The Tesla Model S is part sports car, part luxury car, and all-electric. For me, the best part is the focus on speed and handling, allowing the two-ton EV to move and handle like a much lighter car. Tesla owners are especially enthusiastic about drag racing, with the Model S pulling down consistent 12-second passes, and unlike traditional drag cars, it costs just pennies-per-pass in this sporty electric sedan.
While major automakers have invested literally billions of dollars into developing competitive mass-production electric vehicles, tire maker Yokohama has made its own EV investments. The Yokohama HER-02 has been competing for five years now, and this year the electric racer will be joined by a host of other EV competitors vying to be numero uno.
Elon Musk has hinted at battery swapping on future Tesla electric vehicles, but a tweet yesterday confirmed what many Tesla fans expected; battery swapping is coming, and soon. In fact, Musk promised to demonstrate battery swapping technology at a press conference tomorrow, but this news leaves us with as many questions as answers.
Why did Fisker Automotive fail? There are plenty of reasons, though newly revealed internal documents reveal the biggest reason of all. The only product Fisker sold, the Karma sedan, cost the company $35,000 more than they sold it for. Add to that lavish spending by executives and costly engineering mistakes, and you have a company that was doomed to fail from the beginning.
The automotive aftermarket offers pretty much any and everything you could want for your ride. While electric cars are the new kids on the block, many aftermarket features translate easily onto rides like the Tesla Model S. A new coat of matte paint and some 22-inch Vossen wheels liven up the already-sexy Model S. Can you dig it?
While Chevy Volt sales were once watched closer than Kim Kardashians tweets, these days sales have essentially plateaued while production has ramped up. That has left GM with more than a 140 day supply of the plug-in hybrid, so the General is offering up to $5,000 off 2012 models to help dealers move them off of showroom floors.
Last year the electric racing world was disappointed when elderly Japanese race car driver “Monster” Taijima had to end his Pikes Peak run early after his EV suffered an on-board fire. But Taijima is back with an upgraded version of his electric race car for another shot at the Pikes Peak EV record.