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That time Elon Musk got a speeding ticket showing off the Tesla Model S to Johnny Depp

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

Transcendence is a Johnny Depp vehicle that opens at movie theaters this weekend. The Tesla Model S is a Elon Musk vehicle that easily transcends the speed limits. What do these two seemingly unassociated facts share in common? A speeding ticket.

It seems a few cast members of the sci-fi film – which is not at all remotely anything like The Lawnmower Man – including the aforementioned Depp, were being given an on-road demonstration of the all-electric sedan by the automaker’s CEO when they were pulled over for speeding.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Domenick Yoney.

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Washington State governor signs pro-Tesla bill

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

Maybe Tesla should build its proposed gigafactory in the Evergreen State. Last week, Washington Govermor Jay Inslee signed a bill that will allow Tesla to keep selling its electric vehicles through its showrooms and not have to work through third-party dealerships, Automotive News says. That means the California-based electric-vehicle maker can keep its showrooms in Seattle and Bellevue open.

Oddly, the bill appears to more-or-less grandfather Tesla into factory-to-customer legality, allowing Tesla to expand its number of showrooms while preventing any other automaker who didn’t have a state dealership license as of January 1, 2014, to do the same.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Danny King.

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Tesla Model S owners hack their cars, find Ubuntu

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

There are interesting subsets within the group of people that composes Tesla Model S owners. They include celebrities, Drudge Report-reading conservatives, and, more relevant to this post, tech-savvy geeks. Now, give that last bunch an electric car with an easily-exposed Ethernet connecter and they will try to plug into it and snoop around. Don’t believe us? Well, several have already admitted to giving it a try on this thread over at the Tesla Motors Club forum.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Domenick Yoney.

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California could put $60,000 MRSP limit on EV tax rebates

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

In California, electric vehicles have been selling so well that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is discussing ways to reduce the amount spent on the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). The program, which provides tax rebates to EV buyers, is $30 million in debt this year, according to the Capitol Weekly. A new discussion document that was presented at CARB’s April 3 meeting lists two main ways that the state could save money while still supporting EV sales.

There could be a $60,000 price limit on plug-in vehicles that CARB would subsidize.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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Tesla strikes back against Lemon Law King over Model S dispute

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors

When we asked Tesla Motors for a statement on the lawsuit filed by the “King of Lemon Laws” the other day, the company told us that it does not comment on pending litigation. Fair enough. That’s a standard response. But the company has since felt the need to comment on the issue using its own company blog.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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Tesla's ZEV credit allotment changing under new CARB rules

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

Could the California Air Resources Board (CARB) be taking a $55-million bite out of Tesla Motors’ profits? The state regulator, which grants zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) credits for automakers making plug-in vehicles, is planning to reduce the number of credits generated by each Model S battery-electric sedan from seven to four, Bloomberg News reports. That means the California-based automaker will have fewer credits to sell to big buyers such as General Motors and Chrysler, who don’t make enough ZEVs on their own to comply with state mandates.

While the selling price for these credits isn’t disclosed (they’re private transactions), the market was a lucrative one for Tesla, which generated $129.8 million in revenue from California zero-emissions credit sales and about another $65 million selling US Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) credits last year.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Danny King.

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Tesla's new $408 per month business lease deal for Model S reminds us of last 'revolutionay' deal

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors

Almost exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors announced what it called a “revolutionary” lease deal for the Model S. Since the electric automaker used some unusual assumptions in its calculations to get to a headline-worthy $500-a-month “true cost of ownership,” the company had to quickly change its tune. Some of the same assumptions are back in a business lease deal from new subsidiary, Tesla Finance, for $408 a month (sort of) that was announced today.

Tesla is touting the easy-to-understand lease agreement, which takes all of three pages and is “written in plain language.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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'King of Lemon Laws' Vince Megna files suit against Tesla Motors

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors is already busy in the courts, filing a suit in New Jersey last week to appeal the direct-sales ban of its automobiles in that state. But now it’s going to have to deal with the self-described “King of Lemon Laws,” Vince Megna, in Wisconsin. Now that we think about it, this showdown was quite inevitable.

In a video that is obviously part one of who knows how many (view it below), Menga sets up his argument against Tesla because the Model S of a client won’t start.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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60 Minutes can't even get Tesla Model S EV sound right

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

60 Minutes has come under fire for screwing up important bits of news recently, but an error in Sunday’s profile of Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk is completely perplexing. 60 Minutes has said it was an “audio editing error,” but we’re wondering how you manage to edit in internal combustion engine and transmission sounds into a video specifically on electric vehicles.

The stock footage that 60 Minutes used is official Tesla material, but the videos on the company’s YouTube page are devoid of engine sounds. 60 Minutes editors added the noises, which were noticed by eagle-eared (is that a thing?) viewers who know that one of the appeals of an EV is the silent ride.

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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New Jersey will let Tesla continue selling EVs until April 15

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

Tesla sales in New Jersey were supposed to end today, following the state legislature vote a few weeks ago to pull Tesla’s sales license there. At the eleventh hour, though, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has extended the deadline to April 15. The specifics of the situation are that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is going to give new car dealers until the middle of the month to submit their franchise agreement (which, of course, Tesla stores don’t have).

A quote from Autoblog Green - Electric/Plug-in, originally posted by Sebastian Blanco.

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