If immitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jaguar must be grinning ear to ear now. The above is not a facelifted Jaguar XF but is in fact the eagerly awaited Tesla Model S electric car, which has been unveiled to world press today. Tesla claims a maximum 300 mile (483 km) range, but the baseline model will come with a battery pack capable of 160 miles and there is also a 230 mile version. These battery storage systems range from 42kWh to 70kWh and greater, made out of 8,000 cells. These batteries are housed in the car’s floor. Power from the batteries are channeled to the road via a 9-inch liquid-cooled electric through a single-speed transaxle gearbox. The 9 inch motor can take the Tesla Model S from 0 to 100km/h in under 6 seconds, and will have an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h. Stopping power is provided by Brembo Monobloc calipers with 6 pistons and 4 pistons for the front and rear respectively. The front discs are floating slotted 405x34mm 2-piece discs … [Read more...] about The Tesla Model S Electric Car unveiled!
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Tesla Model S electric vehicle, you can either get him or her a $500 cup-holder insert that sets atop the car's center console or, better yet, score him or her a 3D printer that can print one out.Street Insider directs us to this oh-so-technologically-advanced option for anyone with a bit of extra cash on hand. Apparently, there are blueprints circulating for a cup-holder insert that can be printed on a Stratasys MakerBot printer. Those printers run anywhere between $2,200 and $2,800 a pop, but, hey, that's nothing compared to the Tesla itself, right?The cool thing is that the 3D cup-holder inserts can be printed out in a myriad of colors for the EV driver who wants to make the ultimate fashion statement ... or faux pas. Of course, how that printed holder will handle that first spilled cup of scalding coffee after the Model S driver gets a little too frisky on a hairpin is anyone's guess. The good news? The driver can simply go home and print another one. Sure beats shelling out $500 … [Read more...] about Need more cup holders for your Tesla Model S? 3D print some
Tesla Model S electric vehicle to be a "break-even" proposition. But it turns out that, compared to driving a similar gas-powered car, Farnum and her husband Craig are saving enough money to offset the relatively high price tag of the luxury EV. Not to mention that they can change the diapers of their baby in the luxury EV's "frunk." And that's priceless.According to a feature in Colorado's Post Independent, the family bought a Tesla Model S 70D this past May and financed it at a low, low rate of 2.2 percent (it's a six-year payment plan). The Model S also generated $13,500 between federal and state tax perks, bringing its out-the-door price to about $61,000. The Farnums' estimated $4,000 in gas and maintenance costs become almost negligible (about $240 a year, actually) with the Tesla. That's due to a combination of the car's 10-year warranty, the growing availability of Level 2 chargers close by and Tesla's expanding Supercharger network for longer road trips through the Rocky … [Read more...] about This couple is saving more than they spent on Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S electric vehicle in the UK for a day is that it will run you about $580. The good news? You get 200 free miles worth of driving. The good news? Considering British fuel prices of about $9 a gallon and fact that the average fuel economy in the UK is around 38 miles per gallon, you're at least getting around $45 worth of travel for your $580. And you're doing it in one of the most popular EVs around.UK-based EVision is offering right-hand drive Model S to motoring enthusiasts at a starting rate of about $100 an hour (with a three-hour minimum, of course), reports Transport Evolved. That jumps to $580 for the full day. And for a week of pretending that you're James Bond in your sparkling Model S, the car will run about $3,300. And you though rental rates for London flats were expensive.California-based Tesla started delivering the Model S to the UK in June. The model is priced at about $84,000 and Tesla said at the time that more than 3,400 Model S vehicles had been sold in … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S rentals in the UK are crazy expensive
Tesla Model S electric vehicle caught fire. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of vehicle fires a year in the US, so one fire shouldn't really make headlines. But, you know, Tesla.So, anyway, this particular fire happened in Norway, and in the weeks since the S was destroyed, local investigators and Tesla representatives have been trying to figure out what happened. The results were somewhat inconclusive and neither agency is ready to say what caused the blaze, but at least there's news about what didn't happen. Local authorities now say that the issues wasn't a Supercharger fire and a Tesla spokesperson told AutoblogGreen that, "It is safe to charge at Superchargers. In fact, Tesla customers have used Superchargers over 2.5 million times, and there are 5 new Supercharging sessions that start every minute." The spokesperson also said that, "Local authorities have concluded their investigation. We continue our investigation to determine the root cause of this singular … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S fire not caused by Supercharger, investigators say
