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Tesla Extends Range…on Roadster

Musk’s forgotten child gets some updates.

by on Dec.26, 2014

The Tesla Roadster 2.0 is getting an upgrade to 3.0 to extend the car's range from 245 miles to 400 miles.

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, has been making noise on Twitter about an announcement regarding the company’s first vehicle – the Roadster – for more than a week and now he’s let the cat out of the bag: it can go nearly 400 miles on a charge.

The improved results are coming from a new prototype package the company calls Roadster 3.0. Those changes include an improved lithium ion battery that has 31% more energy, a retro-fitted aero kit to improve the vehicle’s coefficient of drag and low-resistance tires that are 20% better than their predecessors. Tesla officials declined to elaborate on pricing or availability. The Roadster originally had a range of about 245 miles on a charge.

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“Combining all of these improvements we can achieve a predicted 40-50% improvement on range between the original Roadster and Roadster 3.0,” the company wrote in a blog post. “There is a set of speeds and driving conditions where we can confidently drive the Roadster 3.0 over 400 miles. (more…)

Team Sets Cross-Country EV Driving Record

California to NY in just over 67 hours.

by on Jul.22, 2014

The Edmunds team takes a break from their cross-country excursion in that Model S sedan.

A team of drivers has gone a long way – 3,331.9 miles, in fact – to disprove negative perceptions about electric vehicles, setting an all-time record along the way.

Driving a Tesla Model S from Redondo Beach, California to New York City in just 67 hours 21 minutes, they showed that battery cars aren’t necessarily slow, nor limited in range, and they demonstrated the potential for new quick charging technology, as well.

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Dan Edmunds, the director of vehicle testing for website Edmunds.com, led expedition, paired up with the auto tracking service’s photo editor Kurt Niebuhr. Significantly, they made the trip on their own, without the sort of backup often used in record runs – including an earlier trip sponsored by Tesla itself meant to prove that a Model S really could drive coast-to-coast in reasonable time.

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Tesla Announces No-Fault Battery Warranty; “Valet” Loaner Program

CEO Musk hints battery upgrade program “a good likelihood.”

by on Apr.26, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a prototype Model S.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has announced a series of steps designed to give Model S electric vehicle owners “complete peace of mind” about the durability of their batteries and the cost and convenience of getting the Model S sedan serviced.

Meanwhile, Musk told TheDetroitBureau.com that there is a “good likelihood” that the California-based automaker will eventually offer owners the ability to upgrade their current lithium-ion battery packs as more advanced battery technology becomes available.

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“We’re focused on creating the world’s best factory service experience to match what many have called the world’s best car,” Musk said during a media conference call on Friday.

The Tesla founder outlined a variety steps that will be taken, including a new valet service program in which customers can have their Model S picked up by the dealer, rather than having to take it to the shop.  The valet will leave the owner with a Tesla Model S 85, the most expensive and longest-range version of the battery-electric vehicle, as a loaner.

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Tesla-NY Times Dispute Sparking Larger Debate

Tesla stock tumbles, but will it charge back?

by on Feb.13, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk apologized to the Times' Broder before blasting him in a series of tweets.

A dispute between Tesla Motors and the New York Times over a review of the maker’s Model S sedan is taking on an increasingly strident and noisy life of its own raising questions about just what the California-based battery-car start-up hopes to accomplish.

Clearly, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has been angered by what he has dubbed a “fake” story by veteran Times reporter John Broder.  But more than a few observers warn that Musk’s decision to angrily fight back could backfire and raise even more concerns about battery-car technology.

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It certainly has gotten investors skittish, Tesla’s stock taking a sharp drop from its nearly $40-a-share peak last week – though it has rebounded slightly since the he-said/she-said battle began.

Complicating matters, it appears that Tesla chief Musk called to apologize to the NY Times scribe before turning around and blasting him in a series of Twitter posts.

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Tesla Founder Short-Circuits Over NY Times Review

Elon Musk declares paper’s story “fake.”

by on Feb.11, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, shown here with an early prototype of the Model S.

Never shy to take on a major media outlet that has leveled criticism at his products, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is accusing the New York Times of publishing a “fake” story regarding a lengthy drive of the battery-car start-up’s Model S sedan.

The entrepreneur – who also founded the Space X rocket company – took offense to a report by Times correspondent John Broder who claims he was unable to complete a drive from Washington, D.C. to Boston and had to finish the trip on a flatbed.

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Musk has shown a prickly sensitivity to negative reviews and also filed suit against the popular BBC automotive series, “Top Gear,” when it ran a story claiming Tesla’s earlier Roadster model ran out of juice during testing.

“NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn’t actually charge to max & took a long detour,” Musk declared in one of several Tweets he has issued about the Times review.

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