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.
Elon Musk reveals Tesla's latest electric vehicle, we show off our new buyer's guides, discover we still have a lot to learn about stem cells and take a trip to Taiwan with T-Mobile's new global roaming plan. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The White House will be weighing in on Tesla Motors' fight to sell its cars directly to consumers. However, it's not clear when the White House will respond to the increasingly heated battle over Tesla's direct sales model. Furthermore, it wasn't the company that pushed the President to get involved. In June of last year, someone identified only as "K.S." from Stow, Mass.
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.
Luxe electric car company Tesla Motors unleashed a blog post and series of tweets Tuesday accusing the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of not acting in "good faith" as the company attempts to bring its direct sales model to the Garden State.
Elon Musk wrote a blog post about Tesla's troubles in New Jersey. Tesla's direct-to-consumer sales model was banned in the state this week. The ban starts April 1. Musk's post basically echos what he said last year about fighting the dealers . He doesn't want Tesla to sell cars through auto dealerships because the dealers will have no incentive to sell electric cars.
The company also encouraged supporters to protest the . Tesla currently operates two stores in New Jersey including one in the Short Hills mall (pictured at left).O’Connell said. "The only thing that has changed is the Christie Administration’s sudden decision to go around the Legislature in an attempt to enact a rule that the statute doesn’t permit.