Tag Archives: tesla


More speculation about Tesla Gigafactory announcement

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Tesla Motors

Should we all be laying our chips down on Nevada for Tesla’s proposed Gigafactory? At least a few news sources are saying yes, though another says there’s a remote chance of a San Francisco Bay Area site getting the nod. Real remote.

The frontrunner appears to be the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, which is about 20 miles east of Reno proper and includes warehousing sites for Walmart, Dell and Petsmart, Transport Evolved says. Compared to other states in the running, Nevada has the advantages of lower taxes, lots of cheap real estate and some lithium-mining capabilities, while the specific site has very good highway and rail access.


Unplugged Performance sweetens the look of your Tesla Model S for around $6,000

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Tesla Motors, AutoblogGreen Exclusive

Tesla electric vehicles are no strangers to the tuner set. Saleen is working on a modified Model S. Brabus once offered neon for your Roadster. And new we find a number of body panel upgrades for the Model S from Unplugged Performance.


Why can't Tesla sell directly to consumers wherever it wants?

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, Legislation and Policy

Our friends at Engadget, tech-obsessed sister site of Autoblog, have taken an in-depth look at the reason why it’s so difficult for Tesla to sell its cars directly to consumers, the same way that Apple, for instance, can sell you an iPad at an Apple Store. As you’re probably aware, the whole sordid affair can be traced back to dealer franchise laws, which vary dramatically state to state, all with the stated goal of protecting your local neighborhood car dealers from unfair competition.

What sort of unfair competition, you ask? And from whom? Well, that’s the heart of the matter, and it seemingly makes very little sense to the average consumer. Engadget puts it pretty bluntly:

It’s not really about Tesla, or electric cars.


Tesla settles lemon lawsuit brought on by Lemon Law King Vince Megna

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, Legislation and Policy, Videos

As much as we’re weary about giving so-called Lemon Law King Vince Megna more space on these pages, we’ve decided it’s worth letting you all know that his client has settled his lawsuit with Tesla Motors over a Model S sedan that he claims was a lemon.

As you may remember, the electric sedan in question, a 2013 Signature Performance Model S, was owned by a doctor in Wisconsin who claimed that his shiny new car required servicing so often that he had it in the shop for 66 days in his first few months of ownership. The owner claims to have asked Tesla to buy the car back three separate times and claims to be able to provide proof of such, though Tesla previously refuted that version of events, suggesting in a blog posting that the owner may have tampered with a fuse.

In the end, the two parties decided to settle, with Tesla agreeing to pay Robert Montgomery, the owner, $126,836 to cover the car’s cost along with his taxes and attorney fees.


Recharge Wrap-up: Nissan "religious" about zero-emissions, Tesla crashes at dealership, Formula E on-board video

Filed under: Diesel, EV/Plug-in, Audi, Nissan, Toyota, Tesla Motors, Europe/EU, UK, Racing, Videos

Nissan is pretty darn serious about being king of the EV industry. Just see what Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer has to say at the launch of the e-NV200: “When it comes to zero emissions, we’re absolutely religious. We’ll be the absolute, No. 1 leader in zero emissions.


China Tesla driver goes crowd-funding route to get chargers installed

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, China

Tesla Motors has at least one Chinese businessman in its corner. Andrew Zong, CEO of heat-pump maker PHNIX, recently engaged in a bit of crowd-funding to establish a charging network for new owners of the Model S battery-electric sedan throughout at least part of the world’s most populous nation. And it’s good publicity, of course.

Zong hatched a plan to buy 20 electric-vehicle chargers from Tesla after picking up his new sedan in Beijing and realizing he’d have a hard time recharging in on the 1,300-mile drive south to Guangzhou.


Elon Musk promises $1 million, Supercharger for New York's Nikola Tesla Museum

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Tesla Motors

Earlier this year, Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, penned a gushing review of his Tesla Model S, and followed it up with a request to Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for $8 million to help build a museum dedicated to the achievements of the company’s namesake because “any less than $8M would pretty much leave us in the same boat we’re in now.” Musk Tweeted a response that said, “I would be happy to help.”

So, the news that Musk will donate $1 million to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe towards the construction of the museum, which will be built on a 16-acre site in honor of scientist Nikola Tesla, is a mixed blessing. A million bucks is a million bucks, but it’s not the amount Inman was hoping for.


Tesla puts emphasis on hiring military veterans

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Tesla Motors

When we think of American car companies, brands that come to mind immediately are Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and if you’re an AutoblogGreen reader, Tesla Motors. The California-based maker of electric vehicles doesn’t treat that lightly, as we find in an article from the San Jose Mercury News, which profiles the company’s efforts to reach out to and hire US military veterans. “We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work,” says Tesla’s vice president of human resources, Arnnon Geshuri. Tesla appears to be achieving that goal, and is just getting started.


Driver of stolen Tesla involved in fiery crash dies

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors

On July 4, someone reportedly stole a Tesla Model S from a Tesla store in Los Angeles and, after driving it at speeds over 100 miles per hour, crashed into a light pole, splitting the car in two, causing a fire and severely damaging other cars and injuring their occupants. The fact that the driver survived the fiery wreck was surprising to experts, but now we have news that the driver has passed away. The driver, 26-year-old Joshua Michael Flot of Inglewood, CA, actually passed away July 7 but the news and his identity were not announced until today so the police could notify his family. As far as we know, this is the first death involving a driver or passenger in a Tesla Model S.