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The Revolutionary Tesla Roadster

December 26th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The five co-founders of Tesla — Marc Tarpenning, Martin Eberhard, Elon Musk, JB Straubel, and Ian Wright — were certainly greenies, and the environmental value of EVs was one of their prime motivators. However, they were also rocket scientists and sports car connoisseurs, and they were well aware of another exciting advantage of electric powertrains


An Automaker Is Born — The Early Days Of Tesla (New Book Excerpt)

December 25th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

It sometimes happens that a symbolic event marking the end of one era neatly coincides with an event that ushers in the next, although no one notices the concurrence at the time. In late 2003, a brief renaissance of electric vehicles came to an ignominious end, as GM rounded up and smashed its EV1 electric cars. Just a few weeks later, three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs sat down for a fateful lunch


Tesla’s Wild Ride — Birth to 2020

November 6th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

The past 12 years of Tesla's growth and development has been a sight to see, and it's been a terrific story to cover closely since 2012. This past week was the 10 year anniversary of Tesla buying its Fremont factory from Toyota and GM. Tesla cofounder and CEO Elon Musk recently reflected on the company's growth since then and memories of that period, which feels like a lifetime ago


Failing Fast — One Of Elon Musk’s Superpowers

September 1st, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Failure is good. Or rather, it can be good if you react to it the right way, using the knowledge you gain to make your next attempt at the goal more effective. As Thomas Edison put it, “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found ten thousand ways that don’t work.”


History Of Electric Cars Using Skateboard Platforms

June 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

It’s hard to think of a vehicle that’s simpler in its design than a skateboard. However, this very simplicity may be the reason that this humble conveyance is providing the inspiration for the most technologically advanced vehicles ever devised


We Should Thank The GM EV1 (And Its Death) For Tesla

February 10th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Considering how much major automakers are struggling to develop their own commercially viable EVs and catch up with Tesla, it’s ironic that several of these brands did produce EVs back in the 1990s, but cancelled those models, leaving the field wide open for the California upstart


100% Renewable Energy, Tesla in the Early Days — #CleantechTalk with Mark Z. Jacobson

August 4th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and co-founder of The Solutions Project, to discuss Mark’s work to bring together important players from science, business, culture, and community behind his vision of 100% renewable energy for 100% of people. They also talk about the early days of Tesla and some of Mark's special history and connections


7 Top Takeaways From Tesla’s Q2 Conference Call

July 25th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman

To recap the second quarter, Tesla issued its shareholder letter and held its quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts. The news, as always, is a mixed bag. While improving over its $702M loss in Q1, Tesla still missed Wall Street's expectations, posting a Q2 loss of $408M. Traders can expect a bumpy ride in the short term. That said, there were some highlights worth considering for those long-term TSLA investors


Tesla To Make Its Own Battery Cells? HyperChange CEO Advances Bold Theory

June 14th, 2019 | by Paul Fosse

As reported here and here, there was a lot of information presented at the 2019 Tesla annual shareholder meeting. And although there were a lot of small details covered and hints given about the future, there wasn't any earth-shattering news. In my summary, I noted they didn't "let the cat out of the bag." But I didn't really know what the cat was, so I didn't comment


Tesla Solar Will Be “Aggressively Ramping” — Stay Tuned

July 28th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

With so much emphasis on the Model 3, the question on many people's mind is, "Will Tesla's solar efforts finally begin to gain traction?" According to USA Today, "The company is going to double down on selling solar through its 110 U.S. Tesla stores, which it has reconfigured in past months to ensure that Powerwall is on prominent display and in-house solar experts, some of whom worked Home Depot aisles for Tesla, are at the ready."



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