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A Supercharging Milestone, By The Tesla Motors Team

July 10, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Supercharger, Tesla

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In June, Tesla’s Supercharger network passed a charging milestone, delivering more than 1 GWh of energy to Model S vehicles in a single month. That energy accounts for a collective 3.7 million miles driven, 168,000 gallons of gas saved, and 4.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide offset. That’s like driving to the moon and back seven and a half times, and nixing a day’s worth of CO2 from 73,684 Americans.

Tesla’s Supercharger network is now the largest fast-charging network on the planet. It’s also the world’s fastest-growing charging network.

At a Supercharger, Model S customers can get half a charge in as little as 20 minutes, and it’s totally free. Supercharger routes now span the entire width of the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, as well as up and down the East Coast and the West Coast. By the end of next year, 98 percent of the U.S. population will be within 100 miles of a Supercharger. We are also aggressively expanding the network in Europe and Asia. Last week alone, we opened eight new Supercharging sites in Europe, bringing the total number of stations on the continent to 32. We unveiled China’s first Superchargers in June and more are coming soon.

You can find a Model S charging at a Supercharger any given second of the day, and to date Superchargers have powered a total of 24.7 million miles of driving – which means the world has been spared the burning of 1.1 million gallons of gasoline.

For more details on the continued global expansion of the Supercharger network, visit

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Carvana Backs Tesla in Fight against Dealerships by Offering First Pre-Owned Tesla

May 9, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Tesla

  • Carvana Backs Tesla in Fight against Dealerships by Offering First Pre-Owned Tesla
  • Online Retailer to Bypass Middleman, Making Teslas Available to Consumers Nationwide
2013 Tesla Model S on   Image courtesy of Carvana

2013 Tesla Model S on
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ATLANTA, May 9, 2014 — Carvana, the first complete online auto retailer, announces the availability of its first certified pre-owned Tesla. The 2013 Tesla Model S is available for purchase on where interested buyers can take the electric car for a virtual spin, view high-definition 360 degree interior and exterior photos highlighting the vehicle’s state-of-the-art features.

2013 Tesla Model S on

The Tesla Model S is the first of several Teslas to be offered through, allowing car buyers to bypass long waiting lists in their home state. As the first online auto retailer to offer car buyers the ability to shop, finance and purchase Teslas 100 percent online, Carvana brings the benefits of its exclusive car buying platform to potential car owners nationwide. Through consumers can elect to have their vehicle shipped directly to their doorstep in as little as 24 hours or opt to pick up their purchase at the nation’s first car vending machine in Atlanta.

“We support Tesla in their fight to make direct-to-consumer sales a reality for consumers and are proud to offer their vehicles in a pre-owned capacity,” says Ernie Garcia, president of Carvana. “At Carvana, we know that navigating regulatory waters can be a difficult road to follow but we firmly believe that legislation should support, not stifle, innovation especially when it comes to free enterprise and consumer choice.”

Due to high consumer demand generated by limited availability, retail prices for pre-owned Teslas are at an all-time high. Carvana’s initial Tesla offering retails for $88,000, offering consumers a significant savings against retail market average and comes fully covered by the Carvana Certified 100-day or 4,189 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 7-day “test own” return policy. In addition to the Tesla Model S, Carvana’s inventory features a variety of hybrid and FLEX fuel vehicles for consumers seeking environmentally-friendly options at various price points.

About Carvana

Based in Phoenix, Ariz. and operating out of Atlanta, Ga., Carvana is the first complete online auto retailer that allows consumers to shop, finance and purchase a car entirely online, and have it ready for home delivery or pick-up at the nation’s first vending machine as soon as the next day. The company is backed by more than $1 billion in revenue and more than 20 years experience in the secondary car market. All cars available on come fully covered with a 100-day or 4,189 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 7-day “test own” return policy.

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Tesla Stock (TSLA), It’s Back!

January 14, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Supercharger, Tesla

Tesla Model S Image courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S
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Tesla fired up the media and Wall Street with news of almost 6,900 Model S deliveries in Q4, far exceeding previous company estimates. The company increased its previous revenue guidance 20% for Q4. Bloomberg cited Jerome Guillen, Vice President Worldwide Sales and Service, as the Tesla source that delivered the news at the Detroit Auto Show today. Tesla also issued a press release crediting the hard work of the company’s production team and its suppliers with emphasis on Panasonic. Panasonic has been busy recently ramping battery cell production to meet rising worldwide demand for the Model S. On the Q3 earnings call in November, Tesla CEO Musk sounded confident about Panasonic’s ability to meet Tesla’s battery cell needs for 2014.

