Tesla has opened its 100th Supercharger, adding to its network of free recharging points for the Model S, with the end goal of creating a huge infrastructure for electric cars to roam without range-anxiety. The latest milestone means Tesla now has 86 Superchargers spread across North America, along with 17 in Europe, and two in China.
How many electric cars can we pack onto the road? Among other factors, it depends on how fast we can scale production. Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla, is now calling for “gigafactories” to build batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Tesla's Elon Musk has pledged his further support to the Tesla Museum Project, telling The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman "I would be happy to help" when the cartoonist ended his illustrated review of the Model S with a cheeky request for $8m. Inman, who owns a Model S and describes it as his "magical space car", declared the EV to be the future of transportation, but also took the opportunity to namecheck his pet project to build a museum dedicated to the works of Nikola Tesla, after whom Musk's car company was named.
A troubling occurrence in Missouri for Tesla fans, as the car maker has unveiled what they consider a subversive plot to stop them from selling direct to customers in that state. According to Tesla, an “extraordinary final-hour maneuver amounts to a sneak attack to thwart due process and hurt consumer freedom in Missouri.” After hours, and off the books, lawmakers may have acted against Tesla and in the interest of tradition.
Tesla delivered 6,457 Model S EVs in its first 2014 quarter, and produced 7,535, as the company ramps up to deliver right-hand drive cars from June and continues working on the delayed Model X SUV. Elon Musk's car firm saw a non-GAAP income of $17m (GAAP loss of $50m) and expects to deliver more than 35,000 vehicles in 2014.
A company called Recargo has been aiming at setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest vehicle journey ever taken using electricity alone. The company went after the record behind the wheel of a stock Tesla Model S electric vehicle. Recargo drove the Tesla vehicle across a 27 state route that spanned the four corners of the lower 48 states including Washington, Maine, Florida, and California.
Tesla started making a roadster called the Tesla Roadster. It was more of a targa top sports car than a full convertible. A company called Newport Convertible Engineering has announced that it has received 100 orders to build Tesla Model S convertibles from an investor in China. Production of the Model S convertible will begin in July 2014 in three of Newport's facilities around the world.
Tesla is aiming to push the Model S into businesses, announcing lease plans for companies wanting an EV in their parking lot, though as with the car firm's previous financing deals there's some juggling to be done with the numbers. The headline figure Tesla has gone with is $408 a month, however that takes into account not only business tax benefits, but an estimated fuel saving, without which the recurring fee would be much higher.
Once upon a time it was a rite of passage for car lovers to get under the hood and tinker with the mechanics; in the modern world of EVs, that's been upgraded to hacking access to the computer systems, as one Tesla Model S owner discovered. Some investigation of a mysterious port turned out to be a hidden ethernet link into the Model S' internal communications system, as well as a shortcut to getting an irate call from Tesla itself warning owners not to fiddle lest they be accused of "industrial espionage".