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Opinion: Mid-Engine Corvette: Too Little, Too Late?

Our veteran spy photographer says electric drive is the way to go.

by on Mar.02, 2018

Off to a rocky start? Our spy photographer thinks GM is on the wrong path with its mid-engine Vette.

Drop the mid-engine Corvette. Now.

It’s time for GM to stop its development of an icon vehicle, the 20?? mid-engine Corvette. Yes, the long, long overdeveloped car that has diverted GM’s innovational (?) attention for over 25 years. The car could be way behind what is happening in the 2-seat racing-type model of today.

Automotive Insight!

Huge changes are ongoing in the automobile business. We all see that. Car companies are formed and reformed, replaced, absorbed. New technologies are in huge development – autonomous cars and trucks are surely on the way. Electrics are moving – in some instances, shoved – on the scene, replacing the internal combustion engine.


And For My Next Trick: Tesla’s Musk Suggests New Roadster May Be Able to Fly

Pushing the envelope or seeking a diversion amidst financial struggles.

by on Nov.20, 2017

Tesla CEO unveiled the new Roadster last week.

What happens when the head of your car company also runs a rocket business? If that person happens to be CEO Elon Musk he hints that the new, $200,000 Roadster Tesla unveiled last week also may be able “to fly for short hops” if a buyer opts for a “special upgrade.”

Musk isn’t the only one who envisions flying cars. A number of firms are working on that concept, including European aerospace giant Airbus. But the Sunday tweet by the Tesla CEO adds another twist to the tale of a company that not only is building cars but batteries, stationary power systems and solar cells. Musk is also the boss at SpaceX, the rocket company that has been supplying the International Space Station and soon plans to start launching humans into space under contract for NASA.

Behind the News!

Whether the latest tweet is serious is a question generating plenty of buzz across the Internet. While Musk’s many fans seem to believe he’s capable of just about anything, skeptics are asking whether the hint of a flying Tesla Roadster might be meant to divert attention away from the carmaker’s struggles – which include a disastrous third-quarter loss and ongoing problems getting the new Model 3 into volume production.


Musk Promises New Tesla Roadster Will Be World’s Fastest Production Car. “Period.”

“A hardcore smackdown” for gas-powered sports cars.

by on Nov.17, 2017

Is this going to be the fastest production car ever?

Forget the Dodge Demon. Don’t bother with the new 5,000 hp Devel Sixteen. If what Elon Musk revealed late Thursday night has any bearing on reality, the world of performance is about to change. “Period.”

Officially, Tesla had promised the evening would finally bring the twice-delayed unveiling of the company’s new Semi truck, an 18-wheeler meant to offer a clean alternative to traditional diesel rigs. But CEO Musk had something in his back pocket, and when the trailer of one of those big trucks opened up, out popped a sleek, cherry red 2+2.


“People have been asking us when we’re going to make a new Roadster,” said Musk. “We’re making it now.”


Going for Maximum Plaid: New Tesla Roadster Could Break the 2-Second Barrier

Reborn two-seater still “some years away.”

by on Jun.14, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, shown with the original battery-powered Roadster.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made no secret about plans to bring back the brand’s original model, the Roadster. He’s also hinted for some time that there’s a performance mode in the works that would go a step beyond the current Ludicrous Mode found on both the Models S and X.

But could Maximum Plaid deliver what, not all that long ago, seemed impossible to achieve without strapping on a pair of rockets? According to at least one report, the highest-performance version of the upcoming Tesla Roadster could hit 60 mph in less than 2 seconds.

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Tesla currently is in a spitting match with Dodge, both claiming bragging rights for the world’s fastest factory-built vehicles: the Model S and the new Dodge Challenger Demon launching from 0 to 60 in about 2.3 seconds. With its high-torque electric motors, the Tesla Roadster could lay down numbers that would be difficult for an internal combustion-powered vehicle ever to beat.


