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  • 2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra

    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 based in Silicon Valley. But sometimes you get something even more unexpected. We received this photo of an electric Fiat 500 that was snapped while it was driving around downtown Palo Alto. It parked in front of our local Starbucks, with two men inside and a Michigan manufacturer plate on the rear...

  • Tesla in Moscow's Red Square
    Watch Out, Russia, Here Comes the Electric Tesla Roadster!

    The 2010 Tag Heuer Tesla Roadster made its way to Moscow last week. It is the first electric car, and the first car not made with Russian parts, to park in Moscow's famous Red Square. The 2010 Tesla Roadster seems to have made quite a stir in Russia. Last Thursday, it was the star of a VIP...

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    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?...

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    Forecast For The Future of Small Plug-In Car Companies: Bleak

    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...

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    Reader Opinion: Automakers Should Convert Existing Models To EVs

    Hobbyist and auto manufacturers have different viewpoints on electric vehicles, or EVs. As an EV enthusiast, building a number of all-electric vehicles has been an incredible learning experience for me. Converted from gasoline to all electric, the cars were highway capable and had a  top speed of...

  • 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

    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 pre-existing charge points, basically any available electrical outlet. The one-of-a-kind 2010 TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster will continue on across three continents, stopping in 15 cities and 150 smaller towns along that way, demonstrating how safe, reliable, sleek, and durable the vehicle is. The kick-off of the...

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    2010 Tesla Roadster Road Trip: Around the World With Leo

    It's every green car girl's fantasy. A romantic, adventurous trip in a 007-style 2010 Tesla Roadster with her beau, Leonardo DiCaprio (insert wistful sigh here). While it may sound like a dream, it is true. Tag Heuer (the luxury watchmaker) and Tesla just announced the "Odyssey of Pioneers," a...

  • 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...

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    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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    Lease Your Tesla Roadster Now, Only $1,658 Per Month

    Have you ever dreamed of owning Tesla Roadster, but simply could not muster together enough money for the $109,000 electric supercar?  Well, Tesla has the answer.  Now you can lease one for only $1,658 a month.  Sounds like a bargain, but there's a catch. Tesla has just opened up a leasing...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt

    A recent article in the Oakland Tribune highlights the high failure rate of independent car dealerships selling only electric vehicles. Frankly, we're not at all surprised. We worried readers might find a subtext that the slew of EV-only dealerships that have closed--in Berkeley, Concord, Davis, and Santa Rosa--is evidence that even the greenest of San Francisco Bay Area consumers aren't interested in electric cars. Which is hogwash. Real electric cars this year As we regularly write, real electric cars will land in dealerships before the end of this year. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011...

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Don't Have A Spare $109K? Now You Can Lease a Tesla Roadster

    When the auto market fell apart last year, the era of cheap car leases came to an abrupt end. And only recently have manufacturers tiptoed cautiously back into offering lease payments for some models, rather than selling them outright. The latest maker to join the lease parade is Tesla Motors...

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Electric Cars Need Sex Appeal; the Tesla Roadster's Got It

    As electric cars move from garage conversions into mass production over the next few years, public adoption could be held back by something more crippling than battery technology: the notion that electric cars are no more than unattractive golf carts. A large part of the public perceive the...

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    BREAKING: Tesla Employees Killed in Plane Crash Identified

    UPDATE (February 18): The three Tesla Motors employees killed yesterday in the crash of a small airplane at the Palo Alto Airport have now been identified, according to local news reports. They were: Doug Bourn, a senior electric engineer and the presumed pilot of the plane; Andrew Ingram, an...

  • Audi e-tron Concept
    Audi To Sell e-Tron Electric Coupes, Hopes Name Has Quattro Clout

    After the rapturous reception for three successive models of its e-Tron electric coupe concept at the Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Detroit auto shows, Audi announced it would build and sell a small number of the electric supercars. Now we know a few more details of Audi's plans. And it seems Audi...

  • Tesla Roadster recharging at Denver International Airport, from SolarDave blog
    Tesla Charge at Airport Plug Shows EV Drivers Are Resourceful

    The Tesla Roadster may be going out of production in 2012, but Tesla drivers--and electric vehicle drivers in general--are nothing if not resourceful. First, in December, the company managed a cross-country road trip, driving a Roadster from Los Angeles to Detroit. Now, we find that a Colorado...

  • Tesla Roadster with CA Clean Air Vehicle sticker  --  flickr user jurvetson

    Whenever we're asked whether electric-car startup Tesla Motors will make it, we respond with our own question: What's the last carmaker started from scratch in the U.S. by entrepreneurs that's still with us, and when did it launch? The answer is Chrysler, and the year was 1924. In other words, starting a car company is a tough, tough challenge. And it takes a whole lot of cash. No Roadsters after 2011 The question of Tesla's survival cropped up again on Friday, when the Wired Autopia blog revealed that the company doesn't plan to sell its Tesla Roadster after 2011 due to tooling changes at...

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    Tesla Roadster Production to End in 2011, New Version Expected in 2013

    According to a report from Wired's Autopia site, the Tesla Roadster that we are familiar with will come to the end of its production run in 2011.  A new version of the Roadster will appear in 2013. Autopia came across the information while perusing through the filings made by Tesla with the...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    2010 Tesla Roadster Sport Offers More Punch

    For About $25K Extra You Can Get To 60 MPH Quicker

  • AC Propulsion and AutoPort, Inc. Partner to Develop Electric Vehicle for US Postal Service Feasibility Study

    AC Propulsion, source of the technologies and/or components and systems for the Tesla Roadster and Mini-e, has now partnered with AutoPort, Inc. to develop an electric vehicle for a US Postal Service (USPS) feasibility study.  Among many capabilities, AutoPort specializes in fleet conversions, so...

  • Raging Grannies Protest Tesla
    Raging Grannies Protest Tesla's Possible Use of Toxic Dump Site For Future Model S Plant

      A group of concerned activists is raising questions about one potential location for Tesla's future Model S assembly plant. The Raging Grannies spent last Saturday in front of the Tesla dealership in Menlo Park, California, asking why the electric vehicle company might build their future plant...

  • Literally a golf cart: EV Electric eZone Tropic, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    2010 Detroit Auto Show: The Confusing Wrongness of Electric Avenue

    Only four electric vehicles really matter at the Detroit Auto Show: the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the 2012 Nissan Leaf, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, plus the current 2010 Tesla Roadster. They're on sale, or destined for volume production. The rest fall into two categories:  low-volume...

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