Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

Short sellers burn, financial pundits fulminate as Elon Musk announces plan to take Tesla private

Wheee! What fun it must be to set the financial markets and the media ablaze with a single tweet, and incinerate $1.3 billion of your enemies’ wealth with a few keystrokes. Tesla has been through some roller coaster rides before, but this year has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen, and things just got even… Read more »

Wall Street comfortably digests Tesla’s Q2 results

Tesla isn’t like other companies, and you can never tell how Wall Street will react to a particular quarterly earnings report. Like gourmands digesting a culinary oeuvre, those of us who aspire to be seen as wise have learned to wait a day or so to let things settle before passing judgement (or making stock… Read more »

Tesla files patent for a system to isolate damaged battery cells

Tesla recently filed a patent on a new technology that could make its battery packs safer. The system is designed to isolate damage caused by failed battery cells, and prevent them from affecting intact cells in the pack. When battery cells fail, they typically release hot gases that can spread the damage to nearby cells…. Read more »

Tesla gives, and the German government takes away: Model S buyers must pay back €4,000 incentives

Are German Model S buyers eligible for the government’s €4,000 EV incentive? Well, it’s complicated. Back in 2016, when Germany introduced its current purchase incentive program, it excluded vehicles with a starting price over €60,000. The details of the program were negotiated by the government and German automakers, who are providing some of the funding…. Read more »

Teardown specialist Sandy Munro: Tesla Model 3 should deliver 30% profit margin

Model 3 is rolling out of the factory and onto the roads, and so far owners are making happy noises. But can Tesla make a profit on its much-anticipated mass-market EV? The results of two recent teardowns suggest the answer is a resounding yes. Earlier this year, a group commissioned by German automakers dismantled several… Read more »

Tesla’s “responsible sourcing” policy for cobalt and other exotics

How do you solve a problem like cobalt? The blue metallic element is used in significant quantities in EV batteries, but half the world’s supply of comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war-torn land in which child labor is common. Several automakers are already taking steps to reduce their use of the costly… Read more »

Elon Musk fends off a shareholder challenge and answers his critics at Tesla meeting

As expected, a shareholder proposal to remove Elon Musk as Chairman was voted down at the company’s recent shareholders’ meeting, as was an attempt to get rid of three board members that some see as not sufficiently independent. Elon himself made a lengthy speech in which he addressed many of the current criticisms of the… Read more »

Tesla’s Model S and X Program Manager moves to Volkswagen

Volkswagen has appointed former Tesla exec Matthew Renna as Vice President, North American Region G4. Renna will manage VW’s “NAR-G4” team, overseeing the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), the automaker’s modular EV platform. His responsibilities will include “product content, costs, financial results, timing, quality, launch, and risk management throughout the entire MEB product line life cycles.”… Read more »

EVs finally starting to catch on in Germany, with Tesla in the lead

As Norway and the Netherlands have become EV capitals, Germany has lagged behind – according to conventional wisdom, because of resistance from the all-powerful German auto industry, combined with consumers’ love of high-speed, long-range driving on the autobahn. However, this picture is changing quickly. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this year German sales could… Read more »

New in-depth video review compares Model 3 with Model S

Tesla’s Model 3 is floating in a strange sort of scarcity-induced stealth mode. Mainstream auto mags can’t seem to get their hands on units to review, but video reviews from owners and internet-era citizen journalists are starting to appear: Doug DeMuro, writer of the Oversteer column on Autotrader; Trevor Page and Kenneth Bokor, the founders… Read more »