When “Insane Mode” Isn’t Enough — Tesla Adds “Luuudicrous Mode”

Battery carmaker adds new base model and introduces even longer-range battery pack.

by on Jul.17, 2015

The updated Model S will now be capable of launching from 0 to 60 in as little as 2.8 seconds.

Anyone who thinks you can’t get a thrill driving an electric vehicle is likely going to be in for a surprise Tesla Model S. Earlier this year, the maker unveiled the high-performance P85d, adding what it dubbed “Insane Mode,” capable of launching from 0 to 60 as quickly as a McLaren.

For those customers who didn’t think it was enough to go “Insane,” Tesla will take things a step further, adding the new Luuudicrous mode. It will allow the 7-seat sedan to launch from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds while delivering a quarter-mile time of just 10.9 seconds, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced today.

The Last Word!

“Nothing like having your own rollercoaster,” laughed Musk during a phone and Internet media conference. But he revealed Tesla is working on something yet again quicker. An all-new Roadster due out in four years will feature what Musk has curiously dubbed “Maximum Plaid” mode.


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…)

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 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.

The Last Word!

“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.


British Court Tosses Tesla Lawsuit

Further setback for battery-car maker.

by on Mar.11, 2013

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk with a Model S sedan.

It’s been a tough month for Tesla, the California battery-car start-up. While it stood toe-to-toe with the New York Times following a critical review of the Model S sedan, many investors quickly abandoned the company, especially after a worse-than-expected fourth-quarter loss.

Now, the British courts have landed a punch, tossing a lawsuit Tesla had filed against the much-watched BBC TV series Top Gear.  The appeals court found no merit in Tesla’s claim that it had been libeled by the program which showed one of the maker’s Roadsters running out of power during a day of track testing.

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Tesla originally filed the lawsuit in March 2011, alleging Top Gear committed libel and malicious falsehood – and claiming that the snarky segment cost it $171,000 in lost sales.

But the court ruled later that year that, “no reasonable person could understand that the performance on the track is capable of a direct comparison with a public road.”


Tesla Falls Behind on Production Targets

EV maker's SEC filing outlines plans to meet projections.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk with the Model S.

Tesla Motors, the ambitious electric vehicle start-up company spawned by California billionaire and  entrepreneur Elon Musk, acknowledged in its filing with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission it was falling behind in its efforts to produce its sleek new EV, Model S, leaving the company in danger of  failing to meet the terms of its $465 million loan from the U.S Department of Energy.

Consequently, Tesla is looking to sell $128 million in new stock, seeking relief from the terms of  its loan from the U.S. Department of Energy and  negotiating new deals with suppliers, the company said in its SEC filing.

Electrifying News!

Tesla’s disclosure comes during what is already a bad week for the builders of electric vehicles. Chrysler Group announced Monday it was suspending testing of more than 100 plugin electric pickup trucks because of unexplained battery fires, while Consumer Reports panned the $107,000 Fisker Karma in its review.


Tesla Aims to Ease EV Range Anxiety

Supercharger network offers 30-minute quick charge, providing 150 miles of driving range for Model S sedan.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces the Supercharger network at a Los Angelese gala.

Critics of electric vehicles always point to their limited usefulness for long-distance travel. With many EVs having a range of 80 miles, what do you do if you need to go more than 40 miles from home? And where will you plug it in?

Tesla Motors may have an answer. Constructed in secrecy, Tesla unveiled plans for the first six “Supercharger” stations in California. Eventually, Tesla plans to build a network of 100 of the stations across the country.

Just in case you’re planning to take your Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt – or even Tesla’s first model, the Roadster – to one of the stations, don’t bother. The Superchargers will only work on the Tesla Model S, the carmaker’s new all-electric sedan, and only models with the optional hardware package that allows them to use the system.

Supercharge Your EV Here!

Best of all for the green crowd, the Superchargers will be powered solar panels that will actually send excess electricity back to the grid. Model S owners will be able to use the charging stations for free.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the Supercharger network at a gala event in Los Angeles.

“By making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be,” Musk said. “We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.”

Still, the Supercharger system is not without controversy.