2011 Tesla Roadster

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    Driving a Tesla Roadster is an unforgettable experience. To be fair, perhaps driving any car with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds is unforgettable. But the fact that all the Tesla's torque comes from 6,831 lithium-ion laptop cells powering an electric motor--and the relative silence of the car as it slingshots you forward--makes it truly memorable. The ultimate Ohm-My-God electric sports car is the 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. It's even faster--0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, rather than 3.9--and has a host of other fittings and accessories that set it apart from "normal" Tesla...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Electric Car Round-Up

    Between the wreck of a Volvo and a $300k Mercedes supercar, the 2011 Detroit Auto show is giving the electric car fan plenty of variety, so if you're planning to visit the show between now and closing time on January 23, here are the electric vehicles you should make the time to see and the EV...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: Tesla Celebrates 1500 Roadsters Sold

    Tesla celebrated the start of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show today by announcing that it had now sold over 1,500 of its iconic electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. It was November 18, 2006 when we were first shown the sexy two-door car that very few believed could be as good as the then unknown...

  • Skylar and Teagen from Team VIN 1000
    347.2 Miles! Tesla Takes New Production Car Distance Record

    Many of us will have broken in the New Year celebrating with friends, sinking a few drinks, watching a firework display and generally being merry. For some though, the celebrations will have come later that day. Between the afternoon of December 31, 2010 and the end of January 1, 2011, Team VIN...

  • Ad for 2011 Chevrolet Volt running on Facebook, July 1, 2010
    Ten Things We'd Like To Tell Automakers About EV Publicity

    Automakers have had it tough over the past few years. An economic downturn, consumers looking for ever-fuel efficient vehicles and everyone clambering to make it to marketplace first. But just what do automakers need to keep in mind when advertising their first electric vehicle. We assume that any...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    Small, Electric Car Gets Fined For Polluting In U.S.

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  • 2011 Coda Sedan prototype - front

    We wrote about the 2011 Coda Sedan and Coda's EV cost calculator not too long ago, and described the cars as a "Chinese-built sedan" with a battery pack "containing Chinese-made lithium-ion cells." The Coda, we said would be "the first Chinese-manufactured passenger car sold in the U.S. when it arrives." Which prompted a note from Coda's Matt Sloustcher pointing out that "final assembly of our vehicle will take place in California." Final assembly: Driving it off the line Technically, that means that the 2011 Coda Sedan will be "American manufactured," not Chinese-manufactured as we'd...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan prototype - charging socket
    Electric Car Buying Guide

    We've been watching it roll closer for years, and now it's all but here: A new era of electric cars. Just three or four months from now, the first highway-capable electric vehicles sold in volume by global automakers will appear in showrooms in California and other regions. By the end of 2011...

  • Tesla Store in LA
    Tesla Takes The Trendy Train, Hires Ex Apple-Stores, Gap Guru

    Super sexy Silicon Silicone Valley darlings Tesla Motors might be feeling a little motion sickness after the ups and downs of its first two weeks on the stock market, but its most recent hire brings a whole new level of retail chic to its aggressive sales plans. You'd be forgiven for thinking that...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
    Yellow Is The New Green As Mercedes Bares All With SLS AMG E-Cell

    Remember the bright yellow Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell prototype we wrote about back in June? Equipped with a four-motor, all-wheel-drive system the SLS AMG E-Cell is capable of putting out more than 525 horsepower onto the road and packs electric supercar performance into the iconic gullwing body. As...

  • Tesla Roadster 2.5
    BREAKING: The Tesla Roadster 2.5 Is More Than Just A Few Tweaks

     Tesla have taken cues from the world of software design as it announces the latest set of upgrades to its world-famous Tesla Roadster. But unlike a minor software upgrade, the Tesla 2.5 model gives customers a whole lot more than a few performance tweaks. Just days after its IPO and with shares...

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