Opinion: Tesla’s CEO needs help, but will he take it?

'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla RoadsterJust as Tesla is beginning to straighten out manufacturing problems with its Model 3, the executive suite seems in the midst of a nuclear meltdown. In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times on Thursday, CEO Elon Musk admitted to being spread thin, having the most difficult and painful year in his career, and to hastily dashing off a...

Tesla board reportedly seeking No. 2 executive to assist Elon Musk

Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 revealOn Thursday, The New York Times published an interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk that revealed that the company's board may looking for a new operational leader for the company. In the wide-ranging interview, Musk acknowledged that his tweet last week about having "funding secured" to take Tesla private was not cleared by anyone else, including...

Tesla faces more whistleblower allegations from a second former employee

Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada [CREDIT - YouTube user California Phantom]A second employee at Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada has filed for whistleblower protection, alleging that the company covered up an investigation into drug trafficking at the factory. The latest report was first carried by Jalopnik. The latest whistleblower, Karl Hansen, worked in the automaker's internal security department and alleges that the...

Swiss authorities halts some diesel Porsche, Mercedes-Benz over emissions

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 2012 New York Auto ShowAuthorities in Switzerland halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz and Porsche vehicles because their diesel engines skirted emissions regulations, Reuters reported Thursday. Registrations of the small Mercedes-Benz Vito vans equipped with 1.6-liter diesel engines, and Porsche Macan and Cayenne SUVs equipped with 3.0- and 4.2-liter diesel...

EPA staff disputed fuel-economy freeze would save lives

Gas pumpWhat's $132 billion between regulators? Such is the breadth of the discrepancy between the estimates of what the government's final proposal to roll back fuel-economy standards would save American drivers, and what EPA staffers said it would cost. A Reuters report on Tuesday revealed comments from EPA staffers disputing claims made in the Trump...

Tesla privatization bid, quality control face increasing scrutiny

Tesla factory, Fremont, CaliforniaTesla CEO Elon Musk is facing mounting pressure from regulators and critics since his tweet last week to take the company private and the fallout that has followed. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday (subscription required) that Tesla's board has received subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding Musk's Tweet about...

Best deals on hybrid, plug-in and electric cars for August 2018

2019 Chevrolet EquinoxThis month, green-car buyers can find some screaming deals. These aren't just local programs or restricted to California buyers, either. As always, our list of deals comes from our partners at CarsDirect. This month, they have focused on deals available nationwide and on cars that are more shoppers can find (unlike, for example, the VW e-Golf, of...