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  • My First-Hand Experience With Tesla Motors, Inc.'s Ninja-Like Service

    10/05/2014 7:40:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies ^ | 09/27/2014 | Daniel Sparks
    According to Consumer Reports, Tesla Model S owners are highly satisfied. In fact, the 99 out of 100 owner-satisfaction score gathered from 600 owners is the highest the agency has seen in years. This is somewhat surprising in light of what seems to be a high level of maintenance and service appointments that Model S owners are experiencing. To be fair, much of the maintenance seems to be due to hyperactive proactivity and misdiagnosis as the company learns to properly diagnose problems unique to its electric cars. Still, as a young vehicle manufacturer, there is certainly room for quality control...
  • Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

    08/31/2014 5:13:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Justin Pritchard
    From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    04/24/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-24-2014 | Staff & Provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    ( —Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components—the positive cathode, negative anode and ion-conducting electrolyte—can play only one role in the device. The electrolyte in the team's new battery design has dual functions: it serves not only as an ion conductor but also as a cathode supplement. This cooperative chemistry, enabled by the use...
  • Tesla outsells Porsche, Buick, Lincoln, others in California

    08/27/2013 10:55:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 86 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 27, 2013 | Bengt Halvorson
    Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors is outselling a number of very well established vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and Cadillac—and far outsold Jaguar and Land Rover combined. And the long-established, full-line luxury brand Infiniti only posted just 51 more registrations in the state than Tesla. This wasn't just a monthly sales blip, either. Even on a year-to-date basis, through June, Tesla has sold more vehicles in California than Land Rover, Jaguar, Lincoln, Volvo, or Porsche.
  • Why Texas Bans the Sale of Tesla Cars [direct sales to customers is illegal in Texas]

    08/22/2013 10:01:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 46 replies ^ | August 22, 2013
    an unlikely newcomer is getting top honors: the Tesla Model S.It’s the first electric car to win Motor Trend’s Car of the Year; an unprecedented 99 out of 100 rating from Consumer Reports; and now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s also the safest car ever.But if the Model S really is the car of the future, then why has Texas banned its sales in the state and why are lawmakers in several other states trying to do the same? To answer that, first you need to meet Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He plans on opening 50...
  • Tesla Model S scores highest marks ever on U.S. crash testing

    08/20/2013 9:10:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    As much as electric car builders hail their vehicles as the future of transportation, one question they couldn't answer fully was just how well their vehicles would withstand a crash. Automakers have spent decades finessing their chassis; what happened when an engine-less vehicle went head-on into a barrier wasn't clear, and as the post crash-test smoldering of a Chevy Volt demonstrated, the batteries posed new challenges. Leave it to Tesla to provide the first hard evidence — with data from U.S. government tests showing the Model S sedan may be the most crash-proof passenger vehicle on the road today. Normally,...
  • Tesla: 100% Market Share in Silicon Valley [for new cars $100K and up]

    02/25/2013 7:49:11 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies ^ | 02/12/13 | Anton Wahlman
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The plural of anecdote is statistics. There are lies, damned lies and statistics. So take what I am about to say for whatever it is worth. Maybe nothing. I own some Tesla (TSLA) stock, after all, just so I can go to the annual shareholder meeting, get a free coffee and be my usual pest. You could argue that what I am about to present is the equivalent of saying, "I've never seen a non-Apple (AAPL) tablet out in the wild, so therefore..." -- and you would be right. But people are still justifying this kind...
  • SolarCity — Another Obama Scandal

    10/12/2012 1:51:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jack Inglewood
    SolarCity (SCTY), another “green energy” company and recipient of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds, in under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), sources reveal. The company, which recently filed for its initial IPO, has disclosed that it received subpoenas in July from the U.S. Treasury Department. The Treasury Department is investigating whether companies overstated the market value of solar panel arrays they installed when claiming the 30% federal cash grant. The IRS also notified SolarCity that it is auditing two of its investment funds and reviewing the claimed value of solar systems submitted to receive the federal cash...
  • Tesla Model S: First drive of the electric sedan that will change the world or die trying

    06/23/2012 4:39:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 170 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Justin Hyde
    Of all the new cars unveiled this year, none will be as hotly anticipated as the Model S from Tesla Motors, a luxury sedan doubling as a brash, billion-dollar bet that the era of the electric car has arrived. As the first journalist to test-drive one, I can report the Tesla Model S successfully challenges a century of assumptions about what a great car can be. Unlike gas engines, electric cars generate their maximum power at start -- and no electric car has ever had as much power as the Model S, whose Performance edition is good for 417 hp....
  • Tesla Still Losing Money, But Plans an Early Debut for Its Sedan

