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When Tesla Motors made a wave of announcements yesterday relating to its hot-selling Model S — including a new single-engine 70 kWh variant, an optional 90 kWh battery, and “Ludicrous Mode” — we overlooked an extremely tantalizing bit of information that CEO Elon Musk dropped at the very end of his blog. “There is of course only one thing beyond ludicrous, but that speed is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years,” said Musk. Yes, you heard that right. Tesla is making a second generation Roadster and it will be here before the end of the decade. The first generation Roadster went out... Read more...
Word leaked out yesterday that Tesla Motors had a big announcement set for today. While everyone was expecting there to be news about the Model X (which seemed highly likely) or the Model III (which seemed highly unlikely), the actual announcement is all about the Model S. “First, I should address something that might be on your mind, like: ‘Where the heck is the Model X and the Model 3!? You should really get on that’” said Tesla CEO Elon with regards to today’s announcement. “Don't worry, those remain our focus and good progress is being made on both. X is on track for first deliveries in two... Read more...
We’re still well over at year away from the reveal of Tesla’s Model III electric vehicle, and even further away from its official arrival on U.S. streets. However, more details about the vehicle have begun to slip out over the past few months. The latest bit of info is something that never crossed our minds before, but makes complete sense when you think about Tesla’s aim to increase its EV sales and hit more affordable price points. According to Tesla’s chief technical officer, JB Straubel, the Model III lineup won’t just consist of an electric sedan; there will also be a crossover based on the... Read more...
Tesla is growing up right before our eyes. The startup that continues to shake up the automotive industry with its lineup of electric vehicles that can only be ordered online is now selling pre-owned Model S cars on its website. Pricing depends on the year, miles, and exact configuration, though each pre-owned vehicle is backed by an extended 4-year, 50,000 mile limited warranty.This is an important step for a number of reasons. For one, it helps legitimize Telsa as more than just a risky startup, especially since the company doesn't sell its vehicles through dealerships. And secondly, it lowers... Read more...
Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman narrates an interesting 17-minute video on YouTube that pits the world's quickest sedan against the world's fastest sedan, those two being the Tesla Model S P85D and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, respectively, both 2015 variants. Before getting to the results, it's important to understand the difference. As the video begins, Lieberman offers a basic explanation of the difference between quick and fast, and by extension, torque and horsepower. It goes like this -- hitting 60 miles per hour in just three seconds is super quick, but if the top speed is only 60MPH, you can't... Read more...
Tesla Motors’ entry-level Model S all-electric sedan is getting a major upgrade today. The previous base offering, the Model S 60 featured a 60 kWh battery, a single (rear-mounted) 380hp electric motor, and an EPA-rated driving range of 208 miles. The new Model S 70D is better in every way bringing with it a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery, dual electric motors (a front-mounted motor joins the existing rear motor) with a combined 514hp, and an EPA driving range of 240 miles. As for performance, Tesla says that the Model S 70D will rocket to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 140 mph.... Read more...
For all the excitement and fanfare Tesla Motors enjoyed when it entered the Chinese market more than a year ago, the electric car manufacturer is fighting weak sales now. CEO Elon Musk has returned to China to help the company improve its image there and get sales back on track. At least part of the problem for Tesla in China has been a fear that customers have had in the United States: range anxiety, which is the worry that your car will run out of battery power before you can find an appropriate charger. While Tesla proved to Americans that they could easily charge their Tesla vehicles,... Read more...
The last time Tesla released a major over-the-air (OTA) update for its Model S electric sedan, it improved upon the already stellar “Insane Mode” found on the dual-motor P85D. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has something even more promising in store with a new OTA update that will be available to all Model S owners. Musk sent out the following tweet to his followers early this morning:Tesla press conf at 9am on Thurs. About to end range anxiety ... via OTA software update. Affects entire Model S fleet.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 15, 2015 With TSLA stock taking a serious beating in recent months, there’s... Read more...
I think we’ve all be impressed with the performance credentials of the Tesla Model S P85D. The original P85 was already an incredibly capable performance sedan, but the “D” brought dual electric motors to the table along with all-wheel-drive. Needless to say, with 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of torque at your disposal (actually it’s more like 864 ft-lbs), the P85D’s acceleration is enough to frighten or delight unsuspecting passengers.  Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is not a person that is known to settle; it’s simply not in his DNA. Look no further than his aspirations to explore space with SpaceX... Read more...
The Tesla Model S P85D is a beast; there is no question about it. The all-wheel-drive electric sedan [officially] generates 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of peak torque. That’s enough to hurtle the 4,900-pound vehicle to 60 mph in roughly three seconds. But as we learned in our last report on the P85D, the vehicle is actually laying down a mind-blowing 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels, which allowed it to absolutely trounce its “lesser” P85 sibling in a drag race. We all know that the P85D can do, but what happens when you toss an unsuspecting person into the passenger seat of the vehicle for some wickedly... Read more...
It’s on now! Companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan have been shoving electric vehicles down our throats for the past few years. However, the Focus Electric, Spark EV, and Nissan Leaf can only travel 80 to 90 miles on a charge before they run out of juice. While that may be enough for those that simply commute to work or putter around town, many people with “range anxiety” want a bit more reserve power for longer trips, and vehicles like the Tesla Model S are simply way out of the price range of average Americans. That’s where the Chevrolet Bolt comes in, which is the next logical step past... Read more...
Last year’s “hotness” is this year’s “so what.” The Tesla Motors P85 is an impressive electric vehicle, having scored 99 out of a possible 100 points in Consumer Reports’ testing. The electric vehicle is gorgeous, can seat up to 7 people (as long as two of them are small children), comes equipped with 415hp, and can dash to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. But that was then, this is now. We’ve already told you about the new Model S P85D, which features two electric motors — one mounted in the rear of the vehicle and one mounted up front. The two motors together generate an impressive 691hp and 687 ft-lbs... Read more...
The Tesla Motors Roadster was first released way back in 2008. The vehicle, which was loosely based on the Lotus Elise, is what put Tesla on the map, so to speak, with regards to electric vehicles. Over the course of its four-year production run, Tesla produced 2,600 examples of the Roadster. But just because the Roadster went out of production over two year ago doesn’t mean that the vehicle can’t receive meaningful updates from the factory. Even though Tesla has plenty on its plate right now including production of the Model S sedan, ramping up for production of the Model X crossover, and constructing... Read more...
Despite certain states trying to block the direct sale of its electric vehicles, Tesla Motors continues to impress the consumers that do manage to get their hands on a Model S. According to a recent Consumer Reports buyer survey, Tesla drivers were more likely to say that they would purchase their cars again than Porsche owners, which came in second, or anyone else for that matter. For a second year in a row, the Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan was at the top of the U.S. survey. The Model S scored 98 out of 100, down from its score of 99 last year, with Porsche coming in second place with a... Read more...
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