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Feature Flick: Tesla Model S Gets Ripped Up by the Jaws of Life

Electric cars like the Tesla Model S offer up a unique challenge to firefighters. Rather than engines, fuel tanks, and fuel lines, electric cars have motors, batteries, and high-voltage cables that can potentially electrocute someone trying to save an occupant after an accident. Because of the challenge, Tesla has just put out a video showing just how firefighters should dismantle a Model S in the event of an accident.

If you want to skip the video’s drier bits, the Tesla Model S destruction starts at the 27:45 mark in the video below. Firefighters begin by ripping off the door and front quarter panel, before ripping into the A-pillar. The firefighters then dig into the dashboard and completely separate the dashboard section from the rest of the Model S, causing complete destruction of the electric car.

Watch the Tesla Model S get torn to shreds in the video below.

Source: Brock Archer via YouTube

By Christian Seabaugh

Designers on Design: Franz von Holzhausen on the McLaren P1

Designers on Design: Franz von Holzhausen on the McLaren P1

I ran into Tesla Model S design chief Franz von Holzhausen at the Paris Motor Show as we were both on the way to the unveiling of the McLaren P1 supercar. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Design, Von Holzhausen began his career with Volkswagen under J Mays and worked on such seminal projects as the Concept One (which became the new Beetle). He then moved to GM, and drew critical acclaim for his Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky roadster. In 2005, Mazda hired von Holzhausen as its North American design chief. Under his watch, the company developed the Nagare design language, revised the style of the RX-8 and Mazda5, and launched the 2009 Mazda6 and Mazda3.

Mazda Furai front three quarter 300x187 imageOne of my favorite concept cars of all time was executed by Franz and his team; the rotary-powered, LMP1-based Mazda Furai. Why do I still love it so? Because unlike most concept cars, it wasn’t just a pretty face, but a full runner that I got to experience around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Franz obviously knows something about fast cars and great designs, so just after McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Managing Director Antony Sheriff raised the sheet on McLaren’s all-new P1 supercar, I asked him for his first impressions:

FvH: Makes the 12C kind of old and tired. It’s got a great stance, it sits well, reminds of the F1 [McLaren’s first street legal sports car]. Yeah, I like it. It’s definitely got a menacing feel to it – a pissed-off face. It has a BIG greenhouse and I’m wondering about that proportion – but it’s hard to tell from here.

I love the sculpture on the body side. Reminds of stuff that we were doing in the past. Apparently it’s very functional as well, with the intakes going right from the door into the engine. So I can appreciate that, the form and the function kinda working together. It’s awesome.

Yeah, but it makes the 12C dated for sure.

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MT: Have you ever worked with [McLaren head of design] Frank Stephenson before?

FvH: No, I haven’t. I was looking for him on the stage, but I just know of him from, you know, the designer crowd, and but I think he did a pretty solid job. In general I think the car is cool. Way better than in pictures, sits way better on its wheels, from here. I’ll have to come back later, tomorrow, when there is less people to get a better view. But you know it’s awesome, Ron Dennis is up there — you don’t see that every day. Seeing Ron in person is very cool.

And I appreciate them continuing to just go for it.

MT: What do you think about the orange color?

FvH: I’m wondering about it. There must something about it I’m just not aware of. Is it the brand color…?  I love the simplicity of the stand with the orange and white, it’s super cool. But is it the right color for the car?

MT: Well, everyone knows you designer types only like light gray or silver for your concepts so you can show off the lines…

McLaren P1 rear view 300x187 imageFvH: [Laughs] Actually, orange is one of my more favorite colors, but this shade seems a bit, um, overly mature. I think a car like this, if you could get some screaming colors on it, it would be all that more impressive.

I do see a lot of reference from the F1 in the side feature. Hard to tell about the silhouette but from what I’ve seen, the silhouette is pretty similar.

MT: I noticed that the McLaren logo seems to be used as a throughout the car – in the headlights, hood scoops, etc. You know, the upside-down swoosh, punctuation mark…too much repetition? What do you think?

