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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.
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.
August 12, 2013 |
Los Angeles billionaire Elon Musk has already revolutionized spaceflight business for NASA. He has shaken up the automotive industry. Now he's turned his attention to public transportation. On Monday, Musk wrote a blog post revealing the design of his much-anticipated Hyperloop, the proposed high-speed transit solution that's supposed to take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. The line would travel along the I-5 and I-580 at speeds of up to 760 mph and would have the feel of an airline, Musk told reporters.
May 26, 2007 |
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.
November 5, 2012 |
Electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. is rapidly increasing its ability to turn out cars but is still losing money. The Palo Alto automaker said Monday that it lost $105 million in the third quarter compared with $65 million in the same period a year earlier. But the company's revenue jumped 88% to $50 million as it starts to deliver its Model S luxury electric hatchback to customers. Tesla built just 350 cars and delivered only 250 to customers during the third quarter, but the company is now producing cars at its factory in Fremont at a rate of about 200 a week, or 10,000 annually.
October 11, 2006 |
The battery-powered electric car isn't dead yet. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said in Tokyo today that it would introduce the third generation of its battery-powered electric car Oct. 23. The research vehicle will be tested by two Japanese power companies beginning in January. The car is based on Mitsubishi's popular four-seat mini-car, the i. Mitsubishi says the electric car has a top speed of 80 mph and can travel 80 to 100 miles on a single charge.
May 30, 2013 |
Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has announced an accelerated rollout of fast super-charger stations across the U.S. and parts of Canada, promising to boost the current eight stations to 25 by midsummer. By the winter months of this year, Musk said, coast-to-coast travel for the company's electric car will be possible along Interstate 80. Musk said that 80% of the U.S. would have access to the $150,000-to-$300,000 stations by 2014, and that 98% of the nation would be covered by 2015.
October 7, 2010 |
Electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. opened up its Palo Alto headquarters and research center to the media for the first time Wednesday, divulging new information about its Model S sedan and showing off its growing automotive engineering capability. One of the surprises of the Model S is that its battery pack will fit in a large flat panel under the vehicle, providing rigidity for the body and enhancing handling and aerodynamics, said Peter Rawlinson, Tesla's chief engineer for vehicle engineering.
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.
February 16, 2011 |
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.