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By Eric Loveday ·
January 10, 2013

MarketWatch Analyst: Tesla Dangerously Low on Cash

Wall Street Journal's tech investor John Shinal claimed that Tesla's existence may soon come to an end if additional funding isn't quickly secured. Is this astute analysis or alarmist anti-EV sentiment?

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By Brad Berman ·
December 26, 2012

Moment of Truth for Tesla Model S: When Waiting List Is Finished

The Tesla Model S is one of the crowning achievements for electric cars in 2012. It’s a stellar vehicle that is helping change perceptions of battery-powered vehicles. Still, the long-term fate of the Model S has not been determined. In 2013, I’ll have my eye on what happens in the summer, when Tesla is expected to have delivered vehicles to its backlog of reservation holders. Then, we’ll see how deep the market is for the luxury EV sedan.

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 11, 2012

Model S Owner Tops 423 Miles on a Single Charge

A University of Central Florida researcher and his 12-year old son have become the first ever to pilot a production electric vehicle over the 400-mile mark on a single charge. David Metcalf and his son Adam achieved the feat this weekend after a 423.5-mile journey through Florida lasting nearly 17 hours.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 10, 2012

Tesla Model S With 60 kWh Battery Rated at 208-Mile Range

Officially rated at 208 miles, the 60-kWh version of the Tesla Model S has ample range for most drivers and costs $10,000 less than the 85-kWh version that's rated at 265 miles.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 04, 2012

What the Tesla Model S Battery Replacement Price Doesn’t Say

In March of this year, there was a minor uproar over Tesla Roadster batteries being “bricked,” a way of saying that the battery pack was fully depleted and needed to be entirely replaced. The controversial incident revealed that Tesla was exacting a price of $40,000 to replace the 53-kWh hour pack in the Roadster. That’s why some EV observers were surprised when George Blankenship, Tesla vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience, announced last week that the company will replace the larger 85-kWh pack on the Model S for just $12,000.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 21, 2012

Tesla Raises Model S Prices—But Reservation Holders Are Home Free

Tesla is playing hardball to convert "maybe" to "yes" and get more sales onto its books. If you see parallels to those companies scrambling to register business this year before tax increases in 2013, you're on target.

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By Dave Hurst ·
November 13, 2012

Will EVs Destroy the Auto Dealership?

Automakers Tesla Motors and CODA Automotive both operate company-owned showrooms, which are not being called “dealerships,” and which offer the ability to see, touch and feel vehicles, as well as order the vehicles. Tesla vehicles are delivered to consumers’ homes. Telsa claims this means these are not technically dealers, while CODA does have dealers in the traditional sense. Similar to what we’ve seen before, traditional auto dealers are not buying Tesla’s distinction and legal battles are sure to follow.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 13, 2012

Model S Awards Redefine Tesla’s Role in Auto Industry

From its founding in 2003, Tesla Motors cast itself as the iconoclast of the auto industry—a Silicon Valley outsider that doesn’t play by Detroit’s rules and doesn’t need its support. But with Monday’s announcement that the Tesla Model S received one of the most coveted automotive prizes, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the company is being embraced by the mainstream auto industry. The Tesla Model S already garnered other major annual prizes, and is likely to sweep awards this year. The key question now is how these awards will affect Tesla’s prospects, its role in the industry, and the broader adoption of electric vehicles.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 06, 2012

Tesla's Latest Shareholder Letter Points to Bright Future

The bottom line is that Tesla lost $110.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, but the electric automaker says a brighter future lies ahead. "Given Tesla’s rate of progress over the past few months, we are confident of being able to deliver 2,500 to 3,000 Model S vehicles in Q4 and over 20,000 in 2013."

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 02, 2012

Tesla Model S Starts Racking Up Vehicle of the Year Awards

The sporty all-electric Tesla Model S is expected to win several major "Of the Year" awards before 2012 ends. Tesla is off to a strong start with top honors from Automobile magazine and Yahoo! Autos.

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