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  • Oct. 10, 2014, 8:13 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) trades lower after introducing the new versions of the Model S last night.
    • The 60D and 85D version of the Model S feature all-wheel traction, while the EV automaker says the P85D is the fastest accelerating 4-door car ever.
    • Early reaction: Automobile analysts have had a largely favorable reaction to the unveiling so far. The new automated driving system features from Tesla impress, particularly the forward-looking radar which can see through snow and fog. Skeptics still wonder if the Model S enhancements will drive sales higher or push the company into the mass-market segment.
    • TSLA -6.0% premarket to $241.68.
  • Oct. 10, 2014, 4:26 AM
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk last night unveiled a dual-motor high-end Model S vehicle, which will be able to travel 275 miles on a single charge and accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds - the same as the McLaren F1.
    • Dubbed the P85D, the sedan will have "auto-pilot" software that includes self-parking.
    • Tesla plans to start shipping the car in December.
    • The launch presumably reveals what Musk meant when he cryptically tweeted about a "D" last week.
  • Oct. 9, 2014, 1:26 PM
    • Credit Suisse adds Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) to its Top Picks list.
    • Analysts Dan Galves thinks the EV automaker's competitive advantages are sustainable.
    • He forecasts near cost-parity for Tesla with IC-powered vehicles by 2017 at which point the company could see margins widen or lower prices on models to grab market share.
    • CS has a $325 price target on TSLA.
    • Previous: D-day arrives for Tesla Motors
  • Oct. 9, 2014, 7:44 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is due to make an announcement today at 10:00 p.m. EDT from the Hawthorne Airport in California.
    • Most analysts expect the EV automaker will announce details on a new all-wheel drive version of the Model S and unveil some self-driving capabilities.
    • Shares of Tesla are up 1.4% to $263.00 in premarket action.
  • Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 PM
  • Oct. 8, 2014, 8:31 AM
    • Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. aren't keeping pace with the broader market, according to data compiled by Cowen Research.
    • Sales of EVs rose 1% Q/Q in Q3.
    • On a market share basis, EVs account for 0.7% of sales this year while hybrids are at 2.9%.
    • Models with lithium batteries account for a higher percentage of EV sales than nickel-based batteries, notes Cowen.
  • Oct. 8, 2014, 7:50 AM
  • Oct. 7, 2014, 11:36 AM
    • Expect Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.6%) to debut an all-wheel drive version of the Model S on Thursday at a company event, says Re/code.
    • The technology developed for the dual-motor (the "D" from Musk's tweet) could also be utilized with the Model X SUV.
    • Self-driving capabilities for the Model S are still expected to be part of the announcement from Tesla tomorrow.
  • Oct. 7, 2014, 2:38 AM
    • Panasonic's (OTCPK:PCRFY) initial investment in Tesla Motors' battery factory will amount to "tens of billions" of yen, says Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga.
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) founder Elon Musk said in July that he expected Panasonic to contribute 30%-40% of the battery factory’s total cost, which is likely to reach $5B. Tesla will cover about half the amount.
    • Tsuga also announced that his company would find it desirable for rates to remain stable, and that the dollar rising as high as ¥120 would be "excessive."
  • Oct. 6, 2014, 12:21 PM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA +2.8%) will announce a series of automated driving upgrades to the Model S at an event scheduled for Thursday, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.
    • Tesla is expected to have its own self-driving car model within five to six years.
    • Last week, there was quite a buzz over a tweet from Elon Musk that alluded to a 'D" announcement.
    • There's still the issue of the "something else" Musk hinted about. Automotive News thinks a certified pre-owned sales service could be in the works.
    • Previous: Let's talk about the D.
  • Oct. 3, 2014, 8:06 AM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) says it has set up a company in the U.S. to handle its lithium-ion battery production
    • It's not a surprise that the startup will be located in Sparks, Nevada where Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is setting up its gigafactory.
    • The Japanese electronics giant will fund Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America with $5M in capital.
    • Details on the total investment Panasonic plans to make in the gigafactory haven't been released.
    • PR from Panasonic (.pdf)
  • Oct. 2, 2014, 8:02 AM
    • Shares of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) move higher in early trading after CEO Elon Musk teases on an October 9 announcement from the company involving a D.
    • There's plenty of guesswork focused on if the D is a new model class or an update.
    • Speculation on the D: 1) An entirely new model. 2) An all-wheel drive Model S. 3) A Model S with some self-driving capabilities. 4) A Chinese version of the Model S with a long wheelbase.
    • TSLA +2.8% premarket to $246.89.
  • Oct. 2, 2014, 2:10 AM
    • "About time to unveil the D and something else," tweets Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Elon Musk with an accompanying photo displaying an Oct. 9 date.
    • Just what either of those entail is still unknown, although Musk has previously suggested that the third generation of Teslas would involve both the long-awaited "budget" sedan and an SUV smaller than the Model X.
    • TSLA +0.4% premarket
  • Oct. 1, 2014, 3:14 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) unit sales estimated to be 2,500.
    • The mark would set a monthly sales record for the Model S.
    • Guidance from the company is for Q3 global deliveries of 7.8K and 9K vehicles produced.
  • Sep. 29, 2014, 6:48 PM
    • Global Equities reports some 85 kWh Tesla Model S (TSLA -0.5%) units sporting the car's Tech Package now support driver assistance (inc. lane departure) and speed assist features, as well as parking sensors. The firm speculates Mobileye (MBLY +7.1%) is providing the driver-assistance tech.
    • Tesla's site doesn't yet mention the features under its listing for the Tech Package. However, a manual for the latest update to the Model S' software (Version 6.0) does mention lane departure and speed assist systems, and notes each relies on a windshield-mounted camera. Moreover, Tesla has said "some Model S [units] being delivered in North America" now come equipped with the features.
    • Mobileye rallied three weeks ago after Elon Musk stated Tesla will offer a car with elements of a self-driving system in 3 years, and will "use sensors and sub-components from many companies." Musk added a fully self-driving car could arrive in 5-6 years.
  • Sep. 26, 2014, 10:26 AM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.2%) says it opened its 200th Supercharger station in Oxnard, California.
    • The EV automaker now has 114 stations in the U.S. in addition to the 66 operating in Europe and 20 in Asia.
    • The Supercharger network is expected to be a major selling point for Tesla next year with 98% of the U.S. population slated to be in a coverage area.
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Tesla Motors Inc designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components.