Tesla stock (TSLA) rose like a phoenix today, burning the shorts, closing up $21.93 (15.74%) to $161.27 per share. Yes, Tesla green greed is back in the limelight after a series of bearish fire stories were extinguished. TSLA appears to be off to the races again. Long live the green revolution! Go Tesla! The company tweeted yesterday: “We’ve just opened a bunch of Superchargers to help us get closer to energizing our cross-country route!” The company tweeted shortly after: “Superchargers recently opened in:

Flagstaff, AZ
Farmington, NM
Grand Junction, CO
Somerset, PA
Gallup, NM
East Greenwich, RI.”

Tesla Supercharger Station Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Supercharger Station
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla is the only major pure-play electric car company in the world, and the stock (TSLA) tells us that the world wants more Tesla cars and Superchargers. Obviously, Tesla shorts have a high risk tolerance to say the least, because CEO Musk has street credibility, not just on Wall Street, Main Street too! The world has already seen the success of the Roadster, Model S, Supercharger and Model S battery swap. The X is next with initial production late this year and volume production by Q2 2015.

Would you bet against the Gen III being a success?

When it is appropriate, Tesla does need to discuss its upcoming battery plant plans, so the market is not left guessing. Financial markets hate uncertainty, despite past credibility. There is uncertainty in transitioning to a major mass market production company, and the competition has seized on this as the Tesla uncertainty du jour. However, if Tesla is successful, the major auto players will be facing more than just uncertainty, possibly extermination. All in all, Tesla is building a better mousetrap, and the competition knows it.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helped quickly put the Model S safety issue to rest by keeping its five star rating on the car, and Tesla has done an excellent job dispelling the notion that the Model S does not perform well in the cold: Tesla keeps pushing the electric vehicle revolution forward, utilizing technology to solve or ease EV objections, while the competition is still primarily focused and embroiled in the antiquated oil world.

The video below was sent to EV News Report from David M. Salazar, General Manager of A2 Wind Tunnel (Leilani Munter’s Modle S). Tesla had tweeted on January 11: “Race car driver @LeilaniMunter took her Model S to a wind tunnel. It has a lower drag coefficient than her race car!”

Video courtesy of A2 Wind Tunnel

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The world is transitioning from the fossil fuel age to the clean electric energy era. Two major world emergencies are driving this change:

1. There are over 7 billion people on the planet according to the United Nations. Today’s worldwide economic growth is placing tremendous demands on the energy sector. Unfortunately, according to the International Energy Agency, approximately 80% of the world’s energy is derived from fossil fuels. Absent an energy revolution, climate research tells us that the planet will be significantly warmer and altered for future generations.

2. The oil market is expensive and fragile. The door is open to green alternatives; however, high oil prices may destroy the currencies of oil dependent nations before the EV and greentech revolutions have a chance to reach mass adoption.

Tesla Powers Up The New Electric Era

September 27, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Tesla

Tesla Model S at the Idaho Power Co. in Boise, Idaho Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S at the Idaho Power Co. in Boise, Idaho
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Tesla stock (TSLA) closed at $190.90 per share, up 1.2% on the day, which was another new record close.  TSLA also hit a record high today of $191.28.  Shareholders can celebrate by attending a local National Plug In Day this weekend,  After all, Tesla shareholders from Wall Street to Main Street have helped accelerate the new electric era.

Tesla tweeted (9-23-13): “More than 3.2 million miles have been charged at Tesla Superchargers, offsetting about 130,500 gallons of gas.”

Plug In America stated today that more than 130,000 EVs have been sold in the US since late 2010.  August 2013 was a breakout month with over 11,000 EVs sold.  According to the good folks at Plug In America, there are now 28 plug-in electric models on the market.

With the accelerating success of the electrification movement, National Plug In Day should see some crowds.  Model S owners may be a bit surprised by the number of LEAFs.  Nissan announced today that it has sold over 35,000 LEAFs (cumulative) in the US.  The LEAF family tree is firmly rooted in the US, and since it is an all-electric, the brand should have long staying power on the Smyrna, Tennessee, factory line.

The times, they are changing.  Dirty fossil fuels are out.  Clean electric is in.  In the UK, renewable electric generation reached 15.5% of total electric generation in the second quarter, up from 9.8% in Q2 2012, according to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.  The British Pound has climbed above $1.61 to the US Dollar due to the strength of the UK economy and its outlook.

