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Toyota recalls RAV4 EVs to repair Tesla component

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Toyota, which built about 2,500 electric vehicles over three years with Tesla Motors, said it's recalling the RAV4 EVs to repair components supplied by Tesla....
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Dirty downside to driverless cars shown in university study

6:50 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Driverless cars better be able to refuel themselves. They'll consume more energy than cars with drivers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan....
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Apple CEO sidesteps shareholder enthusiasm for a Tesla deal

5:04 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday found himself facing shareholders eager for a marriage or deal with Tesla Motors....
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Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customers

5:08 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Tesla Motors drew closer to resuming electric-car sales in New Jersey as a state Senate committee approved a rule to allow direct customer purchases....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear....
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Tesla: The one company that can get Kochs, Sierra Club to see eye to eye

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The Koch brothers' businesses market fossil fuels and turn forests into toilet paper. The Sierra Club, well, doesn't do those things. But on this much they agree: Tesla should be able to sell its electric cars directly to consumers....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealers

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

5 ways that Apple is already poised to become an automaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

Apple may already be positioned to evolve into a global automaker in many ways that other Silicon Valley companies aren't. While Apple often tests ideas that don't get released, but a secret project underscores the company's long-held desire to play a greater role in the automotive space, which is ripe for more of a merging with users' digital lives....
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Tesla meets Model S production goal, but losses widen

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Tesla's fourth-quarter net losses widened to $108 million from $16 million as the EV maker approached the final stages of development for its Model X crossover. Fourth-quarter revenues were $957 million, up 55 percent from $615 million. Tesla said it manufactured 11,627 vehicles in the fourth quarter....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine reported....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard....
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Missouri dealers file suit to block Tesla sales

1:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Missouri auto dealers filed suit to block Tesla Motors' direct manufacturer-to-consumer sales in the state. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday filed a lawsuit in a state court, accusing the Department of Revenue and its director, Nia Ray, of violating Missouri law by allowing Tesla to sell its vehicles without a franchise dealer....
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Independent repair shops edge out dealership mechanics in customer satisfaction survey

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

When it comes to vehicle repairs, independent shops may be pleasing customers more than mechanics at dealerships' service bays, a Consumer Reports' survey said today....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Luddites? Really?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Maybe you saw this: Four states received a “Luddite Award” from a think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores. The four are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas....
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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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MISSION TO DETROIT

Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his personal life. But the real reason Musk came to Detroit was to deliver an urgent message to the industry establishment: Believe in EVs now, or regret it later....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Musk: 'Keep driving our volume' to hit targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. should be able to sell "a few million" cars per year by 2025, after the company has broadened its lineup beyond the Model S sedan and opened a "gigafactory" to double the world's supply of lithium ion battery cells, CEO Elon Musk said last week at the Automotive News World Congress....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015

In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. But after his celebrity-like appearance here, it was clear that Detroit's love for Musk is only going to grow....
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Musk dangles track, car plant in wooing Texas lawmakers

9:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers to ease restrictions on sales of the company's electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his "hyperloop" mass transit concept in the state....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road....
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