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.
On Thursday evening, Tesla will unveil the "D" that CEO Elon Musk tweeted about last week. The media event will take place at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., just south of Downtown Los Angeles. We'll be live-blogging the event, so check back to find out what "D" actually is. Until then, let's just keep on speculating.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday night about something called "D," which will be officially unveiled October 9. The photo that accompanied the tweet was of a partially opened garage door, with what looks a lot like a Tesla Model S peeking out. Everything was in black. Mysterious! Musk also said that in addition to "D," Tesla will pull the cover off "something else.
The last time shares closed below $200 was in May.Tesla has been getting hammered. It hit a trading peak of $291 on Sept. 4. If its slide continues, the stock will have shed about 47% since peaking.Tesla's stock fell below $200 per share in trading on Tuesday. The stock recovered and is back at $202, down only marginally from where it opened. Shares dropped as low at $195, in morning trading.
Tesla and BMW continue to have discussions around potential collaborations on batteries, charging stations, and lightweight car components, Elon Musk has confirmed, though the EV firm maintains the talks are still "casual" at this stage.
Last week, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla was planning to unveil something called "D" along with "something else." Along with everyone else, we speculated about what "D" could be and later reported some news, via our contributor Green Car Reports, that "D" is an all-wheel-drive version of Tesla's Model S sedan.
The Tesla "D" that Elon Musk so provocatively tweeted about last week is actually an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S Sedan. There will be three versions, and each will carry the "D" designation, to distinguish them from the rear-wheel-drive Model S.hese features will allow Tesla to keep pace with competing luxury makes while still banking on its primary advantage — a pure electric drivetrain. Until the Model X arrives, these upgrades should keep the Model S at the forefront of advanced personal transportation.”Some photos from the event:At USA Today, Chris Woodyard is reporting, ahead of the offical Elon Musk reveal, that the "D" is a very fast version of the Tesla Model S sedan, with all-wheel-drive.
Indeed, Tim Cook is regarded as a supply chain genius. This is where Apple has innovated since Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO and Cook stepped up. If you look at the numbers, Cook's innovation has enabled Apple to create ridiculous profit margins, for its industry.My colleague Jay Yarow thinks that Apple should buy Tesla . He makes a brilliant case; you can read the whole thing here .
Tesla is working on a robotic charging system which will automatically plug in its electric cars like the Model S, described by CEO Elon Musk as "a solid metal snake." The intelligent charger would presumably be positioned as a way to bypass one of the lingering frustrations around EVs, namely that drivers have to remember to plug them in.
Cadillac is planning a strike at Tesla, with a fully-electric luxury car on the roadmap that will see the company challenge the Model S as the GM-owned marque broadens its play for eco-friendly motoring.
with much pomp and circumstanceOn Thursday night , Elon Musk announced Tesla's new line of cars — the "Tesla D," which is actually an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S. We were there to witness the theatrics. Produced by Matt Johnston and Graham Flanagan. Follow BI Video: On Facebook
threatened to fire a senior member of the Tesla team if he didn't get him more press.also started investing, most notably leading the 2004 Series A round for electric car company Tesla Motors, founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.Musk came on as chairman of the board.That July, it came out of hiding.
After Elon Musk's big "D" reveal on Thursday night in Los Angeles, Tesla gave attendees rides in the new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S sedan. (The "D" stands for "dual motor" — one electric motor for each set of wheels.) It looks like it was a pretty remarkable experience — understandable as the high-performance version of the car, the P85D, can do 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.
The Nissan Leaf might have been shoved out of the spotlight by Tesla's Model S electric vehicle, but it could very well hog all the attention again when and if Renault-Nissan makes the formal announcement of the new battery indicated by insider sources.
But its success won't be automatic. Here are three things the Model 3 must deliver to succeed.Every conversation about electric cars seems to begin and end with battery range. The Model 3 is no exception."The current electric car market is flush with $35,000 cars, and they all have identical range specs of 60-90 miles," says Karl Brauer, senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book (KBB).
Tesla 's appetite for new blood as it develops the Model S and new electric cars has a taste for fresh fruit, with CEO Elon Musk admitting that Apple staff are hire of choice. Musk's car company has turned to Apple employees or ex-employees more than those from any other firm as it builds its teams, in fact, more so in fact than from the traditional car makers.
was getting to be a big deal in the auto industry.In August 2007, Martin Eberhard was in Los Angeles to give a talk at a luncheon put on by theMotor Press Guild, the trade group for publications that cover cars.