FIA Formula E announced today tentative dates for its fully-electric races that will take place in the streets of ten different cities.  Beijing, China, is first on the calendar, September 20, 2014.  In the US, races are being planned for Los Angeles (2-14-15) and Miami (4-18-15).  Qualcomm is one of the sponsors.  The company is looking to showcase its wireless charging product, Halo, in these ten markets.  FIA Formula E Championship trailer

Tesla Flying High, Electrification Movement

September 25, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Tesla

New Tesla Store  Fremont Factory Store Photo courtesy of Tesla

New Tesla Store
Fremont Factory Store
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla stock (TSLA) hit another new record high today, $186.30 per share. And, yes, TSLA also had a record close, $185.24. As stated previously, some of this recent run may be attributed to Q3 institutional window dressing. Regardless, it is the strong fundamentals in the electrification movement that has TSLA flying high.

At LAX or SFO airport locations, the 85 kWh Model S is now available as a rental at Hertz. Tesla fans can rent a Model S at SFO and take a drive down to the new Tesla Fremont Factory store.

Around the world, clean energy technologies and projects are advancing at an accelerated rate, spurred by a fun competition amongst progressive business and political leaders to advance the world beyond fossil fuels. In the US, Google and Tesla are the leading green business advocates. Google is aiming to be 100% powered by renewable energies, and the company recently agreed to an electrifying purchase of 240 MW from the future Happy Hereford wind farm (Texas). As to Tesla, the company’s Model S and Supercharger technologies are the pinnacle of the electrification movement. Nothing says goodbye to fossil fuels better than an image of a Model S at a free Supercharger station.

First European Supercharger station Photo courtesy of Tesla

First European Supercharger station
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The world is filled with various exhibitions and conferences on clean energy / clean transportation subjects, enabling industry experts to share best practices. These events create more deals and more jobs, leading to a more efficient electric economy and higher global production. ABB, Alstom and Siemens have been standout leaders in Western Europe where the electrification movement is most advanced.

In time (especially as battery technology advances), there will be some interesting city, state and national upgrades to the new electric era. Battery technology is the key. As fast as the electric wiring for streetcars, light rail and trains goes up, it may be coming back down as battery technology improves. In addition, large warehouse structures will eventually dot the landscape, housing large battery storage for renewable energy projects.

BYD has made it very clear that the company wants to be a worldwide leader in electric urban transport with its electric buses (K9) and taxis (E6), as well as lead in battery storage technologies with renewable energies. The company is obviously well positioned to service the monumental clean energy needs of China, but the greening of China will be a grand collaborative scheme. BYD’s efforts to transform Aruba to a zero carbon footprint are a tiny carbon step in respects to China.

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Hertz Introduces The All-Electric Tesla Model S To Expanding U.S. Dream Cars

September 25, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Tesla

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Image courtesy of Hertz Corporation

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, today announced the expansion of its Dream Cars with the introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S in the U.S. With the expansion, consumers in select markets are now able to rent both the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster, along with a variety of other high-end performance vehicles, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Porsche and Mercedes Benz, offered in Hertz’s Dream Cars, a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience.

“Customer and industry support for Hertz’s Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. “The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers.”

The Tesla Model S will be available in California – at San Francisco and Los Angeles airports — and are the 85kWh model, capable of 265 miles on one charge. The all electric, zero emissions car can go 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Tesla Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. The Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year [R] and received Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car as well as NHTSA’s 5-star safety rating.

Tesla Model S Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S
Photo courtesy of Tesla

Hertz Dream Cars expand the availability for consumers to enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime luxury travel experience. Hertz Dream Cars, offered in 35 markets including Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas, includes:

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Audi R8, Spyder
Bentley Continental GT
Cadillac CTS-V
Ferrari (California, F430)
Lamborghini Gallardo
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mercedes-Benz AMG (SLS, C63, E63)
Mercedes-Benz (SL550, G550)
Porsche (911, Cayenne, Boxster, Panamera)
SRT Viper
Tesla Model S

The introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S is part of Hertz’s Living Journey which focuses on the integration of sustainability best practices into the Company’s operations.  Hertz’s Living Journey focuses on smart mobility solutions, the environment, community outreach, and Hertz’s overall commitment to corporate social responsibility. Through Hertz’s Living Journey, 74% of Hertz’s cars average 28+ mpg and the Company’s Green Traveler Collection features low emission and fuel efficient vehicles which average better than 48+ mpg and includes a range of Hybrids, Electric, CNG, and clean diesel vehicles.

Hertz has been recognized for its sustainability achievements and has received Zagat’s “Best Green Options”, Global Business Travel Association’s “Sustainable Innovation Award”, Swedish Association of Green Motorists’ “Most Environmentally Friendly Car Rental Company”, and Fleet News UK’s “Environmental Award.”

