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Tesla Q2 2013: 5,150 Model S sold, income up 70% and expansion ahead

Tesla Q2 2013: 5,150 Model S sold, income up 70% and expansion ahead

Tesla sold 5,150 Model S cars in Q2 2013, pushing net income up 70-percent versus the previous quarter as production rates rose and, this week, European sales begin. The disruptive electric car company - which had warned investors of a potential shortfall in profit for Q2, after a strong opening quarter - has seen production climb by 25-percent to nearly 500 vehicles leaving the line a week, while margins have also extended.

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Tesla Model S options shake-up leaves some angry at costlier cars

Tesla Model S options shake-up leaves some angry at costlier cars

Tesla has revamped its Model S electric car line-up, dropping the price of of the Performance model but frustrating would-be owners by considerably increasing some option pricing. The changes, previewed by Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk at the Teslive event last month, could leave some buyers still finalizing their cars paying 8- to 9-percent more, angry forum posts suggest; features that were previously free of charge to select have in some cases become paid-options, while the XM Radio system, before a $950 option, can now only be had as part of a $2,500 system upgrade.

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Tesla targets 5-minute Supercharger recharges for Model S

Tesla targets 5-minute Supercharger recharges for Model S

Electric vehicles are pretty great since you don't need to hit the gas station and drop $50-$60 on a tank of gas every week (depending on how much you drive, of course), but charging times for electric vehicles are the trade-off to not paying for gas. For some EVs, it take all night to completely charge a dead car battery, but Tesla is aiming for much faster times than that.

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Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla White House petition to allow direct sales passes signature threshold

Tesla Motors has been in a constant battle with state governments over whether or not the car company can sell its vehicles directly to customers rather than going through a middle man (a.k.a. car dealerships). However, a White House petition recently surpassed the required 100,000 signatures, and it asks the US government to allow Tesla direct sales in all 50 US states.

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GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

An unofficial Tesla Google Glass mashup brings remote control of the coveted electric car to Google's wearable computer, with GlassTesla bringing unlocking, location, and auto-climate control to the head-mounted display. The app, handiwork of Sahas Katta, can show current charge status of the Model S as well as offer control over starting and stopping recharging, and it's even possible to pop the charging port itself from the headset.

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Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

Tesla White House petition rises above 75k: aims for free trade in USA

There's a petition out there in Washington summond by the public on behalf of Tesla Motors, and as of the first of July, it's reached 75,000 of the 100k it needs to be seen. While the end result of the petition gaining its full set of signatures isn't entirely clear*, the sheet's aim is this: allow Tesla - and all other vehicle manufacturers - to sell their vehicles direct to consumers. At the moment, if you did not know, 48 states in the USA restrict or prohibit direct sales between automobile manufacturers and consumers.

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Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota fuel-cell car in 2014 with 300 mile range and Tesla-competitive price

Toyota's upcoming fuel-cell powered car will be priced roughly in line with the Tesla Model S, and deliver around 300 miles on a full tank of hydrogen, the company has revealed, ahead of the FCV-R-based vehicle's debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. The new car, which may be launched under Toyota's own brand or as a Lexus, will cost in the neighborhood of $50,000 "depending on how big your neighborhood is" US advanced product development VP Chris Hostetter said, Bloomberg reports, with Toyota targeting something "price competitive" with Tesla's sedan.

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