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  • Tue, Sep. 29, 6:57 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is still hours away from its Model X event, but the EPA already some of the numbers that be of interest to the EV industry.
    • The Model X AWD 90D has a combined city/highway rating of 92 and the Model X AWD P90D comes in at 89 combined mpg.
    • The driving range of the first model is 257 miles and the second choice has a range of 250 miles.
    • EPA Model X information
    • Previously: Tesla Motors to launch Model X tonight (Sept. 29)
    | Tue, Sep. 29, 6:57 PM | 178 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 29, 7:42 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) will unveil the Model X tonight at an event at its factory in Fremont, California. The EV automaker will also make its first delivery of the SUV.
    • The automaker is expected to disclose pricing on all styles of the Model X and questions on specific features will finally be answered.
    • Tesla has taken over 31K reservations, according to an unofficial tally on the Tesla Motors Club blog.
    • The Model X reveal is scheduled for 7:00 Pacific time.
    | Tue, Sep. 29, 7:42 AM | 102 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 24, 9:26 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has avoided the painful losses seen by European automakers and the Detroit Three since the Volkswagen crisis unfolded last Friday. Shares are roughly flat since the Volkswagen reveal.
    • The EV automaker is seen as having less regulatory risk as its peers. Optimists think Tesla could even benefit from the increased focus on CO2 emissions from regulators, as well as statements this week from Pope Francis on climate control.
    • The debate on Tesla this week has focused more on grand themes than number-crunching on deliveries. The potential of Apple building or partnering on its own electric vehicle and the impact of crude oil prices staying below $50/bbl top that list.
    • Previously: Tesla Motors lower after WSJ report on Apple EV (Sep. 21 2015)
    • Previously: WSJ: Apple steps up electric car efforts, aims for 2019 shipping date (Sep. 21 2015)
    | Thu, Sep. 24, 9:26 AM | 83 Comments
  • Mon, Sep. 21, 1:50 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) spikes lower after a Wall Street Journal report indicates Apple has accelerated its electric car plans and "sees 2019 shipments."
    • Sources indicate the project isn't aimed at developing a self-driving car with its first EV.
    • TSLA +0.5% after being up close to 4% earlier.
    | Mon, Sep. 21, 1:50 PM | 171 Comments
  • Mon, Sep. 21, 10:53 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has sent out invites to its Model X launch event.
    • The automaker will hold the reveal in Fremont, California on September 29 at 7:00 PM Pacific time.
    • Shares of Tesla are up 3.81% today to $270.55 to reach a two-month high.
    | Mon, Sep. 21, 10:53 AM | 111 Comments
  • Mon, Sep. 21, 9:03 AM
    • The cost of batteries for electric vehicles and hybrids is a major topic at the Frankfurt Motor Show where execs stressed the continued double-digit annual decline in cost per kilowatt.
    • Battery prices are down to a $300/kWh-$400/kWh range and are forecast to drop below $200/kWh by the end of the decade.
    • Analysts think a drop in battery prices to $100 kWh is necessary to help the EV industry compete at a comparable scale to gas-powered models.
    • Talk will fade into hard numbers as Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), and General Motors (NYSE:GM) produce their new electric vehicles in larger numbers.
    | Mon, Sep. 21, 9:03 AM | 96 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 18, 3:07 PM
    • "Women dominate the crossover SUV segment," notes's Jessica Caldwell. It's an assertion not being ignored in the electric SUV category.
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.8%) expects to see strong demand for the Model X from women after Model S buyers skewed heavily to the male side.
    • A statistic not lost on Tesla designers is that women purchase 53% of all the small SUVs in the country. Tesla appears to be in-line with that ratio. Earlier this year, Elon Musk tipped that over half of the company's Model X orders are from women buyers.
    • The first Model X deliveries are scheduled to go out on September 29.
    • Audi (OTCQX:VLKAY) is also aiming for more women buyers with the design of its all-electric e-tron quattro. The concept version of the +300-mile range model was unveiled this week with deliveries slated for 2017.
    | Fri, Sep. 18, 3:07 PM | 108 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 18, 12:26 PM
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  • Fri, Sep. 18, 10:50 AM
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  • Thu, Sep. 17, 8:39 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is slightly higher in early trading after Jefferies does a deep dive into the automaker's battery plans.
    • The investment firm thinks the enormous scale of Gigafactory production and Tesla's significant battery cell chemistry advantages could reduce costs by 50% per unit to help make a $35K Model 3 a reality.
    • Jefferies reckons a gross margin rate benefit of as much as 1,000 basis points due to the lowered battery spend. That's enough to take the Jefferies PT on Tesla up to $365.
    • TSLA +0.33% to $263.05.
    | Thu, Sep. 17, 8:39 AM | 68 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 15, 6:35 PM
    • Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are planning electric cars to take on Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), as luxury brands begin to see TSLA as serious competition.
