Tesla Roadster News

  • PG Elektrus electric sports car

    With the last Tesla Roadsters making their way towards owners in Europe, Asia and Australia, the world of electric cars will soon be lacking a sports car figurehead. Since 2008 the Roadster has been pivotal in changing the image of electric cars, but while Tesla Motors readies the 2012 Tesla Model S for launch, there's a distinct, electric sports car-shaped void in the market. Fear not though - another light weight, high-performance sports car is waiting in the wings in Germany, and it's called the PG Elektrus. You might notice its similarities to the Tesla immediately, and for good reason...

  • Revenge Of The Electric Car DVD Box
    Revenge Of The Electric Car: Available On DVD, From Today

    Last year, Chris Paine’s sequel to Who Killed The Electric Car? --Revenge Of The Electric Car -- premiered to a packed audience at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Since then, the independent docufilm has shown at various art houses and community theaters across the U.S, but...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Final Edition, photograph copyright Damon Lavrinc / AOL
    Tesla Updates Roadster For 2012. There’s Just One Catch...

    When the Sexy Tesla Roadster blasted into the automotive world five years ago, we all knew that California-based Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] was only planning to build a few thousand examples. In December, we told you the final 2011 Tesla Roadsters had rolled off the production lines, destined to be...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Final Edition, photograph copyright Damon Lavrinc / AOL
    Last Tesla Roadster Built By Lotus, All Eyes Toward Model S

    All good things must come to an end, and it's the same with the first modern electric car, the already legendary Tesla Roadster. It's long been known that Lotus Cars would build only 2,600 Roadster "gliders" for California-based Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. The company then installs the lithium-ion...

  • Santa In A Tesla Roadster
    Santa Wants You To Drive A Tesla Roadster This Christmas

    Still looking for a holiday gift for an electric car enthusiast who hasn’t yet experienced the sheer thrill of an accelerating electric sports car? If you live in Northern California, we might just have a last minute gift idea for you: a day’s rental of a 2010 super sexy red Tesla...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    Tesla Roadster Owners Soon To Get iPhone App Thanks To Tech-Savvy Fans

    Nearly every electric car on the market today comes with technology that enables you to remotely start its charging cycle, pre-cool the cabin, or check its state of charge using a smart phone or computer. But while owners of the $109,000 Tesla Roadster aren’t among those who had smart-phone...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

    The 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sedan isn’t due to roll off the production lines for another 8 months, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants the world to know that the Californian-based automaker is already putting plans in place to ensure that Model S owners won't be running out of charge. Earlier this year at the official launch of the 2012 Model S Sedan, Musk said that Tesla was planning on installing ultra-rapid charging stations along major arterial freeways such as the I-5 between Canada and Mexico, but declined to give specifics. But in an official Tesla earnings call last week, Musk...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    Electric Cars A Failure? Ha! They've Driven 35 Million Miles

    If you read only certain subsections of the "news," you might be forgiven for thinking that plug-in electric cars have been a sales disaster. They haven't. The Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, and Chevrolet Volt are all built in quite small numbers, and their sales have been commensurately low...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    Tesla: We’re Making a New 2015 Roadster, Plus 3-Series Beaters

    Tesla’s first electric car, the 2007-2011 Roadster, may have ceased production after its planned 2,500 (ish) car production run, but the Tesla Roadster will live on in an all-new car for 2014, Tesla has confirmed. In an interview with Autocar, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed what we already...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Tesla Losing Libel Case With Top Gear In UK High Court

    A British judge ruled against Tesla Motors in its lawsuit for libel against the BBC show Top Gear, which had shown the carmaker's Roadster electric sports car seemingly out of electricity.

  • Shelby GT500KR Golf Cart
    Dear Floridians: Golf Carts Are NOT Electric Cars

    Electric car enthusiasts have struggled for years with "golf cart" jibes and only recently with cars like the 2011 Tesla Roadster and 2012 Nissan Leaf has the "ugly and slow" image started to disappear. In Florida, there's a different problem - people who believe their golf carts are actual cars...

  • Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack
    Got An Electric Car? How About Pre-Paying For Its Next Battery Pack?

