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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2014

Federal Safety Agency Clears Tesla on Fire Issues

The U.S. government said on March 28 that it closed an investigation regarding fires on Tesla Model S vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it did not find a “defect trend” that led to two fires.

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By Alysha Webb ·
January 22, 2014

Tesla Owners Encounter Problems with 12-Volt Battery

Tesla claims the 12-volt battery in its Model S should last “a number of years.” But Tesla owner chat rooms are full of discussions regarding 12V battery replacement. Several Tesla owners talked with PluginCars.com about problems with their 12V battery. Rather than a huge design problem, they saw the issue as proof that Tesla is not immune to the same kinds of problems all automakers have with defective parts.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 20, 2014

Comparing Lease Prices on Luxury Plug-in Cars

The availability of low monthly leases for the most popular electric cars—commonly $199 a month or less—has lowered the price barrier to EV adoption. But based on emerging pricing information about leasing a BMW i3 or Cadillac ELR, leases for luxury plug-in vehicles are unlikely to take much sting out of high sticker prices.

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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 Alysha Webb ·
January 09, 2014

Model S Provides Reliable Ride for Chicago Midwife, Even in Coldest Winter

Gayle Riedmann lives in Chicago, where temperatures have been hovering around zero degrees Fahrenheit at night. Nonetheless, Riedmann, who is a midwife, gets called out in the middle of the night for deliveries all the time. But when she got a call in the “wee hours of the morning” a few days ago to go the hospital, Riedmann didn’t worry about leaving her warm house for a cold car because she owns a Model S.

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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 Brad Berman ·
December 09, 2013

Make Money By Buying, and Then Renting, a Tesla Model S

Last month, San Francisco-based Bruno Bowden raked in $4,700 in revenue by offering his six-figure Tesla Model S on Getaround, the peer-to-peer carsharing service. After GetAround took their share for insurance and logistics, Bowden was left with $2,820 of income. “It’s actually more than double my mortgage payment for the car,” Bowden told PluginCars.com.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 06, 2013

Oregon Man Will Meld Tesla Model S and VW Stretch Vanagon

Otmar Ebenhoech, an Oregon-based designer of electronic devices for electric cars, has two passions: camping and EVs. So it was only a matter of time before he combined those two pursuits to create the world’s first Tesla-powered Supercharge-capable Stretch Vanagon.

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