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.
One of the biggest things Tesla can do to bring down the price of its vehicles is to bring down the price of batteries, the single most expensive component across the range of the company's current and planned cars.It seems that the recent meetings between Tesla and Apple aren't going to bring the electric automaker's battery technology to the iPhone or iPad — for now.
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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.
The main story with Tesla today is that another Model S caught on fire . That's yet another Model S fire, which is worrisome. Tesla says that gas-powered cars are much worse. The fire problem is not good for Tesla, but here's something that is: When it's not on fire, the car is a beast.
Forbes contributor Mark Rogowsky made this map to show where Tesla is banned from selling cars, where it's legal to sell cars, and where it's in the middle of a legislative fight over selling its cars. This week New Jersey banned Tesla's direct-to-consumers sales model . Traditionally, auto companies sell their cars through independent dealers.
Reports are out today in The San Francisco Chronicle , and just about every tech publication, that Apple could be in preliminary talks to buy electric automobile manufacturer Tesla. With the mobile phone and tablet markets becoming increasingly competitive, Apple is interested in expanding to other markets to increase growth.
Tesla's stock took a huge beating back in October and November after there were three separate Model S fires reported within in six weeks. None of the fires were spontaneous; they were all caused by accidents. At the time, Tesla CEO Elon Musk went on the offensive and blogged about the safety of the vehicle.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a Bloomberg interview that his company did meet with Apple’s acquistions chief, but said a sale of Tesla was “unlikely.” A recent report noted Apple’s mergers and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica met with Musk. “We had conversations with Apple, I can’t comment on whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition,” Musk said.
Following the accelerated Gigafactory plans Tesla revealed late last month to mass produce Li-ion batteries, the company has unveiled plans to further its expansion throughout Europe. To do so, Tesla Motors plans to open in excess of 30 additional service centers and stores throughout the region.
Cadillac is jumping into the electric car game with the ELR , an attractive plug-in hybrid coupe that will go 37 miles on pure electricity and another 300 thanks to an internal combustion engine. Problem is: the ELR starts at $75,000, before a $7,500 federal tax credit. That makes it the most expensive car in Cadillac's fleet and on par with the widely acclaimed Tesla Model S.
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.
Perhaps by integrating iOS or Siri into the car's sophisticated entertainment/information system in some way.Adrian Perica, who orchestrates mergers and acquisitions for Apple, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk at Apple headquarters last spring, Thomas Lee and David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle report.
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.
In a stunt that attempts to promote its electric Model S sedans as well as its Supercharger network, Tesla will commencing what it has dubbed as the Coast to Coast Supercharger rally. In this event, the company will be aiming to set a world record for the world's shortest charge time while traveling across the US.
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.
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.