We Set A Cross-Country Record In A Tesla That Drove Itself

Records, as they say, are meant to be broken. I once blitzed across the country in 31 hours and 4 minutes. Ed Bolian beat that run. Earlier this year Carl Reese, Deena Mastracci and a team of their friends set an EV Cannonball record in a Tesla Model S. I have to say then when Team Polizei raced across the U.S. in… »10/29/15 6:30pm10/29/15 6:30pm

Tesla's CEO Feared Microsoft Would Make His Car Racist And Slow

I'd just taken over as Tesla's PR guy and had been contacted by old friends at Microsoft Game Studios about including the Tesla Roadster in Project Gotham Racing 4. Darryl Siry, my boss, took me into Martin Eberhard's (Tesla's Co-founder/then CEO) office to broach the topic. That's when it went very wrong. »8/14/13 1:21pm8/14/13 1:21pm

Tesla Motors Gets a $40m Cash Recharge, Probably Won't Disappear

Fresh off a pretty huge round of layoffs »11/03/08 5:42am11/03/08 5:42am, their Detroit office closure and a about their solvency, Tesla Motors has been promised $40m in financing. Considering the fact that Elon Musk, and the owner of the company, had just a few weeks ago that the company only had about $9m in bank, this new investment probably…

Electric Tesla Roadster Wastes Tons of Energy When Parked

Martin Eberhard, former CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors, was surprisingly frank in a recent blog post about a major shortcoming with his new Tesla Roadster »10/16/08 2:50pm10/16/08 2:50pm. Soon after receiving his vehicle, Eberhard noticed that the ESS pump runs coolant through the battery all the time—even when turned off (so long as it is at…

New Tesla Gearbox Ups Range to 244 Miles, Hits Zero to 60 Time of 4.0 Seconds

Tesla Motors is finally rolling out its long-awaited single-speed transmission for the all-electric Tesla Roadster, which will pare down durability issues while upping torque and range. The new gearbox, made by transmission whiz kids Borg Warner, lets the Roadster hit its promised zero to 60 time of 4.0 seconds while… »9/12/08 2:30am9/12/08 2:30am

Tesla Motors Founder to Lease No-Money-Down SolarCity Solar Panels

When you're green, you're green: Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk's other gig is SolarCity, a solar energy company that just announced it would lease panels to residents of San Jose with no money down. Typically going solar requires a $20K to $30K install, or at the very least, a $2,000 down payment, so a… »4/16/08 11:20am4/16/08 11:20am