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Tesla Fights Back In Georgia: Do Traditional Dealerships Stand A Chance?
Tesla Fights Back In Georgia: Do Traditional Dealerships Stand A Chance?

Elon Musk didn't take the easy route when he launched Tesla Motors. It's not just that he wanted to create game-changing electric cars that could compete with their gas-powered cousins (though he did). It's not just that he eschewed traditional advertising (which he did, although fans have picked...Read More»

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Following In Tesla's Footsteps, BMW Offers To Share Electric Car Technology

Well, this is interesting: according to Auto News, BMW wants to share its electric-car technology with other automakers. Why is that interesting? Because Tesla Motors did something very similar last month. Was BMW inspired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk's (nominally) altruistic act? Or is BMW trying to...Read More»

Stolen Tesla Model S splits in half, catches fire after massive crash in LA area
Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A Tesla Model S

In the early hours of July 4, Joshua Michael Flot stole a Tesla Model S from the automaker's service center in west Los Angeles, California. According to Bloomberg, he then led authorities on a high-speed chase and was doing a good job of outrunning them. Then, Flot reached La Brea Avenue in West...Read More»

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Tesla On Track To Win In Pennsylvania, But It Signals A Long Road Ahead

We've spent a lot of time documenting Tesla's attempts to overturn state franchise laws. Now, the company seems poised for another win -- this time, in Pennsylvania. But if it comes, victory could be bittersweet, pointing to a long series of obstacles littering the road ahead. ROUGH BEGINNINGS When...Read More»

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Terrified Of Tesla, NADA Launches Campaign To Tout Benefits Of Franchise Dealerships

Tesla's roadmap to success has been long and winding and full of potholes. One of the biggest obstacles vexing the startup automaker has been America's network of state franchise laws, most of which prevent automakers -- even small ones like Tesla -- from selling directly to consumers. But CEO Elon...Read More»

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Tesla's First Takers: BMW, Nissan Talk To Elon Musk & Co. About Battery Charging

Last week, Tesla Motors and its charismatic CEO, Elon Musk, did something very, very unusual. After dropping cryptic hints about some "controversial" plans, Musk revealed that Tesla would make its patented electric car technology available to anyone, at no cost, with no threat of lawsuits, provided...Read More»

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Is Elon Musk About To Blow The Roof Off The Electric Car Industry?

As high-tech and eco-friendly as electric cars may be, they're not an easy sell to consumers. Not only are they expensive -- considerably more expensive than comparably equipped gas-powered vehicles -- but shoppers also worry about battery range and about the time those batteries need for...Read More»

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Tesla Poised For Triumph In New Jersey, Could Relaunch Sales Next Month

In the not-too-distant future, someone is going to make a documentary about electric automaker Tesla. It'll be weightier than the one National Geographic put together, and hopefully, it'll be long enough to cover the many twists and turns along the company's road to success -- including one that...Read More»

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Tesla Is California's Biggest Automaker (And Toyota Hasn't Even Packed Its Bags)

Toyota has been based in California since arriving in the U.S. in the late 1950s, but last month, the company announced plans to pack its bags and move to Texas. Thought the U-Hauls won't arrive for at least two more years, Bloomberg reports that Toyota has already lost its crown as California's...Read More»

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Good News For Missouri's Tesla Fans: Direct-Sales Ban Shelved (For Now)

It's a beautiful day for electric car fans in the Midwest: according to Auto News, Missouri's efforts to prevent Tesla from selling directly to consumers have been put on hold for at least another year. This time last week, the forecast in Jefferson City wasn't quite so rosy. Tesla had learned of a...Read More»

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Toyota Consciously Uncouples From Tesla, Choosing To Focus On Fuel Cells

In 2010, Toyota teamed up with Tesla to develop electric cars. According to Green Car Reports and the New York Times, that partnership will soon expire, and Toyota isn't planning to renew it. Why? Because Toyota has seen the future, and it doesn't involve conventional battery electric vehicles. For...Read More»

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Tesla Model X Delayed Until 2015; Model E Name Will Change

Between battery fires and issues with retail stores, Tesla has had anything but a smooth road with the rollout of the Tesla Model S, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the electric automaker has a hit a couple of speed bumps while attempting to prepare for its next products. First, the...Read More»

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Tesla Hits A Speed Bump In Missouri

It's been a weird week for Tesla. On the one hand, the company issued a first-quarter report that showed the automaker meeting sales goals, making a strong entry into China, and laying the groundwork for its eagerly anticipated battery-development "gigafactory". On the other hand, even though...Read More»

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Tesla Wins Support From FTC Heads To Sell Directly To Consumers

You have to hand it to Elon Musk: he doesn't shy away from a challenge. In launching Tesla, he faced three. First, like any startup, Tesla had to let consumers know about its products. Because of Musk's outgoing personality and Tesla's attractively designed cars, that wasn't hard to do -- though...Read More»

Jens Kratholm with two of his six Tesla Roadsters (via the Tesla Motors blog)
Norwegian Man With Seven Teslas Says Electric Cars Work Just Fine In Winter Weather

Last year, the auto world watched Tesla CEO Elon Musk carry out a very public feud with New York Times writer John Broder, who'd published a damning story about his travels in a Tesla Model S. Musk claimed that negative publicity generated by the piece cost Tesla $100 million in revenue. Among...Read More»

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Musk vs. Christie: Tesla Sues New Jersey For The Right To Sell Cars

General Motors isn't the only car company that's spending its Thursday in court: According to NJ.com, Tesla is getting in on the fun, too, filing suit in the hopes that it can continue selling vehicles in New Jersey. To recap: last month, in a 6-0 vote, New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission adopted...Read More»

Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_
NHTSA Closes Safety Probe Of Model S After Tesla Adds Upgrades

Last week, Tesla announced a series of safety upgrades to existing and future Model S vehicles. Apparently, those improvements were enough to assuage investigators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who've pulled the plug on a probe of the Model S. The investigation began last...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Now Comes With Titanium Shield To Ward Off Pesky Fires

Tesla Motors is on a roll: Sales projections are strong. The company's attempts to upend the conventional manufacturer-dealer model seem to be working. (Except in New Jersey -- though that could change.) And Tesla's efforts to boost battery capacity could usher in a new Energy Age. In fact, the...Read More»

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9 Things Elon Musk Could Do With Larry Page's $32.3 Billion

Google CEO Larry Page made a surprising statement at this week's TED conference in Vancouver. During an interview with Charlie Rose, Page said that, instead of leaving his fortune to charity, he'd rather give it to Elon Musk. It's not necessarily a bad idea. Charities do great work in communities...Read More»

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