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Tesla Model S recall after rear seat crash risk spotted

Tesla Model S recall after rear seat crash risk spotted

Tesla has announced a partial recall of the Model S electric car, after the discovery of a shortcoming in how the rear seats are fixed to the EV's body. The issue - which Tesla is at pains to point out has not actually resulted in any reported problems or injuries - could leave the left-hand rear seat back less than adequately retained should the Model S driver have a crash, and needs to be reinforced.

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Tesla battery-swap demo this week confirms Elon Musk

Tesla battery-swap demo this week confirms Elon Musk

Tesla will show off its battery-swap system in a live demonstration this week, founder Elon Musk has revealed, as the electric car company experiments with alternative ways to power its vehicles. The demo will be done live, Musk confirmed, at the company's Hawthorne design studio. Given the recent failure of Better Place, however, all eyes will be on Tesla to see if it can deliver on replaceable batteries in a cost-effective way.

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Tesla to roll out SuperCharging stations that are 50% faster this summer

Tesla to roll out SuperCharging stations that are 50% faster this summer

At the D11 event yesterday, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk let an announcement out of the bag a tad earlier than planned: Tesla will be tripling its SuperCharger network of charging stations this year. As promised, Tesla made the official announcement today, adding a few more details into the mix that we didn't learn last night, one being that Tesla will roll out a beta version of a new technology that speeds up charging time by 50-percent.

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Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

Tesla’s Elon Musk says SuperCharging network will be tripled

With a gasoline-powered car, refueling is as simple as pulling into a gas station and waiting a few minutes for the gas take to be refilled. Things are a bit trickier with electric vehicles, however, which require charging stations rather than gas stations. Tesla has been rolling out it SuperCharger network over many months, having added six in California back in October, for example. At tonight's D11 conference, Musk made an announcement early: Tesla's SuperCharger network will be tripled.

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Elon Musk: Cheaper Tesla vehicles could be here in three to five years

Elon Musk: Cheaper Tesla vehicles could be here in three to five years

Elon Musk is talking about all things Tesla at the D11 conference, and one particular area is on when consumers will see cheaper vehicles. As we reported yesterday, Musk wants to build a lower-cost all-electric car, getting them into the hands of more drivers to help combat climate change, among other reasons, something he has spoken about passionately in the past. When asked when we can expect a $30,000 Tesla vehicle, Musk replied: "Probably 3 to 5 years."

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Tesla becomes “only American car company to have fully repaid the government”

Tesla becomes “only American car company to have fully repaid the government”

In an announcement let loose today by Tesla Motors, they've made it clear that they're claiming to be "the only American car company to have fully repaid the government." As over the past several years it's been a big subject of controversy that the government gave "bailout" funds to companies in many different industries, it's important to note that this particular loan was not part of the so-called "bailout" rounds given to GM and Chrysler.

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Tesla Motors direct retail sales challenged in North Carolina

Tesla Motors direct retail sales challenged in North Carolina

Consumers in North Carolina have welcomed Tesla Motors with open arms, having purchased 80 cars and having reserved another 60, such a quantity that Tesla has opened a servicing center in the state. While consumers have been receptive, it has been a different story with state dealerships and the accompanying salespersons, both of which are side-stepped by Tesla's direct retails sales methods.

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Tesla Motors Model S push beyond North America detailed in brief

Tesla Motors Model S push beyond North America detailed in brief

As Tesla Motors first quarter ended, this week it was made clear that the electric car company's plans for spreading beyond North American sales by the end of the year. With a "meaningful demand" appearing for the financing plan adjustment pushed earlier this month, the company made it clear this week that the growth they've seen in the very recent past will be continuing outside the North American market soon. At the moment, every Tesla Model S electric vehicle sold has been delivered within North America - soon the company will spread to Europe and Asia with numbers a bit smaller than their USA delivery schedule through 2013.

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