​How Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla To Google For $11 Billion

In early 2013 Tesla was in dire straits. The automaker was struggling to take orders, produce, and deliver the first batch of Model S sedans, and those that did roll out of the factory were of dubious build quality at best. Tesla was on the verge of implosion, so Elon Musk called up his friend Larry Page at Google. » 4/20/15 12:46pm Yesterday 12:46pm

Bill To Let Tesla Sell Direct In Texas May Sputter Out And Die

If you were hoping 2015 would be the year that Texas lawmakers would finally vote to allow Tesla Motors to sell their cars direct to customers in the Lone Star State, you may want to pin your hopes on the 2017 legislative session instead. The latest direct sales bill has been met with considerable opposition. » 4/14/15 10:40am 4/14/15 10:40am

The $75k Model S 70D Is The New Entry-Level Tesla

Tesla has been tweaking its Model S lineup continuously, nixing the lowest-spec model before it even went on sale, adding features, eliminating options, and eventually adding all-wheel-drive. Now there’s this: the new 70D, a replacement for the entry-level Model S that gets more range and adds a second motor. » 4/08/15 7:00am 4/08/15 7:00am

​Funny How Tesla Can't Sell In A State Where Lt. Governor Is A Dealer

Today, West Virginia Governor Ray Tomblin signed a bill into law that prevents Tesla from selling its cars in the state, joining at least five other states where Tesla is banned from direct sales. And oddly enough, the law was spearheaded by Senate President and Lieutenant Governor Bill Cole, who owns an auto mall.… » 4/03/15 3:44pm 4/03/15 3:44pm

Tesla Is Finally Giving Us Sales Numbers, But Not The Ones We Want

For the first time, Tesla has broken out sales numbers from its quarterly financial statements, announcing that the automaker sold 10,030 cars in the first quarter of the year. That’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not going to solve Tesla’s real reporting problem: people trying to guesstimate monthly sales… » 4/03/15 12:25pm 4/03/15 12:25pm

The Endura Was Basically The Tesla Model S Of 1978

If things had gone a little differently in our world, like the oil crises of the 1970s never really improved, we may have focused on electric cars much more. And that may have made Tesla-like cars come much sooner. Like that Globe-Union Endura up there. It’s like an alternate-universe 1970s Tesla Model S. » 3/19/15 3:35pm 3/19/15 3:35pm

​Why Tesla's Plan To Eliminate 'Range Anxiety' Doesn't Matter

When I wrote up the review of the Tesla Model S P85D I omitted one important detail: range. It was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to see if people would freak about not including something that, in internal combustion cars, rarely gets mentioned. It didn't happen, and I think that's important, particularly given… » 3/19/15 2:00pm 3/19/15 2:00pm

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association Thinks You're A Stupid Idiot

It's that time again in the Lone Star State — the Texas Legislature is once again open for business! And as it was in 2013, there's a big fight over whether or not to allow Tesla Motors to sell their cars directly to customers, much to the ire of franchised dealers, who are fighting it tooth and nail. » 3/18/15 1:38pm 3/18/15 1:38pm