Hertz is committed to providing customers the fastest, easiest and most valued rental experience with technological innovations and personalized service, which include:

  • Carfirmation: A mobile email/SMS text service – Mobile Gold Alerts — that confirms a Gold customer’s reservation, advises of their car, and its location at the Hertz facility.
    • Carfirmation Upgrade: Shows other available cars and upgrades and lets members select the one they want – all on their mobile device in three simple steps.
  • Choose Control: Hertz Gold Choice gives the customer the power to keep the car they reserved or simply choose another, something no other car rental brand offers.
  • Zap Technology: Hertz’s e-Return is the fastest way for customers to return their cars with a receipt emailed to the customer in a flash.
  • Acceler-Rental: Hertz is the first car rental company to now offer both airport and neighborhood location customers the ability to rent cars through a live face-to-face video kiosk with Hertz ExpressRent™ kiosks.
  • Mobile Apps: As consumers are looking to mobile technologies as a way to take control of their travel experience, from on-the-go bookings to instant upgrades.
    • Hertz App: Book, modify and search car rental reservations, find locations, and browse special deals and offers all from the palm of your hand.
    • Hertz NeverLost My Explore App: Users can plan their itinerary and navigate popular cities all on their smart phones.
    • Hertz 24/7 App: Customers have 24/7 access to a variety of vehicles when and where they need them with the ability to reserve a car or modify an existing reservation and view upcoming and previous reservations.

About Hertz

Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, and Firefly brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame and was recently named, for the fourteenth time, by the magazine’s readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat’s 2013/14 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 10 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from Product and services such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company’s Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services.

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Tesla Motors Presents Supercharging At IAA And Announces Plans For European Network Expansion

September 10, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model S, Supercharger, Tesla

Frankfurt IAA hosts Germany’s first Supercharger, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Many Europeans will live within 320 km of a #Supercharger by end of 2014." Tesla tweet (9-10-13) Photo courtesy of Tesla

“Many Europeans will live within 320 km of a #Supercharger by end of 2014.” Tesla tweet (9-10-13)
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Tesla Motors presents its award winning Model S and revolutionary Supercharger at this year’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. Having begun the first European deliveries of Model S this August in Norway, followed by Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, IAA is an important platform to showcase Model S to Europe.

“The focus of Model S on design, engineering and performance makes it very well suited for the European market,” said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. “This year has already been one of tremendous growth and expansion throughout Europe for Tesla and Model S. Before the end of this year, our European operations will expand even further, with new stores and service centres in locations including Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris, Cote d’Azur/Provence, Stavanger, Vienna, Amsterdam, Basel, Geneva, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Stockholm and London.”

At the same time that Model S hit European roads, Tesla energized Superchargers in Europe, including one on-site at IAA. Tesla Superchargers represent the most advanced charging technology in the world, capable of charging Model S 20x faster than most common charging stations. Superchargers provide half a charge in about 20 minutes, delivering up to 120 kW DC (Direct Current) power directly to the Model S battery.

Tesla’s first network of European Supercharging stations opened in Norway at the end of August, allowing Model S owners to travel conveniently and for free across Norway’s most vital and commonly used roads and highways. More European routes will be energized in the coming months, providing coverage well within the Model S rated range of 480 km per charge. By the end of 2014, 100 percent of the population of Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90 percent of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station.

“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles and will offer Model S owners free, fast charging for convenient long distance drives throughout Europe,” said JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer at Tesla. “All our Superchargers are located near amenities like roadside restaurants, cafes and shopping centresso that road trippers can stop for a quick meal while their Model S charges for free.”

About Tesla

Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered over 15,000 electric vehicles to customers in 31 countries. Deliveries of Model S in Europe started this summer.

About Model S

Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, meticulously designed and engineered to elevate the public’s expectations of what a car can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a premium sedan.

Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options, delivering unprecedented range of up to 500 km (on the NEDC drive cycle) with the 85 kWh variant. Both batteries are contained within the same enclosure, integrating with the vehicle in the same way, providing structural, aerodynamic, and handling advantages. The batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management, and safety

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The interior features a 17” in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding expansion of European operations and future Tesla Supercharger locations, timing and capabilities, are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those projected. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including potential difficulties in finding suitable Tesla  store, service centre and Supercharger sites, negotiating leases or obtaining required permits for such locations, as well as the risks and uncertainties identified under the sections captioned “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results Of Operations” in Tesla’s Form 10-Q filed on August 9, 2013. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements.

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