Tesla Motors

Tesla under scrutiny after three Model S fire incidents in six weeks

In what was the third fire incident involving electric carmaker Tesla's Model S sedan in the last six weeks, a Model S owned by a Tennessee man caught fire on Wednesday after running over a trailer hitch.

Though none of the three drivers of the Model S sedans involved in fire incidents received any injuries, the occurrence of the incidents in quick succession have apparently delivered a blow to Tesla's image.

Tesla will never produce a hybrid vehicle: Steve Jurvetson

Tesla Motors Inc will never produce a gas-electric hybrid car in the future, Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson said in a recent TV interview.

Jurvetson said a hybrid car should not be taken as an electric car. He added that a hybrid offers the worst of both - a gas engine and a battery.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "You have the worst of both worlds in many cases, a gas engine and a battery, all the complexity, all the maintenance, all of the tradeoffs that occur in a hybrid car. Hybrid cars are not Tesla's future."

Tesla Model S earns top U.S. crash rating

Tesla Motors Inc.'s flagship electric car Model S has receives top crash test rating from U. S. regulators, billionaire Elon Musk-led electric-car manufacturer announced.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla announced that the battery-powered Model S scored five-star rating in every category of safety & crash tests set by the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tesla chief promises a great, affordable electric car

Tesla Motors founder & chief executive Elon Musk has reiterated that his company would offer a compact electric vehicle (EV) that would be more affordable than the Model S and better than the Nissan Leaf.

Mr. Musk said that the Model S is a compelling car but it is too expensive to afford for most people; while the Nissan Leaf is cheap, but it is not great.

He stressed that the world needed is a great as well as affordable electric car, which Tesla would provide.

Tesla delivers its first Model S electric cars to customers

At a festive event held at its Fremont auto plant on Friday, Tesla Motors delivered to the customers its first Model S electric cars, which the company claims is the first premium electric sedan in the world.

Nearly 1,000 people, including Governor Jerry Brown, participated in the `first Model S delivery' event, the atmosphere of which was more like that of a pep rally or a revival congregation.

Toyota, Tesla to Jointly Produce RAV4 in Two Years

A collaboration of Toyota Motor Corp. and Tesla Motors Inc., is all set to pull out a battery-laden model of RAV4 compacted sports car as soon as 2012.

The duo proclaimed that plan on Friday, adding that they have already started the development of the car. They are likely to launch it after two years.

A sample of the vehicle has already been developed by Tesla, which is being tested by the collaboration now.

Chief Executive Officers Akio Toyoda of Toyota and Elon Musk of Tesla, had declared that the agreement between the two automobile giants in May.

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