Tesla Will 'Open-Source' All Its Patents

Tesla Motors just went "open source," at least in spirit. CEO Elon Musk announced this morning in California that the nascent electric car company will open up all its patents "for the advancement of electric vehicle technology." And he did it with a meme, which is awesome. » 6/12/14 1:38pm 6/12/14 1:38pm

To The People Of New Jersey

On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its monopoly, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, composed of political appointees of the Governor, ended your right to purchase vehicles at a manufacturer store within the state. » 3/14/14 4:13pm 3/14/14 4:13pm

The Tesla Model S Might Have A Vampire Problem

No, the Tesla Model S does not want to suck your blood. It will reportedly settle for your electricity bill instead, and neither holy water nor software update will stand in its way. » 11/27/13 4:53pm 11/27/13 4:53pm

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 1:21pm 8/14/13 1:21pm

The Untold Story Of The Tesla Prototype Test From Hell

Take away timing, ego, innovation, and opportunity and what you are left with is bullshit. And bullshit is a dead deer, a dead car, and the smell of gunpowder and imminent media disaster. » 7/03/13 2:56pm 7/03/13 2:56pm

Panasonic Invests $30 Million In Electric Vehicle Maker Tesla

Looks like Panasonic has a great deal of faith in Tesla. The company—which happens to be a leading battery cell manufacturer—has invested $30 million in the electric vehicle maker in hopes of expanding the EV market. » 11/03/10 11:40pm 11/03/10 11:40pm

Tesla Building Electric Rav4 SUV For Toyota

In May, Toyota stated its intention to invest $50 million in electric car maker Tesla Motors. Today, the companies announced that Tesla will produce an electric version of the Rav4 SUV for Toyota in 2012. » 7/16/10 10:39am 7/16/10 10:39am

Tesla Motors Generates Profit For First Time Ever

Don't look now but the stumbling Tesla Motors, the electric car company recently on the receiving end of a $465 million government loan, has turned a profit for the first time in its six-year history. » 8/09/09 2:30pm 8/09/09 2:30pm

Would a Sub $10,000 Zero-Emissions Car Be The Greatest Consumer Gadget…

Speaking at the Wired Business Conference in NYC, Shai Agassi, the founder of green transportation company Better Place, made a bold statement about near-future electric cars: » 6/15/09 1:24pm 6/15/09 1:24pm

Tesla Jacks Up Prices On Customers Who Already Ordered a Roadster

Not that an extra $9,300 really matters with a $100,000 car, but Telsa jacking up the prices on customers that have already locked in their Roadster orders is just plain shady. » 1/20/09 7:00pm 1/20/09 7:00pm

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

Fresh off a pretty huge round of layoffs » 11/03/08 5:42am 11/03/08 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 2:50pm 10/16/08 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…

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 2:30am 9/12/08 2:30am

Only 25 Tesla Roadsters Left On Sale For 2009

Tesla Motors has finally begun deliveries of its awesome 100-percent electric Tesla Roadster, but eco-conscious sports car fanatics willing to plunk down the $109,000 need to reserve one quick. The company said it only has 25 production slots left for the second quarter of 2009. Locking in a reservation will cost a… » 7/26/08 6:00pm 7/26/08 6:00pm

Tesla Motors Opens First Dealership in LA

At long last Tesla Motors has opened its first dealership in LA. The $109,000 all-electric sports car has just started shipping to the people who first preordered them. So you can certainly go test drive one in LA now (with more dealerships set to open in other cities in the coming months), but expect to wait 15… » 5/05/08 6:30pm 5/05/08 6:30pm

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 11:20am 4/16/08 11:20am

Three Tesla Electric Car Reviews

The Telsa Roadster's been a long ways a comin', and here are the first reviews in the March issues of the fossil-fuel loving, pulp-based mongrel cousins of Jalopnik. And after a few hours flogging the e-car on California's Skyline Boulevard, most pubs have concluded that the Tesla is the first electric car—the first… » 2/08/08 7:01am 2/08/08 7:01am