The Truth About Cars » tesla model s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Eyes Without a Face: Restyled Tesla Model S Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/eyes-without-face-restyled-tesla-model-s-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/eyes-without-face-restyled-tesla-model-s-revealed/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1322746 Grilles are so 20th century. As we speculated last week, Tesla has put a new face on its Model S, doing away with the faux grille designed to trick people into thinking there was something combusting under the hood. The new front end is a corporate amalgam of the both the recently unveiled Model 3 sedan […]

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Grilles are so 20th century. As we speculated last week, Tesla has put a new face on its Model S, doing away with the faux grille designed to trick people into thinking there was something combusting under the hood. The new front end is a corporate amalgam of the both the recently unveiled Model 3 sedan […]

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No More Regrets: Tesla Will Now Upgrade Your Ludicrous-less P90D For an Insane Price http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-regrets-tesla-will-now-upgrade-ludicrous-less-p90d-insane-price/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-regrets-tesla-will-now-upgrade-ludicrous-less-p90d-insane-price/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:30:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1310490 For Tesla Model S P90D owners who have concluded they won’t soil their firm, supportive seats if given the chance to go faster, well, they’re in luck. Tesla Motors is offering to bring “Ludicrous” mode to owners of the top-end Model S as an aftermarket upgrade, assuming their wallet can match their need to blow everything […]

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For Tesla Model S P90D owners who have concluded they won’t soil their firm, supportive seats if given the chance to go faster, well, they’re in luck. Tesla Motors is offering to bring “Ludicrous” mode to owners of the top-end Model S as an aftermarket upgrade, assuming their wallet can match their need to blow everything […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Honda Wants a Cheaper Future, Cash for Airbag Woes, and Tesla Races Itself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-honda-wants-cheaper-future-cash-airbag-woes-tesla-races/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-honda-wants-cheaper-future-cash-airbag-woes-tesla-races/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1301201 The world needs to be saved, but who wants to spend more money doing it? That, cash lands on Takata-plagued dealers, Tesla takes to the track, BMW wants you in and out fast, and Volkswagen dreams of slaying the Prius … after the break! Hydrogen for the teeming masses By teaming up with General Motors […]

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The world needs to be saved, but who wants to spend more money doing it? That, cash lands on Takata-plagued dealers, Tesla takes to the track, BMW wants you in and out fast, and Volkswagen dreams of slaying the Prius … after the break! Hydrogen for the teeming masses By teaming up with General Motors […]

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Subaru, Lexus Retain KBB’s Top Resale Crown for 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242345 Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Scenes From An Autonomous Record Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/scenes-autonomous-record-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/scenes-autonomous-record-lot/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202361 I got the call at about 6 p.m. last night. It was Greg Ledet, one of the fellows who partnered in our infamous April Fools’ Day cross-country hoax. “I’m heading out to meet Alex Roy at a Tesla Supercharger near Dayton and clear traffic for him between here and Columbus. You want to go?” “I’d love […]

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I got the call at about 6 p.m. last night. It was Greg Ledet, one of the fellows who partnered in our infamous April Fools’ Day cross-country hoax. “I’m heading out to meet Alex Roy at a Tesla Supercharger near Dayton and clear traffic for him between here and Columbus. You want to go?” “I’d love […]

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Morgan Stanley’s Equity Research Clickbait “Tesla Stock Could Go Up 10x…Or Get Cut In Half” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/morgan-stanleys-equity-research-clickbait-tesla-stock-go-10x-get-cut-half/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/morgan-stanleys-equity-research-clickbait-tesla-stock-go-10x-get-cut-half/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:08:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1025913 Thursday was a gift from the blogger gods for anyone slaving away at $25/post plus traffic-related bonuses. Rather than having to cook up clickbait headlines on Tesla, the equity research arm of Morgan Stanley did it for them. In a video released to the public, MS made the typical hyperbolic case about Tesla, which mostly […]

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Thursday was a gift from the blogger gods for anyone slaving away at $25/post plus traffic-related bonuses. Rather than having to cook up clickbait headlines on Tesla, the equity research arm of Morgan Stanley did it for them. In a video released to the public, MS made the typical hyperbolic case about Tesla, which mostly […]

