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Tesla to unveil mainstream, cheaper model in 2015

CEO Elon Musk stands with Model S wheels at Tesla's plant in Fremont, Calif.

CEO Elon Musk stands with Model S wheels at Tesla’s plant in Fremont, Calif.

 by Sarah Drake

Electric car maker Tesla Motors will tap into the mainstream car market with a vehicle that could sell in the $40,000 range, and become crucial to its future growth.

The Palo Alto-based company run by Elon Musk could introduce the new model in 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, though it wouldn’t be up for sale until 2016 or 2017, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Aside from building a lower-priced model that could make Tesla a household brand, increasing vehicle production will be important for Tesla’s future success, according to the article.

Building a more affordable vehicle will require the company to find a way to combine battery size, capacity and cost with a 200-mile driving range.

Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S premium sedan starts at about $71,000, and it’s Model X sport-utility vehicle will debut in the same price range late next year.



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Facebook Opens Data Center Info to Public

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:03am PDT

Facebook Inc. on Thursday launched the Open Compute Project to share technology from its first dedicated data center in Prineville, Ore.

Palo Alto-based Facebook said the technology used there “delivered a 38 percent increase in energy efficiency at 24 percent lower cost for Facebook, and the specifications and best practices behind those gains will now be available to companies across the industry.”

Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations, said Facebook and its development partners “invested tens of millions of dollars over the past two years to build upon industry specifications to create the most efficient computing infrastructure possible. These advancements are good for Facebook, but we think they could benefit all companies.”

Facebook is publishing technical specifications and mechanical CAD files for the Prineville data center’s servers, power supplies, server racks, battery backup systems and building design.The company will release the designs as open hardware, aiming to encourage industry-wide collaboration around best practices for data center and server technology.

Sunnyvale-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Round Rock, Texas-based Dell, Palo Alto-based Hewlett-Packard Co. and Santa Clara-based Intel Corp. are among the companies that co-developed technology with Facebook.


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