Charging Ahead - The Tesla Electric Car Story

Why Dot-com billionaire Elon Musk is banking on American-made electric cars

If there’s a gene for entrepreneurship, Elon Musk has it. From his first project at age 12 creating and selling a video game called Blaster for $500, to his $1-billion-plus sale of PayPal to eBay in 2002, the 37-year-old South African is every bit the born mogul. These days he’s chairman of Solar City, the largest residential solar-power provider in California. He’s also the founder and CEO of Space X, a space-exploration company that made headlines last September when it launched the first privately developed rocket into orbit.

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More Speed, Less Guilt

Even supercars are going green. Can you burn rubber without torching your conscience?

Corn-Fed: The 200mph Raptor runs on ethanol.  Saleen
It’s hard to think about the planet when you’re hurtling across it at 150 mph. Yet recent auto shows from Geneva to New York have unveiled concept sports cars that pursue power in hybrid, hydrogen, ethanol or diesel form.

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Green Supercar Smackdown: Tesla Suing Fisker, Claiming Sabotage

Tesla says the founder of rival Fisker Coachbuild stole confidential information in order to build a competing vehicle.

High drama in the electric car world: According to the New York Times, electric sports-car manufacturer Tesla is suing Henrik Fisker and Bernhard Koehler of Fisker Coachbuild, charging that Fisker fraudulently signed on to design Teslas White Star sedan, sabotaged the sedan project by doing substandard work, then stole confidential information and went on to build a competing car—the Fisker Karma.

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Tesla Roadster Electric Supercar Begins Production

But no word on when they might go on sale

Today the Tesla Motor Company announced that they had begun regular production of the Roadster, the all-electric supercar that does zero-to-60 in less than four seconds.

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