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Ur-Turn: Tesla Haters Gotta Hate http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/ur-turn-tesla-haters-gotta-hate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/ur-turn-tesla-haters-gotta-hate/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:56:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1018642 You’d think that, after all these years, I’d have a tougher skin for people who say stupid things on the Internet. And I’m pretty good about that, but now that I own a Tesla, it strangely gets under my skin when people write ill-informed drivel about the car. Here at TTAC, we’re all about well-informed […]

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You’d think that, after all these years, I’d have a tougher skin for people who say stupid things on the Internet. And I’m pretty good about that, but now that I own a Tesla, it strangely gets under my skin when people write ill-informed drivel about the car. Here at TTAC, we’re all about well-informed […]

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Capsule Review: Tesla Model S P85D http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/capsule-review-tesla-model-s-p85d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/capsule-review-tesla-model-s-p85d/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:32:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=964586 Christmas has come early! Our very own bigtruckseriesreview@youtube has sent us his review of the TESLA MODEL S P85D. Enjoy.

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Christmas has come early! Our very own bigtruckseriesreview@youtube has sent us his review of the TESLA MODEL S P85D. Enjoy.

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Capsule Review: 2013 Tesla Model S P85 Performance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/capsule-review-2013-tesla-model-s-p85-performance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/capsule-review-2013-tesla-model-s-p85-performance/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:51:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=898442 It’s difficult for any test drive of a Tesla Model S to result in a review that doesn’t become an analysis of the company’s business model, an attempt to justify the cost of the car because of the fuel savings, or a simulated comparison test with a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But what if the Tesla was […]

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It’s difficult for any test drive of a Tesla Model S to result in a review that doesn’t become an analysis of the company’s business model, an attempt to justify the cost of the car because of the fuel savings, or a simulated comparison test with a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But what if the Tesla was […]

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Tesla Loses $49.8 Million In Q1 2014, Panasonic On Board With Gigafactory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/tesla-loses-49-8-million-in-q1-2014-panasonic-on-board-with-gigafactory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/tesla-loses-49-8-million-in-q1-2014-panasonic-on-board-with-gigafactory/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 15:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818226 Although Tesla reported a profit of $17 million on $713 million in revenue, their financials were reported using non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) figures. Which means that my current checking account, according to non-GAAP figures, is probably somewhere in the high seven figures. Using GAAP numbers, Tesla lost nearly $49.8 million, on revenues of $620 […]

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Although Tesla reported a profit of $17 million on $713 million in revenue, their financials were reported using non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) figures. Which means that my current checking account, according to non-GAAP figures, is probably somewhere in the high seven figures. Using GAAP numbers, Tesla lost nearly $49.8 million, on revenues of $620 […]

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TTAC Long Term Tesla Part 5: The Mystery Of The Vacaville Supercharger, Or Why I Miss Gas Stations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-5-the-mystery-of-the-vacaville-supercharger-or-why-i-miss-gas-stations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-5-the-mystery-of-the-vacaville-supercharger-or-why-i-miss-gas-stations/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 04:01:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=817762 Vacaville, California. Population 93,899, as of two years ago. Median income $57,667. A series of stripmalls. A Buffalo Wild Wings. And one of Tesla’s Superchargers – the weirdest Supercharger, the Supercharger that I cannot understand the location of, nor the existence of – unless, of course, you’re driving like I was from Napa to San […]

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Vacaville, California. Population 93,899, as of two years ago. Median income $57,667. A series of stripmalls. A Buffalo Wild Wings. And one of Tesla’s Superchargers – the weirdest Supercharger, the Supercharger that I cannot understand the location of, nor the existence of – unless, of course, you’re driving like I was from Napa to San […]

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TTAC Long-Term Tesla Part 3: (Super)Charging http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-3-supercharging/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-3-supercharging/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813305 Here’s a blunt statement for you: If you don’t have at least a 240V charger in your home, or plan on getting one very quickly, or live very near (10 minutes or less) to a Supercharger, do not buy a Model S. I hate to say that because I love this car. But charging without […]

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Here’s a blunt statement for you: If you don’t have at least a 240V charger in your home, or plan on getting one very quickly, or live very near (10 minutes or less) to a Supercharger, do not buy a Model S. I hate to say that because I love this car. But charging without […]

