"Tesla Motors Inc. won another battle to bypass auto dealers as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill allowing the electric-car maker to sell directly to consumers. The new law permits manufacturers and distributors with 'only electric or nonfossil-fuel-burning vehicles' to be authorized as auto dealers, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Known as the Tesla bill, it takes effect Oct. 1, allowing approved manufacturers to operate as many as four locations."
"A fundamental principle of competition is that consumers – not regulation – should determine what they buy and how they buy it. Consumers may benefit from the ability to buy cars directly from manufacturers – whether they are shopping for luxury cars or economy vehicles. The same competition principles should apply in either case... Our point: States should allow consumers to choose not only the cars they buy, but also how they buy them."
"The Palo Alto, Calif., electric-car maker soon will begin activating semiautonomous features, including the capability to pass other cars without driver intervention, in its Model S sedans. A driver can trigger the passing function by hitting the turn signal, according to people familiar with the technology. That action not only tells the car it can pass, but also means the driver has given thought to whether the maneuver is safe. While it might seem a minor detail, having drivers activate the turn signal could help auto makers like Tesla avoid a regulatory pile up."
"Brain-rewiringly quick. Even that bruising - and entirely believable - 0-60mph stat doesn't capture the manner in which the P85D picks up off the line. There's no wheel-spin, no traction control stutter, no driveline shunt. With its full 686lb ft of torque available from standstill, the instant you mash the throttle, the Tesla simply hooks itself into the tarmac and Millennium-Falcons off down the road. Top Gear, as you'll know, is not one to blithely embrace the latest, shiniest fad, particularly when it comes to alternative fuels. But the P85D truly feels like a paradigm shift in motoring, the point at which the electric car moves from interesting theory into petrol-pummeling reality."
"The recent expansion of the lineup to provide four distinct Model S, er, models warrants an award grander than the 10Best Cars recognition we bestowed upon the S earlier this year: our nomination for 'Car of the 21st Century' honors. Combining the aforementioned virtues with significant new features and a modest increase in price makes the Tesla Model S 70D reviewed here the new ultimate in four-door sedan engineering and technology."
"Norway's government said on Tuesday it would review high taxes on cars but reaffirmed some of the world's most generous subsidies for electric vehicles, which mean one in five cars sold in the Nordic nation so far in 2015 is battery-powered."