    05/14/2012 2:05:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09 May 2012 | Kevin Bullis
    The automaker plans to ship its Model S electric sedan in June, rather than July. Tesla Motors announced today that it is on track to start delivering its Model S in June, a month ahead of schedule. It moved up the date of the first deliveries because it’s nearly completed testing on 80 cars it’s built so far. Tesla continues to lose money. It lost nearly $90 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared to a loss of about $50 million during the same period the year before. It’s staying afloat in large part thanks to a Department of...
  • At Burning Man, Air-Conditioning, RVs Make Inroads

    09/05/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    wsj ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 | STU WOO and JUSTIN SCHECK
    BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev.—The giant Burning Man art festival, in its official manifesto, calls on attendees to exhibit "radical self-reliance" as they camp and frolic on the dry lakebed here for a week every year. Burning Man's mantra is so compelling that some 50,000 participants have gathered in this rustic setting for the 25th annual rite. But some bourgeois Burners are calling upon more than spiritual vibes to tap their inner self. They've got hired help. ... Elsewhere on the desert grounds, Burners wear bikini tops, leather chaps, stilts, goggles—and sometimes nothing at all. They rely on canned food for...
  • Report raps Westly over federal stimulus money doled out to cleantech firms

    04/01/2011 8:55:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/1/11 | John Woolfolk
    Steve Westly's career has long straddled the worlds of progressive politics and alternative energy. Now Westly's roles bankrolling green-energy-firms such as Tesla Motors (TSLA) and alternative energy-friendly politicians such as President Obama have drawn questions about whether the former eBay (EBAY) executive and Democratic state controller's investments unduly benefitted from his political connections. An investigative report this week by the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and ABC News suggested that after Westly raised $500,000 for Obama's presidential bid, cleantech firms backed by his Menlo Park venture capital firm clinched more than a half-billion dollars in federal aid....
  • Tesla Motors recalls a third of its cars

    10/04/2010 1:46:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    New Mexico Business Weekly ^ | October 4, 2010 | Steven E.F. Brown
    Smoke and “possible fire” behind a headlamp led Tesla Motors to recall a third of the 1,300 electric sportscars it has sold so far... So far, Tesla has sold about 1,300 of the expensive Roadsters, which cost $109,000 a piece. This recall affects 439 cars.
  • Tesla Motors lands $465M loan with feds to build Palo Alto plant

    01/25/2010 4:28:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 1,109+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/25/10 | Jason Green
    Tesla Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday finalized a landmark $465 million loan agreement that will allow the electric car maker to build a power train manufacturing plant in Palo Alto. The agreement also paves the way for Tesla Motors to build a facility in Southern California where it will manufacture its upcoming all-electric Model S sedan. It is only the second loan agreement the Department of Energy has signed with an "advanced technology vehicle manufacturer" under a program created in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The federal agency first reached a $5.9 billion...
  • Should the government give $400 million to the maverick electric car maker?

    11/24/2008 9:02:56 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 810+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2008 | Taylor Buley
    Bay Area Mayors Gavin Newsom, Chuck Reed and Ron Dellums want to turn California into the Detroit of green cars with their new public-private initiative (See "California E-Car Dreaming.") Now, I'm a conservationist, but I'm also a libertarian. So while I'm all for bringing green business to Silicon Valley, I have to ask: Does that mean rescuing a business that shows no evidence of being able to make it on its own? Electric car maverick Tesla Motors, of San Carlos, Calif., is asking the U.S. Department of Energy for $400 million in direct loans. To me, it seems like a...
  • Shipping Costs Start to Crimp Globalization

    08/02/2008 12:15:46 PM PDT · by don-o · 89 replies · 144+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2008 | LARRY ROHTER
    When Tesla Motors, a pioneer in electric-powered cars, set out to make a luxury roadster for the American market, it had the global supply chain in mind. Tesla planned to manufacture 1,000-pound battery packs in Thailand, ship them to Britain for installation, then bring the mostly assembled cars back to the United States. But when it began production this spring, the company decided to make the batteries and assemble the cars near its home base in California, cutting more than 5,000 miles from the shipping bill for each vehicle.
  • An Electric Car With Juice (Nikola Tesla&Arnold Schwarzenegger)

    07/28/2006 2:48:17 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 129 replies · 2,777+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2006 | Mike Musgrove
    The Tesla Roadster goes from zero to 60 in four noiseless seconds, has a top speed of 135 mph and can roam for more than 200 miles before needing a recharge. ... Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors Inc. raised $60 million in financing from San Francisco Bay area tech giants to get this car on the road. Those famous Toyota Prius owners Larry Page and Sergey Brin -- yes, the Google guys -- have invested, as have executives from eBay Inc. and PayPal. The company is headed by entrepreneur Martin Eberhard, the man once behind a gadget called the RocketeBook....