August 12, 2013 |
Imagine paying $20 and sitting down inside a Space Age capsule in Los Angeles. About half an hour later, you're in sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk, the man who made electric vehicles sexy, revolutionized the online payment business and transformed spaceflight missions for NASA, is now taking on California's public transportation system. On Monday, to international fanfare, Musk unveiled the design of his Hyperloop, a $6-billion high-speed transit system powered by solar energy.
October 18, 2013 |
Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk secretly purchased the amphibious sports car that appeared as a movie prop in a 1970s James Bond film with the intention of converting it into the real thing. Musk, chief executive of electric car company Tesla Motors and rocket maker SpaceX, bought the car anonymously at auction in London on Sept. 9 for $989,000. In the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” starring Roger Moore as Agent 007, Bond drives his white Lotus Esprit off a pier and into the sea. As the car sinks underwater, he yanks on the shifter and the car transforms into a submarine.
October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
September 22, 2009 |
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.
February 15, 2012 |
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.
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February 18, 2010 |
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.
June 15, 2010 |
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors Inc. plans to raise about $167 million by selling stock to the public later this year. The Palo Alto maker of a $109,000 Roadster electric sports car said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday that it planned to sell as much as 12.8 million shares for up to $14 to $16 each in an initial public offering. The offering is "highly anticipated" and values the company at about $1.5 billion, according to IPO research firm Renaissance Capital.
March 17, 2010 |
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.
October 3, 2009 |
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.