May 20, 2009 |
German automaker Daimler has bought nearly 10% of Tesla Motors Inc., giving a financial boost to the California electric car company. Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, didn't disclose the amount of the investment, saying only that, priced in euros, the amount was in "eight figures." In January, Daimler selected Tesla to provide batteries and chargers for the German company's Smart EV electric car.
August 23, 2013 |
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.
May 23, 2012 |
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.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
October 30, 2008 |
U.S. financial markets are in the doldrums, but things look bright for SolarCity. The Foster City, Calif., solar installer said Wednesday that it had received $30 million in funding to help it finance its U.S. expansion. Most of that equity -- $25 million -- is coming from First Solar Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., a manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, which also struck a five-year supply deal with SolarCity Corp.
May 6, 2013 |
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.
November 21, 2013 |
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.
September 23, 2009 |
In its latest bid to help finance the car of tomorrow, the Obama administration said it would lend more than $500 million to Irvine-based Fisker Automotive Inc. to develop a pair of plug-in hybrids. The loans, announced Tuesday, come from a $25-billion Department of Energy program to fund development of alternative vehicles. According to the administration, the funding will help create or save 5,000 jobs at Fisker and its suppliers. The $528.7-million low-interest loan "is another critical step in making sure we are positioned to compete for the clean energy jobs of the future," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
May 11, 2012 |
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.
September 26, 2012 |
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. cut its revenue projections as supplier problems and production delays hurt sales of its Model S sporty hatchback. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday, the Palo Alto automaker said it has had trouble producing the number of vehicles it anticipated since launching production of the car in June. Tesla said it will generate $44 million to $46 million in third-quarter sales, compared with the roughly $80 million analysts had projected based on the company's production goals.