26th June 2013

MT Poll: Is the $49,800 Toyota RAV4 EV Priced Right?

Lots of car doors open when you have $50,000 to spend. A 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca and a base 2013 Porsche Boxster cost about $50,000, but if an electric-powered crossover is more your style, then you’ll also have enough to afford the Toyota RAV4 EV, set to go on sale later this summer with an asking price of $49,800, before credits. Is that asking too much? Toyota doesn’t think so. Ed Larocque, Toyota ...
20th June 2013

Tesla Model S Coupe rendered, looks like a winner [w/poll]

Our friend Theophilus Chin has a thing for creating Tesla vehicles that we can't have. Earlier this year, he made a digital Model ST wagon appear and he's now back with a sleek Tesla Model S Coupe. The rendered results, which you can see in the gallery, are an elegant, smaller take on the nearly universally praised Model S design from Franz von Holzhausen. Chin writes, 'There's a huge market for an electric 2+2 GT. ...
14th June 2013

Tesla might start repaying federal loan early, still has $33m to draw

Alongside the positive news in the recent shareholder call that Tesla Motors held recently, there is this bit of news that will help us understand the company's financial picture: the company confirmed that the first Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program loan payment is due in December and hinted the first payment might come early. The company previously announced the December due date in May. Over on the Tesla Motors Club forum, one member noted that, 'The ...
12th June 2013

Video: Watch a Tesla Model S Get Shredded by the Jaws of Life

Ever wonder what would happen if you needed the Jaws of Life to pry you out of your electric vehicle? Would rescue workers be worried about electrocution or some other slip-up caused by the massive instrument? It’s a real concern, and to help educate rescue workers, Tesla made the video below that walks the viewer through what would happen if they were ...
10th June 2013

Wheelies: The Damage Control Edition

Fabrizio Costantini for The New York TimesTesla Model S alpha build, on view at the 2012 Detroit auto show. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a conference call on Tuesday morning to allay concerns that the departures of two executives indicated broader problems within the California-based company. Tesla announced last Friday that Peter Rawlinson, the company’s vice president and chief engineer, left for undisclosed ...