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Cars Stories February 14

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and EV announced with almost everything you asked for

After four long years, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has its mid-cycle refresh with lots of asked for features and gains a new, bigger sibling with Super Cruise – the Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

Cars Stories February 12

Cause of LG’s battery fires rumored to be found (updated)

A South Korean news agency is citing anonymous industry sources in the the cause of the atypical battery fires in the Bolt and Kona LG EV batteries. Update: An official from LG Energy Solution told us… “The exact cause of the Kona fire has not determined yet. The investigation is still underway with related authorities. […]

Cars Stories June 4, 2014

Tesla’s 2014 Shareholder meeting [video]

Original is here on Tesla’s Site Still no casualties or even serious injuries in a Tesla through 344 million miles driven despite the fact that one went off a cliff and another hit cement barriers going 110 mph (causing one of the famous fires). Tesla/Musk’s goal is that people like the Model S more than their house […]

Cars Stories April 15, 2015

Why a $139/m lease or $15K outright on a Chevy Spark EV changes the game

GM yesterday announced lower prices for the Spark EV, an already lowest price small EV in California and Oregon (And soon Maryland where much of it is built). The new price is $25,995 but after Federal and local incentives in the 3 places where it is sold in the US, the base price is just […]

Cars Stories May 13, 2015

Tesla hires head Apple recruiter after losing own lead recruiter to Apple Car team

Tesla has taken its recruiting of Apple employees to the next level: the electric car and energy company has hired away Apple’s Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting, Cindy Nicola, to become its new Vice President of Global Recruiting. Nicola has already noted her now role and start month of May on her LinkedIn profile. Notably, […]

Cars Stories May 15, 2015

Google’s cute prototype self-driving cars heading out onto real roads for the first time

Google’s fleet of self-driving Lexus cars have notched up a total of 140,000 miles on public roads, and the company is now ready to begin road-testing its first purpose-built autonomous cars. We first saw the cute-looking cars almost a year ago, when the company explained that they were not intended to ever make it to public […]

Cars Stories August 15, 2014

Tesla extends Model S drivetrain warranty to 8-years & infinite miles, applies to all retroactively

Tesla just announced that it’s extending its Model S drivetrain warranty to 8-years and infinite miles to match the vehicle’s battery pack warranty.  Tesla also confirmed that the new warranty will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles and have no limit on the number of owners. The previous drive unit warranty included a 4-year, 50,000 […]

Cars Stories August 18, 2014

Steve Saleen talks about his $150K modified Model S

Steve Saleen previews the result of his newest partnership with the trend-setting electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla. This high performance electric will run $150-grand and can be ordered now, arriving to customers in 6-8 weeks. Personally, I’m not a fan of the outward appearance (inside isn’t bad) and he quotes 0-60 time of mid-4 seconds which […]

Cars Stories December 16, 2014

Tesla Motors brand has the best ‘VIBE’ in recent rankings

In a recent report, Added Value ranked Tesla’s “VIBE” or Visionary Inspiring Bold Exciting index above Google and other noted big brands. Several shifts have transpired on the cultural brandscape since 2013, with Tesla gliding into the pole position, ever so narrowly passing reigning champ Google, and lapping all other luxury car makes. Amazon’s VIBE […]

Cars Stories December 26, 2014

Tesla Roadster upgrade announcement today: will allow 400 mile range, most ever for electric car

This might improve the resale value of these guys though I don’t think Tesla has any plans to release a  new one. As Musk adds, nothing is immediately in the works for the Model S but I’ve heard that a 100+kWh battery is being tested for possible future use with the Model X. Update: Here’s […]

Cars Stories September 29, 2014

Car Dealer Association in Iowa, which just banned Tesla test drives, compares Tesla shopping experience with Apple Store

Nice catch by John Voekler on recent comments made by Bruce Anderson, president of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association who recently shut down Tesla’s attempt to have a test drive event in the state. Another longstanding state law prohibits auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public. Anderson said if carmakers owned dealerships, buying a car would […]

Cars Stories October 10, 2014

Former Apple/Segway VP Doug Field gives us a test drive in Tesla P85D Model S

The acceleration is violent. Jarring. There is no other way to put it. It is like a roller coaster and actually puts your head back whether you want to or not. Watching the speedometer go from 0-75 so quick also doesn’t seem like real time. Former Apple/Segway Hardware Exec Doug Field gave us our test […]

Cars Stories October 14, 2014

Tesla Model S gets IHS Teardown treatment: “Unlike any car ever made, more like an iPad”

Tesla’s Model S (or a wrecked one) got the IHS Supply teardown treatment and if you are wondering what makes the car tick, it is a worthy watch/read (PDF). Notably Tesla “really wanted to do things differently and employed virtual controls—rather than physical knobs and buttons—to take over the user experience. This approach required a major […]

Cars Stories March 10, 2015

Tesla won’t have Apple CarPlay any time soon

[tweet https://twitter.com/philiped/status/575340365332414464] From today’s Apple Stockholder meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked twice about any type of acquisition with Tesla Motors. First he noted that he wished they’d join up with Car Play, Apple’s In Dash remote for iOS devices. The second time he was asked he simply said he didn’t have any non-denial denials […]

Cars Stories March 19, 2015

Tesla’s Range Anxiety and 6.2 update Live blog

Updated with Tesla’s Press kit. Overall the update mirrored my predictions pretty well. I will post audio when available.

Cars Stories February 12, 2015

Tesla earnings big 3: Apple-size market cap, consumer battery and secret demand weapon to deploy on dealers

Seeking Alpha provides a transcript of last night’s Earnings Call (embedded below). The 3 big notables: In the early part of the discussion CEO Elon Musk said: We are going to spend staggering amounts of money on CapEx. I mean for a good reason and with the great ROI. And it’s important to not look at […]

Cars Stories February 19, 2015

Analyst: Electric cars will cost less than internal combustion within a decade

  The main differentiator will be battery economies of scale exemplified by Tesla’s Gigafactory which is now under construction outside of Reno Electric car Analysts are often wrong but since Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache’s thinking lines up with mine, I’m going to go ahead and post this from Quartz on the price gap between electric cars […]

Cars Stories November 19, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes to the Blog to set record straight on fires with 3-step plan

As reported this weekend, Tesla has announced that it has removed the Air Suspension lowering as part of a three step plan to deal with the media attention. The whole Blog post is worth a read but here are the important bits: First, we have rolled out an over-the-air update to the air suspension that […]

Cars Stories November 21, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is Fortune’s Business Person of the Year

Kind of a no-brainer IMO. Fortune doesn’t mention it but Musk has taken to social media and direct communication with the public unlike any CEO and certainly any Car/Aerospace CEO of our time. His honest and often overly transparent views have managed to turn media controversy into positives for the company. Also throw in the […]

Cars Stories January 10, 2014

TSLA share price drops on news it is sending out replacement car chargers that will protect shoddy wiring

I kid you not. Bloomberg: The charger connectors, which tether Tesla-issued cables to wall outlets, will be mailed out in the next two weeks, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in an interview today. “These are very rare events, but occasionally the wiring isn’t done right,” Musk said. “We want people to have absolute comfort, so we’re […]

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