​Tesla Roadster 3.0 Can Drive From SF To LA (400 Miles!) In One Charge

Tesla is out with its 3.0 upgrade for the Roadster, and by combining improved aerodynamics, reduced rolling resistance, and new batteries, Tesla claims its achieved a 40-50 percent improvement on range. And it's going to test that with a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. »12/26/14 12:55pm12/26/14 12:55pm


Electric Tesla Roadster Wastes Tons of Energy When Parked

Martin Eberhard, former CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors, was surprisingly frank in a recent blog post about a major shortcoming with his new Tesla Roadster »10/16/08 2:50pm10/16/08 2:50pm. Soon after receiving his vehicle, Eberhard noticed that the ESS pump runs coolant through the battery all the time—even when turned off (so long as it is at…

New Tesla Gearbox Ups Range to 244 Miles, Hits Zero to 60 Time of 4.0 Seconds

Tesla Motors is finally rolling out its long-awaited single-speed transmission for the all-electric Tesla Roadster, which will pare down durability issues while upping torque and range. The new gearbox, made by transmission whiz kids Borg Warner, lets the Roadster hit its promised zero to 60 time of 4.0 seconds while… »9/12/08 2:30am9/12/08 2:30am

Key to Cheaper Lithium Ion Batteries Could Be Inside the Microwave

Researchers at UT Austin have devised a new way to create lithium iron phosphate-the compound inside high-density Li-ion batteries being developed for cars and power tools-that uses microwaves to cut costs. The new method requires lower temperatures (300° C rather than 700°) and less time to fabricate the phosphate… »7/29/08 11:42am7/29/08 11:42am

Tesla Roadster Gets Street Legal Status, Crushed into a Pulp

The Tesla Roadster just had an appointment with the crash test dummies and a solid concrete wall. Good news—it got smashed up beyond recognition and is now street legal. The road to legality involved front and rear crash testing; windshield and rear view mirror visibility tests, as well as standard fittings compliance… »1/26/08 5:30pm1/26/08 5:30pm

Solar City Teams Up With Tesla for Solar-Powered Sports Car Driving

One of the problems we can see with the Tesla Roadster is that you still have to suck up pollution-causing power to run the thing, even though it doesn't directly pollute the air with noxious internal combustion engine fumes. Now Solar City has teamed up with Tesla to provide solar panels that you install on the roof… »12/07/07 1:20pm12/07/07 1:20pm

Tesla Electric Sports Car Coming This Fall, Not Sold Out Yet

The Tesla electro-roadster that goes from 0-60 in 4 seconds is due to hit the streets this fall, and there are 560 orders for the $98,000 electric sports car already pending. Hey, wait a minute. We thought all the Teslas were sold out. Not so, according to a Tesla Motors spokesman, who says the Lotus factory where the… »7/25/07 9:50am7/25/07 9:50am