Congress Is Trying To Kill The Loan Program That Helped Tesla

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 3/19/15 9:06am 3/19/15 9:06am

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 1:37pm 3/18/15 1:37pm

This Chinese Electric Sedan Isn't A Tesla Knockoff At All, You Guys

When it comes to innovations in automotive design, technology, and forward-thinking ideas, few countries are on the cutting edge the way China is. The rising nation seems like an endless fountain of originality that constantly keeps us wondering what new ideas they'll come up with next. Case in point: the all-new… » 3/04/15 10:40am 3/04/15 10:40am

No, Apple's Not Just Gonna Buy Tesla For $75 Billion

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 2/20/15 9:25am 2/20/15 9:25am

Two Bills Filed In Texas To Legalize Tesla Direct Sales

Tesla Motors tried to legalize direct sales in the Lone Star State in 2013, but came up way short against the car dealers and their deep pockets. Now they're back with a lot of money, and today two bills were filed in the Texas Legislature aiming to allow for direct Tesla sales. » 2/19/15 6:25pm 2/19/15 6:25pm

Tesla Gears Up To Spend Big Money In Texas For Dealer Fight

We love us some sweet, sweet freedom down here in Texas, unless that freedom involves selling your car directly to your customers without having to go through a dealership. Our laws aren't big on that kind of freedom, and the last time the Texas Legislature met, Tesla Motors was way outgunned in the direct sales… » 2/18/15 1:38pm 2/18/15 1:38pm

The Next Great Tesla Fighter Might Come From... Porsche?

In the electric car game, and possibly even in the luxury sedan game, the Tesla Model S is like the best gunslinger in the Old West right now. And that means tons of competitors are lining up to try and take it down, like Chevrolet and BMW. But if this rumor is true, the most plausible Tesla fighter could very well… » 2/16/15 12:14pm 2/16/15 12:14pm

Elon Musk Just Donated $10 Million To Keep Robots From Murdering You

Hey. Would you prefer it if an unstoppable, vengeful robot didn't soccer-kick your wife's head across a room before bathing in your blood? Then thank Elon Musk. He doesn't want that to happen to you, now or ever. » 1/15/15 5:38pm 1/15/15 5:38pm

Tesla Will Do 'Limited Beta' Battery Swaps Between LA And SF [UPDATE]

Two days after we called out Tesla's hype machine problem (and, from what we've heard, possibly in response to that), Elon Musk said today that the company will announce the launch of "limited beta" battery swaps between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Update 2:04PM ET: Official announcement below. » 12/19/14 12:20pm 12/19/14 12:20pm

Order A Tesla Model X Today And You Won't See It Until 'Well Into 2016'

With Tesla delaying the production of the Model X to the third quarter of next year and pre-order projections topping 20,000, it's going to be a while before even the first round of owners will get their hands on the electric SUV. And in a letter to Model X reservation holders, it's even worse if you're putting an… » 11/25/14 3:30pm 11/25/14 3:30pm

Watch The Tesla Model S P85D Drive In Autopilot Mode

The Tesla Model S P85D is unquestionably the best Tesla ever. It pushes the boundaries of both electric car performance and autonomous vehicle technology. So what's it like to ride in one when it's in autopilot mode? » 10/10/14 2:49pm 10/10/14 2:49pm

Tesla Wins Direct Sales Fight In Massachusetts

As Tesla Motors continues its state-by-state fight for its right to sell cars direct to the consumer, it can mark off the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as another battleground settled in its favor. » 9/15/14 7:54pm 9/15/14 7:54pm

The Tesla Model X Will Devour Everything Like A Furious Starving T-Rex

Hey, see that dealership lot full of Lexuses and BMW over there? By the middle of next year, it will be a smoldering crater in the ground. Scorched earth. The Tesla Model X will mop the floor with other luxury cars like they're Baghdad and it's 2003 again, baby. » 8/14/14 4:34pm 8/14/14 4:34pm

This Is Officially The Best Tesla Advertisement Ever

Tesla Motors doesn't do traditional advertising and marketing the way the big automakers do. This has led some of the nascent company's fans to make their own, like this gem from a few months ago. Guess what? Another fan has just made the best Tesla ad ever. » 7/31/14 1:30pm 7/31/14 1:30pm

Is This The Site Of Tesla's Gigafactory Battery Plant?

Way back in April, the hype over which state would get Tesla Motors' Gigafactory battery plant reached its zenith. But an official announcement was never made, and since then it's been more or less radio silence. Now, some new clues lead Tesla-watchers to think that a site near Reno, Nevada will be the home of the… » 7/23/14 9:10am 7/23/14 9:10am

Tesla Idles California Plant To Prep For Model X Production

Fans of electric falcon-winged sport utility vehicles rejoice! The Tesla Model X is on its way. Tesla's Fremont, Calif. plant is in the process of retooling to produce what will likely be the hottest new SUV in America. » 7/22/14 3:37pm 7/22/14 3:37pm

Here's What A Tesla Model S Can Do Around The Nürburgring

Last week at Darren Langenfeld's awesome Destination Nürburgring track day, I got cornered approached by noted Nissan GT-R tuner Iain Litchfield who said he had a car he wanted me to take around the Nordschleife. I had visions of 750+ hp supercars dancing through my head when he stopped in front of a bone stock Tesla… » 7/08/14 1:40pm 7/08/14 1:40pm

Stolen Tesla Splits In Two In Fiery Police Chase Crash

A stolen Tesla Model S split in half and burst into flames in West Hollywood after it crashed into several cars and lamp posts during a police chase. Two people are in critical condition including the driver of the Tesla. » 7/04/14 11:48am 7/04/14 11:48am

Tesla Will 'Open-Source' All Its Patents

Tesla Motors just went "open source," at least in spirit. CEO Elon Musk announced this morning in California that the nascent electric car company will open up all its patents "for the advancement of electric vehicle technology." And he did it with a meme, which is awesome. » 6/12/14 1:21pm 6/12/14 1:21pm

Bill To Lift Ban On New Jersey Tesla Sales Moves Forward (UPDATED)

Two months ago, Tesla Motors lost one of the battles in their state-by-state fight against car dealers. The battleground was New Jersey, where a dealer-backed initiative led the state's motor vehicle commission to halt Tesla's car sales on April 1. Good news for electric car fans: As of yesterday, that ban moved to… » 6/06/14 12:24pm 6/06/14 12:24pm