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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.
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BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. announced that it has a deal to provide the powertrain for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle, even as it moves closer to manufacturing its own vehicles later this year. The Palo Alto automaker also said Wednesday that it expected revenue to roughly triple this year, when it will begin selling the Tesla Model S sedan, its first ground-up design. The company is about to launch production of the Model S at its factory in Fremont, Calif. For the new Mercedes model, Tesla will provide battery packs, motor, gearbox, inverter and all related software.
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.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2009 | Ken Bensinger
SAN FRANCISCO -- The co-founders of the electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. have settled their legal battle with laudatory statements of each other's accomplishments. Former Chief Executive Martin Eberhard dropped his lawsuit accusing current CEO Elon Musk of slander, libel and other claims. Eberhard had charged Musk with unfairly blaming him for the San Carlos, California-based company's well-documented missteps and with wrongly claiming to be a company founder. Eberhard launched Tesla in 2003, and Musk joined the company the following year as majority investor.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Tony Stark, alias Iron Man, is suave, brilliant, mega-rich and dripping with beautiful women. Sounds an awful lot like Elon Musk, the South African entrepreneurial wunderkind who spent his Tuesday shooting a rocket into space and making a major advance in electric vehicles. The 40-year-old served as an inspiration for the fictional genius billionaire in the "Iron Man"movies, according to director Jon Favreau. Musk even makes a cameo in one of the films. But the comparisons are really getting some traction now, with the comic book character playing a pivotal role in the blockbuster "The Avengers" at the same time that Musk kicks two of his grandest ventures into high gear.
AUTOS
August 23, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Is the Tesla Model S really the safest car on the road? One key fact went unnoticed this week as Tesla Motors Inc. trumpeted its "best" crash-test rating in the media: The federal government doesn't test most other luxury cars. So the Model S may be safer than many cars costing far less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz - considered among the safest cars available - remains a mystery. What's more, the federal safety regulators privately reprimanded the automaker for publicly claiming the Model S scored better than any other car, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A "Made in USA" label has long been seen as an advantage in marketing a product. Now there are in-state manufacturers that want to see the adoption of an official label that declares Made in California. State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) has introduced legislation to require Go-Biz, the governor's business development office, to come up with a plan - including the new label - to promote California-manufactured products. The bill, now before the Senate Appropriations Committee, would enhance California's reputation for making environmentally safe and energy efficient products, Corbett said.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
An email war of words between tech entrepreneur Elon Musk of Tesla Motors Inc. and a prominent automotive journalist will turn into a $1-million payday for Doctors Without Borders, the international medical charity. Car reviewer Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal and Musk have been trading oral and email barbs over whether Tesla will be able to bring out its Model S luxury electric sedan on schedule and at the claimed price. Musk is the chief executive of Palo Alto-based Tesla as well as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne rocket company.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports said Thursday that the Tesla Motors Model S electric car has generated the highest consumer loyalty of any car it has surveyed in years. Owners of the luxury sports sedan, which sells for $70,000 to $100,000 depending on equipment and options, gave the Model S a score of 99 out of 100. The magazine said that it collected more than 600 survey responses from owners of 2012 and 2013 models.  The score also matches “the near-perfect 99 overall test score the Model S earned in Consumer Reports' performance ratings,” the magazine said.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
DeLorean Motor Co. never had a future to get back to. Tucker Corp. got torpedoed. Fisker Automotive doesn't seem to have good karma. Launching a new auto business and building a brand in the U.S. is no simple task. But inch by inch, electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. seems to be doing just that. "Tesla continues to show its ability to manage expectations and deliver on what it promises," Morgan Stanley Research auto analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a report to investors.
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