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Yesterday's fire that engulfed a Tesla Model S, the first blaze involving the critically acclaimed electric sedan, was caused when a piece of road debris impacted the front of the car, damaging the battery pack and starting a fire, according to an email sent to AutoblogGreen by Tesla. Now, The New York Times has learned that the fire was indeed caused by debris that made "a direct impact ... to one of the 16 modules within the Model S battery pack," according to Tesla spokesperson Elizabeth Jarv

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Electric automaker Tesla Motors says that it expects to raise $234 million through a secondary public offering of its shares at $28.76 per and a private placement. The $234 million is significantly more than previously anticipated and will fund the development of the Model X – the battery-powered CUV due in late 2013ish.

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Electric automaker Tesla Motors is looking to raise up to $214 million through a secondary public offering of its shares and a private placement to fund development of the Model X – the battery-powered CUV due in late 2013ish.

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Throughout the morning and into the early afternoon hours, shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) skyrocketed after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones upgraded the automaker's rating from "equal weight" to "overweight." Jones, in what almost seems like an April Fool's Day-ish sort of prank, set a price target of $70 per share and declared that Tesla is "America's Fourth Automaker."

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Back on November 11th, 2010, shares of Tesla Motors soared to $29.36, leading JPMorgan Chase analyst Himanshu Patel to say, "we are bullish on Tesla Motors as we believe it is at the vanguard of improving battery costs/durability." However, Motley Fool's Travis Hoium disagreed with Patel's assessment of Tesla, claiming that optimism pumped up TSLA's prices and predicted that a fall out was looming.

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares were hammered hard near the end of last week and are still dropping as word of the expiration of a 180-day post-IPO lock-up agreement continues to make the rounds. Starting today, 75 million Tesla shares, which had previously been subject to a lock-up agreement restricting their sale, will be eligible for registration.

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) shares were hammered hard near the end of last week and are still dropping as word of the expiration of a 180-day post-IPO lock-up agreement continues to make the rounds. Starting today, 75 million Tesla shares, which had previously been subject to a lock-up agreement restricting their sale, will be eligible for registration.

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Tesla Motors, the U.S.-based electric automaker partially backed by Toyota and Daimler, let 13.3 million shares fly in its IPO back in June. The opening price of $17 per share was higher than anticipated, but that didn't stop investors from, well, investing. Within a day, the shares shot up to $23.89 – a hefty increase of 40.53 percent.

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Reuters is reporting that a market source has indicated that Tesla Motors sold 13.3 million shares in its IPO at the unexpectedly-high price of $17 per share. The source states Tesla raised nearly $226 million from the offering. Just yesterday, Tesla hinted at a price range of $14 to $16, but high initial interest in the company allowed Tesla to secure investors that were willing to pay the extra bucks.

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