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.
The web is full of Elon Musk-themed merchandise from T-shirts to fish tank clocks. It's no wonder why: Tesla pulls in millions from its own gear shop, which hawks everything from coffee mugs to hats to professional cycling kits.
Toyota Senior VP Bob Carter responds to recent comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that hydrogen fuel cells are "an extremely silly way to store energy" and that FCEV shortcomings will become plainly evident in the next few years.
A guy on Airbnb is renting out his Tesla Model S for two people to sleep in for $85 a night. Safety shouldn't be a concern, because renters are locked in his garage during the night with two electric candles for light. Just be up by 8:00 AM because the host needs the Tesla to drive to work.
During a drag-race event in Florida, the Tesla Model S P85D ran the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 114.6 miles per hour, the new mark for BEVs at the drag strip. Proving its pace, it ran three more times in 11.69, 11.72 and 11.76 seconds. During its record run it faced off against a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but things didn't go so well for the Hellcat driver that day.
This isn't your average "Watch my female passenger go nuts over speed!" video. But the Tesla Model S P85D isn't the average car - electric or otherwise - and it's no less fun watching yet another newbie discover the power of the phrase, "Instant torque."