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Tesla working on all-new Roadster

2011 Tesla Roadster

The first new model from Tesla that will come out next year is the highly anticipated Model S sedan but the company is also working on a new generation of the Roadster along with other models that will rival the BMW 3-Series.

One of the cars that Tesla is about to launch is the Model X which is based on the Model S and it should come out next year, followed in 2013 by a cabriolet version. In 2014, Tesla will launch the new generation of the Roadster which won’t be based on Lotus mechanicals anymore.

Even though the company has lost money on every Roadster that they have sold, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said that it has helped with the establishment of the firm as well as EVs in general. He also said that the all-new Roadster will be based on a “third-generation platform” which probably will be a shorter version of the architecture that the company has developed for the Model S and the derivates that will follow.

Source: Tesla Motors via Autocar

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Tesla Roadster Driven for 62,137 Miles In Less Than 24 Months

I’m not a big fan of EVs, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Tesla Roadster. As you probably already found out, Tesla Motors will discontinue the Roadster later on this year, but I can’t seem to understand why. Anyway, the man you see in this photo is Hansjörg von Gemmingen who managed to drive his car for 62,137 miles (100,000 kilometers) in less than two years since he bought the Roadster.

He is a stockbroker that drives his car on a daily basis, filling up the batteries every night via his standard household outlet. This blue Roadster is the 83rd unit delivered in Europe and he said that he never had a problem finding a place to charge the batteries of the car. His mother-in-law, aged 82, installed a 240-volt (32-amp) at her house so that he could come and visit her more often.

Probably his most impressive journey was when he took the Roadster for a 497-miles trip to Berlin where Tesla owners organized a gathering in 2010.

Source: Carscoop

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Tesla Roadster To Be Discontinued This Year

Tesla Roadster 2.5

I’m afraid we have some bad news for those of you that like the Tesla Roadster. It seems that the company has decided to stop making it starting with this December. This looks a little bit strange if we take into consideration that the Model S model will not be out until mid-2012. The automaker is probably thinking that they will survive on the remaining inventory of the soon to be discontinued Roadster model.

In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, aside from this announcement, Tesla mentioned that they will be unveiling a Model X concept later on this year and the production version should be out sometime in 2014. We don’t have many details to share, but expect to see a crossover of some sort.

Source: InsideLine via WCF

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Top Gear Responds To Tesla’s Law Suit

Just a few days ago we’ve talked about the fact that Tesla Motors is suing BBC’s Top Gear because of their 2008 episode in which they’ve reviewed the Roadster model. The law suit claims that TG’s review of the vehicle was rigged and its assertion that the car does not even work in the real world had been decided even before Jeremy Clarkson drove the Roadster.
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Tesla Is Suing Top Gear

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First I would like to say that I like Top Gear a lot and the Tesla Roadster is one of my favorite cars at the moment so I can’t really choose sides. Anyway, it seems that Tesla Motors is suing BBC and Top Gear for rigging the test/review (or whatever you’d like to call it) on the Lotus Elise-based Roadster.

The automaker filled a writ at the High Court as they believe that the Top Gear’s test is distorting reality and is biased. Their biggest complaint is with the part when the car apparently runs out of electricity and is being left in the garage to fill up its battery. I remember seeing that episode and Clarkson said that the Tesla Roadster is “not working in the real world”, a statement that is not true at all if you ask me.

More than that, Tesla Motors believes that the events in that episode were faked (quite a shock, isn’t it?) and that the Roadster’s brakes were not really broken. The funny thing is that rumors say that the company’s UK director was aware of the rigged review, before the episode was aired.

Source: DailyMail

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Tesla Roadster Goes On Tour

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Motors is organizing the “Oz Goes Electric” tour with the aim of allowing fans from the eastern coast of Australia to get a closer glance at the sexy electric-powered sports car. The tour started yesterday and the car will journey 1,864 miles (3,000 km), which according to the automaker is the longest road trip made by an electric vehicle in Australia.

