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 ...
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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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 ...
5th September 2013
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Elon Musk explains why Tesla has its own stores, defends service program

Elon Musk is taking his argument for a different kind of customer-dealer relationship directly to the people. In this case, the Tesla Motors CEO writes on his company's blog to list the reasons why the luxury electric-vehicle maker decided to own all of its dealerships instead of offering franchises. Musk, who said the Tesla Model S sedan aspires to be 'the best car of any kind' in his new post, says that using the traditional dealer ...
2nd September 2013
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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, Calls Fisker a "Mediocre Product at a High Price;" Henrik Fisker "Delighted"

It was just a matter of time before Tesla and Fisker had to duke it out for a second time – the first coming in a Fisker-won court battle. This time around, it was Tesla ...
30th August 2013
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First Tesla Model S Owner Takes Delivery

Watch on YouTube The anticipated release of the Tesla Model S is nearly here. It began just a few days ago with the launch of the Tesla Model S design studio, so customers could customize their own Model S and place an order. Just a few days later, we are now set to announce that the first Model S has been handed over ...
28th August 2013
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Jay Leno burns rubber in Tesla Model S

Jay Leno has a pretty big soft spot for alternative-fuel vehicles. From his steam-powered relics to his beloved Chevrolet Volt, the comedian's automotive interests are nothing if not varied. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen stops by the Big Dog Garage to show off his company's new Model S. Jay gets a closer look at the five-door EV's interesting touchscreen controls, expansive moonroof and yes, even the ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla Model S demand exceeds expectations, 40-kWh model nixed

Elon Musk has promised he will make an 'exciting' announcement tomorrow, but Tesla Motors issued two bits of news late last night to add to whatever we'll learn about on Tuesday. First off, sales of the Model S have 'exceeded the target provided in the mid February shareholder letter' by 250 units. Second, sales of the low-end 40-kWh Model S were so low that the model has been scrapped. In February, Tesla said in a shareholder ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla Owners Take Solidarity Road Trip

By Lauren Goode Getty Images Tesla Model S A group of Tesla Model S owners, charged up over a recent New York Times column that challenged the reliability of the electric vehicle, hit the road this weekend to replicate the same drive the Times reporter made. The group, which started out with nine cars, drove the 353 miles from Rockville, Md. to Groton, Conn., live-tweeting telemetry updates and color commentary throughout the trip. But not all of the starting nine ...
26th August 2013
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Tesla Models S Canadian price starts at $65,500

Tesla Motors has announced Canadian pricing for its 2012 Model S sedan. It looks like Canucks will have to shell out C$65,500 (around $66,400 U.S. at today's rate) to get into the least expensive, 40-kWh battery version of the all-electric. The 60-kWh variant will be C$75,200 ($76,200) and the 85-kWh, C$85,900 ($87,000). Those interested in the Model S Performance are now looking at a bill for C$100,400 ($101,700). Yes, that's a lot of loonies, but buyers ...
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