Tesla Roadster News

  • 2013 Detroit Electric SP:01

    The Detroit Electric SP:01 you see above was teased last month, but readers will note its similarity to the British Lotus Elise sports car--albeit one with electric power. This is not, it has to be said, an original idea. The Tesla Roadster of a few years past also used a Lotus Elise chassis, albeit with carbon-fiber bodywork and a unique redesign. The PG Elektrus was similar. As was the Nemesis. And several others besides. There's a good reason for it of course--the Elise's aluminum chassis provides electric automakers with a light, strong, adaptable platform. But what separates Detroit...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Final Edition, photograph copyright Damon Lavrinc / AOL
    Tesla Motors Loses Libel Case Over Top Gear's Roadster Review (Again)

    It isn't easy being a startup car company. Running a new business is difficult enough without others damaging the reputation of your product. That's why Tesla CEO Elon Musk fought so hard over The New York Times' assessment of its Model S in a recent road trip, and why the company sued Top Gear for...

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    Stretch Nissan Leaf Electric Limo For Sale On eBay: What Would You Pay?

    Want a Nissan Leaf but disappointed that you can't take more of your friends along for the ride? Or don't have space for champagne flutes? The Nissan Leaf limo for sale on eBay could be just the thing to meet your needs. If you think the concept of a Nissan Leaf electric limo sounds familiar, then...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011
    Want To Trade Your Tesla Roadster In For A 2012 Model S? Now You Can

    If you’ve ever purchased a car, the chances are you’ll be familiar with the concept of trade-ins: giving the dealer your old car-- and the equity contained within it--as a down-payment on a newer model. Now electric automaker Tesla Motors is offering a similar trade-in deal for owners...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Final Edition, photograph copyright Damon Lavrinc / AOL
    Not Driven An Electric Car Yet? Try These Five First

    If you've not yet driven an electric car, we think you're really missing out. Even if you consider yourself an electric car cynic, it's worth having a drive in one, experiencing the smoothness and silence, and the surprising acceleration available even in less powerful models. Whether you're a...

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    What I Did This Summer: Electric Cars & Owners Go On Vacation

    Now we’ve entered the start of September, it’s officially no-longer summer. For many Americans that means no more road-trips, balmy summer evenings or family camping trips. So while you prepare for falling leaves, finding your winter sweaters and working through until Thanksgiving, we...

  • Rafael de Mestre's Crashed Tesla Roadster (via Facebook)

    Back in July, we told you about Frenchman Rafael de Mestre, and his Verne-inspired attempt to travel around the world in just 80 days in his all-electric Tesla Roadster. Using some clever social media, and a few video cameras to boot, de Mestre has live blogged his trip in detail, giving us the highs and lows of a global expedition in a super-sexy sports car. On Sunday, however, just 600 miles short of the finish line, de Mestre’s attempt to beat fellow Frenchmen Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy’s own electric car circumnavigation of the world came to an abrupt halt. While passing...

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    Keeping An Eye On Your Electric Car? You’re Not The Only One

    If you drive an electric car, the chances are you’ve experienced at some point the fear that your car will run out of charge before you reach your destination, otherwise known as range anxiety. But what about the fear that the battery pack in your new electric car will suffer rapid...

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    Want A Tesla Roadster? Buy George Clooney's Old Car

    The Tesla Roadster is no longer on sale, and with attention on the recently-launched Model S, the upcoming Model X crossover and a rumored BMW 3-Series-sized Tesla sedan, it may be some time before the company produces another sports car. That means you're limited to used vehicles, and what better...

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    Five Electric Supercars We Want In Our Garage

    For some, cars are much more than merely a method of transport. Much of the stereotypical gearhead backlash against electric and hybrid vehicles is to do with the perception that the vehicles are transportation for tree huggers, hippies and people who believe that people shouldn't have fun. It's...

  • Tesla Roadster To J-1772 Adaptor
    Tesla Roadster Owners Get Third-Party Charging Adaptor, CAN Finally Charge

    It officially ended production last year, but the iconic Tesla Roadster is still being developed and tweaked thanks to a few enterprising Tesla owners and fans. The latest must-have for any Tesla Roadster? A small adaptor that allows Tesla Roadster owners to charge their cars at any public J-1772...

  • Rafael de Mestre's round-the-world Tesla [Image: 1e-race.com / @chargelocator on Twitter]
    Two Electric Cars, One Planet To Race Around: Who Will Win?

    Remember the two French guys in their Mitsubishi i (well, Citroen C-Zero)? Their eight-month, 15,500-mile journey in the tiny electric car is just one of many long-distance EV publicity drives we've seen, but certainly one of the longest. Naturally, they're not the only people to have thought of...