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TTAC Long-Term Tesla Part 2: Buying Direct From The Factory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-2-buying-direct-from-the-factory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-2-buying-direct-from-the-factory/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813297 To buy a car, you usually go to a dealership. You wait to see if someone is available. You wait a little more. That person comes to you. You look over the options, they attempt to sell you something else. You eventually settle upon something (or, of course, you leave and go somewhere else). Once […]

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To buy a car, you usually go to a dealership. You wait to see if someone is available. You wait a little more. That person comes to you. You look over the options, they attempt to sell you something else. You eventually settle upon something (or, of course, you leave and go somewhere else). Once […]

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TTAC Long-Term Tesla Part 1: Why I Bought A Tesla Model S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-1-why-i-bought-a-tesla-model-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-1-why-i-bought-a-tesla-model-s/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:18:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=810210 Ed Zitron is a friend of TTAC, but not much of a car guy. After giving up his old, gasoline powered car, Ed went and bought a Tesla Model S P85 – and we asked him to write about it over a period of 12 months, documenting his ownership experience and what it’s like to […]

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Ed Zitron is a friend of TTAC, but not much of a car guy. After giving up his old, gasoline powered car, Ed went and bought a Tesla Model S P85 – and we asked him to write about it over a period of 12 months, documenting his ownership experience and what it’s like to […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/capsule-review-2014-tesla-model-s-p85/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/capsule-review-2014-tesla-model-s-p85/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=734233   Electric vehicles tend to get a pass from many reviewers, who are content to overlook major faults in favor of a great drivetrain. Years back, I did a review of the Nissan Leaf for EcoModder, an eco-enthusiasts site dedicated to fuel-friendly modifications and electric vehicle (EV) projects. In retrospect, I was far more impressed […]

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  Electric vehicles tend to get a pass from many reviewers, who are content to overlook major faults in favor of a great drivetrain. Years back, I did a review of the Nissan Leaf for EcoModder, an eco-enthusiasts site dedicated to fuel-friendly modifications and electric vehicle (EV) projects. In retrospect, I was far more impressed […]

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Review: Tesla Model S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/review-tesla-model-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/review-tesla-model-s/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=733425 As a relatively low-profile Czech motoring journo, I couldn’t expect Elon Musk to hand me the keys for a long-term press loaner. Or any other kind of “official” experience with Tesla, as they aren’t even sold officially in our country. But I did manage to get my hand’s on one via a friend’s father is […]

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As a relatively low-profile Czech motoring journo, I couldn’t expect Elon Musk to hand me the keys for a long-term press loaner. Or any other kind of “official” experience with Tesla, as they aren’t even sold officially in our country. But I did manage to get my hand’s on one via a friend’s father is […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: 2013 Awards Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-awards-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-awards-edition/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=682274 In a few days, TTAC’s editors will present their best and worst automotive picks of 2013. Today, Sajeev Mehta brings you his winners and losers in the field of design. Winners and losers below the jump. Best Styled Car of 2013: Tesla Model S.  What happens when you have no rulebook, no badge engineered platform […]

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In a few days, TTAC’s editors will present their best and worst automotive picks of 2013. Today, Sajeev Mehta brings you his winners and losers in the field of design. Winners and losers below the jump. Best Styled Car of 2013: Tesla Model S.  What happens when you have no rulebook, no badge engineered platform […]

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Following Tesla Success in Sept. Nissan Leaf Tops Norway Oct. Car Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/following-tesla-success-in-sept-nissan-leaf-tops-norway-oct-car-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/following-tesla-success-in-sept-nissan-leaf-tops-norway-oct-car-sales/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=641049 Spurred by tax breaks, free recharging stations, free parking and other benefits for EV drivers worth up to $8,100 (about 6,000 euros) a year per car, electric cars are doing very well in Norway. Reuters reports that Tesla’s Model S was the best selling car in Norway in September and Nissan’s Leaf was the market […]

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Spurred by tax breaks, free recharging stations, free parking and other benefits for EV drivers worth up to $8,100 (about 6,000 euros) a year per car, electric cars are doing very well in Norway. Reuters reports that Tesla’s Model S was the best selling car in Norway in September and Nissan’s Leaf was the market […]

