5th September 2013

Tesla Model S is emissions-free burnout machine after pulling fuses

Add one more feather to the proverbial cap of the Tesla Model S. Road & Track West Coast Editor Jason Cammisa figured out how to make the electric luxury sedan extra frisky and then set about nuking the rear tires with electric-motor torque. 'Holy hell there's a lot of torque here,' Cammisa wrote in his notes after pulling a fuse that took the ABS, stability control and traction control offline. That fuse also took out the ...
2nd September 2013

During National Plug In Day, Getting the Silent Treatment

Ronald Ahrens Tesla Roadsters outside the Automobile Driving Museum on Sunday. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — For four conspicuously quiet hours on the second-annual National Plug In Day, electric cars and motorcycles swarmed the flat, oak-shaded boulevards wending through office parks just south of Los Angeles International Airport. From a shared starting point here at the Automobile Driving Museum, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner and 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, two of Detroit’s most recognizable products of ...
1st September 2013

Superchargers will only work on Model S (for now) and every future Tesla EV

There were a lot of details left out of the late-night unveiling of the Tesla Supercharger network earlier this week. Sure, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the big picture, saying the Supercharger network is 'the answer to the three major problems holding back electric vehicles.' Those problems? Long-distance EV driving, the 'long tailpipe' argument and how much it costs to produce electricity. But how big of an impact can your fancy charging station have if ...
20th August 2013

Tesla takes Bite out of Apple to Control Full Car Buying Experience

Automakers such General Motors, Toyota, and BMW have a lot in common with software makers. They build their vehicles, then sell them to dealerships. Microsoft, in a similar vein, sells its Windows operating system to hardware makers like Dell, which uses the OS to run its PCs. Roll out Tesla. The electric car maker is eschewing the traditional automaker-dealership paradigm by directly selling ...
15th August 2013

Topline 300-Mile Tesla Model S Projected to Earn 265-Mile EPA Range

The top-of-the-line Tesla Model S with a claimed 300-mile range is expected to earn an EPA window sticker displaying an official range of 265 miles. The Model S’ drawn-out unveiling has ingrained three specific driving ranges related to battery size – 160, 230, and 300 miles – but the EPA will have its own stamp of approval. An official blog bylined by CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubel dives right into the matter, presumably foreseeing ...
4th August 2013

Tesla Model S suspension getting potential upgrade

You can't say those Tesla Motors guys take any challenges sitting down. In this case, the luxury battery-electric vehicle maker may be working on an upgraded suspension package for its top-of-the-line Model S sedan, according to Wired. Tesla is testing a version that includes 21-inch rear wheels with tires that are a half-inch wider than the widest available now as well as upgraded links and bushings. The company, which hasn't said if such a system will be ...
1st August 2013

Tesla libel suit against Top Gear fails again

Tesla and the company's lawyers are nothing if not determined. After a judge smacked down the electric vehicle manufacturer's libel suit against the BBC and Top Gear for comments made about the range of the Tesla Roadster, the automaker rallied with a second, amended lawsuit. It didn't take long for the the same judge to nix the new case, too, saying the amendment was 'not capable of being defamatory at all, or, if it is, ...
31st July 2013

Tesla has begun deliveries of 60kWh Model S units

Being a small startup automotive company means that you’re free to conduct business in ways other than the established norms, but Tesla will sometimes act as though this is a challenge being issued to break as many norms as possible. Their latest defiance of norms was to begin deliveries of a new type of car without telling anyone in the press, whereas most automakers prefer to brag about these things. Tesla isn’t exactly famous for ...
25th July 2013

Toyota RAV4 EV gets EPA rating of 78 MPGe, 103-mile range; leases are $599/month

Buried in a press release from Toyota about the loan and lease options for the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV is the long-awaited confirmation that this is a 100-mile electric vehicle. The EPA has tested the CUV and rates it as having a driving range of 103 miles fully charged and 76 combined miles per gallon equivalent (74 highway and 78 city). This makes it the first non-Tesla-branded EV the EPA has rated at over 100 ...