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By David Herron ·
August 09, 2013

Tesla Aims to Double Model S Production, Maybe Add Driver-Assist Features

Tesla Motors on Wednesday announced Q2 2013 financial results that showed increased sales and revenues. But the big story, arguably, is that Tesla is rapidly building up its capabilities as an auto manufacturer—in a slow and steady path toward developing a full line of electric cars.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 07, 2013

Tesla Stock Crosses $150 Per Share on Quarterly Earnings Announcement

Tesla Motors announced strong quarterly earnings Wednesday and projected continued growth surpassing 40,000 deliveries per year in 2014. Tesla’s total revenue for the second quarter was up 70 percent to $551 million, and in after-hours trading, investors boosted the stock 13 percent to record highs above $150 per share.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 06, 2013

Tesla Adds New Options For Model S, Raises Prices

While the price of many plug-in cars is falling, in an ongoing EV price war, Tesla Motors is upping the price of some of its build-to-order options for its luxury sedan. At the start of August, the Californian automaker quietly added new options to its Model S, simultaneously increasing the price of some existing options.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 05, 2013

Tesla Could Take a Hit from Likely Loss of ZEV Credits

Tesla Motors has been counting other automakers' millions from its seat in the top-tier of California's zero-emission rankings. But CARB is contemplating a rule change that cut the credits dramatically.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 31, 2013

At Owners Meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Drops Hints about Future Plans

Earlier this month, the inaugural TESLive conference—a two-day event devoted to Tesla Electric cars—took place in San Jose, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the featured speaker on the second day. In a townhall-style question and answer session, Musk shared updates for existing Tesla Roadster owners, chatted about the Model S’s safety record, and gave hints about future Tesla models.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 23, 2013

Tesla Will Soon Face Competition, Or Not

Tesla Motors is on a roll. Its stock price is flying high, and it continues to enjoy high-profile media coverage. Tesla executives recently disclosed that the company is building more than 400 Model S units a week, and that by late 2014, its Fremont, Calif. plant will be able to churn out about 800 units per week. The company’s path to long-term success appears to be smooth and clear—except maybe for one thing: over the course of the next year, the Model S will for the first time have what could be legitimate competition for luxury buyers wanting a battery-powered vehicle.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 16, 2013

Tesla: Five Minute Recharging On The Way, Without Battery Swap

California-based Tesla Motors is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to both the range of its electric cars and the speed at which they recharge. But Tesla isn’t content to simply maintain that lead: it wants to refill a battery pack in just five minutes, without battery swap technology.

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By David Herron ·
July 11, 2013

The Business Model for Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging

Electric cars are often pictured in front of a solar array or wind turbine, when in reality most of our electricity comes non-renewable sources. Yet, there are three new projects that feature a close integration of solar power and electric car charging: the Tesla Supercharger network; the Fastned charging network in the Netherlands; and a collaboration between GM's OnStar and TimberRock. Very few people were thinking about this when electric cars started hitting the market a couple of year ago, but smart grid services—enabled by inter-connected EV charging, solar panels and stationary battery packs—might become the unexpected killer app of the electric car era.

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By David Herron ·
July 08, 2013

Canada to Mexico Electric Car Rally Changes EV Range Perceptions

There have been a number of long-distance electric car events held to counter perceptions about range limitations of EVs. The latest was last week's BC2BC-2013 Rally, in which eight electric cars and one electric motorcycle traveled from British Columbia to Baja, California. All but one successfully arrived, although the journey revealed weaknesses in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 08, 2013

Tesla Gets 300 Orders for Model S in Hong Kong

Enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, the former British colony of Hong Kong is known as a world-leading financial and high-tech center—so it’s hardly surprising that its residents show a penchant for luxury, tech-filled cars. When electric automaker Tesla recently opened the official order books for its Model S Sedan in Hong Kong, it was inundated with orders for the luxury all-electric car due to go on sale there this winter. Tesla said sales of the Model S will double the number of privately-owned electric cars on the roads of Hong Kong by the end of the year.

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