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By Brad Berman ·
October 04, 2013

How The Media Responded to Tesla Model S Fire

How each media outlet slices and dices those few facts, and who they interview for analysis, reveals as much about the news organization doing the reporting as it does about the news event itself. Think of it as a Rorschach test regarding attitudes about electric cars in general, and Tesla Motors in particular. The stories can be measured on a fear-meter, from The New York Times suggesting that the fire could be “a stake in the heart of electric vehicles,” to Forbes describing it as a “small bump on the road for Tesla and investors.”

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 03, 2013

Tesla Model S Burns After Striking Metal Debris: What We Know So Far

There has been no greater fear among supporters of electric vehicles than the prospect of a car fire stopping the momentum of the EV market, now approaching its third anniversary. Fortunately, the minor incidents so far have been relatively quickly dismissed as minor or circumstantial. The specter of burning electric cars is back in the headlines again after a YouTube video posted on Tuesday showed a new electric car on fire. The video's maker can be heard saying, “That's a Tesla, dude. Oh shit.”

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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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