Contrary to what the news cycle pounds into our brains, the electric car conversation does not begin and end with Elon Musk. There’s a more affordable and more relevant urban mobility solution than Tesla. I’m talking about the humble golf cart, which is already well on its way to ruling the world. »
Construction of Tesla’s massive battery factory in Nevada is chugging along, with the roof nearly complete and what appears to be four main sections spanning some five million square feet. It’s properly massive, and this drone shot it in 4K to give you sense of the scale.
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Question: If Matthias Muller, the CEO of Porsche, readily admits that he doesn’t know anything about Tesla, should he really be the CEO of Porsche?
Tesla is out with its first quarter financial results for the year, and aside from continuing to promise the Model X in Q3, delivering 11,160 cars for the quarter, and still on track to sell 55,000 vehicles for the year, it also pulled in another $51 million for selling Zero Emissions Vehicle credits to other… »
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Tesla Motors Inc. has very quietly started to sell used cars online, following in the footsteps of larger car companies. Its new certified vehicle program brings down the staggering costs of one of their electric cars while still ensuring manufacturer maintenance and repairs. »
A medium-sized commercial weed grow with around 50 lights stands to save about $13,500 in electricity costs a year with the use of two Tesla Batteries. Those will also protect the plants in case of power outages while making the operation less visible to law enforcement. Elon Musk just made growing weed easier.
Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are here at the announcement event and finally have some details. And… »
What’s Elon Musk going to unveil tonight in California? The fabled automatic charging “snake”? Plans for his volcano lair? A new velvet jacket? Probably just Tesla’s plans for stationary energy storage using big ass batteries. But hey, this is Musk. Anything’s possible. »
Tesla Motors may be on top of the security protocols necessary to keep their cars safe, but apparently no one there instituted enough controls to keep their Twitter account from getting hacked. Oops. »
Last summer the car gurus at Edmunds.com took advantage of Tesla Motors’ ever-growing Supercharger network to drive coast-to-coast in a Model S in 67 hours and 21 minutes, record time for an electric vehicle. Carl Reese, of Santa Clarita, California, thought he and his friends could smash that record. This past… »
The minimum wage in California is $9 an hour, and to keep up with it, Tesla saw fit to give its co-founder and CEO a bit of a raise with an increase from $35,360 to $37,440 a year. Or just over half the cost of a new Model S.
When Elon Musk makes his next big announcement later this month he won’t be joined by an electric car or a space-bound capsule. Tesla will finally be passing along details on its long-awaited batteries designed for home use, plus a “utility-scale” battery as well—both of which will likely be manufactured in its new… »