This tour will cover the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and will feature test drive events, along with public displays of the car. In Victoria, the tour has been included in the local government’s Electric Vehicle Trail, a program created in order “to improve the awareness, understanding and acceptance of electric vehicles.”

The Tesla Roadster holds the production EV record for the distance covered on a single charge – a remarkable 311 miles (501 km), set in Australia back in 2009. Besides the great driving range and excellent looks, the car is also very fast, as it needs 4 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Source: Carscoop

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Tesla presents the new Roadster 2.5 refresh

Tesla presents the new Roadster 2.5 refresh

Tesla is definitely in a much better place these days, as after its IPO, a lot of money has been added to the accounts of the electric vehicle manufacturer.

In order to celebrate this, the company has just revealed the 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 refresh, which improves the looks of the electric sportscar, but also adds new options to the range.

The biggest change is at the front, where a new grille has been added, in the vein of the Model S concept we saw some time ago. The rear bumper has also received a new diffuser, but not a lot is known about its impact on the aerodynamics of the EV.


On the inside, the seats have been redesigned, in order to offer a better comfort to the driver and passengers. They will also be able to enjoy a 7-inch touchscreen display, which can be wired to a backup camera system.

No pricing has been revealed as of yet, but you can’t expect any huge changes here.

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Tesla boss Elon Musk says he’s broke

Tesla boss Elon Musk says he's broke

Believe it or not, starting your own car company, especially one dedicated to selling electric vehicles, isn’t that easy.

If you need an example, here’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who used part of his money from selling PayPal to EBay to start the electric carmaker, as well as a few other companies. Now, the rich guy isn’t so rich, as he revealed in court documents for his divorce from his wife, Jennifer, that he is almost broke.

According to the statements, Musk now relies on personal loans from friends and has monthly expenses of around $200,000. His only income is “just” $8,255, probably his salary as Tesla CEO. As such, his only remaining liquid assets are worth $650,000.

Musk did reveal that he hopes to get some cash incoming after Tesla goes public in the near future, but until then, he is just making ends meet. So, if you thought of getting your own electric Roadster, help Musk out and buy one now.

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Tesla planning electric crossover after Model S

Tesla planning electric crossover after Model S

Tesla Motors, the company responsible for the well received electric Roadster, has some big plans for the future.

As most of you know, the company will enter into production the Model S around 2012, offering a luxury sedan for those with an eco-friendly attitude and a wallet capable of supporting a pricey electric vehicle.

But what about after the Model S? Well, the CEO of the company, Elon Musk, says that the lineup will begin to grow at a more consistent pace. When the sedan arrives, the Roadster will end production. It will be followed, a couple of years after, by a new generation sportscar.

But even though that’s fine and dandy for those with deep wallets, Musk also says that a crossover electric vehicles and many other such projects are on the drawing board and will be built so that they are affordable to the regular customer, not just rich people with a passion for EVs.

Musk, who recently won the Automotive Executive of the Year Innovator Award, concluded by saying that the cars his company will make will push the industry forward and, hopefully, give other carmakers new ideas for EV development.

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Green violence: Toyota Prius pushes Tesla Roadster under the wheels of a VW Touareg

Green violence: Toyota Prius pushes Tesla Roadster under the wheels of a VW Touareg

It seems that the Toyota Prius isn’t happy with the popularity that the Tesla Roadster is experiencing these days and has decided to start taking out the models that have been sold already around the world.

This, at least, is the conclusion that can be drawn out of a recent accident from Denmark, where a Toyota Prius bumped a Tesla Roadster in the rear and pushed it under the big wheels of a Volkswagen Touareg SUV.

Although the concrete details aren’t know, it still makes a pretty interesting picture to look at, to say the least. You can even see a bit of the Tesla’s bodywork hanging by the rear bumper of the Toureg high in the air.

Hopefully we won’t report any other green car on green car crime anytime soon.

Source: Autopia via Jalopnik

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Audi e-Tron-based R4 electric sports car will rival Tesla Roadster

Audi e-Tron-based R4 electric sports car will rival Tesla Roadster

Seeing how popular the Audi e-Tron became after its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, it seems that Audi will create a production-ready vehicle by 2012. Confirmed by Audi of America’s president Johan de Nysschen, the R4 sports car will feature a top of the range electric version while gasoline-powered ones will also appear after it.

