Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) News: Worrying Area, Revolutionary Superchargers & More

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Tesla 3 Series by 2016 (AutoExpress)
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is hoping to bring luxury electric cars to the masses with a smaller and cheaper BMW 3 Series rival by 2016, Auto Express has learned. It follows the success of the Model S, which outsold the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 in the US in first quarter of 2013. …While the Model X SUV and the Model S will share virtually identical platforms, the ‘Third Generation’ (the Tesla Roadster is the first generation) is so called because it will sit on an all-new aluminium platform. And with less weight to haul around the batteries can be smaller while achieving the same theoretical range as the Model S – 300 miles at 55mph.

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Tesla Model S Could Consume 100% Of World’s Laptop Batteries (CleanTechnica)
With production of the Tesla Model S set to exceed 20,000 units in its first year, analysts are now looking forward to the next fiscal year. Many are bullish that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) can meet its 40,000 unit production capacity with ease, which raises a worrying issue; a shortage of laptop battery cells. Unlike many other electric cars, the Tesla Model S uses around 7,000 18650 lithium-ion laptop battery cells from Panasonic.

Tesla Scrambling To Meet Supercharger Installation Deadline (GreenCarReports)
Last spring, a map on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s website promised that 18 new “Superchargers”–the ultra-fast charging stations for its Model S electric luxury car–would be activated around the U.S. during “Summer 2013.” Though summer’s not technically over until September 21, most of us have put away the sunscreen, sent the kids off to school, and transitioned to Fall mode. As the equinox looms, only nine of those 18 promised Superchargers have materialized. (Two additional stations have appeared that were not promised on the Summer 2013 map.)

How Green Is a Tesla, Really? (MotherJones)
The knock on electric cars has always been the same: They’re great for the environment, but they’re pokey and impractical, and nobody wants to buy one. The stunning success story of the Tesla Model S has, improbably, flipped that equation. It’s blazingly fast, surprisingly practical, and everyone wants to buy one. But now some critics are asking: How green is it, really? The quick answer: If current trends hold, it could be pretty darn green in the long run. But as of today, the calculation isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Depending on whom you ask, what assumptions you make, and how you quantify environmental impact, the answer could range from “greener than a Prius” to “as dirty as an SUV.” And where the Tesla falls on that spectrum depends to a surprising extent on where you live and how much you drive it.

Tesla Motors Announces Plans for European Network Expansion (Benzinga)
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) presents its award winning Model S and revolutionary Supercharger at this year’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. Having begun the first European deliveries of Model S this August in Norway, followed by Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, IAA is an important platform to showcase Model S to Europe…