    • Volkswagen's (OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:VLKAF) Porsche division has unveiled a prototype four-seat sedan sports car, powered by electric batteries similar to those used by TSLA, that not only charges in 15 minutes but also accelerates faster than the 911.
    • Porsche’s electric car, which is due to reach the market within five years, will be "better than a Tesla," Matthias Mueller, head of the Volkswagen unit, tells Bloomberg.
    • Also, Daimler's (OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:DDAIY) Mercedes division is ready to release an electric car within the next few years, according to a report from Auto News, which cites a Daimler board member in charge of Mercedes’ car development; the car reportedly would go 250-310 miles between charges.
    | Tue, Sep. 15, 6:35 PM | 259 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 11, 3:55 PM
    • Ten automakers accounting for more than half of U.S. auto sales have committed to make automatic emergency braking standard on new U.S. vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation announces.
    • The automakers are Audi (OTCPK:AUDVF), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Ford (NYSE:F), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), Mercedes Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Toyota (NYSE:TM), Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) and Volvo (OTCPK:VOLVY).
    • The systems could prevent or mitigate 80% of the ~1.7M rear-end collisions that cause ~1,700 deaths and 500K injuries annually in the U.S., according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
    • The announcement does not specify a timetable for implementing the change.
    | Fri, Sep. 11, 3:55 PM | 141 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 10, 8:28 AM
    • Automobile sales in China fell 3% to 1.7M in August, according to an official tally from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Tighter restrictions on pollution and the impact of a cooler China economy remain significant factors.
    • The decline is an improvement over the 7.1% slide in July, but puts YTD sales growth flat compared to last year. A top official with CAAM warns negative sales growth for the full year is possible.
    • Strong sales of SUVs in the nation couldn't offset weak demand for sedans during the month.
    • Domestic brands took sales from global sellers in August, improving their market share by 50 bps to 39.4%. Japanese automakers have also gained ground over the last several months. The development hits German automakers and the Detroit Three particularly hard due to their investments in China.
    • Some analysts think sales could be tepid until the Chinese New Year next February when demand is traditionally stoked.
    | Thu, Sep. 10, 8:28 AM | 32 Comments
  • Sat, Sep. 5, 12:02 PM
    • News in the automobile industry this week continues to indicate seismic changes are coming.
    • The Silicon Valley factor: A deeper commitment by Apple and Google in the automobile sector is widely anticipated, although an all-in bet on the manufacturing side is still considered a reach. Key acquisitions, partnerships, or joint ventures in software, self-driving technology, and infotainment systems could sort out the winners from the losers. German players BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) and Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) could be in the mix.
    • The Sergio factor: Though the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO continues to make some bold projections on the powerful merger synergies a tie-up with General Motors (NYSE:GM) would create, his math works for other combinations within the industry as well. Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), and Volvo (OTCPK:GELYF) are each struggling in various markets.
    • The Tesla factor: Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has engaged in a war of words with Toyota (NYSE:TM) in the electric vs. hydrogen debate. The EV automaker is also in a race with General Motors and Nissan over developing a mass-market EV with the driving range and sticker price to sell at scale. There's also been a tug-of-war over employees with Silicon Valley counterpart Apple. With so many enemies, some analysts think Tesla needs more friends in the space. Who has the ~$40B-$50B to buy out Elon or the moxie to strike a strategic partnership?
    • Looking for a wildcard? Sony (NYSE:SNE) CEO Kazuo Hirai told the Financial Times this week that his company would absolutely partner with an automobile company if a deal makes sense.
    | Sat, Sep. 5, 12:02 PM | 97 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 3, 9:38 AM
    • The timetable by Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) to introduce its mass-market Model 3 in two years appears to give the Chevrolet Bolt EV a head start with EV buyers in the $30K-$35K range.
    • Though development on the Bolt has been quieter than the news coming out of Fremont, Reno, and Elon Musk's twitter account - GM is reported to have hand-built protypes up and running and sales to consumers planned for 2017. Early review for the Bolt could be important with Tesla having a solid track record of dazzling reviewers with performance on the EV high-end.
    • Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) is also player in the mass-market EV market with a new long-range Leaf in the works.
    • Ford (NYSE:F) has denied reports it's working on a long-range EV. If the Los Angeles Auto Show comes and goes in late November with no official announcement from Ford, then it may indicate the Detroit automaker will sit out the initial battle.
    • Toyota (NYSE:TM) isn't a pure EV player, but is busy with its hydrogen-powered Mirai introduction and has the well-established Prius program cycling along.
    • EV sales watch: 2015 sales scorecard
    | Thu, Sep. 3, 9:38 AM | 240 Comments
  • Wed, Sep. 2, 4:41 PM
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) will begin taking preorders for its smaller and lower cost Model 3 in March, tweets Elon Musk, with the price being $35K. Production will start in about two years, he adds, and a fully operational Gigafactory will be needed.
    • Shares +1.1% after hours.
    | Wed, Sep. 2, 4:41 PM | 449 Comments
Company Description
Tesla Motors Inc designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components.