Elon Musk has hinted at battery swapping on future Tesla electric vehicles, but a tweet yesterday confirmed what many Tesla fans expected; battery swapping is coming, and soon. In fact, Musk promised to demonstrate battery swapping technology at a press conference tomorrow, but this news leaves us with as many questions as answers.
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Despite the onset of the digital age, old-school print magazines still find plenty of reverence among car enthusiasts from every walk of life. Few magazines are held in as high regard as Motor Trend, whose annual Car of the Year award is among the industry’s most-coveted acknowledgements of automotive excellence. This year, the award went to none other than the Tesla Model S. Here’s why.
The more I hear about Tesla’s plans, the more certain its future seems. Then again, recent financial filings reveal that Tesla has to cut its revenue forecast due to the slow rollout of the Tesla Model S. Furthermore, some additional prying reveals that since its founding in 2003, Tesla Motors has lost a whopping $864.9 million.
Yet if you ask me, that ain’t too shabby. Read on to find out why.
Say what you will regarding Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla Motors, but there is no denying that the man and his company have a flair for the dramatic. So it was in typically Tesla form that the new “supercharging” network was revealed last night to much fanfare and house music (I assume, as I wasn’t there). In a nutshell, the new Superchargers will provide clean, free, and fast charging for drivers of the Tesla Model S up and down the West Coast.
Though the first few hundred Tesla Model S sedans have barely rolled off of the assembly line, Tesla Motors frontman Elon Musk took to car enthusiast website Jalopnik to answer questions last Friday. Among the many revelations from a man often compared to Howard Hughes of the Spruce Goose fame was the fact that he had been thinking about an all-electric supercar.
Well played Elon, well played.
Unlike many other also-rans, Tesla Motors is succeeding where other electric car companies have failed. And by succeeding, we mean Tesla is actually selling cars, with the Model S sedan reportedly receiving over 10,000 $5,000 deposits to date. At $50,000 after tax credits though, the Model S is still well beyond what most people can afford. So what is Tesla planning to build next? From the sounds of it, an all-electric BMW 3-series rival.
America’s newest car maker, Tesla Motors, has yet to turn a profit since its founding waaay back in 2003. But founder and frontman Elon Musk believes that 2013 is the year that the fledling electric car maker will make a profit. Why? Well for one reason, the 6,500 unit production run of the 2012 Model S is already sold out. But is Musk counting his chickens before they hatch?
Tesla’s Roadster is one of the sexiest electric cars on the road, and their new sedan looks pretty sweet, too. Not only does it seat up to 7, there’s also a performance model available (0-60 in 4.5 seconds!). Helping keep costs down so more of us can ride in this sweet silent sedan is Panasonic, providing the lithium-ion battery cells.
Very soon now, Tesla Motors will unleash it’s first 100% original new car, the Model S. In addition to three models priced on maximum range, the Model S will also include a high-performance model that does 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.