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Could Tesla build EVs in China as soon as 2017?

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

A 25-percent import tariff can certainly make an automaker take notice (to wit: Toyota). In Tesla’s case, that means getting production capabilities on the ground in China as soon as possible. According to Bloomberg News, that could mean 2017. Or maybe not.

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

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Epic Electric American Road Trip goes 12,000 miles on EV power

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

Twenty-seven states. 12,000 miles. Zero gasoline. Those are the headline numbers for the “Epic Electric American Road Trip” that ended in Venica, CA today, just in time for Earth Day.

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

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Is Tesla Motors becoming a Republican darling?

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

The general political attitudes taken by the left and right in the US are, sadly, divided on the issue of fuel efficient vehicles. Broadly speaking, Republicans dislike the whole idea (even going to absurd extremes like Newt Gingrich saying that inflating your tires helps Big Oil) while Democrats are in favor. The stereotype even gets in the way of people thinking that the DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program is an Obama Administration creation. It’s not, and was started under President Bush in 2008.

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

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Cadillac, Daimler execs take swipes at Tesla

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Motors

Despite the financial ties between Daimler and Tesla Motors, at least one Mercedes exec thinks the electric automaker doesn’t have a bright future. And over at Cadillac, the message is that Tesla doesn’t pose a threat but offers the luxury arm of General Motors more of classroom experience.

The Mercedes story runs like this. Mercedes-Benz USA president and CEO, Steve Cannon, said at the New York Auto Show last week that Tesla has “no network” and only offers “little shops that don’t have service capacity.

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

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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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