Jerry Hirsch

Writer

A third-generation Angeleno, Jerry Hirsch covered the automotive industry for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote frequently about consumer and safety issues in the car business and the relationship between the auto industry and the state and national economies. He has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Tesla CEO Musk: Some Model S owners to get hands-free steering

    Tesla CEO Musk: Some Model S owners to get hands-free steering

    A small number of Tesla Model S owners will have their cars updated for a test of hands-free driving by the end of the month, Elon Musk, chief executive of the electric car company, said at Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting Tuesday. Speaking at a standing-room-only meeting at the Computer History...

  • Tesla in line for $15 million in California job creation tax credits

    Tesla in line for $15 million in California job creation tax credits

    Tesla Motors is positioned to get the largest tax credit grant of dozens of companies from a special California economic development program. California officials are recommending that the Palo Alto electric car manufacturer receive $15 million of the $49.5 million in tax credits planned in the...

  • 5 questions for Tesla ahead of meeting: Date for affordable car? Model X timing?

    5 questions for Tesla ahead of meeting: Date for affordable car? Model X timing?

    Tesla Motors will probably face crucial questions about its future -- both products and profits -- when it addresses shareholders today at a standing-room-only meeting in Mountain View, Calif. The annual meeting starts at 2 p.m. PDT at the Computer History Museum and will be shown via webcast....

  • Auto retailing ripe for disruption, industry executives say

    Auto retailing ripe for disruption, industry executives say

    Auto dealers must become digitally savvy and move to a model where consumers can purchase cars online. That was the upshot of a conversation between Mike Jackson, chief executive of AutoNation, America’s largest dealer group, and Bob Carter, who heads Toyota’s sales in the U.S. They sat down with...

  • Elon Musk: 'If I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry'

    Elon Musk: 'If I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry'

    Elon Musk says his companies don't need the estimated $4.9 billion they enjoy in government support, but the money will help them move faster to transform the dirty business of energy. "If I cared about subsidies, I would have entered the oil and gas industry," said Musk, the chief executive of...

  • Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government money for his companies

    Elon Musk defends $4.9 billion in government money for his companies

    Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk defended his business strategies in an interview with CNBC, noting that none of the government subsidies are necessary, but "they are helpful." Musk's comments came in response to a Los Angeles Times story that said his companies -- Tesla Motors, SolarCity and...

  • Readers react to Elon Musk's $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    Readers react to Elon Musk's $4.9 billion in government subsidies

    Readers reacted strongly to a Times story this weekend reporting that Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk's companies -- Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX -- have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure comprises a variety of government incentives, including grants,...

  • Three companies, $4.9 billion in government support

    Three companies, $4.9 billion in government support

    Elon Musk's California companies — Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX — have enjoyed at least $4.9 billion in government support. Here's how the subsidies add up: TESLA MOTORS: $2.391 billion total $1.29 billion — Nevada tax incentives for Gigafactory $45 million — Value of discounted Department of Energy...

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