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Posts Tagged: Tesla Model S

Changes to California ZEV rules could threaten Tesla income

As is the case with most government regulations, the California Air Resources Board’s Zero-Emission Vehicle rules are complex, and changing them tends to create winners and losers (and acronyms). CARB regulators are now considering changes to the rules that would make it harder for automakers to comply with ZEV targets by buying credits, rather than… Read more »

Consumer Reports: Tesla should disable automatic steering

Tesla has been weathering a lot of criticism in the press since the fatal crash involving an Autopilot-equipped Model S. As Road & Track’s Jack Baruth very colorfully noted, some of it has come from self-appointed experts with little knowledge of the auto industry. However, the latest reproach comes from Consumer Reports, a respected publication… Read more »

Auto industry (except Tesla) spends an average $1,000 per vehicle in advertising

Elon Musk has said several times that he rarely thinks about marketing, and that if you build a truly revolutionary product, the marketing will take care of itself. Tesla has followed this philosophy since its founding. It participates in only the largest, most high-profile auto shows, gives access to only a few carefully selected journalists,… Read more »

Road & Track: Leave Tesla alone!

There was a time when the car guys of the automotive press heaped scorn and ridicule on electric vehicles. Today, as ever-more-advanced EVs appear on the roads and the racetracks, those days are long gone. Motor Trend has honored two EVs with its Car of the Year designation (the Volt in 2011, and Model S… Read more »

Will Tesla face an SEC investigation over disclosure of Autopilot crash?

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Tesla breached securities laws by not immediately informing investors about the recent fatal crash involving an Autopilot-equipped Model S. The WSJ cited an anonymous “person familiar with the matter,” who said that the SEC’s inquiry is in a very early stage… Read more »

Tesla misses forecasts for Q2, but production is ramping up

Tesla’s recently announced production and delivery figures for the second quarter of 2016 point to a battery that’s either half-full or half-empty, depending on your outlook. On one hand, Q2 production and deliveries both fell slightly short of projections. On the other hand, production continues to ramp up quickly. While Q2 production of 18,345 units… Read more »

Tesla driver killed in crash with Autopilot engaged

The driver of a Tesla Model S was killed in a crash that occurred while the vehicle was in Autopilot mode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA), which has opened an investigation. The accident occurred on May 7 in Williston, Florida. The victim, Ohio resident Joshua Brown, is the first known fatality… Read more »

Tesla offers to buy SolarCity (updated: conference call audio)

Elon Musk made a move to consolidate his business empire as Tesla announced an offer to buy SolarCity for around $2.8 billion. Musk is the Chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla, and the largest shareholder of both companies. Musk and Antonio Gracias, who is also on the board of directors at both companies, recused themselves from voting on this proposal…. Read more »

Tesla Model 3: What we know and what we don’t know

Tesla made automotive history on March 31, when it unveiled the culmination of its master plan to bring EVs to the masses. The company has committed to delivering a car with the parameters that pundits have identified as the tipping point for widespread EV sales: 200 miles of range and a price tag in the… Read more »