Why Tesla's Model S has jump seats from a '60s wagon

Elon Musk's Tesla Motors threw a swanky party this weekend to show off the upcoming Model S electric sedan, promising to build a version that could beat a Porsche 911 to 60 mph. But the Model S also brings this — the return of rear-facing jump seats. » 10/03/11 3:30pm 10/03/11 3:30pm

Tesla Motors secretly asks for more government money

With federal aid for green-tech startups under assault in Washington, Tesla Motors took to the webs last week touting how its $465 million federal loan had helped create hundreds of jobs — but it didn't reveal that it's now asking for more government money. They also won't reveal why they want it or how much they're… » 9/26/11 2:30pm 9/26/11 2:30pm

Dan Neil bets Elon Musk over Model S, size of ego

Auto reviewer and "The Car Show" host Dan Neil has made a $1 million wager with Tesla founder Elon Musk over Tesla's plans for the Model S sedan, with Neil betting Tesla can't put a seven-seat, battery-swappable vehicle on road by 2012. » 8/26/11 5:30pm 8/26/11 5:30pm

Elon Musk on Top Gear: "It was fucked up"

After launching the public relations campaign/lawsuit against Top Gear last week over its withering test of the all-electric Tesla Roadster, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally spoke out today. His reason for suing? Tesla's investors kept asking about it. » 4/05/11 3:00pm 4/05/11 3:00pm

A Little Rack, A Little Propaganda

This Tesla Roadster's looking suspiciously hot with the ski rack up top. Unfortunately, it's ruined by Elon Musk's charge they're not going to stop until all cars are electric. Your own quotes in your booth? Hmm... megalomania. » 1/10/11 5:20pm 1/10/11 5:20pm

Tesla Offers Inside Look At Model S Sedan

The fine folks over at Wired.com's Autopia took a tour of Tesla recently, including a close-up of the chassis of the Model S sedan. Now Tesla's posted three videos featuring the chief engineer touting the benefits of Tesla's ingenuity. » 1/07/11 8:30am 1/07/11 8:30am

Vince Vaughn's "Electric Cars Are Gay" Line Cut From Unfunny Trailer

Producers of The Dilemma cut Vince Vaughn's line "Electric cars are gay" from its trailer last week after an outcry that Jalopnik pal Brett Berk explains today. It's not EV-unfriendly: Elon Musk galpal Talulah Riley also stars. [Vanity Fair] » 10/11/10 2:00pm 10/11/10 2:00pm

Ten Ways Tesla Could Lose Its Juice

Tesla Motors "founder" Elon Musk has a propensity for boasting about his electric car business, but the company's latest SEC filing shares the risks he doesn't like to talk about, including having the Roadster's advertised range cut 30%. » 8/16/10 12:30pm 8/16/10 12:30pm

Elon Musk Can't Handle The Truth

VentureBeat's Owen Thomas claims Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors and rocket-launcher SpaceX, has discovered he could stretch the truth, casually and frequently, as a shortcut to getting things done. We'll let him explain. — Ed. » 7/09/10 4:00pm 7/09/10 4:00pm

What, Me Worry?

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk responds to a reporter's question following the company's IPO on Tuesday. Maybe now he'll be able to afford a fashion consultant — mixing plaids and check is always a bad idea. Photo Credit: Mark Lennihan/AP » 7/01/10 12:40pm 7/01/10 12:40pm

— Bob Lutz

Former GM Product/Quote-Producing Czar "Maximum" Bob Lutz. Lutz takes a stereotypical view of Silicon Valley in criticizing Tesla for having a stereotypical view of Detroit on the eve of Tesla's IPO. We miss you, Bob. [Reuters] » 6/29/10 4:30pm 6/29/10 4:30pm

Inside the Secret $178 Million Tesla IPO Presentation

Tesla's broke. Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, is broke. Now Musk is traveling the country, hat in hand, begging for cash in a series of secret, closed-door meetings. One unimpressed insider shared this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look with us. » 6/22/10 3:45pm 6/22/10 3:45pm

Tesla IPO Shows Bread Van, Convertible, Other Sexy Vaporware

Elon Musk's shopping around Tesla's future products in the lead-up to the company's IPO. Included in his presentation is a Model S Convertible, a bread van, and a crossover SUV. Here's to playing with other people's money. [RRS via Autoblog] » 6/21/10 5:30pm 6/21/10 5:30pm