Toyota Senior VP Bob Carter responds to recent comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that hydrogen fuel cells are "an extremely silly way to store energy" and that FCEV shortcomings will become plainly evident in the next few years.
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 just bought the former United Auto Workers union hall located just a stones throw from its factory in Fremont, CA. The UAW was asking $4.26 million for the land, and it included four acres and a 16,470-square-foot building. The company's purpose for the land is still a mystery.
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.
Improvements include bigger battery, aerodynamic improvements and low rolling resistence tires
Following a heads-up given by CEO Elon Musk last week on Twitter, the company has now shared some details of a new upgrade it will be making available for its electric sports coupe sometime in 2015. Together, the enhancements should offer a 40-50 percent range improvement and give Roadsters a 400-mile range under certain conditions.
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.
The outlandish Hyperloop, from the brain of Elon Musk, is getting some real-world traction thanks to the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and a new "crowdstorm" document describing how it could work.