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Tesla Model S: The Battery Car Market’s Moon Shot

Sales of new mainstream model begin today.

by on Jun.22, 2012

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk with a Model S.

After a few faulty starts, entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space-X finally became the first private company to launch a cargo ship into orbit last month.  But what has taken real rocket science is coming up with the right product and technology to make Musk’s other firm, Tesla Motors, a viable competitor in the hotly competitive auto industry.

After running up losses off more than $750 million since its founding in 2003, the Silicon Valley start-up will launch a product arguably even more important than the Space-X Dragon cargo ship.  The 2013 Tesla Model-S will be the firm’s first mainstream passenger car and quite likely its make-it-or-break-it attempt to crack a market dominated by multinational giants like General Motors, Toyota Motor Co. and Daimler AG.

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“If it delivers on its promises – not only in sales volume, but also in quality and reliability – the S will propel Tesla into the black and provide working capital to develop of the next line of Tesla vehicles,” said green car analyst John Odell, of the automotive data firm Edmunds.

But Musk and company have made some big promises – with relatively little history to show they can deliver.


Top Gear Fires Back at Tesla

BBC program defends itself in libel dispute.

by on Apr.05, 2011

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, shown here .with the Tesla Roadster, at the Detroit Auto Show, January 2009

Top Gear officials defend their criticism of the Tesla Roadster - shown here with Tesla founder Elon Musk.

The executive producer of the popular BBC car program, Top Gear, is firing back at Tesla Motors.

Andy Wilman dismissed the California battery car maker’s claims that Top Gear lied about the result of its test drive of the Tesla Roadster, a two-seat sports car that was profiled in a 2008 broadcast.

That program has been targeted by Tesla in a libel suit it has filed against the BBC and Top Gear in the British Courts.  Tesla officials have launched an aggressive campaign to get their side of the story aired, Vice President Ricardo Reyes claiming the Top Gear program’s conclusion was “written before the cars were tested.”

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Tesla leveled a number of charges against Top Gear, accusing it of lying about the need to charge the Roadster after just 55 miles, and for claiming, among other things, that the car’s brakes failed.

Initially, BBC officials declined  to comment, but the flurry of coverage for the Tesla suit led Wilman to go public.


Tesla Sets Price, Production Plans for Model S

Battery sedan will start at $57,400 - before federal tax credits - when launched in mid-2012.

by on Mar.07, 2011

The Tesla Model S will go on sale in mid-2012 at a base price of $57,400 minus the federal $7,500 tax credit.

The first Tesla Model S sedan will roll off the maker’s new assembly line in mid-2012 and carry a base price of $57,400, which would drop to $49,900 after federal tax incentives of $7,500.

Tesla will offer a wide-range of options – including a choice of three battery packs capable of delivering up to 300 miles per charge, according to the Silicon Valley start-ups Vice President of Sales George Blankenship.

“It is clear that our customers would like to keep up with progress as we work towards first deliveries in 2012,” the executive writes in a new blog post that follows a meeting with 50 current Tesla Roadster owners at the company’s newest dealership, in Milan, Italy.

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The first so-called “Alpha” engineering prototypes began road testing in December, noted Blankenship.  Preparations are now underway for “Beta” models, which are described as “production-intent,” or essentially identical to what Tesla will produce when manufacturing gets underway in mid-2012 at the factory the company acquired last year.