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By David Herron ·
November 06, 2013

Tesla Motors: Battery Supply Crunch Limiting Model S Production

In yesterday's conference call discussing Q3 2013 financial results, Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly said Model S production is limited not by customer demand, but constraints in supplies of parts, primarily battery cells. He hinted at a “giant” battery factory in the works.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 30, 2013

Tesla Litmus Test: Developing Entire Lineup of Tesla Models

Tesla Motors last week hired Doug Field, the Apple exec who oversaw development of groundbreaking products such as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac. The idea is for Field to bring some of that product creation mojo to an entire lineup of Tesla models. To achieve its vast ambitions, Tesla needs more than just two or three models.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 29, 2013

Second Tesla Model S Battery Fire Causes Stock Plunge

Tesla was just recovering from the fallout after a Washington State crash and fire. A second incident, this time in Mexico, is worrying both consumers and the financial markets. But, again, the circumstances tend to favor Tesla's claim that battery fires will be limited and occur only in extraordinary circumstances.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 23, 2013

Tesla Gives German Owners Free Tuning for the Autobahn

Since the introduction of the Model S introduction in mid-2012, Tesla Motors has been continually upgrading the car’s technical specifications, such as having the hideaway door handles slide open when you approach the vehicle and adding a trip planner to help drivers manage electricity consumption. Tesla took that to a new level this week with its announcement that in Germany its all-electric luxury sedans will be tuned for ideal driving on the country's famous Autobahn.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 17, 2013

Tesla Still the Big Winner in California ZEV Credit Sales

Tesla has the high volume in electric vehicle sales, and that pays as credit-hungry automakers buy up its lucrative credits.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
October 08, 2013

The Model S Fire Was a Good Thing for Tesla

It was just a matter of time before it happened to a Model S, and in this instance, it couldn’t have been any better for Tesla even if they planned the whole thing.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 07, 2013

Tesla Makes Model S Compatible With CHAdeMO

Currently, with the right adapters from Tesla, you can charge up a Model S electric car from practically any power source, from a 120-volt outlet or standard wall outlet for a clothes dryer, to a Level 2 public charging station or, of course, Tesla’s network of proprietary Supercharger stations. Now, Tesla has confirmed a CHAdeMO quick charge adapter will be available this winter that will give Model S owners the ability to charge their luxury sedans from the same charging stations used to quick-charge the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 04, 2013

How The Media Responded to Tesla Model S Fire

How each media outlet slices and dices those few facts, and who they interview for analysis, reveals as much about the news organization doing the reporting as it does about the news event itself. Think of it as a Rorschach test regarding attitudes about electric cars in general, and Tesla Motors in particular. The stories can be measured on a fear-meter, from The New York Times suggesting that the fire could be “a stake in the heart of electric vehicles,” to Forbes describing it as a “small bump on the road for Tesla and investors.”

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 03, 2013

Tesla Model S Burns After Striking Metal Debris: What We Know So Far

There has been no greater fear among supporters of electric vehicles than the prospect of a car fire stopping the momentum of the EV market, now approaching its third anniversary. Fortunately, the minor incidents so far have been relatively quickly dismissed as minor or circumstantial. The specter of burning electric cars is back in the headlines again after a YouTube video posted on Tuesday showed a new electric car on fire. The video's maker can be heard saying, “That's a Tesla, dude. Oh shit.”

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 30, 2013

The Tesla Model S in Iceland: The First 7 Cars to Movers and Shakers

Buying sight unseen, these early adopters are helping plug in the island nation's transportation infrastructure.

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