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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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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 02, 2013

Google Glass Becomes Ultimate Tesla Accessory Thanks To New App

With its automatic software updates, comprehensive user-configurable settings, smartphone apps and a massive 17-inch touchscreen display, the Tesla Model S is one of the highest-tech cars available today. Clearly for some enthusiasts however, being able to open your panoramic sunroof, unlock your doors and honk the horn via the internet just isn’t cool enough.

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By David Herron ·
July 02, 2013

Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

For some, what will sell electric vehicles is performance, and electric racing events offer the chance to demolish EV stereotypes.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 24, 2013

Tesla’s Fight With Auto Groups Switches Up A Gear As NY Joins In

In the ten years since it was founded, California-based Tesla Motors has ruffled more than a few feathers in the automotive industry with its fresh-faced thinking. Not only is its Model S electric sedan the best electric car money can buy, but the company—led by its tenacious CEO Elon Musk—is fighting a massive war against auto dealers for the right to sell its cars directly to its customers. To date, most of Tesla’s bloody battles have revolved around well-established legislation in some 48 states which make it illegal for automakers to sell cars directly to the public, forcing them to sell through franchised dealerships.

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