"Although there were many 'impressive' new models this year, the magazine said, 'none was able to eclipse the innovation of the Tesla.' The $89,650 Tesla that Consumer Report tested is 'a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package.'
"Tesla’s achievement is tempered by the fact that it sells only has one model, compared with the full vehicle lineups offered by other automakers, said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' director of automotive testing. But Fisher said he anticipated that the Model X sport-utility that Tesla plans to start selling later this year will also be good because it shares many of its components with the Model S."
"With a score of 93 overall, Tesla is ranked #1 in service in the latest Consumer Reports survey of owners. Tesla is the only automaker with the top rating in all four categories: quality, price of repair, timeliness and courtesy."
"We were overwhelmed by the high demand for P85D in general, and specifically for the next gen seats. As a result, we’ve had to ramp up our production capacity dramatically. Unfortunately, due to an ongoing labor conflict at the west coast ports, we have disruptions in getting inbound critical material to build the next gen seats. The lead times from many of our suppliers have doubled due to the port situation and that have prevented us from both giving you an accurate lead time to change, and allowing us to start building your new seat. We now have line of sight and we are planning to have built and replaced your seat by end of May at the latest (unless we have a complete shutdown of the ports which remains, unfortunately, a possibility)."
"A Tesla spokeswoman let InsideEVs in on the straight scoop on what was happening with the P85D power loss situation – specifically that Tesla is dealing with incidents on a case-by-case basis: 'A small number of dual motor vehicles have experienced reduced torque in a single motor. In each one of the very few cases, vehicle systems remained fully powered and the car continued to be drivable. Tesla is not advising customers to turn off range mode. We are assessing each case to determine the root cause and are working directly with affected customers while we diagnose their vehicle.'"
"A group of state lawmakers on Thursday filed legislation that would allow Tesla Motors to sell its luxury electric cars at as many as 12 stores in Texas, renewing the California-based company's challenge to a state law protecting auto dealers. New legislation — House Bill 1653 and its companion, Senate Bill 639 — would allow manufacturers that have never sold their cars through independent dealerships in Texas to operate the limited number of stores. It's modeled on deals Tesla has forged in other states, including New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania."