Tesla Roadster News

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    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 option for their Roadster and here's how it works.  Walk into a Tesla dealership, pick out your Roadster and fork over $12,453.  This covers the first payment, your $9,900 down payment, and an acquisition fee.  Then over the course of the next three years you will pay $1,658 per month for a 30,000...

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    Electric-Car Dealerships Struggle, But Why Such Surprise?

    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...

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    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...

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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...

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    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...

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    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...

  • Tesla Motors will be showcasing a major milestone in their production history at the North American International Auto Show.  Tesla Roadster VIN 1,000 will be making it's debut at Cobo Hall, signifying Tesla Motors' impressive feat of producing / selling 1,000 highway capable electric vehicles worldwide.  Tesla Motors' tumultuous efforts were some of the most publicized corporate affairs in recent memory, but those memories are now history, as Tesla Motors achieved profitability and expanded their sales / service locations around the world. Tesla Motors now looks towards the future, also...

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    Audi E-tron Torque Numbers Recalculated, New Output 501.5 lb.-ft

    Previous reports of the highly anticipated Audi E-tron electric vehicle have definitely raised some questions about the claimed torque rating of 3,319 lb-ft.  Though the number is a true calculation, it does not follow industry standards for torque ratings.  Adjusted to industry standards, the...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Your Dream of Driving a Tesla Roadster Sport Could Become a Reality

    To many, the chance to drive a Tesla Roadster Sport may only be a dream.  Its high price and lack of usefulness as your primary, only car may put it out of reach to us ordinary folk.  Dreaming about driving a Tesla Roadster and having the unique chance to actually pilot one are two entirely...

  • Tesla Roadster road-trip map from Los Angeles to Detroit, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
    All-Electric Roadtrip From LA to Detroit? No Problem, Says Tesla

    As we've noted elsewhere, we write a lot about Tesla. We certainly give them more ink...errr, electrons?...than their share of the sports car market, since they're just delivered their 900th Roadster. Not that they're not wildly fun to drive, mind you. But despite early engineering difficulties...

  • 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport - test drive contest at High Gear Media
    Want To Drive a 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport? Enter Our Writing Contest!

    We tested a 2009 Tesla Roadster last spring. Without a doubt, it's one of the most fun and breathtaking performance cars around. And the new-for-2010 Roadster Sport model is even quicker. Zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, anyone? Now you too can have your very own chance to drive a 2010 Tesla Roadster...

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    Electric Supercar Concept Uses Small Turbine Engine To Boost Range

    We're gearing up for the Los Angeles Auto Show here at GreenCarReports, and the press releases are flying across the desk. Most of them don't apply to green car buyers and fans, but here's one worth watching. At the show, Capstone Turbine Corp. will unveil its CMT-380 concept, an extended-range...

  • 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom

    We almost never mention the 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom here on GreenCarReports.com. That's because--at three tons, with 453 horsepower from its 6.7-liter V-12 engine, and an EPA rating of 13 mpg city / 19 mpg highway--it's [ahem] just not that green. Well, Rolls-Royce is looking ahead. Not only into a new century of carbon limits and cities that allow only zero-emission vehicles, but also, in the nearer term, to the 2012 London Olympics. And the latest rumor out of London is that the carmaker that calls itself "the Standard of the World"  will make a small number of all-electric Phantom luxury...

  • The ECOS Harbinger
    Introducing The ECOS Harbinger-An Electric Supercar For Under $90,000

    ECOS is known for the electric retrofitting of old Volkswagens -  for around $12,500, you can have your  Beetle converted into highway capable electric commuter. But capitalizing on the availability of off-the-shelf componentry and the relative simplicity of EV powertrains,  ECOS is hoping to...

  • New Li-Ni Battery In An Energy Density Comparison
    New Nickel-Lithium Battery Has Ultra-High Energy Density

    Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have succeeded in making the world’s first Ni-Li battery, a formulation that holds more than 3.5 times the energy of Li-ion batteries and doesn’t run the risk of catching fire. By including a...

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    Tesla Roadster Channels Taxi Cab In France

    If you own a car as unique as the Tesla Roadster, why not advertise your business with it? That's what one Monaco resident did with this electric sports car clad in the standard issue yellow and black. The owner, who runs a New York City cab company which uses mostly hybrid vehicles, recently put...

  • Tesla Roadster Eco Challenge
    Tesla Roadster Sets New World Record With 313 Mile Journey

    The Global Green Car Challenge took place this week in Australia.  Participants in numerous categories faced off for supremacy.  One vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, set a new world record in the battery powered production vehicle class. Driver Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas set out...

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    Tesla Roadster, Toyota Prius, VW Touareg Crash in Denmark

      Here's a frightening scene from the streets of Denmark submitted to Autopia by reader, Lars H. A Tesla Roadster was involved in a three-way crash with a Volkswagen Touareg and a Toyota Prius earlier this week. Apparently the Roadster was stopped behind the Touareg when the Prius rear-ended the...

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