FvH: Oh as an element on the car – front, rear, everywhere – the “boomerang.” It reminds me of the Kumho tire logo. But you know it’s subtle enough that you know it’s not too overt.

It doesn’t punch you in the face…and you know the car does look fantastic.

MT: Thanks Franz!

By Edward Loh

Creative Math: Tesla Says Model S True Net Cost Is Under $500/Month With New Financing Option

Creative Math: Tesla Says Model S True Net Cost Is Under $500/Month With New Financing Option

Tesla has announced a new, more affordable way to get behind the wheel of a Model S. Essentially a leasing program, Tesla’s new financing is designed to make it more affordable than ever to buy a Model S. How affordable? Tesla is tossing around a $500-per-month figure with no money down, though that’s with a bit of creative math, which we’ll explain below.

2013 Tesla Model S front side 300x187 imageThe program, a collaboration with U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, works by having the banks pick up the Model S’ 10-percent down payment. The down payment is covered by federal and state tax credits, which range from $7500 to as high as $15,000, if you live in West Virginia. Essentially, the banks are using as a down payment the tax credit Model S buyers would otherwise receive further down the line.

The buyer, who Tesla chief Elon Musk says must have excellent credit, then makes a monthly payment based on a 2.95-percent interest rate. According to Tesla’s math, that could amount to about $500 per month for 66 months for a buyer of a 65 kWh Model S. That figure is all smoke and mirrors, though, as the automaker is taking into account intangibles like the time you save by using the carpool lane or avoiding the gas station.

2013 Tesla Model S left profile 300x187 imageFor example, say you’re a wealthy West Virginian business owner who’s purchasing a new 65 kWh Model S, who drives 15,000 miles per year, and is getting out of a BMW 550i, which nets 20 mpg combined on the EPA test cycle. Right there, Tesla says you’ve netted $267 per month in energy savings if you figure the average price of premium gas over the next three years will be $5 a gallon. Drive your car for business? Deduct at least $200 per month off. Is your time worth $100 per hour? Then you’ve essentially saved $167 by cutting your commute by five minutes every day, using the carpool lane. Under all those conditions, according to Tesla, your monthly payment amounts to just $184 per month. Except it doesn’t. This West Virginian businessman will actually be paying $1051 per month for his Model S. An 85 kWh Model S Performance, the quickest American four-door we’ve ever tested, would really cost $1421 per month, and the regular 85 kWh model goes for $1199 a month. It’s worth noting that the costs of driving a $1400-per-month Model S will almost certainly be less than driving a comparable $1400 per month gas-powered car.

After three years of owning the Model S the owner will have the opportunity to sell the car back to Tesla, for at least the same residual value of an equivalent-year Mercedes-Benz S-Class. At the moment, that value is 43 percent, as long you drive less than 12,000 miles a year. For those concerned about the viability of Tesla in the long run, Elon Musk will pick up the tab in the unlikely case Tesla doesn’t exist after those three years.

Ultimately, this program looks to be a win for Tesla and a way for those who might not otherwise be able to afford a Model S to get their hands on one of our favorite electric cars. As for what’s next from Tesla, Musk promised the automaker would begin holding weekly phone conferences with the press, so stay tuned.

Play with Tesla’s True Cost of Ownership Model S calculator here.

Source: Tesla

By Christian Seabaugh

Tesla Is Shooting For The Stars

Launching A Space Ship Is A Snap Compared To A Car

Elon Musk Tesla Model S

Is it easier to put a man in space or an electric vehicle in every garage? Ask Elon Musk, the iconoclastic entrepreneur who heads up both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the first private space venture to launch a vehicle and successfully dock it with the International Space Station.

The passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, comes to mind when thinking about Musk’s dual quest to remake the auto industry with electric vehicles and to privatize space travel. Back when Armstrong took that first small step, it was thought that if we could put a man on the moon, it was proof there was nothing mankind couldn’t accomplish, including stamping out poverty and curing cancer.

