We're here at the Tesla Design Studio in Los Angeles, where Elon Musk just unveiled his startup's third vehicle: an SUV it calls the Model X. It's party piece is a pair of double-hinged "Falcon Wing" rear doors which apparently make loading people and things easier, as you reach into the car not over it.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally revealed what some in the auto industry have been speculating on. The company is indeed planning on launching a new electric vehicle, one to face off with BMW's 3 series. And more than that, as the third generation of its line, Tesla will be christening it with a rather plain-looking name: the Model III. The Model III name might be functional but it is also quite bland. However, it is also somewhat of an inside joke that belies Musk's eccentricity.
Tesla hasn't quite delivered its newModel X SUVyet, but at least we have a name for its first electric vehicle pointed at the mainstream. In an interview withAutoExpress, CEO Elon Musk (pictured above with an old Model S prototype) revealed it will be called the Model 3 (with three bars to represent it), after Ford put the kibosh on calling it the Model E.
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Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't justtake it from us;Consumer Reportsrated the Tesla Model Sthe "best overall" car inits 2014 Top Picks report(which includes allnon-electriccars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back.
Tesla has toughened theModel S' underbodyto help prevent anymore fires, but apparently it needs to add some reinforcement to its network features too. An enterprising hacker can't quite drive one of the electric vehicles away (they'd need a key fob to start the car), but holes in the auto's security apparently allow ane'er-do-wellto locate the vehicle, unlock its doors and steal your belongings.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will announce on Thursday that Tesla will build a giant battery factory in the state. USA Today's Chris Woodyard reported the news , citing unnamed sources. This isn't necessarily bad news for other states, including California, that were in the running.
The guessing game might finally over. Nevada state officials have slated a 4 p.m. press conference on Thursday to announce something related to "economic development". Sources close to the matter, however, have a more specific name for this: Tesla 's first " gigafactory " battery plant.
Tesla is "furious" at claims by a high-level Hyundai executive that the Supercharger network was paid for by the US government through grants and loans, accusing the Korean firm in turn of wanting unfair subsidies.
Tesla delivered 6,457 Model S EVs in its first 2014 quarter, and produced 7,535, as the company ramps up to deliver right-hand drive cars from June and continues working on the delayed Model X SUV. Elon Musk's car firm saw a non-GAAP income of $17m (GAAP loss of $50m) and expects to deliver more than 35,000 vehicles in 2014.
We haven't figured out what happened yet, either. If anyone can find out, please let us know and we'll pass the info on to Musk!Tesla CEO Elon Musk is in Japan, making the media rounds and presumably pushing forward the electric carmaker's Asian business. But he's also gone on a TV game show — testament to his bravery, as Japanese TV game shows are well know for being downright bizarre.
Several states have been in the running for amulti-billion dollar facility Tesla Motors has envisioned to build components for its electric cars (including the$35,000 Model 3), but it appears Nevada is the one.CNBCsources indicated a deal was close earlier today, and now Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has timed a "major announcement" for tomorrow at 7PM ET.
It's safe to say electric carshaven't yet captured the attentionof UK drivers. Then again, Brits haven't officially been able to get their hands on a right-hand drive Tesla, despite the companyopening a London showroom last year. That will all change when Elon Musk and co. bring the first Tesla Model S Performance Plus to the UK on June 7th.
Elon Musk was on "60 Minutes" tonight, talking about his two big companies: Tesla and SpaceX. In the segment, Musk says he expected Tesla to failScott Pelley: How did you figure you were going to start a car company and be successful at it? Elon Musk: Well, I didn't really think Tesla would be successful. I thought we would most likely fail.
After a tough battle between traditional dealerships and the EV upstart, the deal that Tesla Motors has managed to conclude with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's car dealers is that the company’s direct-sales outlets will be allowed to continue business, as long as they don’t open any more dealerships in the state.
Tesla Motors is going to need to expand production to hit its goal of selling a$35,000 electric vehicleby 2017, and asrumored, today it's announcing plans for a new plant in Nevada that will help it get there. Several states were in the running to host the "Gigafactory" (and its 6,500~ jobs) but Elon Musk and Co. have chosen to put down roots in the Reno area.
Sure, Elon Musk isgiving away Tesla patents, but don't be surprised if more established manufacturers politely decline his offer. Instead of batteries and electric charging stations, players like General Motors, Mercedes, Honda and Toyota are focusing their efforts on a very different sort of fuel system: hydrogen.
The luxe electric car company Tesla Motors is not very happy with the Obama administration. Last Friday evening, the White House rejected a petition asking it to "allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states." The company responded with a statement of its own criticizing the White House's response as "disappointing" and "timid.
confirmed The fate of Tesla's Gigafactory, which the company hopes will begin pumping out lithium ion batteries to power its cars, remains uncertain after Panasonic confirmed it had was not collaborating on the project, despite reports to the contrary.Obviously, a scuttled Gigafactory would be bad news for the electric auto maker.