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NADA moves to counter franchise system critics

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Franchised car dealers have taken plenty of heat for their resistance to Tesla Motors' state-by-state campaign to sell cars directly to consumers. Peter Welch, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, is ready to push back.... Read More »

 

Flying-car ambition soars, but the r&d is fledgling

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
What's next in this George Jetson fantasy? Flying cars, right? And, as it turns out, Toyota is working on just that, says Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer for r&d.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Is Tesla really such a big threat?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
When I was a new-car dealer in Pennsylvania, it always seemed to me that the dealer laws were in place to protect the underdog, an individual against a dealer or a dealer against a manufacturer -- but never to interfere in a disagreement among equals.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla bets its patents on a vision of a battery-powered future

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2014
Tesla Motors says its decision to make hundreds of its electric-vehicle patents openly available to competitors will help accelerate the fight against climate change. How other automakers respond to the offer could determine the future of Tesla and the entire EV market.... Read More »

 

BMW and Tesla executives meet to discuss electric cars

June 13, 2014 10:48 CET
BMW said its managers have met with executives from Tesla to discuss ways to promote the use of electric cars.... Read More »

 

Musk says Tesla's patents are open to all automakers

1:13 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Tesla Motors will relinquish its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents “against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology," CEO Elon Musk said today.... Read More »

 

Tesla could open factory in Europe, CEO Musk says

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla will build a factory in Europe once sales of its cars reach 160,000 a year in the region, CEO Elon Musk said. The electric-car maker also plans to open a European r&d center "next year or the year after," Musk said.... Read More »

 

Automakers oppose Pennsylvania’s bill allowing Tesla stores

4:26 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Automakers are fighting Pennsylvania legislation that would allow electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to operate an unlimited number of factory-owned stores in that state.... Read More »

 

Why Ford just said no when Musk tried to put the 'E' in SEX

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Elon Musk says he wanted to name Tesla's planned third model, a compact, battery-powered sedan, the Model E.... Read More »

 

BMW launches i8 plug-in hybrid as Tesla shakes up green supercar segment

June 7, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has begun rolling out the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar as Tesla shakes up the market for luxury cars with alternative powertrains.... Read More »

 

California lawmakers propose incentives for Tesla battery factory

6:27 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
California lawmakers proposed financial incentives for electric car maker Tesla Motors on Thursday in a bid to entice the company to build a large battery factory in the state.... Read More »

 

Tesla won't select final gigafactory site until late 2014, Musk says

4:50 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
Tesla Motors won't decide until year end where to build a battery “gigafactory” even as it readies multiple plant sites, CEO Elon Musk told investors on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk says Space Taxi could ferry astronauts by 2016

8:47 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Space Exploration Technologies, the private rocket maker controlled by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, said its reusable Space Taxi capsule will be ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station within two years.... Read More »

 

Tesla bonds get 'junk' rating from S&P

May 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Tesla's bonds were assigned a B- rating, or “junk” status from bond raters at Standard & Poor's. Companies are given junk-bond ratings when Wall Street determines there is an increased possibility of default.... Read More »

 

Tesla bonds assigned 'junk' status by S&P

5:06 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2014
Tesla received a far less rousing recommendation from bond raters at Standard & Poor's Corp. -- which assigned the electric-vehicle maker a B- rating, or “junk” status.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Numbers add to NADA's arsenal against Tesla, CFPB

5:04 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association has put out its annual NADA Data report, a statistical smorgasbord that explains where America's franchised car dealers are, how much money they make and how they make it.... Read More »

 

Toyota wants to keep r&d ties with Tesla, N.A. engineering chief says

6:47 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota hopes to continue working with Tesla Motors on battery technology even after a battery-supply agreement between the two companies ends this year, Toyota's head of North American engineering and manufacturing said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Toyota moving away from EVs in favor of hydrogen fuel cells

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota is walking away from building longer-range battery-electric vehicles in favor of its effort in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, its top North American executive said.... Read More »

 

Fisker boss will 'burn as much cash as it takes' as it takes on Tesla

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
The Chinese billionaire who bought Fisker Automotive Holdings Inc. at a bankruptcy auction is planning to build a new slate of electric-drive cars in the United States, challenging Tesla Motors Inc. on its home turf.... Read More »

 

Tesla gets reprieve in Missouri

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Missouri state legislators scrapped a vote last week on a bill that would have prevented Tesla Motors Inc. from selling directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

Tesla edges out Toyota as California's top auto employer

1:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
As quietly as one of its electric cars, Tesla Motors has become the biggest auto-industry employer in California. And it is the rare company doubling down on making products in the nation's most populous state.... Read More »

 

Tesla catches break as Missouri puts direct-sale ban on hold

4:11 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
The fate of Tesla Motors' retail strategy in Missouri is on hold after state legislators scrapped a vote on a bill that would have prevented the company from selling directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

Musk sees need for many 'gigafactories' for battery demand

1:43 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the need for lower-cost batteries for autos and power storage means there will need to be hundreds of “gigafactories” like the one the carmaker is planning to build.... Read More »

 

Tesla says battery-supply deal for Toyota RAV4 EV to end

9:51 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Tesla said its deal to supply Toyota Motor Corp. with battery packs and motors for a rechargeable crossover will conclude this year.... Read More »

 

Tesla faces new hurdle as Missouri weighs direct sales ban

4:34 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Tesla Motors says its fight to sell electric cars directly to consumers faces a new hurdle as Missouri's legislature is weighing a measure to bar its company-owned store system.... Read More »

 

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