In a stunt that attempts to promote its electric Model S sedans as well as its Supercharger network, Tesla will commencing what it has dubbed as the Coast to Coast Supercharger rally. In this event, the company will be aiming to set a world record for the world's shortest charge time while traveling across the US.
Tesla is the most successful EV maker around with its Model S EV offering impressive performance and driving range that most competing products can’t match. Tesla has faced its share of challenges though. Not too long ago it issued a software update and sent out new power adapters to owners after issues with charging were reported.
Tesla's Supercharger network has been a grand endeavor rolling out steadily in both the US and select locations abroad, slowly expanding the number of locations to which Model S owners can drive without charging concerns. In a tweet today, Elon Musk announced the Supercharger network now stretches from coast to cost in the United States, enabling owners to drive from LA to New York without spending a penny.
Tesla discussed its Model S pricing for the Chinese market yesterday, doing so alongside the launch of its online design studio in the nation. For Chinese buyers, the Model S will come with a 734,000 CNY price tag, a figure the auto maker has described as both risky and fair in comparison to its competitors' prices.
Tesla has done very well for itself in the world of electric vehicles. The company has what many consider the best EV on the market in its Model S. The biggest issue with the Model S for many people is that the car is out of their reach price wise. The Model S starts at about $70,000 and fully equipped versions can go for much more than that.
Toyota has dismissed fuel-cell skepticism from rivals, with a senior exec calling out Tesla's Elon Musk and others by name and accusing them of myopia when it comes to eco-friendly car tech. "Personally, I don't care what Elon, Carlos, or Jonathan say about fuel cells" Toyota SVP Bob Carter said at the Automotive News World Congress this week, referring also to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and former VW America chief Jonathan Browning. "If they want to "plug in and tune out" other technologies, that's fine." Carter's outspoken comments come as Toyota announces another sales milestone for its hybrid fleet.
There appears to be some confusion over the word "recall" when it comes to the current Model S Tesla vehicles out there in the wild, while the actual situation, instead, deals with a distribution of new power adapters and a software update. With a number of possible factors in play with the standard NEMA 14-50 power adapter such as "corrosion, physical damage to receptacles or inappropriate wiring/installation of electrical outlets", according to Tesla, they've done two things, neither of which are a recall of the entire vehicle.
A spat of fires involving Tesla's Model S last year marred the company's otherwise many successes. Though the fires all resulted from incidents of some sort, calls for a safety inquiry were made, and a short while later another fire happened, this one to a garage containing one of the cars. On Friday, it was announced owners will be receiving new charger connectors to protect from overheating.
Tesla is arguably the tech world's favorite electric vehicle manufacturer. Its CEO Elon Musk founded Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal. Now an investment trader and analyst is predicting Big Three auto maker General Motors could very well purchase Tesla sometime in 2014. Can a person like Musk let Tesla go at such an early juncture, with so many plans for new Tesla models in the pipeline? We're skeptical.
Suggesting that despite the sizable presence of the Tesla Model S in the news as of late for auto accidents, the NHTSA has gone out of their way to reaffirm their “highest safety rating in America” for the vehicle. Letting it be known that the Tesla Model S still has a 5-start safety rating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration effectively told the world to cool their heels this holiday season. They say the Tesla S is just as safe as the first time they tested it.
Tesla's long run of good luck came to an end earlier this year when one of its Model S cars caught on fire near Seattle, something that was the result of hitting debris in the road. This incident was followed up with some other incidents, not the least of which was a garage in California that contained a Model S catching on fire last month. Tesla Motors says the fire wasn't a result of its vehicle, but a report by the fire authority acquired by Reuters indicates less certainty.