only version currently available (but ...
22nd August 2013
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Report: Tesla CEO Elon Musk Pontificates On Future EV Products – Rumor Central

It’s been about two weeks since Tesla’s Model S won Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year, and the EV sedan added another trophy–Motor Trend’s Car of the Year title –to its case, which also includes Yahoo Autos’ Car of the Year. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is happy to see the awards rack up and hear the accolades, but is reportedly celebrating with the promise of more Tesla models. That isn’t to say that Musk isn’t ...
21st August 2013
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Tesla Needs Mo’ Money, Has Mo’ Problems

Purveyor of all things electric, automaker Tesla has asked the federal government for yet another loan to get its Model S electric sports sedan off the ground and into production. Tesla secured a $465 million loan in 2009 from the U.S. Department of Energy to build its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters and refurbish the former General Motors-Toyota NUMMI joint-venture plant in Fremont, Calif. ...
21st August 2013
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Wide Open Throttle Drives Tesla Model S, Explores Tesla Factory

The 2012 Tesla Model S is a make-or-break car for electric car manufacturer Tesla. On this week’s Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes us on a tour of Tesla’s Silicon Valley factory, while Frank Markus brings us along for his interview with Elon Musk and drive of the 2012 Tesla Model S. Lang starts with 2012 Tesla Model S specs. The Model S will be available with 40-, 60- and 85-kWh battery capacities, with an ...
21st August 2013
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Tesla Taking a New Approach to Automotive Sales

We always see new little wrinkles in automotive dealerships to try and make the car-buying experience seem less stressful and forced. Two key examples are the “No-Haggle” promise offered by now-defunct Saturn and the “Sign-and-Drive” ...
20th August 2013
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Tesla takes Bite out of Apple to Control Full Car Buying Experience

Automakers such General Motors, Toyota, and BMW have a lot in common with software makers. They build their vehicles, then sell them to dealerships. Microsoft, in a similar vein, sells its Windows operating system to hardware makers like Dell, which uses the OS to run its PCs. Roll out Tesla. The electric car maker is eschewing the traditional automaker-dealership paradigm by directly selling ...