If history is a guide, it turns out it’s easier to do the moon shot than tackle a myriad of pressing social issues.

That is precisely what Musk may eventually discover – namely that it is far easier to build spaceships than it is to build an electrically powered family car that will appeal to the masses.

Matt DeLorenzo is the former editor-in-chief of Road & Track and has covered the auto industry for 35 years, including stints at Automotive News and AutoWeek. He has authored books including VW’s New Beetle, Chrysler’s Modern Concept Cars, and Corvette Dynasty.

With SpaceX, Musk is entering a relatively level playing field in which the door has been opened to private enterprise. NASA’s decision to end the Space Shuttle program has provided a big boost to these efforts. Businesses and governments alike still need to lift satellites and material for the ISS into orbit. SpaceX is reported to have nearly $2 billion in government and private contracts on the books and has a demonstrated track record of successful launches. While SpaceX is building Falcon rockets and Dragon capsules, its main product isn’t the boosters and capsules themselves, but rather the service of transporting men and material into space. Product improvements are made to make these rocketships more powerful or efficient in order to complete the mission rather than making changes to merely to meet the whim of the market. And most important of all, SpaceX retains total control over its hardware throughout the lifecycle. With no shortage of customers, a limited number of competitors, and demonstrated competency in its core business, SpaceX is positioned to thrive.

Tesla is taking on a mature industry with many competitors and excess capacity in an uncertain economic times.

Meanwhile, Tesla is taking on a mature industry with many competitors and excess capacity in an uncertain economic times. The automobile business requires huge investments on products that sell for relatively small margins. And while Tesla is an EV-only company, other major manufacturers, like Nissan, Honda and Ford, compete with Tesla with pure electrics of their own.

Furthermore, the Model S will compete not only with other pure electrics like the Nissan Leaf, but also conventional gasoline-, diesel- and hybrid-powered cars that offer more range, quicker refueling times and lower sticker prices. And while Musk promises more affordable EVs in the future, the cheapest Model S, which starts at just under $50,000 after a $7,500 tax credit, is still around $20,000 more than the average new car, which retails more in the neighborhood of $30,000. The truth is that unless internal combustion is banned by the government, there will always be less expensive alternatives to the EV, barring some miraculous breakthrough in battery technology.

There’s no doubt that Tesla has demonstrated that it can build EVs, as shown by the run of 2,000 or so Roadsters and that the new Model S offers credible performance (see MotorTrend’s recent test where the sedan clicked off a 60 mph sprint of 3.9 seconds while delivering more than 200 miles of range).

The real test of Tesla isn’t so much the ability to roll the Model S off the assembly line as it is how these vehicles perform in the real world.

But the real test of Tesla isn’t so much the ability to roll the Model S off the assembly line as it is how these vehicles perform in the real world. Its success lies equally with the performance of the hardware and the soft side of the business – sales, service and warranties. SpaceX is more like a business-to-business proposition on the wholesale level, while Tesla is dealing strictly at the retail level. Being able to please individual customers on a large scale is a difficult task, one that Tesla has yet to prove itself. Will its factory-owned dealer network be up to the task? How will the first recall be handled? Is it prepared for the product liability lawsuits that are an everyday fact of life for mainstream manufacturers?

If things don’t go well for Tesla, one scenario could have Musk selling Tesla off to either Toyota or Daimler, both of which have taken a stake in the company for its EV technology. In addition, under the new 54.5 mpg CAFE requirements, Tesla is in line to receive fuel economy credits that will prove to be extremely valuable to manufacturers who don’t have EVs.

Tesla has crossed the first formidable hurdles by producing the Model S at its California plant and delivering cars to consumers. But now the real work begins.

Click here to read AutoblogGreen’s recently published in-depth interview with Elon Musk in which he talks about financials, falcon doors and finding faults in the Model S

By Matt DeLorenzo

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Introduction

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Introduction

Representatives of a number of established manufacturers openly scoffed when Elon Musk announced his intention to start a car company building only electric cars. His first effort, essentially a warmed over Lotus Elise converted to run on electric power, was giggled at by some, but for others it was a wake up call.

