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March 12, 2012 | By Dana Hull
The first all-electric Coda sedan rolled off the assembly line in Benicia, Calif., on Monday, marking a big day for the privately held Los Angeles company. Coda Automotive Inc. manufactures most of the vehicle's battery system and body in China. The parts are then shipped to the San Francisco Bay Area port city of Benicia for final assembly. "Coda started five years ago in an airport hangar in Southern California," said Mac Heller, the company's executive chairman. "We shared a conviction that with technology and science, we could create cars that do not spoil the Earth, drain the treasury or hurt the health of our children.
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BUSINESS
April 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
SolarCity Corp., a Bay Area solar panel developer and installer whose chairman heads Tesla Motors Inc., is planning an IPO. The San Mateo company's intention to go public come as other alternative energy firms are backing away from similar growth plans, even after the industry reported record growth last year. First Solar Inc. said this month that it would close down some of its factories and trim 2,000 positions . Oakland's BrightSource Energy Inc. scrapped its IPO plans a few weeks ago. After Solyndra's bankruptcy last year focused an unflattering spotlight on the solar business, SolarCity and other companies gave up hope for federal loan guarantees.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Bay Area solar energy company SolarCity Corp. is looking to raise as much as $151 million in its highly anticipated initial public stock offering. The San Mateo business - which helps residential, commercial and government clients such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., EBay and the U.S. military set up solar power-generating systems - said it expects its shares to sell for $13 to $15 each. The company plans to sell 10 million shares, while shareholders will offer 65,012 shares, SolarCity said in an amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
HEALTH
April 10, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the latest chapter of an ongoing battle against traditional dealer networks, Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has taken his fight to Texas, telling lawmakers his company could sell as many as 2,000 cars next year if allowed to open its own stores. Musk testified Monday before a committee of the Texas Legislature in support of HB 3351 and SB 1659, bills  that would allow U.S.-based manufacturers of 100% electric- or battery-powered vehicles to sell directly to Texas consumers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 | By Maura Dolan and Nathan Olivarez-Giles
As investigators examined audio recordings to determine what caused a small plane to crash in a residential East Palo Alto neighborhood, authorities Thursday tentatively identified the three employees of Tesla Motors Inc. who died. The pilot was Doug Bourn, 56, a senior electrical engineer who had worked for the electric carmaker for five years and who mentored others. The company said Bourn, a flight instructor, loved flying. Also onboard the twin-engine Cessna 310 was Brian Finn, 42, a senior interactive electronics manager, who started working for Tesla in July 2008.
AUTOS
March 8, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Tesla Motors Inc. said in its annual report Thursday that it has received federal approval to complete the repayment of its $465 million in U.S. Energy Department loans five years ahead of schedule. The Palo Alto-based car company run by billionaire co-founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk had received the loan to develop and build electric cars. Tesla spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks said that the company had been scheduled to complete repayment by mid-December of 2022 but had instead arranged to complete the task by the end of 2017.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Want to hear an Antarctica-based folk music station in your car? How about a radio broadcaster that plays only Grateful Dead covers? TuneIn is trying to make that a possibility for more people. The Palo Alto company, founded in 2002, is taking on competitors such as Pandora Media Inc. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. in the automotive market by offering products that stream music, news, sports and talk radio stations in vehicles. The company's website and mobile apps aggregate and stream content from stations around the world and generate revenue from digital display ads and commercials that play before the stream begins.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan
Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has signed a deal to launch a commercial satellite for Loral Space & Communications Inc.'s space system unit. "It's a significant breakthrough," said Elon Musk, the company's founder and chief executive. "Loral is placing a bet on SpaceX and its technology. It's really one of the biggest endorsements you can get." Musk, who also co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors Inc., said it was one of the largest commercial contracts won by SpaceX.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tesla Motors Inc., bolstered by sales of battery packs for electric vehicles, said quarterly revenue more than doubled. But losses grew sharply as costs of developing an electric vehicle escalated. The Palo Alto firm reported revenue of $49 million in the first quarter, more than double the $20.8 million a year earlier, as it delivered a record number of battery packs and chargers for Daimler's electric Smart Fortwo and Toyota's electric RAV4 that is due out next year and for which Tesla is helping to develop a powertrain.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2009 | A Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp. has joined the growing ranks of automakers planning to bring advanced battery-powered vehicles to showrooms in the near future. The Japanese automaker said it planned to have a plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid for sale in the U.S. in three years. "The target is 2012 to be coming to market with them," Irving Miller, a group vice president for Toyota's U.S. sales unit, said at a Los Angeles conference on climate change, Bloomberg News reported. Before that, "we're going to study the challenges of consumer demand," he said.
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