A guy on Airbnb is renting out his Tesla Model S for two people to sleep in for $85 a night. Safety shouldn't be a concern, because renters are locked in his garage during the night with two electric candles for light. Just be up by 8:00 AM because the host needs the Tesla to drive to work.
During a drag-race event in Florida, the Tesla Model S P85D ran the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 114.6 miles per hour, the new mark for BEVs at the drag strip. Proving its pace, it ran three more times in 11.69, 11.72 and 11.76 seconds. During its record run it faced off against a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, but things didn't go so well for the Hellcat driver that day.
This isn't your average "Watch my female passenger go nuts over speed!" video. But the Tesla Model S P85D isn't the average car - electric or otherwise - and it's no less fun watching yet another newbie discover the power of the phrase, "Instant torque."
According To Drivers Of The Expensive EV, Fixing Something Can Be Quite A Shock
Green Car Reports says that Tesla Model S owners are finding out just how expensive aluminum can be to fix, with repair estimates like $7,000 to fix "a small dent and scratch" to $45,000 for "minor front-end damage." With aluminum figuring ever more in our automotive future to save weight, this could be the canary in the coal mine for all of us or just opportunistic price gouging.
Even As Sales Slump In China, He Revises Forecasts Upward
Falling gas prices, production delays and weakened demand in a key market would send shudders through the CEOs of most automakers. None of those problems could dent the enthusiasm Tesla Motors CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has for a vision of an electric-car future.
The Tesla Model S P85D shows its stuff at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with a beautiful, crimson paint job and carbon fiber touches. Packing 691 horsepower, the electric sport sedan can hit 60 in 3.2 seconds, while cosseting passengers in sporty opulence.
Drag Times has gone and measured the Tesla Model S P85D against... itself. The electric, all-wheel-drive sedan has two modes, Sport and Insane, so Drag Times found a lonely stretch of road, lashed up a Vbox and compared the acceleration in each mode.
In back-to-back tweets, Elon Musk revealed Tesla is working on a charger that automatically emerges from the wall and connects to new or old examples of the Model S to begin charging them. He describes it as a "solid metal snake."
Tesla wants to keep growing sales in China. The company's latest offer in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou helps buyers get rid of their used car and then apply the money towards the purchase of a new Model S.
A report in Autobild claims that Mercedes-Benz is throwing more then $2 billion at an electric car family of vehicles with a program called "Ecoluxe." It would challenge the Tesla Model S and Model X with four offerings, the top of the range being a pair of seven-seaters that could have as much as 610 horsepower.
California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier
Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.
While falling gas prices are cause for celebration among Americans, many of whom are seeing their budget for Christmas presents burgeon on account of the cheap fuel, it's decidedly bad news for Tesla Motors.
The first public owner of a Tesla Model S P85D says the model's autonomous-driving feature that more-or-less allows for the all-electric sedan drive itself hasn't been activated yet. We should all have such troubles.
Tesla's stock price was down to around $206 earlier today, but it's back up to over $216 now. Friday, it closed at over $223. Some stock blogs are saying the price could go as low as $165 in the not-too-distant future. What's behind these wild swings that CNBC's Phil LeBeau calls, "the worst seven-day trading period ever for shares of Tesla"? One potential culprit is today's low gas prices.
If you're going to drop $15 grand or so boosting your Tesla Model S's output to 691 horsepower (as if the all-electric sedan doesn't have enough guts as it is), what's another $6,000 to blow on a really cool spoiler kit. Because you do want to keep that car as low to the ground as possible, right?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that releasing monthly sales numbers allows the media, "to read all sorts of nonsense into the deliveries." He said that with the company's irregular delivery schedule – 1,000 in a country one month, only a handful the next – the spikes and valleys would not give an accurate picture of the company's actual orders or demand. But, when there's no transparency, people will go looking for answers – or nonsense.
Not too long after Tesla stepped in to scoop up some of the engineers left behind as Ford, GM and Toyota announced shuttering production Down Under, the California-based EV company will start selling its Model S in Australia. Beginning Tuesday, December 9, sales will begin in Sydney, bringing a California-style plug-in change to the country's automotive landscape.