3rd September 2013
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Toyota sending RAV4 EV on Charge-to-Charge Tour of California

Anyone who's California Dreamin' about test-driving the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 can now get their chance. The Japanese automaker is taking the EV on a tour of the Golden State with its Charge-to-Charge Tour, complete with a web series hosted by Treehugger founder Graham Hill. The tour started this past weekend in Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco, and will work its way south through the end of the month. The RAV4 will ...
3rd September 2013
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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 ...
1st September 2013
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Elon Musk’s attack on “fake” New York Times article prompts lots of Tesla talk

Despite an official promise that Tesla Motors would respond to the online kerfuffle kicked up yesterday between The New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the official Tesla website remained silent today. The wait doesn't mean the internet has been mute on this subject, though. That's just not how it works. First up, Broder's detailed response to Musk tweeting that his article about running out of electricity was a 'fake' is clear ...
1st September 2013
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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 ...
31st August 2013
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Around-the-world Tesla tour crashes just 600 miles from finish line [w/video] *UPDATE

noooooooooo!!!!!! game over! +++ I'm fine!!!! That's how Rafael de Mestre let his fans know that his attempt to be the first to drive around the world in a standard all-electric car, a Tesla Roadster, had come to an end. De Mestre posted the above picture to Facebook along with a short video of 'the black day of the race' showing the crash and some of the aftereffects (see it below). The Roadster rear-ended a Toyota ...
30th August 2013
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Tesla Model X makes auto show debut in Detroit

Tesla isn't holding its Detroit Auto Show press conference until tomorrow, but there's a new Model X on the stand today. This one is white – and, in a nice touch, it's simply called 'white' – and has an updated interior and new wheels. We doubt those wheels will ever make it to production, since they have carbon fiber spokes that are pure flair, not structural. Inside, the surfaces, materials and colors are updated from the ...
30th August 2013
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Tesla powers up East Coast with first stops in new Supercharger network

The argument can now be made that Tesla Motors has come up with a sleeker alternative to the Amtrak lines that run along the Eastern Seaboard. The California-based electric vehicle company has installed the first East Coast fast-charging stations, allowing Model S owners to make the 450-mile trek between Boston and Washington DC without worrying about having sufficient juice. Last week, Tesla added two fast-charging stations: one in Wilmington, DE, which is about 30 miles southwest ...
30th August 2013
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Henrik Fisker: too many pure electric car models; Karma production re-starting “soon”

Is Fisker Automotive on the ropes? Listening to cofounder and executive chairman Henrik Fisker speak at the Economic Club of Chicago luncheon at the Chicago Auto Show this week, you certainly wouldn't think so. In an overwhelmingly optimistic speech, Fisker described his company's ethos and plan to sell green cars around the world. He wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, though, as he talked about his company to the assembled ECC members and media. Fisker said that ...
30th August 2013
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2013 Tesla Model S 60-Kilowatt-Hour Model EPA-Rated at 208 Miles of Range

It took Tesla long enough. The start-up automaker has filled its first reservation orders with its 85-kilowatt-hour Model S for two reasons: 1) Its performance is far more impressive than its smaller-battery stablemates and 2) with the money coming from the more expensive models, Tesla has a bigger buffer before trying to meet its 20,000 cars per year sales target. But Tesla Motors ...
29th August 2013
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Tesla Roadster facing ‘brick’ battery problems?

Here's a new worry for electric car owners: bricking your new, expensive ride. Using a word taken from the computer world, to 'brick' an EV means to make your electronic device inoperable. In the case of an EV, it would mean to run the battery state of charge so far down that nothing works anymore, thus requiring an expensive flatbed tow and an even more expensive battery pack – about $40,000 in a Tesla Roadster. This is ...