6th September 2013
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Tesla Model S Prices May Soon Increase

The Tesla Model S, the fastest sedan in America, and recent winner of Motor Trend‘s Car of the Year award, is getting a price adjustment. Already. That may not be as bad as it sounds–to $ome people–but for others, like those on the bubble of being able to afford the now iconic electric sedan, this news is not so cheery. From Nick Kinkaid, ...
6th September 2013
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Tesla increases lease calculator costs; Supercharging, ‘mystery’ announcement coming soon

Even Tesla Motors hasn't totally figured out the details of the just-announced Model S 'lease' program. Yesterday, when the financial product was first revealed, the small print on the company's online calculator described a 66-month loan and a tiered monthly payment structure, depending on which model you chose: $1,199 a month for the 85-kWh Model S, $1,421 for the 85-kWh Performance model and $1,051 for the 60-kWh version. Today, all three of these prices have ...
6th September 2013
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2013 Tesla Model S to Start at $57,400, End at $92,400

It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that Tesla had ambitiously targeted selling its 2013 Model S electric sports sedan for $57,400 before a $7500 federal tax credit. What we didn’t know, however, was just how high it would go.  With official prices for models and options packages released this week, consider both missions accomplished. With every checkbox tallied, the Model S ...
6th September 2013
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Nikola Tesla, the TV movie?

Yo, Elon, can you spare a few? Since Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was asked – and responded positively – to help fund a museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla, here's another way he could boost the history of the man who gave his name for Elon's company. 'Electricity: The Story and Life of Nikola Tesla' is a planned television docu-drama about the life of the Serbian-American inventor. Tesla, among many other inventions, patented the alternating current (A/C) ...
5th September 2013
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2010 Tesla Roadster

Not long ago, it was hard to use the term 'sporty' in the same sentence with the word “electric.” That being said, as the technology progressed, green cars have started to grow faster and stronger, being able to compete against any famous sports car that can be found on today’s roads. Tesla had a major role in permanently changing our perception of electric cars. Its sporty model - the Roadster – was launched in 2006 ...
5th September 2013
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Video Find: Watch a Tesla Model S Get Torn Apart by the Jaws of Life

Hybrid and electric vehicles pose a special problem for first responders. Unlike traditional gas or diesel-powered vehicles, hybrids and EVs use high voltage battery packs that can potentially electrocute firefighters when responding to an accident, if the first responders are unaware of the location of the cables that carry electricity through the car. Realizing the potential hazards, Tesla has released a video with a Model S being torn apart by the Jaws of Life to ...
5th September 2013
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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 ...
5th September 2013
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Tesla Model S Sedan Draws Closer to Production; Plant Announcement Coming

Tesla has left us enamored with its Lotus-bodied Roadster but if we want to see the next-generation drop-top, the California-based electric-vehicle maker has to roll out its mass-market Model S sedan first. Set to launch in 2012, the Model S is Tesla’s first fully home-brewed vehicle and will be manufactured at its new, unannounced facility on the West Coast. While details on the Model S broke early last year, Tesla has yet to announce where its ...
5th September 2013
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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 ...
5th September 2013
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Tesla Working on 3 Series Challenger, Considering EV Pickup

We’ve already seen Tesla’s Model S and Model X, but we now hear that the electric automaker is working on a midsize sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series, and may also have its sights set on the pickup truck market. So far, Tesla has only produced the Lotus-Elise-based Roadster and Model S large hatchback, but with the latter car’s bespoke platform done, the sky’s the limit. The Model X all-electric sport utility vehicle is ...