5th September 2013
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2010 Tesla Roadster

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
27th August 2013
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Plug In America wants to survey your Tesla Roadster battery

Plug In America has launched a second electric vehicle owner experience survey – this time with the Tesla Roadster. It follows a survey conducted last year among Nissan Leaf owners, which was utilized and acknowledged by Nissan as it dealt with unexpected battery capacity loss reported by Leaf owners in high temperature Arizona. Last year, Plug In America's Expert Assistance and Research Group launched its first-ever consumer-oriented evaluation of plug in battery performance. It was intended ...
26th August 2013
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Even after crash, Tesla Roadster makes it around the world in 80 days!

From 'noooooooooo!!!!!!' to 'yes!' That's the recent history of Rafael de Mestre and his attempt to be the first person to take a standard, production electric vehicle around the world. After playing catch-up with the Electric Odyssey duo and their Citroen C-Zero EV, de Mestre suffered a crash in Germany just 600 miles from the finish line. Undeterred, de Mestre had his Tesla Roadster repaired straightaways and successfully completed the drive last weekend. @TeslaMotors Tweeted congratulations for ...
19th August 2013
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George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity

Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney's very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney's Tesla is number eight of the original 'Signature 100' built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior. Clooney isn't selling the electric roadster to get some extra cash, though. The Academy Award-winning actor is well known for his philanthropic ...
17th August 2013
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Tesla in final stages of Model S prep; readying Supercharger network for road trips

Tesla Motors has nothing but undeniable design hits in its two-vehicle portfolio. We know this is true because there has been very little written about how bad the Roadster and the Model S look. We're about to see if the company can make it three in a row when the wraps come off the Model X at a special event February 9 in Los Angeles. Getting our first visuals of that crossover will certainly be ...
14th August 2013
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Tesla bricking update: can other electric vehicles suffer the same fate? Unlikely

Remember all the way back to Monday, when 'bricking' your pricey electronic gadget simply meant you needed to get a new iPhone to try and jailbreak? The electric vehicle world is still dissecting the charges that surfaced yesterday that a Tesla Roadster could be bricked – i.e., made inoperable – if the battery gets worn down to zero, as there are new questions cropping up about the motive behind the original article by Michael Degusta. ...
14th August 2013
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Tesla: Model S (and X) can be parked for a year without bricking

And now the official, long-form response from Tesla Motors on the bricking issue, which can be boiled down to: plug it in, please. On the Tesla website, the company has addressed reports that up to five Tesla Roadsters have been turned into gorgeous paperweights that need a $40,000 repair because their batteries were discharged too low. The official but unattributed article (unless we're supposed to believe that 'Tesla Motors' actually wrote the piece) says that bricking ...
13th August 2013
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George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity

Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney's very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney's Tesla is number eight of the original 'Signature 100' built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior. Clooney isn't selling the electric roadster to get some extra cash, though. The Academy Award-winning actor is well known for his philanthropic ...