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  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype

    Just a year ago, seeing the 'RAV4, Powered by Tesla' startup greeting would have been almost unthinkable. Yet last May, Toyota and Tesla inked a deal that took the industry by surprise—and left a lot of observers scratching their heads. And nearly eleven months since that deal—and nine months since it was announced that Tesla would be powering an all-new RAV4 EV, last July—the agreement makes a lot more sense. Through one of the first projects in this agreement, Tesla was to provide the battery, motor system, and all the core powertrain components; Toyota would integrate the...

  • Erik Comas Wins Fifth Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally for Tesla
    Tesla Electric Roadster Triumphs in Monte Carlo For Second Year Running

    There’s something quite fun about winning a competition two years in a row, especially if you’re preoccupied with impending court cases. So when its sexy two seat all-electric Roadster sport romped home in first place at the Fifth Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally Tesla’s board...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Top Gear Producer Says Tesla's Libel Suit Is Bogus

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla says BBC TV show Top Gear falsely stated that the Tesla Roadster could only travel 55 miles before needing to recharge, according to Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. Wilman said the team behind Top Gear, a show that touts the latest and greatest cars...

  • Tesla versus Top Gear
    Tesla Sues Top Gear For Libel Against All-Electric Roadster

    About two years ago BBC’s Top Gear aired a test drive of the then relatively new Tesla Roadster. While this was seen as a major boon for Tesla, the light shone on its all-electric sports car by the popular show was somewhat less than flattering. In fact, it was rather downbeat. What makes the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George Parrott
    Electric Cars: How the 2011 Nissan Leaf & 2011 Chevy Volt Differ

    Not all electric cars are the same. Buyers can now choose between "pure" battery electric vehicles and a car with a combination power train termed either a range-extended electric vehicle, which uses a gasoline engine to generate electricity to run the car, or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that adds...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla Triumphs with Ten Million Miles Travelled Since Launch

    Ten million miles. That’s the achievement being celebrated by Tesla Motors after its customers have clocked up 10 million miles of low emissions, all-electric driving since the Tesla launched its two seat sportscar in 2008. Since delivering its first Roadster in 2008, Tesla has sold over 1500...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

    Eighteen months after Australian Tesla roadster early adopter Simon Hackett broke the world record for the longest distance travelled in a production electric vehicle Tesla Australia is planning a 3,000 kilometer (1,864 mile) trek along the country’s east coast After receiving official governmental approval in January this year to sell its 2011 Roadster 2.5 in Australia, Tesla has opened up its first Australian showroom in Sydney. But with a huge country and only one main showroom, Tesla needed a way to bring the car to potential customers. A road trip, of which we know Tesla is so...

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    What Ever Happened To...? 5 Electric Cars We Should Have by Now

    Nissan may have got heat recently for its long, drawn out and significantly delayed rollout of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but it isn’t the only company struggling to fulfil its own sales figures for 2011. Over the past two years there have been a whole barrage of cars which were promised to the...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
    Watch Out, Tesla And Fisker! More Luxury Carmakers Go Electric

    Electric cars are getting blinged out. We’ve written before about how major automakers like Nissan, Ford and GM are plowing forth with electric car and hybrid offerings. Nissan, in particular, wants to grab 20 percent of the global electric cars market. But luxury automakers are getting into...

  • Tesla Model S and Roadster
    Tesla Motors Earnings: Losses Rise, So Does Share Price

    Silicon Valley startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors released its 2010 earnings report yesterday, and--as you might expect from a startup that has sold only cars for three years--it lost money. Investors apparently weren't fazed by the rising tide of red ink. Tesla shares closed yesterday at...

  • Milan's Tesla Store Opens up
    Tesla Launches New Stores, Pulls Out of Singapore

    It’s no secret that the stereotypical Italian sports car is fast, fiery and molto fortissimo. But fans of fast sports cars now have a new sports car to lust after with the official launch of Tesla Motor’s first Italian store. Situated in the heart of Milan’s upper class fashion...

