September 13, 2013 |
The gig: Lyndon Rive, 36, chief executive of SolarCity Corp., a company co-founded in 2006 with his older brother, Peter, that helped popularize a new direction in residential solar power development. The San Mateo, Calif., company installs solar panels for homes, businesses and government entities. But instead of selling the panels to the customer, SolarCity usually retains ownership of them and sells the electricity to the client. That cuts out much of the upfront cost involved with going solar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2008 |
Teams were searching the central Pacific Ocean for the remnants of a low-cost rocket created by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk that malfunctioned soon after liftoff Saturday, a company spokeswoman said. Two minutes after liftoff, the first of the rocket's two engines failed to detach from the rest of the projectile. The split was necessary to launch the second engine into orbit, Diane Murphy said. The launch took place at United States military facilities on Omelek Island, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii.
February 17, 2010 |
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Co., said a plane crash in Silicon Valley killed company officials. Details about the accident and names of the victims were not released. "We're working to confirm the identities and inform the families," Musk said. For Tesla, the accident comes as the San Carlos-based automaker prepares to sell shares to the public and announce the location of its U.S. assembly site to make battery-powered cars. Tesla received about $465 million in federal loans last year to expand production of vehicles and battery packs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 |
Police shot a man in Garden Grove on Thursday night after he tried to run down officers with his vehicle, authorities said. Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department said the incident began about 8:15 p.m. when some undercover officers stationed near Beach and Garden Grove boulevards became worried about a driver who pulled up near them and was acting suspiciously. The undercover officers called for a marked police car to check out the situation because they feared the man driving the car would interfere with their surveillance, Nightengale said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has formally acknowledged the completion of the widening of the Sepulveda Pass on the 405 Freeway will be delayed at least 13 months. Projected date for completion is now mid-2014. A variety of problems caused the delay -- notably the requirement to move dozens of utility lines under Sepulveda Boulevard. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the project and its latest delays with Times reporter Martha Groves. Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind PayPal and Tesla electric vehicles, jokes he can shoot one of his SpaceX rockets into space way faster than he can commute on the 405 Freeway from Bel-Air to the Hawthorne factory where those rockets are made.
March 7, 2014 |
Like young bucks at a county fair kissing booth, states are lining up for a chance to court Tesla Motors and its planned $5-billion battery factory. But fair warning, fellas: The intoxicating fragrance of Musk and his money masks a cold business heart. Already a loser in the race for this California girl's affections, though, is, well, California. Oh, sure, we're good enough to design and build the company's eco-luxe Model S. And Californians bought more than one-third of the $70,000-and-up cars last year.
October 7, 2012 |
SpaceX is set to usher in a new era for NASA's space flight program when a towering white rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and heads to the International Space Station on a resupply mission. If successful, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, will be the first private company to resupply the space station on a contracted mission for NASA. The company has a $1.6-billion contract to carry out 12 such cargo missions for the space agency in the coming years.
May 10, 2013
Re "Tesla drives state credits to the bank," May 6 Tesla Motors is an example of an innovative, homegrown California industry. It is building ultra-clean cars and providing employment for 2,800 people in a formerly abandoned car factory. This success is not being subsidized by other car companies. Car manufacturers are not required to purchase credits (which Tesla can sell to its competitors), nor does the state's Air Resources Board establish a price. The credits are entirely an opportunity to provide additional flexibility to car manufacturers to comply with a program whose ultimate goal is to support the commercialization of cutting-edge clean technology vehicles, and ensure that we get as many of them as possible on our roads and highways as fast as possible.
November 5, 2012 |
After bidding farewell to our Hyundai Santa Fe Sport last week, we welcome to The Times Test Garage a very different vehicle: the Tesla Model S. As you likely know, this is an all-electric vehicle from the company that brought you the Roadster . Tesla was founded by its current chief executive, Elon Musk, and is based in Palo Alto. All Model S cars are assembled in Fremont, Calif. The Model S we have this week has the largest of three available batteries (in terms of range)
October 21, 2011 |
In 2006, when director Chris Paine released "Who Killed the Electric Car?" the story of GM's short-lived, battery-powered EV-1, the villains were many, but consumer apathy played its role. With "Revenge of the Electric Car," Paine's entertaining follow-up, top GM exec Bob Lutz gives much credit for the company's 180 to consumer outrage. Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change. "Revenge" follows the three-way race between GM, Nissan and Silicon Valley rogues Tesla Motors to bring an electric model successfully to market by centering on the three biggest personalities involved: Lutz, Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and Elon Musk, the PayPal mogul behind Tesla who goosed GM into action with his sexy gas-free sports car. Invited "behind enemy lines" as narrator Tim Robbins intones, by GM themselves in 2007, the filmmakers gained access across the board by promising not to release the film until the cars hit showrooms in 2011.