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The electric vehicle wars are about to heat up, and it looks as though the next big fight will be between General Motors and Tesla Motors. Both companies are no stranger to electrified vehicles, but Tesla has by far been the poster child for the EV movement since the introduction of its highly acclaimed Model S. However, GM is looking to swing the momentum back in its favor with the release of the Chevrolet Bolt, which is already hitting the streets in prototype form. This is actually a pretty quick turnaround for GM, as the concept vehicle was first shown this January at the Detroit Auto Show,... Read more...
We’re still well over at year away from the reveal of Tesla’s Model III electric vehicle, and even further away from its official arrival on U.S. streets. However, more details about the vehicle have begun to slip out over the past few months. The latest bit of info is something that never crossed our minds before, but makes complete sense when you think about Tesla’s aim to increase its EV sales and hit more affordable price points. According to Tesla’s chief technical officer, JB Straubel, the Model III lineup won’t just consist of an electric sedan; there will also be a crossover based on the... Read more...
When it comes to the current crop of electric vehicles available in the U.S. auto market, none is as popular or as highly decorated at the Tesla Model S. The car earned a 99% review score from Consumer Reports and in its most potent form, the P85D is capable of reaching 60 mph in just three seconds thanks to “Insane Mode.” However, the Model S is a vehicle that starts at $75,000 and can quickly surpass the $100,000 mark when opting for the P85D trim. So what about the rest of us? After all, the average transaction price for a new vehicle in the U.S. during the month of May was a more sedate $33,560.... Read more...
We have the feeling that the “personal power storage” market is about to really take off. Many environmentally-conscious homeowners are looking towards alternative power generation (like solar) in an effort to reduce their reliance on the traditional electric grid. As a result, there will be a need for complimentary battery systems to capture and store solar energy when the sun isn’t shining, and even those without solar panels can “load shift” to take advantage of more favorable utility rates throughout the day. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Mercedes-Benz, a company that has more... Read more...
Tesla isn't having much luck messing with Texas. The electric car maker sells automobiles directly to the public rather than going through dealerships, but in order to do that, it has get lawmakers to repeal existing laws in each state that require automakers to distribute their vehicles through dealers. For the second time in two years, Tesla has failed in its efforts to do that in Texas.The company backed a pair of bills in the legislature that would have allowed it to sidestep dealerships and sell its vehicles directly to consumers in the Lone Star state, which also happens to be the second... Read more...
Tesla is growing up right before our eyes. The startup that continues to shake up the automotive industry with its lineup of electric vehicles that can only be ordered online is now selling pre-owned Model S cars on its website. Pricing depends on the year, miles, and exact configuration, though each pre-owned vehicle is backed by an extended 4-year, 50,000 mile limited warranty.This is an important step for a number of reasons. For one, it helps legitimize Telsa as more than just a risky startup, especially since the company doesn't sell its vehicles through dealerships. And secondly, it lowers... Read more...
Elon Musk isn’t just content with revolutionizing the electric vehicle market; he also has a hand in revolutionizing rockets and cargo deliveries to the International Space Station (ISS) with SpaceX, and even has a [smaller] hand in the solar industry with SolarCity. Musk is now branching out into the home energy market leveraging technology that we’ve seen previously with Tesla Motors and SolarCity. Tesla Energy encompasses new battery systems that are being targeted at both home users and businesses, as we have previously discussed. The first system, the lithium-ion-powered Powerwall, has the... Read more...
Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman narrates an interesting 17-minute video on YouTube that pits the world's quickest sedan against the world's fastest sedan, those two being the Tesla Model S P85D and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, respectively, both 2015 variants. Before getting to the results, it's important to understand the difference. As the video begins, Lieberman offers a basic explanation of the difference between quick and fast, and by extension, torque and horsepower. It goes like this -- hitting 60 miles per hour in just three seconds is super quick, but if the top speed is only 60MPH, you can't... Read more...
Tesla might seem like it's an invincible company lately, but when it comes to software and social media, it shares the same risks us common folk do, something yesterday's events help emphasize. Nowadays, it's not at all surprising to learn that some company's Twitter account had its security breached, and likewise, it's not surprising to learn that it's happened to Tesla. But where this gets a little unique is with the fact that Elon Musk's Twitter was also broken into, and if that wasn't enough, Tesla's website was compromised, as well. It's clear that those who defaced Tesla's website are not... Read more...
We reported earlier this month that Tesla could soon unveil a home-targeted battery, and lo and behold, we'll be learning about it before the month's even over. According to an email sent to investors, the announcement will take place on April 30, and as per a Tesla spokesperson, we'll learn why Tesla's solution is so great, and why previous solutions weren't. Tesla IR on April 30 event: "We will introduce the Tesla home battery and a very large utility scale battery."— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) April 21, 2015 What's new information is the fact that Tesla isn't only targeting the home --... Read more...
Today, it's hard to fathom the idea of Elon Musk's Tesla being sold to another company. A couple of years ago, though? With tepid sales, it almost seemed certain that the company would be folding - and as we can now see, it did almost result in Tesla being sold. And to none other than Google. This is something that's detailed in the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future in great detail. In May of 2013, Tesla surprised the world by turning a profit, thanks to increased demand for its excellent Model S, a car that has now sold well over 50,000 units. Whenever... Read more...
Tesla Motors’ entry-level Model S all-electric sedan is getting a major upgrade today. The previous base offering, the Model S 60 featured a 60 kWh battery, a single (rear-mounted) 380hp electric motor, and an EPA-rated driving range of 208 miles. The new Model S 70D is better in every way bringing with it a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery, dual electric motors (a front-mounted motor joins the existing rear motor) with a combined 514hp, and an EPA driving range of 240 miles. As for performance, Tesla says that the Model S 70D will rocket to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 140 mph.... Read more...
Tesla is going to be announcing a brand-new "not a car" product at its Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30, and now the Web is abuzz with speculation of what it could be. What does seem likely at this point, though, is that it could be an in-home battery that's backed by solar energy. Major new Tesla product line -- not a car -- will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2015 As Benzinga reports, the amount of information Global Equities analyst Chip Chowdhry provides does lend a great deal of credibility to the in-home battery being... Read more...
For all the excitement and fanfare Tesla Motors enjoyed when it entered the Chinese market more than a year ago, the electric car manufacturer is fighting weak sales now. CEO Elon Musk has returned to China to help the company improve its image there and get sales back on track. At least part of the problem for Tesla in China has been a fear that customers have had in the United States: range anxiety, which is the worry that your car will run out of battery power before you can find an appropriate charger. While Tesla proved to Americans that they could easily charge their Tesla vehicles,... Read more...
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