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A Chicago limousine company that uses the Tesla Model S in its fleet is finding demand overwhelming. E-Motion Chauffeurs and Hires introduced six Model S EVs to its lineup in October, which resulted in the company's website server crashing due to high demand. "We are completely booked and I've been looking for other Tesla owners to try to cover some of our overflows," says E-Motion owner Abdullah Illahi. E-Motion has ordered another six of the all-wheel-drive P85D model, set to arrive in January. Illahi says that he chose the Model S in order to gain a competitive edge, as it is a car customers would find interesting. It also has the benefit of lower operating costs than traditionally fueled vehicles. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

The province of Quebec is offering EV incentives, as well as penalties based on engine size. Quebec is offering an $8,000 (about $6,997 US) rebate for EV purchases, plus up to $1,000 ($874) toward the installation of a home charger. The government is also imposing additional registration fees for traditional vehicles based on the size of their engines beginning in 2016 (on top of the ones already in place). This will mean that cars with engines displacing 4.0 to 4.9 liters will be charged an extra $50, 5.0 to 5.9 liters an extra $100, and cars with engines larger than 6.0 liters will cost an added $200 to register. Read more at Montreal Gazette or at Green Car Reports.

Battery company Seeo has closed a successful round of investment funding. Samsung Ventures, Khosla Ventures and GSR Ventures all invested in Seeo, making this funding round it largest yet. Seeo will use the money it secured to commercialize its DryLyte lithium polymer batteries. The solid polymer electrolyte in these batteries is especially energy-dense, and or not flammable or volatile. Seeo also claims they are lighter and longer lasting than other lithium batteries. Read more in the press release below.

Tesla has officially launched in Australia. The company delivered the first nine units of its Model S EV to customers on Tuesday, December 9, with more to come on Wednesday and beyond. Tesla powered up its first Superchargers at the Star and Darling Hotel at Pyrmont and at the North Sydney Retail and Service Center. Wednesday, Telsa will open its first store and service center in St Leonards, Sydney. By the end of 2015, Tesla will have stores in Sydney and Melbourne, and a Supercharger network connecting Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Tesla plans to expand that network among all the major cities on Australia's east coast by the end of 2016. Read more in the press release below. {C}
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Seeo Closes Funding Round and Adds Samsung Ventures

Lithium Polymer Battery Maker Targets 400Wh/kg Product

Hayward, Calif., December 9, 2014 ­ Seeo, a leading developer of advanced lithium polymer batteries, today announced the closing of its largest funding round to date, and the addition of Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation ("Samsung Ventures") as an investor. Earlier investors Khosla Ventures and GSR Ventures also participated in the round.

"We appreciate the confidence Samsung Ventures has expressed in our technology and team with this investment," said Hal Zarem, President and CEO of Seeo. "Samsung Ventures is a sophisticated investor with deep experience and a track-record of success in the space. Their engagement with Seeo will strengthen our ability to deliver the next generation of advanced batteries to a market eager for breakthrough capabilities."

The invested capital will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Seeo's ultra-high energy density advanced lithium polymer batteries.

Seeo DryLyte¬Ā Advanced Lithium Polymer Batteries

Seeo's DryLyte electrolyte enables breakthroughs in energy density, which is a key enabler to increasing the range of electric vehicles (EVs). Currently, Seeo has cells cycling with an energy density of 350 Wh/kg, with a future target of 400 Wh/kg, roughly twice the level of batteries used in today's EVs.

Seeo enables the production of safer batteries by replacing the flammable liquid electrolytes of conventional lithium-ion cells with Seeo's DryLyte solid polymer electrolyte that is non-flammable and non-volatile. These enhanced safety characteristics, combined with exceptionally high energy density, represent a breakthrough for next-generation battery applications.

About Seeo

Seeo develops and manufactures advanced lithium polymer batteries for automotive and stationary energy storage applications based on Seeo's patented DryLyte technology. Originally developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with sponsorship from the US Department of Energy, DryLyte products are safer, lighter and longer lasting than competitive Lithium ion batteries. Seeo has an exclusive license to core patents from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has more than 40 issued, exclusively licensed and pending patent applications. The company is headquartered in Hayward, California. For more information, visit www.seeo.com.

About Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation

Samsung Venture Investment Corporation manages investment and investment-related activities for Samsung affiliate companies. The investment mandate for SVIC tracks closely to the strategic priorities of Samsung affiliate companies' core operating divisions and encompasses investments in semiconductors, displays, telecommunications and consumer electronics.


TESLA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA

ELECTRIC CAR MAKER DELIVERS FIRST MODEL S CARS TO AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS, LAUNCHES SUPERCHARGER NETWORK, OPENS STORE IN SYDNEY

SYDNEY, Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – Tesla Motors delivered nine new cars to customers in Sydney tonight at an event to mark the arrival of the Model S in Australia. Deliveries for other Australian Model S customers will commence tomorrow.

Tesla also officially launches its retail presence tomorrow in Australia, opening the doors at the country's first store and service centre in St Leonards, Sydney. By the end of 2015, customers will be able to visit Tesla stores and service centres in both Sydney and Melbourne. Tesla will also continue to hold Model S test-drive events around the country.

MODEL S IN AUSTRALIA

Model S is an uncompromised electric vehicle that delivers 502 kilometres of range on a single charge. With a 17-inch touchscreen, an outstanding safety record, and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the fully electric Model S redefines automotive design and engineering.

FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCHARGERS

Tesla also energized the first Superchargers in Australia at the delivery event today. The Star and Darling Hotel site at Pyrmont represents a central location for customers in Sydney and a destination for visiting owners, which will enable Model S drivers to travel long distances in Australia for free. The North Sydney Retail and Service Centre also has a Supercharger station for visiting owners.

A Supercharger can replenish half of Model S's 502 KM range in as little as 20 minutes. Superchargers enable long distance travel and are typically located near amenities like restaurants and shopping centres so travelers can stop for a quick meal or coffee break while charging. Next year, the Tesla Supercharger network will connect Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and by 2016 the network will connect all major cities along the east coast of Australia.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the locations of future stores, service centres and Superchargers, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks identified in our SEC filings. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update this information.

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