make a Tesla Model S electric vehicle go and stop via "mind control," Devpost says. Whether this is a good thing or something Franksensteinian is open to interpretation.The science behind the experiment is rather advanced for the technically challenged, but it involves an EEG headset, an analog signal that's transmitted via an RC radio broadcast, and signals sent to "linear actuators" attached to the brake and accelerator pedals. In a nutshell, the hackers were able to create algorithms based on data from brainwave activity when the person in question is thinking "stop" or "go." The hackers are also talking about a gyro attached to the steering wheel, but that's all too much for now.The bottom line is that the four hackers used a 36-hour span to get the Model S to move using telepathic command, and they've posted a short video of the car in action. No word on whether the hackers will try to telepathically get the car to do donuts.One of the four hackers is Casey Spencer. Mr. Spencer … [Read more...] about Hackers ‘mind-control’ a Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S electric vehicle get a tax credit from the federal government worth $7,500. In Singapore, apparently, buyers get fined about $11,000. Joe Nguyen shelled out about $400,000 for his Model S in Hong Kong (around $51,000 US), then brought it back to Singapore for a rude awakening that was basically about the length of his tailpipe.First, there was a testing process to get the car legalized in Singapore that took a couple of months. Then, instead of receiving a S$15,000 ($10,880) rebate under Singapore's Carbon Emissions Vehicle Scheme (CEVS), Nguyen was actually hit with a fine for that amount after the car underwent mandatory "emissions" testing by the country's Land Transport Authority (LTA) and it was determined that the Model S was not environmentally friendly.The issue is so-called "upstream" emissions and the Model S was judged to use enough electricity to be judged as a polluter. We're still trying to figure out the math, but, suffice to say, Model S was estimated to … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S fined for excessive emissions in Singapore
Either way, Mattel appears to have done all future gear heads the service of releasing miniature versions of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle both under Hot Wheels and Matchbox guises. The Lamley Group and Gas2 have both published early pictures of both versions. No word on how far either one of them can go on a single electric charge, but we suspect the lack of a battery pack will impact this number.For the Matchbox, that means stock wheels, red paint, proper dimensions on all body panels and windows. Pretty much your standard, stylish super-electric sedan ready to be rolled across bedroom floors and stepped on by pained parents everywhere. For Hot Wheels, we're talking large rear spoilers, flared wheel wells and a silver glittery paint job. Consider that ride pimped for the mini-me set.For the uninitiated, both mini car versions are die-cast toys that are made in what's traditionally one-64th the size of the actual version. Matchbox cars were first produced in 1953, while Hot … [Read more...] about Does Hot Wheels make a better Tesla Model S?
Tesla Motors let the visuals do the bragging for a change. At its stand at the Detroit auto show, a prominent sign reported 8,825,532 miles logged by the 1500 Tesla Roadsters delivered to customers in 30 countries. Video screens portrayed a svelte Model S hatchback sedan accumulating test miles on public roads. But the centerpiece on display is a completed Model S body-in-white, battery pack, and powertrain standing tall for all the world’s skeptics to study. Instead of the usual incredible future prognostications by Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk, the dialogue was more of a progress report by chief engineer Peter Rawlinson with backup provided by key members of his technical team. Rawlinson stated that alpha prototypes of the Model S are running and body design is frozen in anticipation of meeting the previously stated target: deliveries commencing next year. A $5000 refundable deposit will reserve a place on Tesla’s Model S customer list. Prices start at … [Read more...] about 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan
The EPA has gathered test-cycle economy figures for the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan, including MPGe and expected driving range. The EPA has rated the sedan at 89 MPGe combined, lower than the Nissan Leaf’s 99 MPGe, the Ford Focus Electric’s 105 MPGe, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV‘s 112 MPGe, and the Honda Fit EV’s stellar 118 MPGe—all smaller conveyances, to be sure, but also the only other fully electric cars. (The 2011 Smart fortwo ED barely qualified as a car in our minds, but in the interest of being inclusive, it earned an 87-MPGe rating. It was updated after our test.) There also is the Tesla-powered Toyota RAV4 EV SUV, but its official ratings haven’t been published yet. The Tesla’s MPGe figure applies only to Model S sedans with the largest-capacity battery available, an 85-kWh lithium-ion unit. Numbers for the 60-kWh and 40-kWh models will be released closer to those cars’ on-sale dates later this year.Tesla’s sedan may … [Read more...] about Tesla Model S EPA-Rated for 89 MPGe, 265-Mile Range with Biggest Battery