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  • 1999 GM (Specialty Vehicles) EV1

    If General Motors' EV1 had featured in the Disney Pixar animated film Cars, we can't imagine it would have been the happiest of characters. It might well have spent a little time complaining about its friends all being crushed back in 1999, and who could blame it? And four years ago it might have been equally unhappy when it was pulled from an exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. Having taken pride of place as an example of electric vehicle technology, it was pulled from display, much to the dismay of EV enthusiasts at a time when the EV world was once...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan electric car, 'All Electric' badge, 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Naming Electric Cars And Companies: Is Anything Good Left?

    Naming new car models is always tough. The latest head-scratcher is GM's decision to rebrand the replacement for its Aveo subcompact as the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a name better associated in the U.S. with hedgehogs or hamburgers. But that's nothing compared to the challenge of naming electric-car...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    No Engine, No Brand Identity? Electric Cars And Branding

    Let us run a few engines past you. A warbling flat six. A growling V8. The howl of an inline four changing cam profiles. The smooth buzz of a rotary. How about some names now? Hemi. Vortec. Powerstroke. VTEC. Renesis. Ecoboost. Noticing a pattern? The first list is clearly engine layouts, and the...

  • Artist Laurence Gartel's Tesla Roadster for Art Basel Miami 2010
    Forget The Tate Gallery, Artist Turns Tesla Roadster Into Moving Exhibit

    Many would argue that the 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 is a work of art, with its smooth lines, low profile and breathtaking performance. But one digital artist has taken the Californian electric sports car to a whole new level - by turning one into a work of art. Created as part of Art Basel...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 Cold Weather Testing
    Electric Cars Can’t Handle Cold Weather? Myth Busted

    We’re big fans of Mythbusters here at AllCarsElectric and love busting some of our own myths. So we decided to test a myth we hear time and time again: electric cars can’t go very far in the Winter when in-cabin electric heating zaps the power from the battery pack. We put on our...

  • Elon Musk Shows Akio Toyoda 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    Tesla Thanks Toyota CEO with a 2011 Roadster Sport 2.5

    Finding the perfect gift to say thank you is a difficult task. Finding the right thank you present is a fine line between a gift that will convey that special message and something you know is unique. So what do you give the CEO that has everything, especially if he runs the world’s largest...

  • 1938 S100 Replica Electric Car

    If the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Nissan Leaf, 2011 Coda Sedan or 2011 Tesla Roadster are a little too modern for your tastes, an eBay auction ending this weekend could offer just what you’re looking for. But is it and other converted or one-off cars worth buying when commercially made cars capable of a higher range and better support are just around the corner? Unique Car, Electrified The unusual car detailed on eBay is certainly handsome. Based on the classic 1938 SS100 sports car, this all-electric version for sale in Canada offers the lucky winner the looks of the legendary British...

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    Tesla's Nemesis - Electric Lotus-Based Sports Car From U.K.

    Tesla knew what they were doing when they selected the chassis from the British Lotus Elise sports car as the basis for their Roadster. The bonded aluminum chassis is spectacularly light by modern standards and also incredibly strong and rigid despite being a roofless design. It also has a large...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    Tesla Gets Jolt Of Power As Panasonic Buys $30 Million Stake

    We have to hand it to Tesla Motors. Over the past year the Californian-based automaker responsible for the fast, sexy 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 and 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 has experienced a pretty good year. Not only has the Palo Alto firm survived its initial public offering, generating over...

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    Racer Or Commuter? Just What IS The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5?

    If you regularly read AllCarsElectric you’ll know that last weekend we were lucky enough to borrow a Lightning Green example of Tesla’s latest incarnation to the already-famous electric two-seater. But while most commentators view the 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 as little more than a...

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    A Weekend With The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 (Video)

    If you saw yesterday’s 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5: First Drive Review you’ll know that we were lucky enough to borrow a Lightning Green example of Tesla’s latest electric sports car for the weekend. Three days, 100 kilowatts of electricity, a couple of hard frosts, countless...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
    2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5: First Drive Review

    The Tesla Roadster is known among gearheads and electric car advocates as being the sports car that smashes all preconceptions about electric vehicles. So when Tesla announced its aptly-named revision to the iconic all-electric car we just had to see if the Californian-based automaker could beat...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

    Pretty much anyone who's driven one loves the performance of the Tesla Roadster, the first modern electric car with a lithium-ion battery pack. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a much less radical electric car than the Roadster in certain ways, and one of them is its accelerator response. Volt: Just like an automatic GM's engineers have tuned the control software to mimic the behavior of a standard gasoline-engine car fitted with an automatic transmission. There's the standard idle creep at a stoplight, and if you lift off the accelerator, the car coasts freely, with little regenerative braking...

  • Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California
    Touched By Tesla: Why Tesla’s Future Lies In Engineering

    Despite what some electric car conversion advocates will tell you, making a good electric car is extremely hard. It takes skill, money, resources and many hours of time. What’s more, the history books are littered with the names of small independent companies who tired and failed to produce...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 What Do YOU Want To Know?

    We’ve already covered the updated 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 upgrade on AllCarsElectric and although our John Voelcker has given the 2010 Roadster a 7.4 out of 10 over at TheCarConnection, we’ve yet to put the 2011 Roadster 2.5 through its paces. Updated with a new grille, some performance...

  • Cast of Universal Studios release "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughan (center)
    Hey Ron Howard: So Electric Cars Aren't That 'Gay' After All?

    The news came via a Facebook status from another automotive journalist: "Interesting. Phrase 'Electric cars are gay' pulled from Ron Howard movie." To which we could only respond, huh? [UPDATE: Turns out that there's even a Tesla angle too.] Turns out the upcoming movie The Dilemma, starring Vince...

  • Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, California
    Touring Tesla: Electric Car Startup Struts Its Green Stuff

    It's debatable whether Tesla Motors should even be called a startup. It's five years old, it has almost 1,400 cars on the road, and it has 700 people working for it globally. Yesterday, in a bid to reinforce its credentials as a real automaker--the kind that can design, engineer, test, and build a...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    Tesla Plays Cautiously, Recalls 439 Roadsters Over Potential Fire Risk

    Tesla Motors, manufacturers of the all-electric Tesla Roadster and Tesla Roadster Sport has decided to recall 439 of its sexy sports car, over a potential fire risk. The Palo-Alto based automaker has often been in the news this year, from its roller coaster initial public offering back in June...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

    Tesla has recalled 439 Roadster 2.0 and 2.5 models due to a low-voltage cable that might be defective. A 12-volt auxiliary cable is the culprit. The cable could lose power, which would affect the headlights, taillights, turn signals/hazard flashers, and airbags. On one vehicle, the cable caused a short, which in turn led to a fire. Tesla plans to re-route the cable and add a protective sleeve. The company has notified the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has started contacting customers. Owners of these models can also contact their dealership for more...

  • Peraves E-Tracer, winner of Progressive Automotive X-Prize. Photo: Stefano Paris.
    Auto X-Prize Winners Finalize Plans To Bring Unique 2-Wheeler To Market

    Let’s face it. We haven’t been particularly nice about the Automotive X-Prize. While the multi-million dollar competition was originally designed to seek out new engineering talent and encourage automakers to go green, the event became a holding pen for the misfits of the automotive...

  • Audi e-tron Concept
    Leaked Sketches Show All-Electric Audi R4 Spyder. Is It Real?

    The Internet is often full of tip-offs, spyshots and conjecture about everything from governmental policies to new car models. With the Paris Motor Show just weeks away we’ve seen all sorts of rumours and predictions about vehicles that we’re likely to see there. But the rumor mill has...

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    Forget Smart Phone Connectivity, EV Returns To Simple Pleasures

    Does the 2011 Nissan Leaf leave you feeling uninspired? Does the 2011 Chevrolet Volt appear too aggressive? Is the 2011 Tesla Roadster just too sporty? Do you long for classic looks, big wheels and great all-round visibility? This weekend an electric car will be sold at an Indianan auction house...

  • Epic Electric Vehicles Torq Roadster
    Epic Electric Vehicles Unveils New Torq Roadster

    Epic Electric Vehicles is a little known company based in the U.S. that manufactures all sorts of electric modes of transport including boats, ATVs and now street-legal roadsters. The company’s latest effort is the new Torq three-wheeler, which kind of looks like an edgier, stripped down...

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    Small, Electric Car Gets Fined For Polluting In U.S.

    Tesla Finds Themselves In Another Fine

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