The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan. In 2012, Tesla delivered not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. Since that time, Tesla has continued to make improvements in driving range, power, and features.

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Tesla would have to defy all expectations to achieve success on the Model 3 while avoiding all the potential pitfalls—not only for the 220-mile $35,000 Model 3 but a massive new battery factory. Yet, based on the unveiling of the car in March 2016, the company appears ready to make another ground-breaking electric car.

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The Model X is Tesla’s follow-up vehicle to the award-winning Model S sedan. The X shares about 60 percent of the content from the sedan—converting the sleek Maserati-looking five-passenger model into a stylish crossover utility vehicle.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 11, 2014

Can Tesla Really Make a $35,000 200-mile EV?

Tesla Motors set a high bar for the so-called Model 3—$35,000, 200-mile range, on the road in 2017. But the experts refuse to count out Elon Musk, who's so far done everything he said he would do.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 12, 2014

Tesla Will Send Customers an Upgraded Charging Adapter

On Friday, Tesla Motors announced that it would upgrade the Model S charging adapter after reports of overheating in garages. The company will provide the new adapter to its customers for free in the next two weeks. The redesigned adapter will include a thermal fuse that shuts off charging if overheating is detected.

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By David Herron ·
January 02, 2014

Intense Scrutiny of Tesla Model S Fires Exceeds Evidence of Mechanical Problems

The intense scrutiny of normal occurrences, like garage fires or car fires, that happen to involve a Tesla Model S could be part of an effort to quash Tesla Motors and stop electric car adoption.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 19, 2013

Geography and Limited Charging Infrastructure Make Model S the EV to Own in Canada

Canada's wide open spaces and lack of a nationwide charging infrastructure are two big reasons why the Tesla Model S has conquered the Canadian plug-in market as sales of other EVs lag.

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By David Herron ·
December 12, 2013

Tesla's Success Bolstered by Component Sales to Toyota, Daimler, and Solar City

A few years ago, there used to be debate about whether Tesla's best strategy was to skip manufacturing entire cars or to focus on making components for major automakers. As it has turns out, Tesla Motor is taking both paths at once.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 05, 2013

All in the Family: Tesla Battery Packs in SolarCity Backup Systems

The solar company's CEO is Elon Musk's cousin, so there's synergy galore in this deal, which could ultimately lower the cost of EV cells.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 19, 2013

Tesla Responds to Fires With Ground Clearance Software Update

How low can it go? That's the question Tesla owners are debating in online chat rooms after the latest software upgrade from Tesla, which alters the Smart Air Suspension feature at high speeds. The change is in response to three recent fires in Tesla Model S vehicles.

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