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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
October 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
AUTOS
October 18, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
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.
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
June 16, 2010 | Jerry Hirsch
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 the $109,000 Roadster electric sports car said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday that it planned to sell as many as 12.8 million shares for between $14 and $16 each in an initial public offering. The offering is "highly anticipated" and puts the value of the company at about $1.5 billion, according to IPO research firm Renaissance Capital.
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
February 16, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tesla Motors Inc. saw its loss increase 177% last year, as research, marketing and manufacturing expenses piled on for the young electric-vehicle company. The Palo Alto automaker said the loss ballooned to $154.3 million in 2010 from $55.7 million in 2009. After its June initial public offering, it became the only publicly held automaker in California. Tesla's loss for the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31 was $51.4 million, company executives said Tuesday. Founded in 2003, Tesla has garnered a lot of attention for its high-priced electric car that has been bought by the likes of Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
You can feel the electricity. Tesla Motors Inc., manufacturer of an exotic electric roadster, will launch its brick-and-mortar retailing effort with a store on Santa Monica Boulevard near the 405 Freeway in November. And Environmental Motors, the newest dealer for Zap, importer of a three-wheeled, low-speed electric "city car" called the Xebra, just held a grand opening for its showroom at 134 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
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