6th September 2013

Tesla increases lease calculator costs; Supercharging, ‘mystery’ announcement coming soon

Even Tesla Motors hasn't totally figured out the details of the just-announced Model S 'lease' program. Yesterday, when the financial product was first revealed, the small print on the company's online calculator described a 66-month loan and a tiered monthly payment structure, depending on which model you chose: $1,199 a month for the 85-kWh Model S, $1,421 for the 85-kWh Performance model and $1,051 for the 60-kWh version. Today, all three of these prices have ...
30th August 2013

Supra successor may be all-electric sourced from Tesla; MR2 returning too?

Rumors of a revival of the Toyota Supra and MR2 have been swirling for years right up until just this week when high-level Toyota employees all but confirmed their return. But now The Detroit Bureau has put together news from different sources suggesting that the next Supra might be all electric. The report cites recent comments from Toyota senior executives hinting at plans to work with Tesla on a new joint project. The FT-HS Concept (shown ...
28th August 2013

Tesla’s Elon Musk: most new cars will be electric by 2032, no matter who’s in White House

Twenty years ago, Car and Drive wrote about 'the emergence of the minivan as the new family car.' If you believe Elon Musk, twenty years from now will be a lot more fun. Flush with the success of the first production Model S deliveries, the Tesla Motors founder said most new vehicles will be battery-electric by 2032, and that the age of EV majority rule could come sooner than that, Reuters reports. Specifically, he said, 'In ...
21st August 2013

Tesla Needs Mo’ Money, Has Mo’ Problems

Purveyor of all things electric, automaker Tesla has asked the federal government for yet another loan to get its Model S electric sports sedan off the ground and into production. Tesla secured a $465 million loan in 2009 from the U.S. Department of Energy to build its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters and refurbish the former General Motors-Toyota NUMMI joint-venture plant in Fremont, Calif. ...
20th August 2013

Tesla adds $6,500 ‘Performance Plus’ option to Model S; adds range, improves handling

Tesla Motors is adding a special performance package for its all-electric Model S that not only will add miles of single-charge range, but will make sure those miles aren't driven sideways. The automaker is charging $6,500 for its new 'Performance Plus' option, which includes wider rear tires, upgraded stabilizer bars and bushings, among other goodies. Tesla says it took 'hundreds of iterations affecting every detail of the suspension,' but 'our vehicle dynamics team was able to ...
18th August 2013

Tesla Model S was fourth-best selling plug-in in US last quarter

Riding the wave of pent-up demand and a production ramp-up, the Tesla Model S was the fourth best-selling US plug-in vehicle during the fourth quarter of 2012 and was the second-most popular US-made plug-in vehicle. Not bad for a vehicle that costs about twice as much as almost all of its current competitors. Unlike other automakers, Tesla doesn't release monthly sales figures. Instead, we learn about sales through quarterly conference calls with investors. In the most ...
13th August 2013

Tesla’s High Score Could Lower Electric-Car Anxiety

By Jonathan Welsh Getty Images Tesla Model S The electric-powered Tesla Model S sedan will likely get more mainstream attention after receiving a score of 99 points out of 100 in a road test with Consumer Reports magazine. Sure, it rides as smoothly as a luxury car and accelerates “like you’re sitting in the front of the Millennium Falcon,” according to the magazine’s road-test boss, Jake Fisher. But the most telling fact of the review is that the car’s range ...
10th August 2013

Tesla Model S sets quarter-mile record for quickest production EV [w/video]

It looks as if the Tesla Model S has a new feather to stick in its cap. DragTimes.com took the five-door down to Palm Beach International Raceway for a few sprints down the quarter mile, and the EV managed to run a best time of 12.371 seconds at 110.84 miles per hour with a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. Those numbers were good enough for the Model S to take the crown as the world's ...
7th August 2013

Tesla announces ‘World’s Best Service and Warranty Program,’ hints at future 500-mile battery

Tesla Motors has just revealed the latest edition of it 5-part announcement trilogy. Whereas the previous first installment had to do with the company's new leasing program, this episode is all about service and warranty, comes gift-wrapped in the glittery descriptor of 'World's Best,' and is accompanied by hints of a future battery upgrade. The new plan improves on the California automaker's service program by adding a valet service that brings you a top-spec Model S ...
3rd August 2013

Toyota To Unveil Electric RAV4 Next Month

By Jonathan Welsh Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota’s RAV4 EV will compete directly with the Nissan Leaf. Toyota Motor Corp. said it will reveal the new RAV4 EV compact crossover on May 7 at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium, or EVS26, in Los Angeles. The car maker, which has long said it would build a battery-powered version of the RAV4, last year confirmed it would sell the coming vehicle to retail consumers, not only to fleet customers. The company, which previously ...