Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Updates: Elon Musk’s Proud Creation, Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Marketing Mastermind & More

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Elon Musk Talks Leaf, Volt; Unimpressed With Either (GreenCarReports)
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has every right to be proud of his creation, the Tesla Model S. It’s snatched so many awards he probably needs a second office to keep them all in, and it’s just been rated as the safest car the NHTSA has ever tested. When it comes to whatever the rest of the industry is doing though, he’s rather less impressed. And in a new interview with Bloomberg, he’s given both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf–the two most prolific plug-ins on America’s roads–a big, solid “meh”.

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Why Tesla is focused on oil-rich Norway as it expands beyond the US (QZ)
Just off the European E18 highway some 210km south of Oslo lies an industrial park called Brokelandsheia. It is an unassuming cluster of a few hundred workers, a small collection of warehouses, a Statoil gas station and a 24-hour cafe and hotel called Cinderella. Next week, the Cinderella cafe is going to see a surge in business: It is the location of one of six supercharger stations Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has built in Norway. They will all be operational by this weekend. Tesla’s plan is to cover Europe with superchargers—fast, free charging stations for Tesla’s electric vehicles (EVs)—roughly 200 km apart, and Norway is the first country outside the US to get them.

Steve Jobs and Elon Musk: Innovators of Our Time (Kioskea)
While no one would argue that Steve Jobs was one of the most successful technological innovators of our time, many are starting to suggest that Elon Musk may soon be the next household name. Some are going so far as to suggest that Elon Musk is better than the marketing mastermind who brought us Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Musk is not afraid of a challenge nor does he seem to fear failure. Despite the fact that his name may not be circulating through every household around the globe like Jobs, most of us know his products already. Musk co-founded PayPal in 1999 and forever changed the world of online transactions. He is also the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), an electric car company.

Tesla Supercharger opening in Woodburn (StatesmanJournal)
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) opens its first Oregon Supercharger in Woodburn today, allowing owners of its Model S electric sedan to travel for free between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene. The Woodburn Supercharger marks the 19th in North America, but the California-based automaker has an ambitious expansion schedule. The point, Tesla communications manager Patrick Jones said, is to address “range anxiety” — prospective purchasers’ fear that electric cars aren’t capable of long trips.

Electric car battery shortage? (CNBC)