Tesla Motors

Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'
Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk waded into Donald Trump territory yesterday. He didn't get a new hairdo, succumb to bouts of sniffling, or get caught praising the Pontiac Aztec on a hot-mic recording from 2005. (Though if anyone has access to that last one, we'd love a copy.) Instead, Musk, like Trump...Read More»

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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine...Read More»

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Elon Musk's master plan 2.0 includes a defense of Tesla Autopilot (also: hello, Tesla Semi!)

On July 10, Tesla's outspoken CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted about a "Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2". The world wondered: what will such a plan include? Will it be exciting enough to distract everyone from three high-profile investigations of the company's Autopilot software, which has been linked...Read More»

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Tesla Model S investigated for suspension problems (and Tesla isn't happy about it)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating complaints about suspension problems on the Tesla Model S. The agency is also looking into reports that Tesla Motors asked owners to sign "Goodwill Agreements" that prevent them from speaking with federal regulators...Read More»

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Tesla Model 3: What we know so far about the production electric car

Just over a week ago Tesla Motors opened the reservation books for its Model 3 electric car, which is expected to be delivered in production form by late 2017. About 115,000 refundable pre-order deposits, at $1,000 each, had already been placed for the Model 3 even before it was shown on the...Read More»

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Tesla Model 3 revealed; should you get in line for $35k, 215-mile electric car?

Tesla Motors has previewed its Model 3, an Audi A4-sized pure-electric sporty sedan that will start at about $35,000, seat five adults, accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, and go at least 215 miles on a charge. Deliveries of the Model 3 aren’t expected to start until late 2017; yet...Read More»

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Tesla mulls federal suit to sell in Texas, Michigan, other states (and Hurricane Katrina may help)

This is a very big week for Tesla. Just a few short months after delivering its first Model X crossovers to earlybird customers, the all-electric automaker will begin taking reservations for another new model tomorrow. Priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 could dramatically boost Tesla's sales...Read More»

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Tesla Applies For Dealership License In Michigan. This Ought To Be Interesting

For years, Tesla Motors has fought to undo, overturn, and slip through loopholes in state franchise laws that prevent automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers. But now, in an interesting twist, Tesla has begun applying for a dealership license -- in the state of Michigan, no less...Read More»

Tesla's "Revolutionize Your Commute" video
Tesla Wants To Revolutionize Your Commute

Tesla Motors has rolled out some groundbreaking technology over the past few months. Now, the company has taken to YouTube to share the perks of that technology with would-be buyers. The "Revolutionize Your Commute" video is aimed at folks who begin and end their workday on the freeway. The clip...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Slips In Annual Reliability Survey, Audi Gains

The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S has dropped to below-average reliability levels and thus lost the organization's Recommended rating, according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Reliability Survey results, released today. To some who’ve followed the headlines for the Model S, that may...Read More»

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Tesla Model S, Model X Go ‘No Hands’ With Autosteer Software Update

Cars that function autonomously—that truly drive themselves—remain some years away; yet today, Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] released several key technologies that are essential building-block technologies for getting there. With its latest software upgrade, called version 7.0, Tesla has...Read More»

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Tesla Model X Pricing: Debut At $133k, Ludicrous Speed Optional

Tesla Motors has revealed debut pricing for its 2015 Tesla Model X crossover vehicle—via its Model X configurator. While these prices are even a bit higher than Tesla had previously hinted, so far the lineup only includes the top 90-kWh Model X Signature Series. The base MSRP for the Tesla...Read More»

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Elon Musk: Tesla Model X Crossover Coming In 3-4 Months

If you love the idea of owning an electric vehicle from a start-up automaker but find the Tesla Model S too small for your rugged/schleppy/soccer-parent lifestyle, we have good news: according to Bloomberg, Tesla is on-track to deliver its new Model X crossover within the next three or four months...Read More»

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Texas Snubs Tesla As Clock Runs Out On Direct-Sales Bill: What About The Hyperloop & Gigafactory?

Yesterday, a gavel banged in Austin, Texas, bringing the state's 84th legislature to an end. As with most legislative sessions, officials made progress on some fronts, but many bills were tabled or died in committee. As Auto News reports, two of those failed bills would've allowed Tesla Motors to...Read More»

State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]
Can The FTC Persuade Michigan & Other States To Open Their Doors To Tesla?

Tesla Motors recently won major victories in Maryland and New Jersey, with both states passing laws that allow the automaker to skirt franchise laws and sell its battery-electric vehicles directly to consumers. Now, Tesla and its fans are turning their attention to the west -- specifically, the...Read More»

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The Tesla Powerwall: Does It Really Mean The End Of Fossil Fuels?

When Steve Jobs tapped Tim Cook to be his successor at Apple, the man knew what he was doing. Cook is just as detail-oriented as Jobs was, and he's kept the company moving forward -- usually in interesting directions. However, there's one thing that Cook can't do quite as well as his late boss...Read More»

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In 2013, Google Almost Bought Tesla For $11 Billion

Tesla Motors accounts for a tiny fraction of the world's car sales, but after just a few years in the biz, the small company has already had a huge effect on laws, public opinion, and the auto industry. However, according to a new book by Ashlee Vance, things could've gone very different for Tesla...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Tesla Triumphs In Maryland As New Bill Allows Sales At Four Sites: Which State Is Next?

Another one bites the dust -- and more will surely follow. Auto News reports that the Maryland legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tesla to open up to four retail locations in the state. Governor Larry Hogan hasn't indicated whether he'll sign the bill, but at least one delegate with...Read More»

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Scion Lets You (Almost) Buy A Car At Home, Take Delivery At Dealership

The Scion niche small-car brand has long operated as a sort of laboratory for Toyota. And now it’s serving as a testbed for how the role of Toyota dealerships could change in the future—to be, perhaps, a little more like the controversial sales methods used by Tesla Motors. But prior to...Read More»

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