...Tax credits will trim back those sticker prices a bit. An additional model built off the Model S platform -- the Model X crossover -- is expected in 2014. Tesla says the Model S can be recharged from standard 110-volt household current, although expect that to be painfully slow. The flat battery pack in the Model S will fully recharge "overnight" from a more robust 220-volt outlet or in 45 minutes from a commercial fast-charge station. A front double-wishbone and rear multilink suspension with programmable electric steering promise spirited handling, while the electric engine and direct-drive...
...On the outside, the Model S resembles a mix of a Jaguar and Aston Martin, with pronounced exterior curves. Tesla says the car will come with an all-glass panoramic sunroof and door handles that retract into the door of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard. Inside, the Model S features eight-way power-adjustable front seats, touch-sensitive door handles and a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Tesla says the battery options for the Model S are 40 kilowatt-hour, 60 kWh and 75 kWh packs. The...
...Unlike the Roadster, the Model S’ electric motor is liquid-cooled, offering better performance in high-stress conditions like high-speed cruising and climbing. Additionally, there have been rumors about a Sport version that will be able to crack 60 mph in “well under 5 seconds,” as well as an all-wheel-drive (AWD) option.Tesla claims a 5-to-7-year average battery life, with the possibility of up to 10 years with “proper care,” although with the speed at which battery technology has been improving, it’s a safe bet there will be a better option than an OEM replacement for the...
This started out as a feel-good article about another great experience I had with Tesla's extraordinary service program. But it morphed into a detective story that apparently... read more December 6, 2013 by David Noland
Once more into the fray: Another state's car dealers are pushing for legislation to ban Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers. This time it's Ohio... read more December 3, 2013 by Antony Ingram
It's been a bumpy few months for electric car maker, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. While enjoying the highs of high customer satisfaction and continued praise for the Model S... read more November 26, 2013 by Antony Ingram
The Tesla Model S, for all its technical and design artistry, has a dirty little secret: the car has a substantial appetite for kilowatt-hours even when turned off and... read more November 25, 2013 by David Noland
Tesla might have had a bad day this week, but every cloud has a silver lining. While the NHTSA rebukes it for reporting a five-plus star crash test rating and the company... read more November 23, 2013 by Antony Ingram