A Peek Inside The Soon-To-Be-Dead Tesla Motors Detroit Office

Given the situation with Tesla Motors » 10/22/08 10:00am 10/22/08 10:00am lately, you know, , word of firings of "25-30% of their total staff of 300 employees and contractors" and the closing of the Detroit location (more accurately, the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, MI) , it's no wonder an anonymous reader decided to head out to their Rochester…

Automaker Lays Off Detroit Office With Blog Post

UPDATE: Tesla notifies Detroit workers already-in-the-know they were laid off two days ago...today! » 10/16/08 4:00pm 10/16/08 4:00pm In a sign of what this new might bring, employees in the Metro Detroit branch of electric car maker were laid off via a blog post. Yesterday, we reported that Tesla would be , which included shutting down the…

Tesla Motors Plans To Slow Down Production Plans For Model S Sedan

Tesla has announced the company will be slowing down production plans for the Tesla Model S » 10/15/08 4:15pm 10/15/08 4:15pm sedan project until the government forks over some dough. This is just part of the news coming out of , which also announced that they've (and replaced him with main benefactor Elon Musk) and will be making serious cutbacks .…

What Car Would You Like To See Get Electrified?

GM thinks that buyers are going to want a small, economical electric/hybrid car, a la the Chevy Volt — and much like the EV1, actually. Tesla thinks we'd like what is basically a responsibly green Lotus, though they also acknowledge our desire for more room with the Whitestar. Nissan thinks we want an Electric Cube,… » 7/08/08 11:40am 7/08/08 11:40am

Tesla Whitestar Sedan Powertrain Mule Caught Lurking About, Wearing…

This seemingly normal-looking Dodge Magnum caught by the forum fan-boys at Tesla's future Menlo Park store hides something more electric under its skin. We're told it's a powertrain mule for the Tesla Whitestar (or Tesla Model S) sedan just announced this past week. The tell-tales are the different rear wheels and lack … » 7/07/08 9:20am 7/07/08 9:20am

Fisker Seeks Arbitration With Tesla In Ongoing Eco Slap Fight

It looks like Henrik Fisker and company are asking to have the Tesla suit arbitrated in Orange County. As you're all well aware, neither Fisker nor Tesla are actually making cars but are instead just suing the crap out of each other over various charges (here's an explanation of the Tesla and Fisker suit). Long story… » 5/15/08 5:00pm 5/15/08 5:00pm

Tesla Seeking Hot $250 Million Cash Injection For Whitestar Sedan

The boys (and gal) over at our sister site obsessed with Silicon Valley let us know earlier Tesla's looking for a hot cash injection via IPO to help the purportedly struggling Whitestar sedan. According to Valleywag: » 2/18/08 3:00pm 2/18/08 3:00pm

Hmm, we guess the rumors of the Whitestar's demise were slightly overstated. Nope, it's only dead if…

Tesla Fixes Transmission Woes, Sets Production Date, Claims They're Not …

Tesla is doing it's best to counter rumors of their impending failure and bad press from their former CEO. The company claims the first production Tesla will be delivered to HQ next week and work of the first run of Teslas will begin in mid March. More importantly, the company claims a solution to their transmission… » 1/24/08 10:00am 1/24/08 10:00am

Tesla WhiteStar RIP?

We pointed out earlier today that Tesla skepticism in the auto industry is running high, but now a regular Jalopnik commenter with deep Metro Detroit engineering ties is telling us that the company is laying off contractors and carving "WhiteStar" on a gravestone. Things also look grim for their Rochester Hills Technical … » 1/17/08 4:10pm 1/17/08 4:10pm

Martin Eberhard Is Out At Tesla Motors, And Whitestar Electric Sedan…

So we may have been a little bit late to the table with the news that Martin Eberhard is out like a dead bulb as CEO of Tesla Motors, everyone's favorite electric car company that's not yet delivered any electric cars. We did report they'd installed Ze'ev Drori as the new CEO, so we guess we brought something to the… » 12/07/07 4:45pm 12/07/07 4:45pm