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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 Motors opens service center in Hong Kong
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    As last week came to a close, Tesla Motors celebrated the grand opening of its first vehicle service center in Hong Kong. Though the service center was set up to serve some sort of purpose, Tesla claims the Roadster: This leads us to believe that service center employees won't be all that busy. In addition to the service center, Tesla Hong Kong ...

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    Video: Artists create amazing "reverse graffiti" car art using pollution and a power washer
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    Marc Cameron and Paul "Moose" Curtis, are an artistic twosome that are exceedingly skilled at turning dirt, grime and muck into art. In fact, the pair have teamed up to create our favorite kind of art – the sort that features automobiles as the subject. Starting with a spot on a dirt-covered wall in Munich, Moose and Cameron remove the buildup of ...

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    Nissan Leaf beats Tesla Roadster in Oresund Rally
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    Can a Nissan Leaf beat a Tesla Roadster Sport? At the inaugural running of the Oresund Rally, which features nothing but electric cars that took place in Denmark and Sweden from September 10 to 11, it can. At the starting line was the Leaf, the Roadster, four Citroen C-Zeros, two Peugeot iOns and a couple of converted electric rides. When the dust ...

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    Tesla posts record revenue of $58 million in 2nd quarter, stock price plummets
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    On Wednesday, Tesla Motors, the U.S.-based electric automaker partially backed by Toyota and Daimler, announced second-quarter revenue of $58 million, marking the firm's highest reported revenue in a single quarter to date. In a conference call with analysts, a geeked Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive officer, stated: Which brings us to what ...

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    How many Roadsters does Tesla have left to sell? Not many, that's for sure
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    We all knew the day will come when you can no longer buy a new, first-gen Tesla Roadster, but inquiring minds wanted to to know: how far away is that day, exactly? Let's review what we know: Last year, Tesla told the SEC: "We do not plan to sell our current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 due to planned tooling changes at a supplier for the Tesla ...

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    Video: Together at last - Tesla Model S and Roadster hit the road
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    Plug your ears and keep your eyes glued to the screen. What we present here is rare footage of a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Roadster side-by-side on a picturesque, chicane-filled road. The music, in typical Tesla fashion, drowns out any automotive noise, including the wondrous whirring that emanates from these magnificent machines as they whiz on down the ...

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    Together at last: Tesla Model S and Roadster hit the road
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    Plug your ears and keep your eyes glued to the screen. What we present here is rare footage of a Tesla Model S and a Tesla Roadster side-by-side on a picturesque, chicane-filled road. The music, in typical Tesla fashion, drowns out any automotive noise, including the wondrous whirring that emanates from these magnificent machines as they whiz on down the ...

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    U.S. Tesla store averages 12,000 visitors a week
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    When it comes to electric vehicles, the $109,000-plus Tesla Roadster 2.5 is probably a bit too pricey for Average Joes, but that hasn't deterred thousands of tire-kicking Americans from dropping by one of the Tesla Motors showrooms to check out the nearly sold out Roadster. In fact, Tesla says one of its stores attracts, on average, some 12,000 visitors ...

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    Tesla reports 2nd quarter loss of $58.9 million, revenues double
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    On Wednesday, electric automaker Tesla Motors reported a deep second-quarter loss as spending on research and development for upcoming vehicles, including the Model S and Model X, more than offset the automaker's gains in revenue. Tesla reported a net loss of $58.9 million compared to a loss of $38.5 million in the second quarter of 2010. Cash flowing in ...

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    Tesla teams with Athlon to lease Roadster, Model S in Europe
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    Tesla Motors has teamed up with Athlon Car Lease to establish a European vehicle-lease program for the automaker's Roadster and the Roadster Sport. Aimed at making electric vehicles more "available and affordable," the program's reach extends to include six European Union nations (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands) and, in late ...

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    Video: Tesla Roadster competes in BMW CCA autocross event
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    Make no mistake, the Tesla Roadster is in its element out on the track. With 0 to 60 miles per hour in the sub-four second range, mounds of grip in the corners and a top speed of 125 mph, the Roadster has no problem keeping up with its gas-fueled competition on most tracks. But it's the autocross where the Roadster truly shines. It's nimble, punchy and ...

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    Tesla Roadster owners race 'round Hong Kong for Japanese earthquake victims
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    Hong Kong's Tesla Roadster owners have organized an electric rally for the 26th of June. The owners aim for this event to showcase the Roadster's phenomenal on-road performance and to be the most fuel-efficient rally ever held in Hong Kong. The race will stretch across Hong Kong, with each of the 15 registered Roadsters expected to drive approximately ...

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    Tesla Roadster nearly sold out in U.S.
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    The days of walking into a Tesla showroom and purchasing one of the automaker's iconic Roadsters are limited, says Tesla chief executive officer, Elon Musk. The oft-outspoken Musk told SFGate that: Of course, this doesn't come as a surprise considering that back in January of 2010, Tesla's SEC filing contained this nugget: The current iteration ...

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    "Green tech geek" trying to trade up to a Tesla Roadster [w/video]
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    Self-proclaimed green tech geek, Martin Provost, is on a quest to buckle himself into the driver's seat of a Tesla Roadster. Not just any Roadster will do. You see, Provost wants his own electrified Tesla and he's dead set on doing it one swap at a time. Following the success of famous Internet swapper Kyle MacDonald – a Canadian blogger who ...

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    Report: Will Tesla and others lose federal 'hardship' airbag exemption?
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    Low-volume automakers like Lamborghini and Tesla Motors may soon lose an exemption that allows them to sell cars in the United States with below-standard airbags. The exemption was granted on financial hardship grounds. Now, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the expense of airbag technology isn't enough to grant an ...

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    Will Tesla, Wheego and others lose airbag-related "hardship" exemption? *UPDATE
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    The NHTSA's response to requests by Lotus and Tesla to renew their airbag-related exemptions reads as follows: Tesla asked for the exemption to cover the Roadster, which the company will stop making later this year. The Model S, which goes on sale in mid-2012, will apparently have airbags that meet NHTSA standards. It's not just Tesla that's ...

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    Will the Leo Motors LZ-1 really compete with Tesla?
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    Korea's Leo Motors says it will debut an electric "supercar" dubbed the LZ-1 towards the end of 2011. The Korean firm promises that the vehicle's performance will exceed that of the Tesla Roadster. Leo Motors claims to have perfected the LZ-1 during the vehicle's five-year development process. Since when does it take just five years to achieve ...

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    VIDEO: Ferrari 430 Scuderia bales out of race with Tesla Roadster
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    While the Tesla Roadster is not exactly a perfect track car – the power electronics module (PEM) may reign in the horses after a few laps of all-out racing to protect itself from overheating – it does offer up a huge amount of relatively manageable power. Relatively manageable, that is, to the oomph exuded by a Ferrari 430 Scuderia at the ...

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    Hertz adds Washington D.C. to plug-in vehicle rental program
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    Hertz recently announced that its Connect by Hertz plug-in vehicle rental program will soon be offered in Washington, D.C. Hertz will launch the program in the nation's capital by adding the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf to its fleet at Union Station. Mark Frissora, Hertz chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement that Hertz is, "helping ...

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    Tesla Roadster owner breaks past 100,000-kilometer milestone
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    Hansjörg von Gemmingen, owner of the 83rd Tesla Roadster delivered to Europe, has driven more than 100,000 kilometers (62,137 miles) in his electric blue machine. To date, and as far as we know, that's the most miles of road covered by any Tesla Roadster. Gemmingen, a stockbroker who resides in southwest Germany, says that: Gemmingen relies on ...

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