5th September 2013

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV [w/video]

Tesla-Hearted Toyota Offers Real Sport And Utility The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the most advanced Alpha prototype electric vehicle we've ever driven. Or maybe it's a poster child for the 21st Century automotive industry where all sorts of new things are being tried, like when old-school automakers and ambitious start-ups find common purpose in rushing an all-electric crossover to market in two years. Or maybe it's the end result of a decade-long process of getting ...
1st September 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers Boeing unsolicited help via Twitter

No fan of electric vehicles likes to see the words “lithium-ion” and “fire” in the same sentence, but thanks to the recent fiasco of battery packs being identified as the possible cause of fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, that’s just what the headlines have been saying. A thorough investigation of the model’s systems is still under way, but the batteries have now been more or less cleared as the cause. But help, which nobody ...
31st August 2013

Is free charging for EVs actually a hindrance, long term?

The days of free public charging for electric vehicles may soon be coming to an end, despite there being a lot of it out there right now, whether solar powered or as an incentive deal when buying the EV. Plug In Car's European correspondent Laurent Masson, though, is looking ahead and is making the argument that free electricity will actually hinder growth of charging networks. Instead, he writes, utilities and charging station providers need to ...
30th August 2013

The Greenest and Meanest Cars in 2013

Toyota Motor Sales 2013 Toyota Prius C. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has produced an annual list of the “greenest” and “meanest” vehicles for 15 years. Its 2013 Greenest winner is the downsized Toyota Prius C. The council gives cars and trucks a green score derived from Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy and emissions data. The Prius C’s score of 58 (with fuel economy at 53 city/46 highway) just topped the 57 rating of the ...
23rd August 2013

Inside Line pits Tesla Model S against Porsche Panamera GTS

Well, that must've been fun. Inside Line really took one for the team by road-testing the battery-electric Tesla Model S and the Porsche Panamera GTS against each other. It's a tough life. Inside Line decided the Panamera GTS was the closest competitor to the Model S based on performance, price and size, even though the Porsche's base price of almost $112,000 is around $18,000 more than the 'base' Model S Signature, the only version currently available (but ...
11th August 2013

Tesla Model S Now Offers Wireless Vehicle Updates, Plant Running at Full Capacity

Once we begin our year-long test of the Tesla Model S, the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, we may not have to visit the dealership to perform most software updates. The automaker has just implemented a new, cloud-based system that will allow owners to view and install software updates from their vehicle’s infotainment screen. It’s hard to imagine that the Model S needs any updating at this point, considering the amount of impressive technology ...
8th August 2013

Elon Musk Confirms Smaller Tesla in $30,000 Range After Model X

If you’re thinking that you’d love to have a Tesla Model S, but it’s just too expensive, we have some good news. Elon Musk, one of the cofounders of Tesla Motors and the CEO of the company, said over Twitter that a smaller car is on the way in about three to four years that will cost in the neighborhood of $30,000 ...
4th August 2013

Thus far, Tesla has built 50 Model S units, 29 for deliveries

Sure, the long-term numbers are bigger – 5,000 produced by the end of the year, 20,000 (or maybe even 30,000) in 2013 – but the immediate digits that define the Tesla Model S are quite manageable. Specifically, as of Friday, Tesla has built 50 of the luxury electric vehicles, 29 for retail customers and 21 that are destined for Tesla stores. In the next few weeks, Tesla plans to build 50 more and the pace will ...
28th July 2013

Gentlemen, Start Your Calculators: Checking the Math of Tesla’s Lend-Lease Program

Noah Berger/Reuters Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk. The announcement on Tuesday by Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, of a hybrid lease-purchase plan for its Model S electric luxury sedan, coupled with a guaranteed buyback program for three-year-old cars, generated a great deal of Internet buzz and a lot of armchair number-crunching. Until now, it has not been easy to lease a Model S, partly because it was not possible to claim alternative-vehicle tax incentives unless ...
27th July 2013

First Model S shows up on eBay, BIN price just $145,000

Just because Tesla Motors hasn't made a profit yet doesn't mean early buyers of its cars can't. At least, that seems to be what one future owner of a Tesla Model S Signature Series is saying by putting his ordered-but-not-yet-delivered electric vehicle on eBay. The seller, who is based in Portland, Maine, has put a $145,000 price tag on the car, but he is accepting starting bids as 'low' as $138,500. If the car sells (and ...