15th August 2013

Tesla owner gives top 10 11 reasons why he loves his Model S

Konstantin Othmer loves his Tesla Model S. The serial entrepreneur was one of the lucky few who took delivery last Friday at the car's official launch and as such, he is one of just a handful of people who have had more then a mere ten minutes behind the wheel. He has spent that time well. Besides giving rides to friends and family, he's also taken the opportunity to share with the world at large what ...
10th August 2013

Positive Charge: Toyota, Tesla Formally Announce Details on New 2012 RAV4 EV

We’ve already reported on Toyota and Tesla Motors forming a partnership to develop electric vehicles, but now we’ve learned a little more about the program. According to an official release from Toyota, the two are working together to build a fleet of electric RAV4 compact SUVs, which are due to hit the market in the next two years. The official announcement is billed as the first of several “updates” on the project promised by Toyota Motor ...
7th August 2013

At Mercedes, B Is for Battery

At Mercedes, B Is for Battery

Richard Drew/Associated Press 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. Introduced on Wednesday, March 27: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive compact. 2013 New York Auto Show What is it? A fully electric version of the B-Class luxury compact. Is it real? Very definitely. What they said: “While others are still talking about electric cars, we are building them and selling them,” said Joachim Schmidt, executive vice president of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We are truly committed to emissions-free driving, and providing this in a ...
7th August 2013

How Do You Find the Best Green Cars?

Brad Berman for The New York Times Both KBB.com and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy chose the Ford Focus Electric a “Best Green Vehicle” list contender. Spring is in the air, and Earth Day is just behind us. Apparently, that means it’s green car choosing season, at least for the people who take the time to determine such things. But with the list of more environmentally friendly cars and trucks at an all-time high, ...
2nd August 2013

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles to Comprise Five Percent of U.S. Market by 2017

For the first time in about 100 years, hybrid and electric-powered vehicles appear to be gaining traction in the new car market. They’re selling so quickly that one research company says they will make up five percent of the U.S. market by 2017. The data comes from Pike Research, a technology consultation firm. With strong sales figures from cars like the 2012 Nissan ...
1st August 2013

Tesla will take Roadster trade-ins for Model S

One would never mistake a shiny new tech-filled Tesla Motors dealership for a used-car lot, but with several years worth of Teslas already on the road, that notion is about to get very real. Those retreads will be pretty rarified, though. The California-based electric-vehicle maker is starting a buyback program in which owners of the company's first car, the Roadster, can trade it in for credit against the purchase of a Model S sedan, the San ...
1st August 2013

Tesla Turns A Profit As Sales Exceed Expectations – Rumor Central

Tesla Motors revealed today that it will post a profit in the first quarter of 2013, because sales of the Model S electric sedan exceeded expectations. Total sales of the Tesla Model S reached 4750 units, up from the 4500 units previously planned. The announcement is good news for Tesla after a disappointing year in 2012, when the company lost almost $400 million. Last year, Tesla sold just 2650 units of the Model S while it ...
28th July 2013

Tesla Motors CEO reveals vehicle data from NY Times test

After taking to Twitter in response to a negative review of the Model S and Supercharger charging stations in the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released information, which he says came from the car’s onboard data logger, that contradicts some of the statements made by Times reporter John Broder. To recap, Broder picked up a fully charged Model S in Washington, D.C. and ended up on a tow truck somewhere in Connecticut. Despite ...
22nd July 2013

Report: Tesla Discussing Autonomous Cars With Google – Rumor Central

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wants his electric-car company to work with Google on developing autonomous cars. Bloomberg reports that Tesla is discussing driverless technology with Google, even though Musk asserts Tesla will probably create its own system. Tesla CEO Musk said he believes the driverless or autonomous technologies are the next big development for the car because they could dramatically improve road safety. “I like the word autopilot more than I like the word self-driving,” ...
15th July 2013

Telsa gets Near Half Billion Government Loans for Electric Car Manufacturing

Tesla Motors, a California company that is manufacturing pure, 100 percent electric cars, has received a $465 million low cost loan from the U.S. Department of Energy.According to the Detroit News, the money will be used to construct a factory in Southern California for the manufacturing of the Model S electric sedan as well as a manufacturing plant for the construction of ...