Tesla Roadster News

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5

    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 $226 million for the company, but it has managed an updated version to its popular Roadster sportscar as well as announcing a slew of development partnerships. In May, Tesla and Toyota confirmed they would be working together on electric vehicle development. Then, later in the year both companies...

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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...

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    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...

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    How To Make Your 2011 Chevy Volt Drive Like a Tesla Roadster

    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...

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    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

    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 tweaks and an all-new battery management system that provides better thermal stability for the battery pack in extremes of weather, the Tesla Roadster 2.5 certainly looks good on paper. But this weekend we’re getting a chance to really find out for sure. Thanks to Tesla UK, we’re going...

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    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 Recalls 439 Roadster Models Over Potential Fire Risk

    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...

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    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

    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 been working overtime for one company in particular: Audi. According to several websites, Audi will be unveiling a concept car based on the R4 Audi E-Tron concept which was unveiled in Detroit earlier this year. At the moment though, all we’ve seen are a few sketches, and this mysterious video...

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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...

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    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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    Tesla Fined $275,000 Over Emissions Regulations

    With electricity not always generated through renewable methods, it can be hard to claim that an EV is truly zero-emissions. It's generally accepted that you aren't pumping any gasses out the back as you drive along, though. Well, the car shouldn't be anyway... Despite this, electric vehicle...

  • Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5 Landspeed Record Car
    At 307 MPH, Ohio-Built Electric Racer Is Anything But Slow

    Land speed records have long been a integral part of motor racing, but for many years electric vehicles have been viewed as slow and cumbersome. With a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds, the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport certainly puts the myth of slow vehicles to bed, but just how fast can an...

  • 2010 TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster

    Headers. Cams. Pistons. Liners. Ports. Carbs. Crankshafts. Filters. Mufflers. Are these all words we'll start to see disappearing from the tuning magazines of the future? Mankind has always wanted to go faster, whether that's in a car, an aircraft, a boat or even on a horse. Tuning is an essential part of car culture ... and EVs will be no exception. As electric cars become more prevalent in the marketplace, a hot-rodding culture will likely develop around them in the same way it has for internal combustion cars. So what does the future of EV tuning have in store? Simply going faster...

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    Tesla's Elon Musk Sneers at 'Primitive' 2011 Nissan Leaf Battery

    Automakers often do comparison ads showing how their features or specs are better than their competitors', but they don't generally trash other makers' designs in public. Like so many conventions, this one doesn't seem to apply to Elon Musk, CEO of venture-funded startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]...

  • Daihatsu Mira EV - Photo by the Japan EV Club
    What Range Anxiety? Daihatsu EV Does 623 Miles On One Charge

    Last October, Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas set a new distance record for a production battery-powered vehicle: a hugely impressive 313 miles in a 2008 Tesla Roadster. That's around 70 miles more than the EPA's rated range for the world's best -known EV. Unfortunately for them, not even a...

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    Tesla Motors Reports Wider $38.5M Loss, But Says It’s On Track

    As predicted, Tesla Motors posted higher losses for the second quarter during its earnings announcement today — its first as a public company. The electric vehicle maker says it brought in $28.4 million revenue, but lost $38.5 million ($5.04 a share), up from the $29.5 million lost last quarter...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan prototype - front
    So What Exactly Is An American-Made Car? You May Be Surprised

    We wrote about the 2011 Coda Sedan and Coda's EV cost calculator not too long ago, and described the cars as a "Chinese-built sedan" with a battery pack "containing Chinese-made lithium-ion cells." The Coda, we said would be "the first Chinese-manufactured passenger car sold in the U.S. when it...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    The New Black Market: Buying And Selling EV Credits

    It appears selling cars isn’t the only way for electric vehicle manufactures to earn a buck. Thanks to California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program, some manufacturers, such as Tesla, are earning additional cash by selling their unused pollution credits. The California Air Resources Board (CARB)...

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