The report, revealed by the guys at AutoExpress, which also published these drafts of a possible design of the future Audi R4, show that it will most likely rival the Tesla Roadster, and will be based on the Boxster and Cayman platform from sister company Porsche.

The model, which will be situated between the TT and the R8, will be available in multiple body types, including a soft top convertible (shown here), a hard top one and a coupe. In terms of design, it will be quite aggressive and touch the futuristic side of things.


According to AutoExpress, it seems that an upgraded version of the drivetrain featured on the e-Tron will be built into the production R4 model, with the power coming from four engines, two on each axle, and offering around 300 HP and a massive 4,500 Nm of torque. The top speed will also be upgraded to about 140 mph (225 km/h).

Overall, it the news from the website is good, we can expect the electric Audi R4 to appear around 2012 or 2013, depending on the way the development of the model goes. Until then, we can only dream of this electric roadster.

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Win a Tesla Roadster with the Dark Void video game contest

Well this is certainly interesting, Japanese games developer and publisher Capcom is certainly pulling out all the stops in order to promote its upcoming Dark Void video game. The company is taking it as far as holding a contest for which the grand prizes are either a Tesla Roadster, costing about $109,000, or a jet pack.

All you need to do is to head on over to the website of the competition, and, from what I could tell, fill in a contact form. You do need to be a resident of the United States though. Besides the guy or gal who will be walking away with the car, Capcom will also be choosing five more contestants and taking them on an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010 so that they can ride in a Tesla Roadster with the development team of Dark Void, a futuristic third person shooter set to be released at the beginning of 2010 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Enjoy the hilarious video promoting this campaign below.

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Tesla customers angry over price increase

According to AutoExpress, a lot of Tesla Roadster buyers are angry at the company’s decision to ask them to pay for a kit that initially came as standard. The kit includes extras like High Performance Charger or alloy wheels and US deposit holders are now required to pay an extra $7,000 (around £4,900). As far as we know, the decision is only available in the US, an UK spokesman saying that prices won’t rise in the Kingdom.

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Brabus presents tuning program for the Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster Tuning Brabus

Wow, that’s something interesting. Though actually we were wondering when will the first tuning programs for electric cars show up. And it looks like German tuner Brabus, specialized in programs for Mercedes cars is among the first ones to announce a tuning program for the Tesla Roadster. No power upgrades here, only a series of styling upgrades. These include a “space sound generator” that makes the Tesla sound as if powered by a mighty V8, race car engine or “Beam” and “Warp” futuristic sounds. Brabus has also fitted the car with LED running lamps, underbody neon lighting, a rear wing, new wheels (18 inch on the front and 19 at the rear), plus a matte white paint finish. The outcome depends a lot on each person’s tastes, but all in all we think it’s a decent upgrade and it shows that electric cars are ready to go mainstream. Of course, that doesn’t mean Tesla is ready, because they have a lot of problems on their hands now, not to mention that there haven’t been many Roadsters available so far.

Photo Gallery: Tesla Roadster tuning by Brabus


Tesla Roadster Tuning Brabus

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Tesla Roadster crashed in France

Tesla Roadster Crash France

We took quite a few cars for test drives and we had a lot of fun doing that. However, sometimes test drives go wrong and there’s no fun in that. After some time ago we saw a Dutch journalist wrecking an Audi R8, this time we have a Tesla Roadster crashed by one of their own. Apparently, a Tesla sales director took a passenger for a demonstration in southern France last Wednesday, when he lost control of the car and crashed it. Beside the fact that the car was going around 100 mph (160km/h), the road was also wet and the visibility was poor. Though the car looks pretty banged up, both passengers survived: the driver suffered a broken hand an minor bruises, while the passenger was released from hospital after some investigations.

Photo Gallery: Tesla Roadster crash in France


Tesla Roadster Crash France

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