Tesla Roadster News

  • 2012 BMW ActiveE  -  Driven in Monterey, February 2012

    The e-mail pitch from BMW said, "Electronauts Wanted". The goal was to get several hundred drivers to lease a new electric car, the BMW ActiveE, for two years to give BMW more real-world data on how people use these cars in the real world. A total of 700 ActiveEs are on their way to America. The lease offer--with unrestricted mileage--will cost $499 a month plus a $2500 deposit. At the end of the lease, you will give back the car--this is a test, and only a test. Since I was already a seasoned Electronaut with 14,000 miles behind the wheel of my all-electric Nissan Leaf, I signed up on the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    After Model X, Tesla To Sell Cheaper Electric; 2015 Roadster To Follow

    Tesla's upcoming product plans seem designed for maximum stability, so don't expect to see a new Roadster until after the launch of Tesla's affordable Gen 3 car.

  • Tesla Repairs Roadster Just Before Warranty Expires
    Tesla Keeps Roadster Owner Happy, Rebuilds Car Before Warranty Ends

    When you buy any new car, it comes with a warranty which guarantees the automaker will replace or fix any defects in the car for a set period of time. Generally, warranty repairs are carried out when the car’s buyer notices something wrong with their car, but for one Tesla Roadster owner, his...

  • PG Elektrus electric sports car
    After The Tesla Roadster, Can Other Electric Cars Fill The Void?

    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...

  • 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

    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 battery pack, electric drive motor, and power electronics into each one at its Menlo Park, California, dealership. Now, the last Roadster has been assembled and the electric car that changed many critics' minds about plug-ins, spawned a Silicon Valley startup car company, and put electric cars back on...

  • 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
    Tesla Confirms Rapid-Charging Corridor Between LA And SF

    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...

  • National Plug-In Day, Oct 2011
    National Plug-In Day: Roundup Report Of Electric-Car Events

    National Plug-In Day on Sunday, October 16, was a success by any measure. Organized as a nationwide call to action in many U.S. cities by Plug-In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, the event brought out plug-in car owners and advocates to show off their cars, motorcycles...

  • 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’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 suspected: that an all-new 2015 Tesla Roadster would come to market some time in 2014. The news is hardly surprising. After all, Tesla has already detailed how it plans to use the chassis and power train from its 2012 Model S luxury sedan to spawn a whole new range of vehicles, including the Model X...

  • 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.

  • Filling up the Mini E at the gas station; photo, Michael Thwaite
    Hurricane Irene Recap: 2 Electric Cars, No Power? No Problem!

    You might think having a 2009 Tesla Roadster while your electricity is out for a week would be a challenge, but Michael Thwaite actually found out how little extra bother it entailed.

  • 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
    Electric Supercars: The New Breed Of Fast And Sexy

    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...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

    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 electric rocket. But his hour of fun last week wasn’t because he had successfully traded something in exchange for the sexy sports car. It was because he managed to bag a test drive when Tesla Motors visited Ottawa to provide test drives to potential buyers. That test-drive might be as close Provost...

  • 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
    Do Plug-In Hybrids Matter? #YouTellUs

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

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