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Peter DeLorenzo: Sources Say Tesla Batteries Not Sufficiently Protected http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/peter-delorenzo-sources-say-tesla-batteries-not-sufficiently-protected/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/peter-delorenzo-sources-say-tesla-batteries-not-sufficiently-protected/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=638721 Reports from unnamed sources critical of competitors are not the most reliable, but Pete DeLorenzo says according to his sources within the auto industry a design shortcoming is the reason why the batteries in two Tesla Model S cars have recently started fires following collisions. Presumably DeLorenzo’s source or sources are within General Motors because […]

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Reports from unnamed sources critical of competitors are not the most reliable, but Pete DeLorenzo says according to his sources within the auto industry a design shortcoming is the reason why the batteries in two Tesla Model S cars have recently started fires following collisions. Presumably DeLorenzo’s source or sources are within General Motors because […]

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Tesla Awards Panasonic 4-Year $7 billion Battery Cell Contract Anticipating 500% Increase in Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-awards-panasonic-4-year-7-billion-battery-cell-contract-anticipating-500-increase-in-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-awards-panasonic-4-year-7-billion-battery-cell-contract-anticipating-500-increase-in-production/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=638393     Panasonic Corp., which already is the largest supplier of lithium ion batteries for the electric car industry, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Tesla to supply battery cells for the Model S and upcoming Model X electric vehicles. The Japanese company will supply 2 billion 18650 form factor lithium-ion cells […]

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    Panasonic Corp., which already is the largest supplier of lithium ion batteries for the electric car industry, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Tesla to supply battery cells for the Model S and upcoming Model X electric vehicles. The Japanese company will supply 2 billion 18650 form factor lithium-ion cells […]

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A Second Tesla Model S Burns http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-second-tesla-model-s-burns/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-second-tesla-model-s-burns/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=636697 A second Tesla Model S has burned following an accident, this time near Merida, Mexico. Tesla Motors issued a statement saying the customer was unhurt after crash in which the Model S hit a concrete barrier. The accident occurred on October 19 according to local news reports that say that the luxury electric car was […]

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A second Tesla Model S has burned following an accident, this time near Merida, Mexico. Tesla Motors issued a statement saying the customer was unhurt after crash in which the Model S hit a concrete barrier. The accident occurred on October 19 according to local news reports that say that the luxury electric car was […]

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Federal Regulators Will Not Investigate Tesla Model S Fire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/federal-regulators-will-not-investigate-tesla-model-s-fire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/federal-regulators-will-not-investigate-tesla-model-s-fire/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:16:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=634297 In an e-mailed statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it has decided against launching a formal investigation into the Washington state fire early this month involving a Tesla Model S. The electric car ran over some metal debris that punctured the front battery pack, sparking the fire. NHTSA said that it found no […]

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In an e-mailed statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it has decided against launching a formal investigation into the Washington state fire early this month involving a Tesla Model S. The electric car ran over some metal debris that punctured the front battery pack, sparking the fire. NHTSA said that it found no […]

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Still Not Ready For The Rental Counter: EV Rentals Fail To Thrive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624593 ‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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Tesla Stock Gets Double Whammy From Analyst Downgrade and Model S Fire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-stock-gets-double-whammy-from-analyst-downgrade-and-model-s-fire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-stock-gets-double-whammy-from-analyst-downgrade-and-model-s-fire/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=600089 The price of Tesla Motors stock took a double hit this week as an influential analyst downgraded the company’s investment potential almost simultaneously with the viral spread of a Model S electric car burning in Washington state after running over metal debris in the road. On Wednesday morning, the Robert W. Baird company changed its […]

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The price of Tesla Motors stock took a double hit this week as an influential analyst downgraded the company’s investment potential almost simultaneously with the viral spread of a Model S electric car burning in Washington state after running over metal debris in the road. On Wednesday morning, the Robert W. Baird company changed its […]

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Tesla Model S Burns Causing Stock Price Jitters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-model-s-burns-causing-stock-price-jitters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/tesla-model-s-burns-causing-stock-price-jitters/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:08:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=593697 After photos were published of a Tesla Model S in Washington state burning following a collision, with a subsequent 9.1% dip in the price of Tesla stock, the company issued a statement. The car, “collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle,” the EV startup […]

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After photos were published of a Tesla Model S in Washington state burning following a collision, with a subsequent 9.1% dip in the price of Tesla stock, the company issued a statement. The car, “collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle,” the EV startup […]

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