Naming his car company for Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American electrical engineer, credited with developing the modern alternating current (AC) electrical system, Musk signaled his intention to build the best practical electric car the world has ever seen.

And, he has.

Streaking along a road tracing the ridgeline of a mountain range in Tesla’s Model S sedan equipped with the Performance Package, the silence is almost deafening. The complete absence of mechanical noise — no intake growl, no exhaust rumble — makes hustling the extremely powerful car along the winding road a near-surreal experience.

Hampered briefly by a slower-moving vehicle, when a passing lane opens up, I give the Model S full throttle for the first time. A great leaping explosion of forward thrust shoves the 4,770-pound car past the slow-moving vehicle with such tremendous force I am literally dumbfounded at both the alacrity and relentlessness of the acceleration.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Models & Prices

The 2013 Tesla Model S is offered in two models with four different powertrain configurations. Powertrain configurations and base pricing are determined by the battery pack and electric motor fitted to the car.

The most basic version runs a 40kWh battery and a 175 kW electric motor, capable of generating 235 hp. The range for that configuration is estimated at 160 miles and its pricing starts at $52,400. Offered alongside that is a 60 kWh battery and a 225 kW electric motor good for 302 hp and a range of 230 miles. Pricing for that configuration starts at $62,400. The next rung up the ladder is fitted with an 85 kWh battery, a 270-kW/362 hp electric motor, a 300-mile range, and a price of $72,400.

The top of the model range, and the subject of this road test and review, the Tesla Model S Performance Package is also fitted with an 85 kWh battery pack. However, the performance model gets a 310 kW electric motor good for 416 hp and a range of 300 miles. Pricing for the Model S performance starts at $87,400.

It should be noted; those prices subtracted a $7500 federal tax credit for emissions free vehicles. Our Model S Performance Package test car would start at $94,900 without it.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Design

Franz von Holzhausen, Tesla Motors’ lead designer, was responsible for the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky. He also had a considerable hand in the design of the Volkswagen New Beetle.

The look for the Model S he specified is completely distinctive, yet normal. While derivative of no other the model on the road, it also blends in with the mainstream. The design could just as easily be an Audi or a Buick. It immediately registers as a premium automobile. However, it is so innocuous I have literally had to point out the Model S in traffic to friends. To have cloaked such a revolutionary automobile in such a conventional looking body is either sheer genius, or utter folly — depending upon your perspective.

From where I’m sitting it’s genius.

People are concerned about the limitations of electric cars. To have made the Model S radically stand out could have served to feed that anxiety. By making the Tesla look so much like every other car, it becomes very easy to think of the Model S as just another member of the mainstream.

And yes, the Prius carved out a niche for itself partly because it looked so different. However, the Model S is playing in a much more rarified environment than the Prius. Like Jackie Robinson, or Barack Obama, as the first in the type of arena it’s playing in, it’s better to be quietly competent than a brash standout.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Comfort & Cargo

A four-door hatchback, the Tesla has plenty of room for five passengers and cargo. The interior treatment is well laid out and the seats are quite comfortable. During my time with the Model S, I found it to be both quite comfortable and spacious.

At first glance, the front seats would appear to be more about form than function, but over the period of my drive I found them quite supportive, well bolstered, and nicely padded. The back seats look rather plain and I consider the omission of a center armrest something of an oversight. However, in terms of comfort they’d easily support two passengers for an extended drive and three around town. With the driver’s seat adjusted for my 6’1” frame, I could easily occupy the seat behind it and would be comfortable there for a drive around town.

