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    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 manufacturers are still required to comply with the "Clean Air Act" by supplying the EPA with a "Certificate of Conformity" for their cars. Tesla apparently ignored the memo, and now they're staring down the barrel of a $275,000 fine for non-compliance. Oddly, the company complied in 2008 but their...

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    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...

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    Tomorrow's Hot-Rodders Will Take to Electric Cars, Just Watch

    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...

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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]...

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    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

    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 arrives." Which prompted a note from Coda's Matt Sloustcher pointing out that "final assembly of our vehicle will take place in California." Final assembly: Driving it off the line Technically, that means that the 2011 Coda Sedan will be "American manufactured," not Chinese-manufactured as we'd...

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    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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    Four Out Of Five Dentists Open To Driving Electric Cars (Apparently)

    Unless you've been living in a remote shack in the remote wilderness of Northern Alaska you'll be familiar with the television adverts we all suffered in the 80s which started with the immortal line "Four out of five dentists..." What followed was normally an advertisement for some form of dental...

  • Toyota RAV4 facelift for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
    BREAKING: The RAV4 EV Is Returning, Tesla, Toyota Confirms

    Remember yesterday's article where we spoke about rumbles from the rumor mill at Toyota and Tesla? Industry insiders had told two auto sites that the two companies were working together on a supercar and a re-development of the classic RAV4 EV. We said yesterday that the possibility of the RAV4...

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    Rabobank, SolarCity Switch On Chargers Along Highway 101, CA

    California's Highway 1, otherwise known as the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the world's most famous roads and one we should all drive at some point in our lives. Some 400 miles of driving, a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles might be a fun journey in a gas car, but isn't a trip many would...

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    Ultimate Green SUV: For $225K, Range Rover Electric Conversion

    Ask most consumers to describe an electric car and the chances are they will talk about the Tesla, the 2011 Nissan Leaf, maybe the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. They almost surely won't think of the large, luxurious, and expensive Range Rover. They may talk about how expensive EVs are. And unless they're...

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster

    Elon Musk, the CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors and rocket-launcher SpaceX, should be applauded for the mighty challenges he’s taken on and the powers of persuasion he has deployed to build his companies. But along the way, he discovered that he could stretch the truth, casually and frequently, as a shortcut to getting things done. Clad in a sheen of bubbly optimism, his mendacity nonetheless has consequences. Through Tesla’s IPO, he has now taken hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers and public investors who expect not just a return but square dealing from the man who is...

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    California Yanks Prius Perks: No More Hybrid HOV-Lane Access

    You may remember that in California, 85,000 lucky owners of three hybrid vehicles were granted special stickers giving them access to High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes, even with only a single occupant in the car. Well, their luck runs out on December 31, the last day those stickers are valid. While...

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    BREAKING: The Tesla Roadster 2.5 Is More Than Just A Few Tweaks

     Tesla have taken cues from the world of software design as it announces the latest set of upgrades to its world-famous Tesla Roadster. But unlike a minor software upgrade, the Tesla 2.5 model gives customers a whole lot more than a few performance tweaks. Just days after its IPO and with shares...

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    2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5: New Looks, Wheels, Seats, Less Noise

    Tesla's on a roll, it seems. Two days after its successful public stock offering, the company has released details of the latest updates to its Roadster electric sports car--known as "Roadster 2.5" after software-release numbering. The 2.5 version sports some new styling at front and rear...

  • Alan Salzman of VantagePoint Venture Partners
    VantagePoint’s Alan Salzman on Tesla and how VCs should think green

    I just sat down with Alan Salzman, CEO of VantagePoint Venture Partners — perhaps better known today as the first venture capital firm to invest in Tesla Motors — to see how he’s feeling about the big win, and what it might mean for VPVP’s growing green strategy. As you can imagine, he was...

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    IPO Or Not, Tesla Won't Survive As Independent, Analysts Say

    Quick, name the last automaker to go public before yesterday's Tesla Motors IPO. Stumped? It was Ford Motor Company. The year was 1956. Perhaps buyers of Tesla Motors stock [NSDQ:TSLA] were optimistic because they had little context to assess the comapny. Tesla's stock soared from its offering...

  • Tesla Roadster NYC

    Today was a big day for Tesla, with the company’s shares finally trading on Nasdaq and investors pouring in more than $226 million into its coffers. As with any major Wall Street listing, Tesla needed to submit an IPO filing to the SEC detailing its structure, future plans and just exactly where investor money would be going. IPO filings are usually a boon for company information and Tesla’s is no different. The electric car start-up has revealed through its IPO filing that it will use investor funds to pay for possible acquisitions and factories to start producing the Model S electric...

  • Racing Green Endurance electric car, Imperial College, London, June 2010
    Drive An Electric Race Car From Alaska to S America? Why Not?

    The British have a long history of improbable and unlikely quests. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they fail. So the attempt by a group of 20-something engineers to boost the image of electric cars in the public eye by driving the length of the Pan-American Highway in an electrically powered...

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    Does BYD’s Ultimate Taxi Roadtest Hold Company’s Future?

    What does a pizza delivery teen, a taxi driver and a courier have to do with EVs? Not much right now, but could these and other professional drivers hold the key to truly prove that EVs have what it takes to hit the big time, or do they risk condemning EVs to the history books forever? Chinese auto...

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    WSJ: No Tesla-Toyota Joint Venture, Yet

    They may have struck a deal to transfer control of the old NUMMI manufacturing facility, but as of yet, Toyota and electric-car manufacturer Tesla have no firm deal to produce vehicles together. The Wall Street Journal says a recent stock filing reveals the companies haven't yet inked a deal that...

  • Screen capture from Driver's Republic drive report of 2009 Tesla Roadster
    Friday Favorite: Best 2009 Tesla Roadster Video Review Ever!

    We've driven a 2009 Tesla Roadster, contributed to the complete review, and written about the torturous tradeoff between using the stupendous acceleration and maintaining enough battery range to get you home again. While the Roadster will go down in history for making electric vehicles sexy, Tesla...

  • Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors
    If Musk Ever Leaves Tesla, Daimler Will Help Choose New CEO

    What would happen if the charismatic CEO responsible for the 2009 Tesla Roadster -- the most sexy electric sports car to hit the roads of the U.S. this century -- were to leave the Silicon Valley startup company he co-founded? Now we know: The possibly less-sexy, less-charismatic, less-electrified...

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