Meet Purewatercraft: This startup is building the ‘Tesla for boats’

Tesla has already changed the way we think about electric cars. Now one Seattle startup vet wants to do the same for motorboats. Andy Rebele, an entrepreneur-turned-investor, is the founder of Pure Watercraft. His three-year-old company is building high-performance all-electric recreational boats that Rebele says mimic the quality and engineering of Tesla’s vehicles. “This is like the… Read More


New Jersey to Tesla: No direct car sales for you!

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission approved a rule today that bars car manufacturers like Tesla from selling vehicles directly to the public. Instead, all car sales in the state must take place through franchises. That’s a big problem for the electric car maker, which currently only sells its vehicles through company-owned stores, rather than… Read More


GeekWire Radio: Tesla expansion, ride-sharing and the politics of technology

We’ve been covering a lot of stories lately at the intersection of technology and politics, including the recent legislation impacting Tesla’s expansion in Washington state, and the ongoing debate over the regulation of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other alternative transportation services in Seattle. And the state Legislature is in full swing in Olympia, with a… Read More


Tesla wins battle against auto dealers in Washington state, but future rivals are screwed

Electric car maker Tesla has secured a provision in the Washington state Legislature allowing the company to open as many additional stores as it wants in the state — a hard-fought victory against traditional auto dealers who attempted to block the company’s expansion. However, the way the legislation has been rewritten, the exception applies only… Read More


Tesla fans rally against proposed store ban; Records show auto dealers’ contributions to bill sponsors

Expect to see plenty of electric cars on the roads in Olympia, Wash., this morning. Tesla supporters are gathering at the state Capitol to rally against legislation that would prevent the electric-car manufacturer from opening additional stores or service centers in Washington state. The proposed restrictions, first reported by GeekWire last week, have been criticized… Read More


Stopped in its tracks? Tesla faces ban on new stores in Washington state

Legislation now under consideration in Washington state would effectively prevent Tesla Motors from opening new stores in the state beyond its existing locations in the Seattle region — the latest development in the electric car maker’s national struggle against the traditional auto dealership model. Tesla is vowing to fight the legislation, calling it an effort… Read More


Safe rides on I-5: Tesla expands supercharger stations to Oregon

Oregon is getting in on the Tesla fun. After opening two new “supercharger” stations last month in Centralia and Burlington, Wash., Tesla today opened up a place for drivers to recharge their battery-powered vehicles in Woodburn, Ore. Tesla dubs its stations the “fastest charging station on the planet,” allowing drivers to get a half charge in about 20… Read More


Free travel forever along I-5: Tesla expands supercharger stations

Tesla is promising “free travel forever” for Model S drivers along Interstate 5, opening two new “supercharger” stations Thursday in Centralia and Burlington, Washington. That means drivers of the Model S can now travel from Portland to Vancouver, B.C., recharging their battery-powered vehicles along the way. Tesla dubs its stations the “fastest charging station on… Read More


Tesla Motors to open new store at Bellevue Square mall

The high-end electric sports cars from Tesla Motors are a favorite among tech geeks. And given that love affair, what better spot to showcase the capabilities of the vehicles than Bellevue Square?  Tesla Motors plans to open a new store at the shopping center located just a few miles away from Microsoft’s headquarters. The store… Read More