One of the benefits of the rear-mounted electric motor is the flexible packaging such an arrangement permits. In addition to the cargo compartment underneath the hatchback, there is a cargo compartment at the front of the Model S. Because there is no engine, there is also no drive shaft necessitating a tunnel in the Tesla’s floor. This frees up considerable space for legroom, as well as accommodating reconfigurable seating layouts. Thus, the Model S can also accommodate a rear facing third-row seat for two children.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Features & Controls

While looking around the interior of the Model S reveals it has a ways to go before challenging an Audi for style, fit and finish; when it comes to tech, the Tesla positively shines. The centerpiece of the interior is, quite literally, a 17-inch touchscreen panel within which is contained the interface for all comfort and convenience functions. Endlessly entertaining, positively practical, and intelligently intuitive, the flexibility the control panel affords is an utterly redefining experience.

The most commonly used controls like temperature and audio volume are located along the bottom of the screen. Other controls including lights, door locks, and the panoramic roof are easily accessible. The panoramic roof, for example, opens by simply swiping along its image on the screen to the opening size you prefer. With built-in high-speed Internet connectivity, you can access restaurant reviews, movie times and an abundance of other information. While the touchscreen displays the nav system’s maps in high-resolution with map or satellite views, you can also overlay weather, traffic, and charging information.

Now, with that said, there are a few state of the art conveniences other luxury sedans in the Tesla’s price range offer that have yet to be fitted to the Model S. You’ll do without smart cruise control, blind spot indicators, and lane departure warnings. You’ll also do without a driver adjustable suspension system and near infinitely adjustable seating.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Safety & Ratings

Equipped with eight airbags, the passenger compartment is constructed of high-strength steel and aluminum. Traction and stability control, along with anti-lock brakes are standard equipment.

The battery pack is an integral part of the car, while also comprising a structure in its own right. Using liquid cooling to prevent overheating, it is designed to disconnect the power supply in the event of a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to crash test a Model S; ditto the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), so no formal crash test information exists for the car — as of this writing.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Motor/Fuel Economy

My Performance Package Model S test car was fitted with the 416 hp 310 kW electric motor. The powerplant produces peak horsepower at between 5,000 and 8,000 rpm. As I mentioned before the motor generates its full 443 ft-lbs of torque at 0 rpm.

Tesla quotes the car’s range at 300 miles when driven at a steady 55 miles per hour. The EPA says the car is good for 265 miles in its 5-Cycle Certification test, which is the equivalent of 89 miles per gallon overall.

Recharging can be accomplished with either a standard 110v outlet or a 240v outlet (preferred). A full charge from a 240v outlet can be accomplished in four hours; an extended range charge takes six. The Tesla can also be fast-charged to 80 percent of capacity in about 30 minutes.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Driving Impressions

With the Tesla’s transmitter fob in your pocket, walking up to the Model S causes it to extend its door handles from their flush resting positions. Settling behind the wheel, a tap of the brake pedal awakens the propulsion system and the Model S is ready to take to the road. There are no “keys” or “switches”. The Tesla assumes if you sat down, touched the pedal, and put it in drive, you’re ready to go.

Underway, the motor’s full torque potential is available the moment you set the Tesla into motion. Nail the throttle, as I did on that mountain road, you’ll get an inkling of what it feels like to be launched in a rocket test sled. The Model S accelerates instantaneously, and just as viciously as any supercar you can name. Performance Package models like my test car have been clocked at 3.9 seconds from 0-60 and at 12.5 seconds in the quarter mile.

Further, when it’s time for the serpentine waltz, the Model S is as graceful as any sports sedan in its class. The steering is highly responsive and adjustable for effort through three ranges. The way the sleek sedan feels ratcheted to the road surface inspires tremendous confidence, while the Tesla’s braking ability is fully commensurate with its other performance attributes.

The Model S is designed to recapture inertial energy through a regenerative braking system calibrated to perform the moment you release the throttle. This makes for an interesting driving technique. Once you get a feel for the way it works, you can go rushing toward a corner and simply lift off the throttle. In so doing, you’ll get weight transfer to the front wheels to improve turn-in and the car will slow enough for you to feed it into most corners without touching the brake pedal.