    We’ve all heard the shock stories -- generally from media outlets which haven’t fully researched the topic -- saying that the battery pack in your electric car will only last a few years and then cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars to replace. We think its unlikely that most...

  • 2009 Audi R8 e-Tron Concept

    Forget the Jaguar C-X75 or BMW i8 range-extenders. When it comes to the greenest supercars around, pure-electric drivetrains are a must. Whether its single motors, dual motors, or one in each wheel, electric cars offer enthusiasts a whole new level of performance, and capabilities never seen before. Here’s our roundup of the latest production-intended electric supercars, either prototypes or are already on sale, as well as some wild concepts that give us a preview of what's to come. Tesla Roadster Starting off with what’s already in showrooms, you can’t look pass the Tesla...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    One Red Tesla: This Canadian’s Bid to Trade Up Is Running Out of Time

    Remember the story of One Red Paperclip? The guy from Vancouver, Canada who traded a single red paperclip to a full-size house in just 14 trade ups? Now fellow Canadian Martin Provost, trying to trade his way from a $30 Camera to a Tesla Roadster, has just got his first ride in the $109,000...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    Green Car People: Who Buys Electric And Plug-In Vehicles?

    Once upon a time, people who bought (or built) electric vehicles were often science-minded, forward-thinking, eco-conscious drivers who sometimes had a hippie past. Times have changed. Today, there are several motivations for buying a car that plugs into the electric grid to recharge its battery...

  • Tesla all-electric Model S sedan and Roadster sports car shown together on video
    Secret Tesla Video? Model S Sedan, Roadster Shown On The Road Together

    Tesla Motors has now released a few videos (here and here) of the all-electric 2012 Model S sports sedan it plans to launch next year. But we haven't yet seen one showing the Model S driving together with the equally all-electric 2011 Tesla Roadster. That's what the video below shows. According to...

  • Tesla Store in LA
    Curious Tire-Kickers Keep Tesla Busy Even Without Cars to Sell

    Drop by your local Apple retail store, and you’re bound to see it humming with visitors. But while some are there to hand over their hard-earned cash for a new computer or mobile device many more are there to soak up the apple store experience. Most are there just to window shop, dreaming of...

  • E-RA takes Nurburgring
    Auto X-Prize Runner Up Clocks Faster Time Than Mini E At Nürburgring (Video)

    It’s almost a year since the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize came to a conclusion, but we’ve heard relatively little from its various winners. Until Now. Enter the Finnish team which came runners up in the Alternative (Side by Side) category with the conventionally-styled...

  • Toyota Prius Plug-In

    With some automakers already offering fully-electric cars, do plug-in hybrids matter? #YouTellUs

  • First 2011 Chevrolet Volt delivered to retail buyer Jeffrey Kaffee, in Denville, NJ, December 2010
    Electric Car Purchase Incentives? They’re Normal in Normal

    While the federal government has a blanket $7,500 tax credit available for anyone who purchases an eligible electric ca, each state is at liberty to apply its own incentives to encourage people to make the switch from gasoline to electric cars. The amount of additional incentives varies from state...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

    Mike Koenigs is also a true Tesla and clean power activist

  • Yokohama/ACPropulsion Pikes-Peak Hill-Climb Vehicle
    Electric Car With EV1 Heritage Sets New Pikes Peak Record

    For the past week or so the famous Pikes Peak in Colorado has rung with the sound of cars and motorcycles climbing the 12.42 mile course to its 14,110 foot summit. But yesterday for a few minutes, the mountain was a little quieter as an electric car climbed the summit, completing the would-renowned...

  • Tesla Roadster on an autocross course
    Tesla Owner Electrifies Autocross Event With Roadster Fun (Video)

    How do you legally have fun with a $109,000 electric sportscar that can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds, has excellent grip, and a top speed of 125 mph? That’s exactly the question facing many Tesla Roadster owners looking to test their cars - and themselves - to the limit in a safe environment...

  • 2011 LIberty E-Range SUV
    First Drive Report: 2011 Liberty E-Range Electric Range Rover

    If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you’ll know that we’ve said before that making a good electric car is hard, even for large automakers like Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Chevrolet. As for turning a production gasoline or diesel car into an electric one? It’s a whole...

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