Tesla Motors Acquires Tesla.com Domain Name

FEB 19 2016 BY JAY COLE 11

Tesla.com Gets A new Owner This Week - Tesla Motors

Tesla.com Gets A new Owner This Week – Tesla Motors

Now Tesla Can Just Pepper In That Little ".com" On The End Of Everything - Which Makes Sense If You Sell Your Cars On The Internet

Now Tesla Can Just Pepper In That Little “.com” On The End Of Everything – Which Makes Sense If You Sell Your Cars On The Internet

It has been a long time in the making, but if you head over to Tesla.com today, you will find that it is actually now owned by Tesla Motors…and (as it should) leads you directly to its teslamotors.com website to check out the latest in electric vehicles.

Despite Tesla having been around for 13 years, the name Tesla has been registered since 1992, and the website domain since at least 2002.

Even before Tesla was a “real thing”, the naming/rights had been successfully defended in court by a California resident against a different “Tesla-branded” business.

However, new records updated at whois show that Tesla (the company everyone knows) has been in charge of the domain since at least Monday.

Previously, Tesla.com had been parked by its owner Stu Grossman, a computer network engineer in California who had reportedly just been using the domain for personal emailing.  No details on the amount paid by Tesla Motors to Mr. Grossman have been released (or likely will be), but you can bet it was probably 7 figures.

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A T☰SLA, by any other name, would still be sweet.

Good one. Alas, poor GM, I knew them, they were a company of infinite jests.

“but you can bet it was probably 7 figures.”

Seems excessive.

Indeed. I hope Tesla didn’t really pay him so much for so little.

You should see what nissan.com says…

Maybe he got a new car for the domain.

Never even noticed. Just shows you, that domain is not important. For me, every visit to their website was via a google search.

Go check out nissan.com for an example of a similar situation that got ugly–and Nissan lost.

Stu Grossman just got PAID!

Like winning the lottery? What a lucky guy.

Right, but doubt they’ll get Tesla.co.uk!