A 700-mile California road trip in the electric Tesla Model S
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- The car is fast and smooth: zero to 60 mph in four seconds with none of the rumble of internal combustion. It demands to be driven at high speed, on hilly, winding roads. We tried to oblige. This was a problem.
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The EV automaker boasts a team of bigtime backers but is losing money and is on its third CEO. Is there hope?
By Brian Dumaine, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Creating an electric-car company from scratch isn't easy, even if you happen to be a master of the universe.
That's what the star-studded backers of Coda Automotive learned, a roster that includes three former Goldman Sachs (GS) bankers, a founder of the software MORESep 12, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the weekend's most newsworthy bits below.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to sell some 75 million, or 12%, of his company shares "to gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning." (To date, Ballmer has sold 49 million shares, earning him MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 8, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Facebook is going full-throttle with mobile. The leading social network unveiled three new features yesterday: single sign-on for all FB-enabled apps, the ability for developers to use its location API, and a local deals platform with partners MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 4, 2010 8:29 AM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Cisco (CSCO) exec Tony Bates will be Skype's new CEO, replacing Joshua Silverman, who had filled the position since early 2008. (Reuters) Yahoo (YHOO) head of Audience David MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 5, 2010 6:30 AM ET
Early-stage green technology companies are taking a page from the biotech playbook: IPO with little or no revenues. So far, it's not working.
A number of tiny, ambitious companies in a promising industry with a very small market are lining up to tap the public markets. It may sound like the biotech IPO boom of the 1990s, but this time it's firms in the clean tech industry filing S-1s faster than MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Aug 17, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Venture capital firms are staking late stage electric car startups with huge cash to help them scale up and IPO
By Shelley DuBois, reporter
The age of the electric car is upon us, or so the numbers would suggest.
Companies in cleantech, especially those making cars, received over $400 million in funding in the second quarter of 2010, according to an Ernst & Young analysis based off of Dow Jones VentureSource data.
A company MOREAug 5, 2010 11:44 AM ET
Other than in the capital-raising department, Tesla has not succeeded yet.
I think it was the windmills that finally got to me.
I've been merely a passive observer of the Tesla (TSLA) phenomenon. I read Michael Copeland's outstanding cover story in Fortune two years ago. I saw my first Tesla, a fiery red Roadster, only a couple weeks ago. I've never met with the company or heard its pitch.
Then on Tuesday, MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jul 1, 2010 8:17 AM ET
In the latest Techmate, Michael Copeland ruminates on 6 things other than the iPhone 4G (AAPL) he wishes companies would leave in a bar for him to check out.
>Ben Baer, Senior Producer - Apr 28, 2010 10:49 AM ET
Government needs to support research for clean energy-powered cars. But auto makers need to make their own success.
By Steve Westly and Mindy Lubber
America's auto industry is at an unprecedented crossroads.
At the core of the debate is whether American car companies can adapt to a changing marketplace where the demand for greater fuel efficiency and cutting edge design supersedes brand loyalty and vehicle size.
The auto industry of tomorrow – which MOREDec 1, 2009 6:00 AM ET
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