  • Tesla Roadster #16 on track at ReFuel EV races

    Visit any major race track on any day of the week and there’s bound to be a cacophony of noise as professional race teams or enthusiastic amateurs drive lap after lap in praise to the gods of gasoline. But what would it be like if every car going around the track was powered by electricity? What would it sound like then? At last week’s highly popular Refuel 2012, electric car drivers and race enthusiasts answered that question once and for all. Luckily for us, there were also plenty of video cameras on hand to capture the action for Youtube posterity. In its fourth year, the...

  • Horse Jumps Tesla Roadster
    With 2012 Tesla Model S Launched, Tesla Roadster Horses Around

    However good the parent, the arrival of a new baby can have the unfortunate effect of making older siblings feel neglected and unloved. We didn’t expect those kind of feelings in the automotive world, but a stunt recently posted on the Internet involving a Tesla Roadster reminds us of a...

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    Green-Car Death List: 2012 Models To Which We Bid Adieu

    Every year, some car models pass from our midst, often dying quietly and unnoticed. Here's our list of the green cars that are no longer with us. There were, of course, more cars than just this handful of the greenest models that died in 2012; here's a more complete list. Chevrolet Aveo While the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    2008-2011 Tesla Roadster: Should You Buy One, And For How Much?

    For the past five years or more, the iconic Tesla Roadster has been the poster child for electric cars. Produced between 2008 and 2011, the two-seat Tesla Roadster combines the desirability of a luxury sports car with race-car performance, while its massive 53 kilowatt-hour battery pack gives...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report
    How Much Range Does Your Leaf Lose If You Unplug It For 8 Days?

    Remember Michael DeGusta, the guy who indadvertedly ‘bricked’ his oh-so-expensive Tesla Roadster after storing it in an almost-empty state for nearly two months? In the case of DeGusta’s Tesla, the car used most of the remaining charge trying to keep itself warm, but the story did...

  • Musician Thomas Dolby's 'Time Machine' with Tesla Roadster electric car, March 2012
    Time Travel With Thomas Dolby, Musician & Electric-Car Pioneer

    We're all time travelers, really. The thing is that we only move in one direction, and--in real time--very slowly at that. If you fancy the idea of zipping forward in time to see if electric cars really take off, you'll need some kind of Time Machine. Guess what? My favorite English musician...

  • The open road

    You might think that electric vehicles aren't naturally suited to driving long distances just yet, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people giving it a go anyway. Here then is the GreenCarReports guide to the world of long-distance EV publicity stunts, arranged conveniently by distance, shortest to longest. We'll keep this article updated when new teams attempt new distance challenges... 313 miles, 2009 - Australian road trip in a Tesla Roadster Prior to the JEVC's decimation of the EV distance record, Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas managed 313 miles from a standard Tesla Roadster at...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Open Vehicles Community Releases Electric-Car Monitoring App

    Buy a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt, and you can use an app on your smartphone to query the car about its state of charge, start or stop charging, and warm or cool the cabin before unplugging--all of it remotely. As electric-car owners have found, it's wonderfully useful. But not all electric cars...

  • 2011 NIssan Leaf Battery Warranty Information
    Nissan Leaf Battery Warranty: What You MUST Do To Keep It Valid

    Yesterday, we covered a story about several Tesla Roadster owners -- and one in particular -- who claim that Tesla caused them to turn their $109,000 cars into very expensive bricks. The owners in question claim that Tesla didn’t make them aware that leaving a roadster unplugged for extended...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Is Tesla 'Bricking' Story Just An Angry Owner's Warranty Claim?

    And now perhaps it all becomes clear. The Tesla battery 'bricking' post that was today's electric-car news story and generated reams of coverage may simply be an attempt by an unhappy owner to get Tesla Motors to replace the battery in his Roadster. At least, that would appear to be the logical...

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    Tesla Battery 'Bricking': The Real Story Behind The Scare

    Late last night, a sensational blog post circulated through Silicon Valley. It claimed that several $100,000-plus Tesla Roadsters were now useless as the result of a "devastating design problem," with their battery packs "bricked" from being left too long without plugging in. Early this morning, we...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Bricking A Tesla Roadster Battery: Today's Electric Car Meme

    Heard of "bricking" yet? No? You will shortly. It's the phenomenon in which the lithium-ion battery pack of an electric car that's left unplugged for a long period goes completely, utterly dead--to the point where it cannot be recharged, and becomes a large, expensive "brick." [FURTHER UPDATE: Is...

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