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April 15, 2014

Saleen Previews its Modified Tesla Model S

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Saleen has released a few teasers of its upcoming modified version of the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Saleen hasn't released a lot of details about the modified Model S, but it did unveil the design renderings this week at an event in Los Angeles.

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February 27, 2014

Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory Will Hire 6,500 Workers in the U.S.

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Tesla has revealed more details about its new battery plant, dubbed the Gigafactory, which will be "world's largest battery factory" when it powers up by 2017. Tesla estimates that the Gigafactory will cost about $5 billion and will employ up to 6,500 employees at a site that could be up to 1,000 acres.

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February 18, 2014

Rinspeed xChangE Concept Turns the Tesla Model S Into an Autonomous Vehicle

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Rinspeed has unveiled its latest concept, the xChangE concept, which is going to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. At first glance you will notice that the xChangeE concept looks like nothing more than a customized Tesla Model S, but underneath Rinspeed has created its vision of a future electric autonomous car.

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October 31, 2013

Tesla Completes its West Coast Supercharger Corridor for Free Travel Between San Diego and Vancouver

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Tesla Model S owners on the west coast will love this! Tesla has announced the completion of its Supercharger Corridor on the west coast, which is a network of Tesla Supercharger stations that enable Model S owners to travel for free between San Diego, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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August 7, 2013

Tesla Model S with All-Wheel-Drive in the Works?

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Tesla is reportedly working on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S sedan according to sources that spoke with The Verge. The Model S already has an insane waiting list and with the introduction of a new all-wheel-drive version that list isn't about to get any shorter.

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July 12, 2013

Tesla Model S Production Now Exceeds 400 a Week

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Tesla is now reportedly producing more than 400 Model S sedans a week, which is more than the automaker's initial goal according to CEO Elon Musk. "We're above 400 a week at the current manpower, and not trivially above it," Musk said.

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June 21, 2013

Tesla Battery Swap Stations Will Arrive by the End of the Year

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Last night Tesla unveiled its latest innovation, which will keep Model S drivers on the road even longer. By the end of the year Tesla is going to install quick-swap bays at its Supercharger stations in California, which will give drivers the ability to swap out their depleted batteries in less than the time that it takes to fill up a tank of gas.

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June 19, 2013

Tesla to Reveal Model S Battery Swap Option Tomorrow

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Tesla has already announced plans to increase its network of fast-charging stations across the country, but tomorrow Tesla is going to unveil a new battery swap option at an event in California. The new battery swapping capability will allow drivers to quickly swap their car's battery with a charged battery, which would be even faster than waiting to charge the car's existing battery.

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June 5, 2013

Cheaper Tesla Sedan Will Arrive in Late 2016

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Tesla is working on a new smaller electric sedan that will cost about half the price of the current Model S sedan, which starts at $62,400. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed the smaller sedan will arrive in late 2016 and will have a driving range of at least 200 miles.

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May 30, 2013

Tesla Dramatically Expands its Supercharger Network

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Tesla has announced plans to dramatically expand its supercharger network, which enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely. The expansion of the network builds upon the Supercharger network that covers California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast. Superchargers are designed for city to city travel, enabling Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a 20 to 30 minute break to grab lunch or a soda or coffee, and get back on the road charged up, for free.

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May 22, 2013

Tesla Pays Off its Entire DOE Loan Nine Years Early

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With all of the accolades that Tesla has received for the its new Model S and posting its first quarterly profit, Tesla is having a great year. NowTesla has just announced that it has paid off the entire loan awarded to the company by the Department of Energy in 2010, nine years early. In addition to payments made in 2012 and Q1 2013, today's wire of almost half a billion dollars ($451.8M) repays the full loan with interest. Following this payment, Tesla will be the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.

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May 9, 2013

Consumer Reports Gives the Tesla Model S a 99 Out of 100 Rating

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Consumer Reports has announced that the Tesla Model S has received a rating of 99 out of 100, which means that it's has been rated higher than any other model recently tested. Back in 2007, the Lexus LS 460L also received a score of 99 out of 100, but since then no other model has been able to achieve the same rating.

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April 27, 2013

Tesla Model S Tops the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf in Q1

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The sales numbers have been finalized for the first quarter of this year and with that it's now being reported that the Tesla Model S outsold the Chevy Volt in Q1 in North America. Tesla expects to report that it sold 4,750 Model S sedans in the US and Canada, which beats the 4,421 units of the Chevy Volt that were sold during the same period. The Tesla Model S also beat the Nissan Leaf, since Nissan only sold 3,695 units.

