5th September 2013

A123 May Have a Solved the No. 1 Problem with Lithium-Ion Car Batteries

One of the largest – if not the largest – problems with electric cars becoming a complete reality is the limitation of the lithium-ion battery. One issue is the fact that they are extremely susceptible to extreme heat and cold. Both ends of the temperature spectrum ...
3rd September 2013

Tesla Model S vs. the world

Since the Detroit Auto Show almost 12 months ago, Tesla began calling 2012 the Year of the Model S. Following the US launch earlier this year, the all-electric sedan is about to go on sale in Europe. Tesla's latest email newsletter reveals a bit about how the company is preparing audiences around the world – namely Canada and Hong Kong – for the Model S. For Canada, the Model S needed 'new labels, language modifications and ...
25th August 2013

Citing Criticism,Tesla Revamps Lease Program, But Misdirection Remains

After unveiling a lease/finance program that read like a list of increasingly desperate rationalizations—I'm actually saving on housing, because I can live in it!—and facing attack from all corners, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has backtracked. His mea culpa accompanies a new financing plan, and while it's objectively better than Tesla vs. Sense, Round 1 (our full teardown here) the misleading fast talk is still there. The new plan extends the finance term from 63 months to ...
18th August 2013

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #322 LIVE!

We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #322 tonight, and you can drop us your questions and comments regarding the rest of the week's news via our Q&A module below. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight. Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode #322 2014 Jeep Cherokee Tesla predicts a ...
17th August 2013

California’s low-emission vehicle rules enhancing market for ZEV credits

The California Air Resources Board's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has already created so-called 'compliance cars.' The corollary is a growing market for ZEV credits. That is, a way for companies who aren't selling enough ZEVs (which, in this case, include pure electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and ultra-low emission plug-in hybrids) can buy credits from companies who have sold too many. Wait, that sounds funny. Who have sold more ZEVs than CARB requires them ...
16th August 2013

Tesla Model S Sales Exceed Expectations, Low-Range Model Axed

Tesla Motors announced today that it will report profitability for the first quarter, after sales of the Model S electric sedan exceeded expectations. Tesla has sold 4750 units of the car thus far, 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 ramped up production ...
16th August 2013

Hot Items: Chrysler Stops Taking Orders for 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, Tesla Model S Signature Sold Out

It appears hot Romanian model Catrinel Menghia and Charlie Sheen were effective at publicizing Fiat’s hot hatch. Chrysler can’t keep up with all the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth orders, and the automaker has informed dealers that orders for the 500 Abarth for the 2012 model year are currently not being accepted. Those who place an order now for the scorpion-badged Abarth will be forced to wait until next fall to slip behind the wheel of next ...
15th August 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Cars, SpaceX, and the Henrik Fisker Rivalry

You might know Elon Musk—considering you’re reading this on Automotive.com—as the CEO of Tesla Motors, makers of the Model S, and the Roadster. You also might have heard of his other ventures, such as online behemoth PayPal, or SpaceX, which was recently granted a $440 million contract from NASA to help develop a replacement for the Space Shuttle. Regardless of how you ...
15th August 2013

Audi says ‘not so fast,’ Tesla lovers, attacks Model S success story *UPDATE

The automotive industry is full of rivalries, from Ferrari versus Lamborghini to Ford's recent war on the Toyota Prius. Audi must be feeling the electric heat of Tesla's recent success, because the German automaker has put out a press release with one single message: Hey, let's not love on Tesla too much, mmmkay? Audi's press release is titled, 'Not so fast to put Tesla on that particular pedestal' and it's full of Audi making sure we ...