June 29, 2010 |
Tesla Motors Inc., the Silicon Valley-based electric sports car maker, got a warm welcome from investors in the company's initial public stock offering late Monday. Tesla priced its IPO at $17 a share, above the expected range of $14 to $16. The stock will begin trading on Nasdaq on Tuesday under the symbol TSLA. The deal marks the first IPO by an American car company since Ford Motor Co. went public in 1956. Tesla and current shareholders sold a total of 13.3million shares, raising $226 million.
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.
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.
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 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.
December 27, 2008 |
A Palo Alto start-up company wants to electrify the global auto industry, one place at a time. Better Place created a stir last month when it announced an ambitious plan to install thousands of electric-car charging sites and battery-replacement stations around the Bay Area. The idea is to jump-start the adoption of electric vehicles by providing places where people can easily charge them, leading, the company's founder hopes, to a reduction in global dependence on oil.
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.
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.
September 6, 2011 |
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.
August 28, 2011 |
Public electric vehicle chargers are cropping up across California's major cities, emerging in parking garages, near subway stations, alongside roads, and at shopping centers and office buildings. The idea is to soothe range anxiety — the fear that EV batteries will abruptly die, leaving drivers stranded without a power source. Public chargers could also help attract apartment dwellers to try out electric vehicles. Many are fast-chargers, which can juice up a dead battery in less than half an hour.