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April 4, 2013

Next-Gen Tesla Roadster to Have Over 200 Mile Range and Reach 0-60 mph in Under 4 Secs

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The next-generation Tesla Roadster is still a few years away, but Tesla boss George Blankenship has already provided some details about what we can expect. Blakenship told Autocar that he expects the next Tela Roadster to have over a 200 mile driving range since EV technology continues to evolve. The next Tesla Roadster will also reach 0-60 mph in under four seconds.

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April 3, 2013

Tesla Announces New "Revolutionary" Finance Deal for the Model S

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Tesla has announced that, in partnership with Wells Fargo and US Bank, it has created a revolutionary automotive financing product that provides the best elements of ownership and leasing to Model S customers.

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April 2, 2013

Tesla Model S Exceeds Sales Target, 40 kWh Model Canceled

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Tesla has announced that sales of the Tesla Model S sedan have exceeded Tesla's sales targets that were announced in February. Sales of the Model S exceeded 4,750 units vs. the 4,500 unit prior outlook. As a result, Tesla is amending its Q1 guidance to full profitability.

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March 11, 2013

Tesla Delays the Model X Crossover by a Year

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Tesla's next model, the Model X crossover was due to arrive by the end of this year, but now it looks like its introduction has been delayed by at least a year. Tesla attributes the Model X's delay to the success of the Model S sedan. Tesla has decided to push back the release date of the Model X to focus on the Model S.

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December 3, 2012

Tesla Raises the Model S Base Price to $59,900

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Tesla has announced that it is raising the prices for the Model S sedan, which now starts at $59,900, which is up from $57,400 ($49,900 after federal tax credits). The price increase applies to new reservations starting January 1, 2013. Although Tesla is raising the pricing for the Model S, Tesla is quick to point out that the initial starting price was announced in March 2009, which is over three and a half years ago.

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November 13, 2012

Tesla Model S Named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year

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Earlier this month Automobile Magazine named the Tesla Model S its Automobile of the Year and now Motor Trend has given Tesla's sedan its highest honor by naming it its, 2013 Car of the Year. To take top honors, Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges. This is the first time in Motor Trend's memory that every judge was in unanimous agreement.

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November 2, 2012

Tesla Model S Named 2013 "Automobile of the Year"

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The Tesla Model S was just named "Automobile of the Year" by AUTOMOBILE Magazine's team of editors and writers, who stated that the Model S "blew them all away."

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October 12, 2012

Tesla Recieves $10 Million From California to Build the Model X

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Tesla has received a $10 million grant from the state of California to build its new Model X crossover. In return for the $10 million grant, Tesla will also contribute $50 million of its own money for the new crossover. The new funding will be used to expand Tesla's plant in Fremont, California and to purchase new equipment to build the Model X.

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September 25, 2012

Tesla Launches Supercharger Network to Enable Long Distance EV Driving

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Tesla has unveiled its new Supercharger network, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.

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August 31, 2012

Tesla's Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Supercar

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Tesla's CEO Elon Musk recently joined a web chat on Jalopnik, where he discussed the future of Tesla and what the electric car company could release next. Currently Tesla offers models like the Tesla Roadster and the new Model S sedan, but according to Elon Musk, a Tesla supercar could one day join the Tesla lineup.

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July 13, 2012

Tesla to Release a BMW 3 Series Rival in 2015

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The first deliveries of Tesla's Model S electric sedan kicked off last month, but we've now learned that Tesla isn't stopping there. The next model will be the Model X crossover that is based on the Model S and then a new range of smaller models. Tesla's chief designer recently confirmed with Autocar that the automaker is currently working on a new range of cars that will compete with the BMW 3 Series.

"The third model will continue to drive down the price point as fast as possible," von Holzhausen told Autocar. The target price for the new entry-level car will be around $30,000. The new 3 Series fighter will also have more distinctive styling than the conventional looking Model S. "We will become more experimental as we develop as a brand," he said. "Our cars need to have some personality." The new models could launch as early as 2015.

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June 20, 2012

EPA Gives the Tesla Model S an 89 MPGe Rating with 265 Mile Range

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The first deliveries of the Tesla Model S are set to take place at the end of this week. The EPA has officially given the Tesla Model S a fuel economy rating of 89 MPGe and a range of 265 miles for the top version of the Model S with a 85 kilowatt-hour battery.

Even though the EPA's rating of 89 MPGe may be lower than other electric vehicles like the new Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf, the Model S has the longest driving range of any full electric vehicle on the market. The Model S also is larger than the Honda Fit and Nissan Leaf with seating for up to seven passengers.

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May 23, 2012

Tesla Model S Deliveries to Start on June 22nd

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Tesla has announced that the first Model S deliveries will kick off on June 22nd, which is ahead of the original July timeframe. "In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an affordable electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and Chief Product Architect. "Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan and represents Tesla's transition to a mass-production automaker and the most compelling car company of the 21st century."

Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Model S test-drive events will begin rolling out to select North American cities in July. Tesla will be ramping up production throughout 2012 and plans to deliver 5,000 vehicles by year end. Reservations for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000.

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February 10, 2012

Tesla Unveils 2014 Model X Crossover with Falcon Wings

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Last night Tesla unveiled its third model, the 2014 Model X crossover, which is based on the same platform as the upcoming Model S sedan. Tesla says that the Model X was designed to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan.

The Tesla Model X has three rows of seats, room for up to seven passengers and comes with two rear doors that Tesla is calling "Falcon Wings." Tesla says that the Falcon Wings are perfect for tight parking spots because they open up, instead of out like a traditional door.

The Model X shares its platform with the Model S and will come in three drivetrain configurations: rear-wheel-drive, dual motor all-wheel-drive and the performance dual motor all-wheel-drive model. The Model X will be offered with a 60 or 85 kWh battery. Tesla claims that the standard Model X will reach 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the performance model being even quicker.

Tesla has already started taking reservations for the Model X, which will arrive in early 2014. It's final pricing is expected to be close to the Model S, which starts at $49,900 after the $7,500 federal tax credit.

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January 30, 2012

Tesla Teases the Tesla Model X Crossover

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Tesla will unveil its third model, the Model X crossover on February 9th, but here's the first teaser photo of it. The teaser photo shows off the electric crossover's roofline and part of its grille.

The teaser photo was part of Tesla's invitation to the official unveiling of the Model X that is going to take place at Tesla's Design Studio in LA. The Model X is expected to arrive less than two years after the Model S sedan, with pricing that will probably be higher than the Model S that starts at $57,400.

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January 18, 2012

Tesla Model X Crossover to be Unveiled on February 9th

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on his Twitter account that the Tesla Model X crossover will be unveiled on February 9th at Tesla's design studio in California.

The Tesla Model X will share its platform with the upcoming Model S sedan, but its not known if the version we will see next month will be the production version or a concept. The Model X crossover was rumored to be unveiled by the end of December, but isn't slated to go on sale until late 2013.

According to Tesla, the Model X will "incorporate the functionality of a minivan with the consumer appeal of a sports-utility vehicle."

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December 21, 2011

2012 Tesla Model S Official Pricing and Specs Announced

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Tesla has announced the pricing for its much anticipated Model S sedan, which starts at $49,900 after the available $7,500 federal tax credit. For almost $50k you get the base Tesla Model S with its 40kWh battery 17" Touchscreen, 19" Wheels and a Universal Mobile Connector with three adapters that will allow you to charge at home and on the road. The Model S equipped with the 40 kWh battery only has an estimated range of 160 miles. Stepping up to the 60 kWh and 85 kWh versions will give you more range.

The Model S with the 60 kWh battery starts at $59,900 after the tax credits and has a range of 230 miles. It also reaches 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds compared to 6.5 seconds for the base model. The 85 kWh version has a range of 300 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. It starts at $69,900. As predicted Tesla is also going to offer a Model S Performance model that is powered by the 85 kWh battery, but reaches 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and also gets a high performance drive inverter and exterior carbon fiber accents. The Model S Performance model is also available with a $5,000 package that includes a nappa leather interior with Alcantara accents, active air suspension with traction control and performance wheels and tires.

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October 27, 2011

Next-Gen Tesla Roadster Coming in 2014

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Tesla is set to release its second model the Model S sedan early next year and this fall Tesla is also going to unveil its third model, the Model X crossover. So what is the future of the Tesla Roadster?

It's being reported by Autocar that Tesla will release an all-new Roadster in 2014, which will get a new platform that doesn't borrow Lotus parts. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the new Roadster will be based on a third-generation platform, which will be a shortened version of the platform used for the Model S.

"This platform will spawn a range of cars in the next four to five years," Musk stated. "It'll be a more mass-market platform for cars like a 3-series as well as the new Roadster. These cars will supplement the Model S range."

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October 3, 2011

High-Performance Tesla Model S to Reach 0-60 MPH in Under 4.5 Seconds

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Tesla is hard at work on the Model S sedan and now comes word that Tesla is also going to make a high-performance version, which will be available at the same time as the regular sedan.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke the news at a recent press event at the former Toyota NUMMI facility in Fremont, California. The standard Tesla Model S reaches 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, but the high-performance version will see that time drop below 4.5 seconds.

"That's quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera]," joked Musk. "Not bad for an electric luxury sedan."

The $80,000 high-performance Model S will feature the same 85 kilowatt-hour, 300 mile range battery pack as the standard Model S.

Musk also confirmed plans to offer aerodynamic wheels on the Tesla Model S that will increase its range to 320 miles. "There were some skeptics who said we couldn't do a 300 mile range, but we're going to do better than that. We're going to offer 320 mile range, as tested on the EPA 2 cycle test."