  • Jens Kratholm's Valentine's day gift
    Does YOUR Valentine's Day Gift Plug In? This Tesla Does

    Okay, let's get the schoolyard jokes about buying your female companion a motorised whirring gift for valentine's day. We know you have a much more sophisticated set of tates than that. But how do you buy your partner an exciting, fast, luxurious gift bound to get her blood pumping without...

  • Tangerine Tutu Tesla Ballerina

    Here’s a task for you. Think of the most unusual thing you’re likely to see in a Tesla dealership. Whichever strange and bizarre places your imagination took you, (no, we don’t want to know) we’re pretty sure it didn’t take you to the Munich Tesla Showroom earlier this week when U.S. ballet dancer Sara Michelle Murawski dropped by to dance with the tangerine Tesla resident at the store. Virginian-born Murawski is in her second season with the Dresden Semper Oper Ballet and decided the 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport would make an excellent accessory to dance with...

  • winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
    Will Winter Storms Spell Disaster for Your Electric Car?

    Is it really all doom and gloom for electric car owners when winter weather comes, and will electric car owners be stranded in the snow as many columnists have suggested? That's the suggestion we've seen time and time again over the weekend as another band of heavy winter storms is poised to hit...

  • Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack
    Life After The Road: Tesla’s European Electric Car Battery Recycling

    It may be the largest battery pack available in any electric car on the road today, but what happens when it is no-longer able to provide enough kick to push the 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 from 0-60 in under 4 seconds? That’s the question answered by Tesla Motors this week as it announced...

  • Getaround car sharing Tesla Roadster Sport
    Rent A Tesla For $25/Hour, Just Plan Your Charging Carefully

    The all-electric Tesla Roadster is probably the world's best advertisement for electric cars. While crude, cramped, and expensive, its 0-to-60-mph time of 3.9 seconds will make a convert out of any electric skeptic. But thus far, Tesla Motors has built only 1,500 Roadsters, and the car was always...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Photo Gallery: 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport, Ohm-My-God Sports Car

    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...

  • Smart ForTwo roadster concept
    Smart Goes Topless: Electric Roadster To Appear At Geneva?

    Smart's current range, just like its sole product, the ForTwo, is short and sweet. The lineup consists of the Pure and Passion specifications, and convertible versions of each. A Ford Fiesta rival is expected in the fall, based on the new Nissan March/Micra subcompact. And although it's not...

  • Ben Collins (The Stig)

    What happens when the masked marvel of the highly popular and highly anti-electric car BBC Show Top Gear leaves? He starts racing electric cars, of course. Since his fiery departure from the prime-time entertainment show after he unveiled his identity, racing driver and stuntman Ben Collins has spent his time promoting his autobiography, joining a rival television show Fifth Gear, and writing in an occasional motoring column. But in a press release last week it was announced that Collins will soon be donning a crash helmet again. Not as an anonymous automaton, but as a regular competitor in...

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    Revolutionary or Flop? Li-Ion Struggles With Reservations

    Last year Li-Ion Motors were crowned winners of the Progressive Insurance X-Prize Alternative Side-by-Side category with their suitably unusual Wave II electric car. Amidst all the controversy surrounding the X-Prize results and allegations of misconduct and fraud, court cases and even a U.S...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Spor 2.5 arrives in Edinburgh
    Range Anxiety? Brit Proves Electric Cars Can Go The Distance

    Yesterday we covered the unexpected electric car challenge from a Tesla fan to the BBC journalist driving the 400+ mile trip from London to Edinburgh in a prototype 2009 MINI E David Peilow, a regular at TeslaMotorsClub.Com, took some time off from his work to prove that not all electric cars were...

  • 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...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 Cold Weather Testing
    Counting Down To 2011: Top ASC Article for March 2010

    Making our way towards the end of the first quarter of 2010, March is one of those months that generally include a lot of Spring Break tips for those going on holiday, as well as, reports about the New York Auto Show. The article that really stuck with us this year from March 2010 wasn’t auto...

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