When acute cornering demanding more vigorous braking is required, depressing the “other” pedal hauls the curvaceous sedan down from speed with significant authority. There was a relative lack of braking action right at the top of the pedal’s travel in my test car, but when you got deep into the binders, the car stopped — really well.

When you arrive at your destination, simply depress the park button, get out, and walk away — the Tesla shuts down and locks.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Final Thoughts

Those expecting the world’s first electric luxury sedan to be an amalgamation of compromises are going to be rather disappointed. Dynamically, the Model S is a fully formed well thought out effort. Further, drivers will find it capable of far more performance potential than they will ever have a desire to exploit on the road.

However, the list of items I stated the Tesla owner would do without should also include the prestige factor of a three-pointed star, a golden shield with a prancing stallion, a wreath and crest, a blue and white roundel, or four interlocking rings. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S Performance package owner will get a thoroughly enthralling driving experience, a raft of luxurious accommodations, practical and seamless operation, up to 265 miles of range between recharges, and the aforementioned virtually silent operating experience.

They will also get the best electric car ever offered…to date.

In short, the Tesla Model S is — undeniably — the real thing.

2013 Tesla Model S Performance Package Road Test & Review: Pros & Cons


• No Gas Required — Ever

• Exceptionally Fast And Powerful

• Understated Good Looks

• Redefines The Way We Interact With Cars

• No Gas Required — Ever


• Recharge Time Still Bested by Gasoline

•Interior’s A Bit On The Plain Side For The Price

• Some State Of The Art Features Missing

• Prestige Factor Isn’t On Par With Price — Yet

By Autobytel Staff

Tesla Reports 2012 Losses, Expects Positive Q1 2013

Tesla Reports 2012 Losses, Expects Positive Q1 2013

Starting a new car company is hard. Tesla has been finding that out, and it has reported larger losses in 2012 than it did in 2013. It’s not all bad, though – the company is now building 400 Model S cars per day and is on track to produce 20,000 of them this year.

Indeed, the automaker says much of its red ink stems directly from ramping up production of the Model S, the company’s sole product at this point in time. The company says it is now churning out 400 units a day, and is allegedly on track to build roughly 20,000 copies by the end of 2013.

2013 Tesla Model S rear three quarter 1 300x187 imageThe negative numbers don’t seem to have placed a damper on Tesla’s outlook.  CEO Elon Musk stated during the company’s earnings call on Wednesday, “We really have a very high confidence that we will have a profitable first quarter, and this is the very first quarter that we have been at our target production rate.” It’s because Tesla has only just got up and running with its 400-unit-per-day rate that we don’t have full sales numbers yet; the company is still working through a backlog of orders on the Model S – unsurprising, given how impressed we were when we named the Model S our Car of the Year. That said, it still reported sales of 2400 cars in the fourth quarter of 2012 and has grown its international store total to 32. A total of 2650 Model S cars were sold in 2012.

Tesla is aiming to increase its global retail footprint to 52 stores by the end of this year, and also hopes to roll out a leasing program for the Model S and to continue expanding its Supercharger network. Musk stated that the expansion plans will only help to propel the company’s growth, as it currently has “over 15,000″ reservations for the Model S and expect to post a quarterly profit for Q1 of 2013. Ambitious goals, and we’ll have to wait and see how they shake out over the course of 2013.

Sources: Telsa, Automotive News (Subscription required)

By Donny Nordlicht

Tesla Model X Delayed

As Tesla hopes to repay its DOE loan five years ahead of schedule, the American electric automaker will be delaying production on the Model X for at least a year.

Tesla originally was on schedule to repay its $465 million loan by the end of 2022, but announced earlier that it now has a target date of repaying the loan by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, those that are eager for the Model X to hit the market will have to be patient, as Tesla now plans on starting production of its electric crossover to late 2014.

SEE ALSO: Tesla DOE Loan Repayment to Finish Years Early

The Tesla Model X was originally slated to begin production later this year, with deliveries beginning early 2014. However, Tesla is also putting more focus on its surprisingly popular Model S, hoping to deliver 20,000 units of its sedan this year. With more focus being placed on the Model S and repayment of the loan, the Model X will just have to sit back and wait its turn.