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August 15, 2011

VIDEO: 2012 Tesla Model S and Roadster Enjoy the Road Together

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The upcoming 2012 Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster recently hit the road together. This video shows Tesla's two models driving together for the first time.

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August 6, 2011

Toyota and Tesla to Build RAV4 EV in Canada

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Toyota and Tesla have announced plans to produce the RAV4 electric-vehicle at Toyota's plant Woodstock, Ontario starting in 2012.

"The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the vehicle at the Woodstock plant on the same line as the gasoline-powered RAV4, will streamline and simplify the production process and guarantee the highest level of quality control," said Ray Tanguay, TMMC Chairman, who hosted Canadian officials at the plant today and thanked them for their support. "This is a great example of Toyota's determination to collaborate with companies with leading edge technology."

Toyota is paying Tesla $100 million to supply the electric powertrain, which includes the battery, motor, gear box and power electronics for the RAV4 EV. Telsa's powertrains will be produced in Palo Alto, California and then be shipped to Toyota's plant in Canada.

Toyota hasn't announced the exact on sale date for the RAV4 EV, but it will launch sometime in 2012.

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August 3, 2011

Tesla in Talks with Toyota About $1 Billion Deal

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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced that the automaker is in talks with Toyota over a $1 billion deal.

Tesla recently signed a $100 million deal that will bring the Toyota RAV4 EV to market, but Musk stated in regards to that deal, "we're in discussions with them for a deal that is an order of magnitude larger than that." A Tesla representative also confirmed with the AutoObserver that deal that Elon was referring to was much larger than the previous deal at $1 billion.

No other details were given about the possible deal.

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August 2, 2011

VIDEO: 2012 Tesla Model S Prototypes Hit the Track

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Tesla has released another video of the upcoming 2012 Tesla Model S sedan having fun on a track.

The prototypes are pretty much devoid of any camouflage and you get to hear the sounds of the electric motors as they wiz by the camera.

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July 24, 2011

Tesla Signs $100 Million Deal for Electric Toyota RAV4

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Tesla Motors has signed a $100 million dollar deal with Toyota to build the electric powertrain for the Toyota EAV4 EV.

Tesla is going to supply the RAV4's electric motor, transmission, battery and charging system. Production is expected to kick off next year. Toyota recently squashed rumors that the RAV4 EV would only be available for fleet customers.

"The 2012 RAV4 EV will definitely be sold to the general public. We anticipate robust public interest in the RAV4 EV and are keen to inform consumers that their future vehicle options include a battery electric Toyota."

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June 5, 2011

Tesla Releases New Photos of the Tesla Model S "Alpha"

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Tesla Motors has released more photos of the "Alpha" version of the upcoming Model S sedan. The "Alpha" version of the Model S sedan is closer to what we will see when the electric sedan is officially released next year.

From these photos it's easily to tell that the new concept has a different front fascia, which is more aggressively styled than the first concept. More aggressive = good. Tesla is also supposed to unveil its first crossover at the end of this year, the Model X.

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May 31, 2011

Tesla Model X Crossover to Debut by the End of the Year

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Tesla is currently working on its third model after the roadster and upcoming Model S sedan. Tesla is currently planning to unveil a prototype of the Model X crossover by the end of the year according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The filing stated that Tesla is "designing the Model X to incorporate the functionality of a minivan with the consumer appeal of a sports-utility vehicle." It noted that the electric powertrain developed for the Tesla Roadster "has provided the foundational technology for the Model S, the Model X and for electric powertrain components that (Tesla) has begun selling to Daimler and its affiliates that (Tesla) intends to sell to Toyota."

Late last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed plans to introduce a battery-powered crossover in 2014, two years after the launch of the Model S sedan.

The filing also stated that production of the Tesla Roadster will end in December 2011.

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May 8, 2011

Tesla to Seek Additional Funding for an Electric SUV Model

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Tesla is still hard at work on its second model, the Model S sedan, but the company is reportedly also thinking about adding a third model to its lineup. Currently Tesla offers the roadster electric vehicle, but Tesla may soon seek additional funding to help it produce a third electric model, the Model X, which would ben electric powered SUV type of vehicle.

The Model X would use the same powertrain as the Model S sedan.

"We do have enough capital to reach cash-flow positive without raising another dollar," Musk said on an earnings call. "There's a decent chance we will raise a secondary for the Model X activity and some additional potential headroom growth on the Model S production."

Tesla currently has 4,600 reservations for the Model S, which requires a down payment of $5,000. Pricing for the base 160-mile range Model S is expected to start at $49,900 after the $7,500 federal tax credit. The model that can travel up to 230 miles on a single charge costs $10,000 more and the top model with a 300 mile range starts at $74,400 before any tax credits.

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