Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk took to the company's blog today to respond to rumors being spread that its EV Roadster batteries can get "bricked" as in becoming completely inoperable if owners don't keep the cars plugged in. Musk calls this an "irrational fear" and that it stems from a complete misunderstanding of Tesla's battery system.
Touchscreen, gadget and multimedia rich dashboards like the vast touchscreen in Tesla's new Model X could end up largely non-functional on the move, if the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way. New guidelines around digital distractions have been proposed by the NHTSA this week, applicable to "communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation devices or functions that are not required to safely operate the vehicle", with future phases potentially encompassing smartphone and tablet use.
Following premium electric vehicle maker Tesla's financial reports yesterday, which included a hefty $81.5 million loss in Q4, the company continues to emphasize a turnaround this year with revenue almost triple that of last year. This boost relies on the upcoming Model S sedan that's expected to be a hit in the second half of 2012.
Tesla Motors released its financial results today for the quarter and the full year ending December 31, 2011. Revenues for the quarter were $39.38 million, up from the $36.29 million during the same period last year, while full year revenues reached $204.24 million, up from $116.74 million from the year before.
Tesla has already clocked up over $40m-worth in sales of its new Model X SUV, breaking a record for the company in only 24 hours and also seeing a significant uptick in reservations of its new electric-powered sedan. Announced on Thursday last week, the Model X - which features distinctive "falcon-wing" rear doors and an all-electric powerplant - went up for pre-order the following day, with paid reservations exceeding $40m the company has confirmed.
Relatively hot on the heels of the IPO of electric car making company Tesla and the reveal of their newest Model X, the head of the group Elon Musk is speaking of an IPO for SpaceX, also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation. Musk is a man who is set to be one of the few in the history of the world to head three separate companies opening three separate IPOs in the span of three years, and riding high on the wave of press he and Tesla are receiving today amid the reveal of the Model X, he's been vocal about his next big adventure. This man is so well known for his ability to conceive of and execute giant-style plans like this that he was given a cameo in the film Iron Man 2 pitching an electric jet to Tony Stark - how's that strike you?
Tesla's new Model X SUV is already dividing opinion over its external design, with some loving the "falcon-wing" rear doors and others arguing the crossover looks like a chubby, yawning hamster, but it's the interior tech that really has us drooling. Like the Model S before it, the Tesla Model X offers a huge 17-inch touchscreen as its center console, as Jalopnik's photos show, with a fully digital drivers binnacle.
On the eve of February 9th, 2012, it was in Hawthorne California that the public first saw the Tesla Motors Model X electric crossover vehicle. This lovely vehicle has the look of other premium crossovers such as the Acura ZDX or the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and is made to fit in with that niche on the outside whilst having massive amounts of space inside for a full family of riders. This vehicle is fully electric and therefor has a different set of needs as far as space for its motor components go - here showing clearly the benefits of not needing the much larger internal combustion engine.
Team members at the public relations group that represents Tesla have certainly got their ducks in a row - or perhaps its just Tesla CEO Elon Musk - as a leaked image showing up early today already has us giggling. This image shows the fabulous looking vehicle in just about as sparse a vision as possible with its falcon doors and smooth angles all around the only apparent features. But as the image is so dark, Tesla knew that we would be bumping up the whites in Photoshop - and what do you know, a lovely little super clever easter egg!
What did Tesla really expect when it lent the Brits over at Top Gear one of its Roadsters for a review a while back? These guys are well known to get some of the facts on a car wrong and they are well known for bashing most things American made. The show is also going to drive the crap out of the car on the track and around the roads it is used on. With an electric car with a range that is very dependent on the way the car is driven, things were stacked against Tesla from the start.