28th August 2013

Consumer Reports Rates Tesla Model S 99 Out Of 100 – Rumor Central

The Tesla Model S now has another strong endorsement. Product-review publication Consumer Reports gave the electric car 99 out of 100 possible points — a rating matched by only one other car in Consumer Reports’ history, the 2007 Lexus LS460L. The Tesla Model S received the ringing endorsement from Consumer Reports because, “It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car, it has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy ...
25th August 2013

Tata Technologies Readies a Conceptual E.V. for Detroit Auto Show

Tata TechnologiesThe Indian firm is positioning the Emo as a proof of concept, but there are no plans to produce it. The Tata Technologies electric mobility concept, or Emo, is a pure concept vehicle, with no clear path to production. So why was it built? In a word, validation. Nigel Giddons, the chief engineer who led much of the development of the electric vehicle from Tata Technologies’ American headquarters in Novi, Mich., said the car, which is to ...
25th August 2013

Tesla Faces Off Against Texas Dealer Association – Rumor Central

After a contentious and ongoing battle with the Massachusetts dealer association, California-based electric carmaker Tesla is now facing off against the Texas Automobile Dealers Association in a bid to expand its presence in the Lone Star state. Tesla is facing regulatory battles with state dealer associations in several states, Automotive News reports. Tesla VP of business development, Diarmuid O’Connell has among the highest barriers in the nation for the operation of a factory-owned store. Tesla currently ...
19th August 2013

Elon Musk: Actually, building Tesla Model S will be rocket science

Remember the scene in Revenge of the Electric Car, where Tesla CEO Elon Musk is standing in a flock of Roadsters and pointing out the defects he is noticing? That's pretty much exactly what happens today, still, but the car in question is now the Model S and Musk is trying to get every employee, new or veteran, to see things the way he sees them: flawed. As we learned recently, the busy Musk (who splits ...
12th August 2013

Tesla Model S finally has its date with a dyno

The performance abilities – and even the burnout potential – of the Tesla Model S has already been well documented, but, surprisingly, we haven't yet seen the all-electric luxury hatchback strapped to a dyno. Fortunately, the crew over at Dragtimes has posted a video that finally gave us some real-world numbers for the family- and environmentally friendly Tesla. As the article points out, the results might be off a little (on the low side) due to ...
10th August 2013

Tesla sells out top-of-the-line Model S Signature series

Tesla Motors has sold out of the top-of-the-line version of its Model S battery-electric luxury sedan and is taking deposits on its Model X crossover vehicle, Edmunds.com's Inside Line reports. The Model S Signature version, which starts at $92,400 and tops out at $105,400, is no longer available for pre-order on Tesla's website, Inside Line says. The company continues to take deposits on the base Model S – starting price is $57,400 – and has started ...
8th August 2013

Tesla, SolarCity working on solar-powered energy-storage systems

Tool around in a Tesla Roadster with the top down, and the sun can be a good friend. Now, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk is finding an even better use for it. Musk, who's also chairman of home solar-panel installer SolarCity, is joining the technologies of the two companies to create solar-powered rooftop energy-storage systems that would make the two companies eligible to receive rebates from the state of California, GigaOm reports. The systems would combine ...
7th August 2013

Watch the Jaws of Life tear apart a Tesla Model S

As electric vehicles become more prevalent on the roadways, first responders are facing new – and sometimes unknown – challenges when it comes to intense tasks such as the extrication of passengers trapped inside a car. Advanced Extrication, an online training resource for rescue workers, recently posted a video showing how rescuers should respond to vehicles like the Tesla Model S. The best way to do such a video, of course, is to actually demonstrate the ...
3rd August 2013

Tesla To Pay Back Department of Energy Loan Through Stock Sale

Tesla Motors, Inc. has announced its plan to pay back the Department of Energy by offering almost 3 million shares of common stock, as well as $450 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes. The automaker has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 405,454 shares of common stock and $67.5 million in aggregate principal amount ...
3rd August 2013

Tesla now delivering 60-kWh Model S

A Tesla Model S for hoi polloi? Not quite, but the luxury electric vehicle maker apparently has started deliveries of its 'middle-ground' sedans fitted with 60-kWh batteries, Green Car Reports says, citing threads from the online Tesla Motors car club. Tesla hasn't yes confirmed 60-kWh Model S deliveries, which has a base price of $62,400. That's a $10,000 'discount' from the 85-kWh versions already on the road. The trade-off is a single-charge range that's about 75 ...