SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
December 12, 2012
Tesla Motors, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
3500 Deer Creek Road
Palo Alto, California 94304
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2):
On December 12, 2012, Dr. Herbert Kohler, a director of Tesla Motors, Inc. (the Company), submitted his resignation from the Companys Board of Directors, effective December 12, 2012. Dr. Kohlers resignation (and the appointment of Harald Kroeger described below) is a result of a natural transition of responsibilities at Daimler AG with respect to the development of electric vehicle powertrains. Dr. Kohler has served as a director of the Company since 2009.
On December 12, 2012, the Board appointed Mr. Harald Kroeger, Vice President of Electrics/Electronics & e-Drive for Daimler AG, as a director to fill the newly created vacancy resulting from the resignation of Dr. Herbert Kohler. Mr. Kroeger is eligible to receive the standard director compensation package, as approved by the Board of Directors on an annual basis and disclosed in the Companys proxy statement. There are no family relationships between Mr. Kroeger and any director or executive officer of the Company. Information regarding related party transactions involving Mr. Kroeger, through his relationship to Daimler AG, is set forth in our proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13, 2012 under the caption Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions Related Party Transactions.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 18, 2012