The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case by citing a failed GM direct-sales program that had shut down years earlier.
Elon Musk is sharing his ownership of the Lotus Esprit submarine from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me with every Tesla Model S owner thanks to a nifty Easter egg in the car's software. He also pays homage to a classic piece of sci-fi literature.
After selling 120 cars in China in January, Reuters reports that Elon Musk has sent an e-mail to Tesla managers in China threatening firings and demotions if they can't show "a clear path to positive long-term cash flow."
Tesla is giving rear passengers in the Model S a bit more luxury and headroom with the new executive rear seat option that feature plusher, heated chairs. Cold-climate drivers should be a little happier too because a heated steering wheel is now included in the Subzero Weather Package.
Though the Apple Watch is not yet on sale, software developers already have a version of the Tesla Model S iPhone App running for it. The functionality is somewhat limited at the moment, but it shows what could be possible from the gadget in the very near future.
An over-the-air software upgrade for the Tesla Model S P85D sheds a tenth of a second off the model's already-quick acceleration to 60 mph. The single-motor P85 also get the improvement but with less significant improvements to the sprint.
Says Lowering Costs To Make EVs Mainstream Is 'Not Possible'
New Zealander Ian Wright was one of the three original founders of Tesla Motors in 2003 and helped get Elon Musk to back the company the following year. But while Wright says Tesla has done "quite a lot better than I expected it would," he still doesn't fully support the position that simply lowering the price of electric cars will create mass adoption.
An article in Seeking Alpha called "The Incredible Shrinking Tesla Disclosure" lays out the timelines and details to support one analyst's suspicion for why Tesla is removing hard numbers from its quarterly reports; namely, that Tesla doesn't want to show adverse developments in its business.
Katie Fehrenbacher from GigaOm drove down to the Tesla's first battery-swap station in Coalinga, California to snap some photos and check on its progress. The station will be the first to begin a pilot program to conduct the three-minute pack swaps, and could restore Tesla's revenue stream of selling ZEV credits.