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  • Dentist - Photo by Flickr User WolfieWolf.

    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 product, from the latest toothbrush and toothpaste to your own domestic teeth polishing kit or floss. Forget oral hygiene for a second. It turns out that dentist is asked more than which toothbrush they use. According to TheWeathlyDentist.com, four out of five dentists said they would be open to...

  • 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...

  • Rabobank EV charging
    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...

  • Liberty E-Range
    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
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk Can't Handle the Truth

    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...

  • CA 'Access OK' Clean Air Vehicle carpool lane sticker
    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...

  • Tesla Roadster 2.5

     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 almost doubling in value on the first day of trading, Tesla's charismatic CEO Elon Musk has unveiled a set of upgrades to new Tesla Roadsters as he launches two new stores in Copenhagen Denmark, and Newport Beach, California. Not only do all new Tesla Roadsters feature the upgrades which Tesla have...

  • Tesla Roadster 2.5
    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...

  • Tesla Model S and Roadster
    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
    Tesla Building Next-Gen Roadster Completely In-House

    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...

  • 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...

  • BYD e6 concept

    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 firm BYD (Build Your Dreams) is known for its larger-than life attitude to EVs. Initially a battery firm, it has branched out into cars and plans to bring its e6 all electric car to the USA in the next few years. The e6 doesn't stand out. It is a normal-looking car from a small company with a big...

  • Tesla Motors and Toyota logos
    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...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra
    Snapped on the Street: Fiat 500 Electric Car Visits Palo Alto

    The great thing about having your company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is that you never quite know what you'll see on the street. There are lots of expensive cars like BMWs and Bentleys floating around. There are also a disproportionate number of Tesla Roadsters, since the company is...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    2010 Tesla Roadster's Price is Right--But Not For One Player

    You've seen it all--Alpine hikers plummeting to their deaths, women losing tube tops and falling down spinning the big wheel, people losing their "stuff" when they bid exactly right on a Showcase Showdown. But have you ever seen one winner walk away with more than $112,000 on The Price is Right?...

  • 2012 Tesla Model S

    Last month was was a pretty great one for mainstream automakers planning to deliver plug-in vehicles. Publicity a-plenty, state and Federal grants announced, pricing revealed. The message from Detroit and Japan is clear: If you like it then you shoulda put a plug on it ... But with so many of the big guns launching plug-in vehicles, what hope do small EV and PHEV companies have in future months? Within a year, we'll be able to choose among some really impressive plug-in vehicles. Within five years, expect most major manufacturers to be offering some form of plug-in--all with excellent service...

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Tesla Roadster Production to Continue Through 2012

    In a recent article posted on this site, we had reported that the Tesla Roadster would see a production lapse in 2012.  The lapse was considered to be necessary due to a chassis changeover by Lotus, of which the Roadster shares numerous components.  During the changeover by Lotus, Tesla would be...

  • 2010 TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster
    The Tesla and TAG Heuer Odyssey Begins!

    Certainly, TAG Heuer is a pioneer, as is Tesla Motors, and this week, together they launched a 23,000-mile road trip appropriately dubbed the "Odyssey of Pioneers." The Odyssey departs Basel, Switzerland, tomorrow morning, striking out for Zurich, stopping only to charge its batteries at...

  • Tesla Roadster Sport at Boulder, Colorado Dealership
    A Visit To Tesla’s Colorado Dealership: All-Electric a Mile High

    Tesla’s Become a Normal Sight Among the Boulder Scene

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Californians: Buy a 2010 Tesla Roadster, Get $12,500 Off!

    The nice thing about buying advanced-technology cars is that many of them, at one point or another, come with financial incentives meant to encourage fuel efficiency. Even if the car in question is a 2010 Tesla Roadster, the $109,000 two-seat all-electric convertible that blasts from 0 to 60 mph in...

  • 2010 Opel Flextreme GT-E Concept
    2010 Geneva Motor Show: Green Car Concepts Roundup

    Yesterday we covered the new green production cars at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, now underway in snowy Switzerland. Today, we get to cover the cooler, sexier side of the show: concept cars! So, here's our roundup of notable green and advanced-technology concept cars at Geneva. Audi A1 e-tron...

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