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By Jason Siu

Elon Musk called on to support Nikola Tesla museum

To some, Nikola Tesla was the most unappreciated inventor ever. That’s why a group of activists are pushing for a U.S. museum to honor this creator of revolutionary technologies. How about this important work: the alternating current (AC) electricity that powers your home today. There were several Tesla inventions that other people took credit for, such as radio, radar, x-rays, and other breakthroughs he made in the first part of the 20th century. Tesla was inspirational enough to get an ’80s metal band named after him, and more recently, a luxury electric carmaker.

Matthew Inman, creator of the humor site The Oatmeal, has started Operation Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which is a campaign to turn Tesla’s final laboratory – the Wardenclyffe, in Shoreham, NY – into a museum. Its tower – originally set up to broadcast free wireless energy – was knocked down in 1917 and its land was sold to a film and paper manufacturer. The land, laboratory, and foundation beneath the tower are still present and are now up for sale. Hence, Operation Let’s Build.

Inman is not fighting this quest alone, and has reached out to the Google corporation and actor Christian Bale, among others. One, most appropriate backer has stepped forward. Inman was able to garner support for the project from Nikolai Tesla fan Elon Musk, best known for being a part of bringing us PayPal, Space X, and, or course, Tesla Motors. Tesla is a personal hero for Musk, and he’s agreed to make a donation to the project. Musk couldn’t commit to Tesla Motors making a contribution, and they are a bit cash strapped right now, but promises have been made. Inman needs to get the money together pretty soon and could be outbid by a rival developer who wants to turn it into a retail center. The state of New York is willing to offer matching funds to build the museum, and that means supporters need to raise $850,000 to get the memorial built. $260,000 has been raised so far.

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By Jon LeSage

Tesla was ‘overzealous’ with sales e-mail, Musk said

Tesla Model S

A Tesla Model S all-electric sedan can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds, but it looks like some of the automaker’s employees like to move even quicker. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is apologizing for that.

Musk said that a recent mass e-mail that was sent to prospective customers on the Model S waiting list, encouraging them to complete their orders in the name of Tesla profitability, was “overzealous” and was not approved by the company, Bloomberg News says.

The e-mail implied that, by completing sales, such customers would help the 10-year-old company achieve its first quarterly profit during the first quarter. Musk says the e-mail wasn’t necessary and that he “put an immediate stop to it.”

Earlier this week, Tesla confirmed that it had its first-ever profitable quarter during the first quarter and that it beat its sales goal of 4,500 Model S deliveries by 250 units. Additionally, the company is discontinuing sales of its low-end 40-kWh because of low demand.

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By Danny King

Tesla 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters Recalled for Possible Fire Risk

Tesla 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters Recalled for Possible Fire Risk

Electrical fires can be rather nasty and after hearing about such an event in one of its vehicles, Tesla decided to issue a voluntary recall to prevent any more from happening.


Tesla announced it’s recalling approximately 439 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters due to a problem one customer had with an auxiliary power cable. The cable is located just aft of the right headlight and under the right circumstances, can chafe on one of the carbon fiber panels and cause a short. This will cause smoke to issue from the general area and could cause a fire if left untended long enough.

Luckily, the power cable is for a redundant, 12-volt, electrical backup system for the headlights, taillights, turn signals, hazard lights, and airbags used if the primary system’s voltage drops too low. This means that the cable is completely isolated from the Tesla’s large, primary battery pack which would be substantially more dangerous.

The problem appeared only on one vehicle, but Tesla decided the incident was serious enough that it issued a voluntary recall for 439 2.0 and 2.5 Roadsters. Tesla has begun contacting owners about the recall, which involves installing a simple protective sleeve and can be performed by Tesla’s Service Rangers at the owners’ home or office in about one hour. The recall does not affect earlier 1.5 Roadsters as they don’t have the auxiliary cable under examination.

Source: Tesla

By Andrew Peterson