Electric Vehicles

Tesla faces lobbying battle with dealers in several states


Franchised vehicle dealers have spent millions in campaign efforts to block online sales of vehicles in several states, pushing Tesla Motors Inc. to turn to lobbying methods that include vehicle test drives for lawmakers, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla CEO expects feds to clear Model S in fires

DETROIT (AP) — The leader of upstart automaker Tesla Motors is confident that its Model S car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires.

Energy loses $139M on loan to electric car maker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy.

MIT study questions Tesla vehicle safety claims


A Massachusetts Institute of Technology report said Tesla Motors Model S sedan has a significantly higher chance of catching fire in a collision than gas-powered vehicles, undercutting CEO Elon Musk's assertions that the vehicles are less likely to catch fire, Bloomberg reports.

Israeli startup buys up bankrupt electric car firm

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli energy startup has taken over the remains of Israel's trailblazing — and now bankrupt — electric car venture, the new owner said Thursday.

Honda's Accord line wins 'green car' of year award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Honda's line of Accords has won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine.

Tesla scores top owner-satisfaction rating for Model S


Consumer Reports said Tesla Motors Inc.'s electric Model S won its highest owner satisfaction ratings in seven years, though the survey was taken before three battery fires prompted a federal safety investigation, Bloomberg reports.

NHTSA chief Strickland discusses Tesla probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the government's auto safety watchdog, announced this week that it would investigate the Tesla Model S electric car after two of the vehicles struck road debris and caught fire. Tesla is cooperating with the investigation, which may or may not lead to a recall if NHTSA finds a safety defect.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, NHTSA chief David Strickland answered questions about the investigation.

Just 10 percent of Calif. car chargers delivered

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year.

Tesla makes software update to Model S amid safety issues


Tesla Motors has updated the software for its electric Model S sedan, in a move intended to help prevent future battery fires as the company deals with a federal safety probe, Bloomberg reports.


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