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Tesla & Elon Musk Finally Unveil 'The D'
Tesla & Elon Musk Finally Unveil 'The D'

Last week, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk sent out this curious tweet: About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014 The internet tittered like third-graders laughing at the word "tittered". Today, however, no one's laughing or...Read More»

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Iowa Shakes Fist, Tells Tesla To Get Off Its Property

Iowa has told Tesla to hit the road -- and not in the good way. According to the Des Moines Register, the state's Department of Transportation told Tesla to pack its bags and cut short a planned series of test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month. Why would the DOT do such a thing? Because...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Gets Over-The-Air Software Update, With Traffic Navigation, Remote Start, And More

Last week, the internet was abuzz over a software update -- namely, Apple's release of iOS8. But on Friday, electric car company Tesla announced a substantial software update of its own, and some of the new bells and whistles are even more interesting than those found on iPhones. The new operating...Read More»

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014
Too-Tough Franchise Laws May Have Doomed Texas' Bid For Tesla Gigafactory

As we reported last week, Tesla is heading to Nevada. It's not going for the gambling or the scenery or the other entertainments on tap, but for the land -- specifically, the land at 2641 Portofino Drive, located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. That's where Tesla is building its lithium-ion...Read More»

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Tesla & Toyota Getting Back Together?

For several years, Tesla Motors and Toyota had a thing going on. The affair started in 2010, when the two automakers began collaborating on the Toyota RAV4 EV. Last May, Tesla and Toyota announced that they were breaking up, but according to Auto News, Tesla CEO Elon Musk may soon try to rekindle...Read More»

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Tesla Picks Nevada For (Its First) Gigafactory: Announcement Expected Today

For weeks, rumors have circulated about Tesla's new lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" and where it'll be located. According to Bloomberg, all that gossip could come to an end today: Tesla is expected to make an announcement this afternoon, and the location of that announcement is telling: Carson...Read More»

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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»

Elon Musk plugs a Tesla Model S into a Supercharger (Image: deanslavnich on Twitter)
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»

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster
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»

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