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Living with the Tesla Roadster Sport: One week in an electric light orchestra

After finally getting myself situated in the back of the Boeing, I notice the lady to my left wearing a Tesla fleece. As fate, the alignment of the stars and unbridled dumb luck would have it, I was seated next to Rachel Konrad, Tesla's Senior Manager of Communications... for the next 10 hours. After exchanging pleasantries, discussing each other's plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show and getting acquainted, the topic of conversation naturally turned to cars, and the Tesla Roadster, in particular. "It's not just about performance," an overly animated Konrad told me. "What journalists ... Read More

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    Tesla libel suit against Top Gear fails again
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    Tesla and the company's lawyers are nothing if not determined. After a judge smacked down the electric vehicle manufacturer's libel suit against the BBC and Top Gear for comments made about the range of the Tesla Roadster, the automaker rallied with a second, amended lawsuit. It didn't take long for the the same judge to nix the new case, too, saying the ...

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    Tesla: Model S (and X) can be parked for a year without bricking
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    And now the official, long-form response from Tesla Motors on the bricking issue, which can be boiled down to: plug it in, please. On the Tesla website, the company has addressed reports that up to five Tesla Roadsters have been turned into gorgeous paperweights that need a $40,000 repair because their batteries were discharged too low. The official but ...

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    Report: Tesla libel suit against Top Gear fails again
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    Tesla and the company's lawyers are nothing if not determined. After a judge smacked down the electric vehicle manufacturer's libel suit against the BBC and Top Gear for comments made about the range of the Tesla Roadster, the automaker rallied with a second, amended lawsuit. It didn't take long for the the same judge to nix the new case, too, saying the ...

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    Followup: Tesla bricked battery story may have a short circuit
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    Yesterday's outrageous attack on electric vehicles didn't come from the GOP (for a change), but from a seemingly disinterested blogger, one Michael Degusta. His charges against Tesla include suggesting that its cars will have "eventual, inevitable, catastrophic battery failure," lambasting the company for poor warranty service, accusing Tesla of tracking ...

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    Tesla bricked battery story may have a short circuit
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    Yesterday's outrageous attack on electric vehicles didn't come from the GOP (for a change), but from a seemingly disinterested blogger, one Michael Degusta. His charges against Tesla include suggesting that its cars will have "eventual, inevitable, catastrophic battery failure," lambasting the company for poor warranty service, accusing Tesla of tracking ...

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    Report: Tesla Roadster facing 'brick' battery problems?
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    Here's a new worry for electric car owners: bricking your new, expensive ride. Using a word taken from the computer world, to "brick" an EV means to make your electronic device inoperable. In the case of an EV, it would mean to run the battery state of charge so far down that nothing works anymore, thus requiring an expensive flatbed tow and an even more ...

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    StuntBusters asks, Which is faster, EV or ICE?
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    Faithful readers of AutoblogGreen may be well aware of the high-performance abilities of electric drivetrains on the drag strip (see White Zombie, Black Current and Lawless Rocket for examples) but sadly, many others haven't yet gotten the torque-rules memo. Enter Stuntbusters. Finding some time in their busy Cadillac-crashing, gas-bomb-car-flinging ...

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    Next Tesla Roadster delayed until after mass-market EV launch
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    With the demise of the Lotus Elise in the United States, the Tesla Roadster's fate was sealed. With no chassis rolling out of Hethel, Tesla had to end production of the Roadster and shift its focus to the Model S and the just-revealed Model X. But some kind of Roadster successor has always been in the cards and as Tesla's SEC filings revealed two years ...

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    Report: Next Tesla Roadster delayed until after mass-market EV launch
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    With the demise of the Lotus Elise in the United States, the Tesla Roadster's fate was sealed. With no chassis rolling out of Hethel, Tesla had to end production of the Roadster and shift its focus to the Model S and the just-revealed Model X. But some kind of Roadster successor has always been in the cards and as Tesla's SEC filings revealed two years ...

