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Tesla Model S Double-Pedal Behavior Still Inconsistent: A Safety Plea To Elon Musk

Tesla Model S Double-Pedal Behavior Still Inconsistent: A Safety Plea To Elon Musk

Last summer, I wrote an article patting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on the back for being so responsive to Model S electric-car owners. Of whom I am one. But in 2015? Not so much. I ended that article with a plea to Musk for a safety upgrade on the Model S: a firmware change to cut off power to the... read more

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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV Electric Car Recalled For Shift Flaw In Tesla Software

Certain 2012 through 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV electric cars will be recalled to address a flaw in the software of the vehicles' Tesla-supplied electric-motor assemblies. The... read more March 12, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Motors battery-swapping station at Harris Ranch, California, Dec 2014  [photo: Teslarati.com]

Tesla Battery Swapping: Useful Service Or Minimal Effort For Extra Income?

Tesla Motors has been opening its Supercharger DC fast-charging stations at a dizzying pace lately, with 175 U.S. sites operating, and almost two dozen more either in... read more March 12, 2015 by 


 
2016 Audi Q7 live photos, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Audi Q7 e-Tron Plug-In Hybrid Will Be Gasoline, Not Diesel, For U.S. And China

No diesel hybrids are now sold in North America, but diesel enthusiasts have lately been salivating over the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro diesel plug-in hybrid formally launched at... read more March 12, 2015 by 


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt

Why Can't Other Plug-In Hybrids Copy Chevy Volt's All-Electric Running?

The distinguishing feature of the Chevrolet Volt has always been that as long as it has charge left in its battery, it runs solely on electricity. The gasoline engine doesn't... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Model S P85D Hot Rod Now Has Shortest Delivery Time

The Tesla Model S P85D electric car is arguably the world's quickest production sedan, but it now seems to have another speedy distinction. That's because the most expensive... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
Purported Audi Q6 electric crossover teaser image. Image via Autocar.

UPDATE: Audi Q6 (Tesla Model X Competitor) Confirmed: Sleek Electric SUV May Beat It On Range

With the all-new 2016 Audi Q7 now launched at last week's Geneva Motor Show, and a diesel plug-in hybrid model to follow, luxury maker Audi can turn its attention to its next... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014

2015 BMW i8 Video Road Test

The BMW i8 is sleek and stunning, but it's no V-8-powered supercar. Is it the car that will give plug-in hybrids sex appeal? First, you need to know what makes the i8 go... read more March 11, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Report On Tesla-Style Direct Sales Cites GM Brazil Program Ended In 2006

The topic of Tesla Motors and its direct-sales model continues to roil state legislatures, with bills for and against the practice under debate in several states. In May... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane

Solar Impulse Electric Airplane Now Flying Around The World

The history of aviation is full of circumnavigations of the Earth meant to prove the mettle of pilots and technology. Now, it's time for solar power to be tested in this way... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

Top 10 Cities For Electric Cars: San Francisco Leads, But It's Not All California

After more than four years of modern electric-car sales, it's clear that some areas are more favorable for plug-ins than others. Whether it's local incentives, available... read more March 10, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger site with photovoltaic solar panels, Rocklin, California, Feb 2015

Tesla Supercharger Network Growth Surges Over Last 14 Months

One of the main advantages of the Tesla Model S is its relative freedom from “range anxiety,” at least in the 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack of the higher-end... read more March 9, 2015 by 


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Public Electric-Car Charging: Business Models, Profits Still In Debate

Expanding the network of public charging stations makes driving an electric car far more convenient--and thus more attractive to more consumers. That's why carmakers... read more March 9, 2015 by 


 
Aoxin Ibis electric car. Photo by CarNewsChina.com.

China's Tesla-Beater (Or Not): Aoxin Ibis Electric Full-Size Sedan

It's safe to say that the success of the Tesla Model S electric car hasn't gone unnoticed in the rest of the auto industry. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are all... read more March 8, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 8-10

After seven days of traveling cross-country in my Tesla Model S electric car--including routes without Supercharger DC fast-charging sites--I had made it as far as Texas. The... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 
Chicago, by Flickr user Mr Hicks46 (Used under CC License)

Electric-Car Charging Station Operator 350Green Charged With Fraud

Back in 2011, Chicago officials announced the start of a project that would create a network of electric-car charging stations in the Windy City. However, progress stalled... read more March 6, 2015 by 


 

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