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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 30, 2013

The Tesla Model S in Iceland: The First 7 Cars to Movers and Shakers

Buying sight unseen, these early adopters are helping plug in the island nation's transportation infrastructure.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 23, 2013

Five Reasons Mainstream Automakers Are Scared of Tesla

Historically, there has been little love lost between established automakers and Tesla Motors. When Tesla was a little-known startup company, the big-name brands, like General Motors and Nissan, saw Tesla as a curiosity—or a loud annoying pest. Fast forward to today, and Tesla’s widely publicized successes have forced the same automakers to rethink their evaluation of the Californian company, which has set the benchmark for the industry.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 20, 2013

What Autonomous-Driving Technology Could Mean for Tesla

As if promising to produce a $35,000 mass-produced electric car in about three years wasn't enough, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk confirmed in an interview with The Financial Times that the automaker is gearing up to commercialize autonomous driving technologies in future models.

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By Alysha Webb ·
September 19, 2013

California Car Dealers Say Tesla Is “Misleading” Consumers

The California New Car Dealers Association appears to be picking a fight with Tesla Motors. The organization sent a nine-page letter on Sept. 16 to the California Department of Motor Vehicles asking it to investigate Tesla’s advertisements. The car dealers claim that Tesla ads deceive customers.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 18, 2013

Panasonic's Company Car: A Tesla Model S

The electronics giant lets employees, who get nominated for the privilege, take home the in-house Model S (with Panasonic battery cells) for week-long tours. It's a great way to increase workplace awareness of—and affection for—electric cars.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 18, 2013

Why the Race To Build An Affordable EV Is About More Than Range

Tesla’s ambitious plan to produce a $35,000, mass-produced car capable of around 200 miles per charge by 2015 or 2016 has much larger automakers scrambling to play catch-up. General Motors has recently been turning up its rhetoric about offering its own 200-mile sub-$30,000 all-electric car to compete with Tesla. Leaving aside the question of why 200 miles is the right bogey, the bigger challenge for large auto manufacturers is how they will match Tesla’s innovative EV-centric attitude to sales and service.

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By David Herron ·
August 28, 2013

Latest EV Scare: Hackers Could Take Over Your Electric Car

A lot of today’s new cars have Internet connectivity with remote capabilities. These functions, for example, allow electric cars with associated smart phone applications to remotely start a charging event or turn on AC. These capabilities have been sold as a benefit of electric cars. But a blog post last week by George Reese, a top Dell engineer, and a Model S owner, raised concerns about potentially dangerous security flaws in the Tesla Model S—and by extension, to other electric cars. That thoughtful post, unfortunately, can be interpreted as a new sky-is-falling worry about battery-powered vehicles.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
August 23, 2013

Tesla Model S’ Top Safety Rating Highlights How All Electric Cars are Safe

Earlier this week, Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which crash-tests all new cars sold in the U.S. to ensure they meet the required safety standard—gave the Model S an official five-star rating across the board, a rating only given to about the top one percent of all new cars on the road today. But there's a bigger point: All electric cars on the market are very safe.

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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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