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    Tesla in final stages of Model S prep; readying Supercharger network for road trips
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    Tesla Motors has nothing but undeniable design hits in its two-vehicle portfolio. We know this is true because there has been very little written about how bad the Roadster and the Model S look. We're about to see if the company can make it three in a row when the wraps come off the Model X at a special event February 9 in Los Angeles. Getting our first ...

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    This is the last Tesla Roadster
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    Four years and 2,600 Roadsters later, Tesla is putting its first production vehicle out to pasture at the end of this year. But how do you celebrate the last of a breed? A sports car that put Tesla on the map? With a special edition, of course. And the Roadster you see here isn't just one of five Final Edition Roadsters – it's the last one to ever ...

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    Exclusive: This is the last Tesla Roadster
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    Four years and 2,600 Roadsters later, Tesla is putting its first production vehicle out to pasture at the end of this year. But how do you celebrate the last of a breed? A sports car that put Tesla on the map? With a special edition, of course. And the Roadster you see here isn't just one of five Final Edition Roadsters – it's the last one to ever ...

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    Tesla stock gets a serious downgrade amid EV skepticism from Morgan Stanley
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    Where is Tesla Motor's stock headed? Morgan Stanley thinks the answer is down, down, down. Or, at least, less "up" than previously thought. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas seriously downgraded his expectations of the TSLA stock from $70 down to $44. That's still up from the current rate of around $31, but it's enough to cause a nine percent drop in ...

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    Tesla says Top Gear still hurting UK sales
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    It's not always easy to tell how a company is performing just by looking at the numbers. In the second quarter of 2011, for example, Tesla Motors revenues hit a record $58 million, with losses of $59 million. This fell just short of Wall Street expectations, and Tesla stock took a beating. In the third quarter, Telsa matched its second quarter revenue ...

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    Tesla Roadster to reappear in 2014
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    Next year, the Tesla Model S will hit dealerships across the globe. Then, the crossover Model X will bow, likely followed by a convertible based on the Model S platform. But beyond that, Tesla Motors has taken to the tight-lipped approached. That is, until now. According to Autocar, Tesla will launch a completely redesigned Roadster in late 2014. This ...

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    Tesla Motors opens shop in Houston, Texas *UPDATE
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    We expect a lot of truck-lovin' Texans will welcome the state's latest automotive dealership showplace with little more than a cursory glance. But for Texas' electric vehicle enthusiasts, the opening of a gallery in Houston will likely spark sheer delight. Tesla Motors has chosen Houston, Texas as the locale for its latest U.S. store location. Setting up ...

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    Report: Court rules Top Gear did not libel Tesla
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    Tesla's libel suit against Top Gear was dealt a crushing blow with London's court ruling that no Top Gear viewer would have reasonably assumed the Tesla Roadster's on-track performance on the show relates to its real-world capabilities. As you might recall, Top Gear's review of the Roadster concluded by claiming that, "In the real world, it doesn't seem ...

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    Court rules Top Gear did not libel Tesla, more decisions coming soon
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    Tesla's libel suit against Top Gear was dealt a crushing blow with London's court ruling that no Top Gear viewer would have reasonably assumed the Tesla Roadster's on-track performance on the show relates to its real-world capabilities. As you might recall, Top Gear's review of the Roadster concluded by claiming that, "In the real world, it doesn't seem ...

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    Tesla delivers 100th Roadster in Switzerland
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    Tesla has delivered in excess of 1,800 Roadsters to customers in more than 21 countries across the globe, including 100 of the electrifying sports cars in Switzerland. That makes Switzerland one of the automaker's leading Roadster markets, on a per capita basis. The Roadster accelerates quicker than a Porsche 911, yet emits nothing from its non-existent ...

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    Tesla expands in Europe with showroom opening in the Netherlands
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    With the Model S slowly making its way through the pre-production process, Tesla Motors is expanding its operations in Europe, starting with the construction of a showroom and service center in the Netherlands. In anticipation of continued success, Tesla swung open the doors to its showroom in Eindhoven, Netherlands and has raised the curtain on Europe's ...

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