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Video: 43 Teslas Show Just How Quiet Racing Can Be

Auto racing has always been a much about the unfiltered sound of performance as the competition itself, but a new generation of electric cars delivers an entirely different experience. Behold how quiet a gathering of 43 Tesla Model S sedans can be as they race around Richmond International Raceway. Can this quiet take on classic motorsports bring racing back to the masses?

August 19th

Infographic Shows How Prius And Tesla Buyers Differ

For the past decade the Toyota Prius hybrid dominated any conversation regarding “green cars”, but a new contender rode into town on an all-electric chassis. The Tesla Model S is the new darling of the green car movement, and you would think Prius and Tesla owners have a lot in common. But this nifty infographic shows just how broad the appeal of these two green cars really is.

August 7th

All-Wheel Drive Tesla Model S Coming In 2014?

The Tesla Model S has been universally lauded by critics and magazines, but Elon Musk isn’t resting on his laurels. From a new performance handling package to the promise of a valet mode, Tesla has added new features to the Model S to make it more appealing to a variety of buyers. Rumor has it that next year, all-wheel drive could be added to that list as well.

August 6th

Tesla Motors Aiming For Performance Over Luxury

How does one define a performance car versus a luxury car? Surely one would not call the $110,000 Corvette ZR1 a “luxury” car despite its six-figure price tag. So it is that given a choice between the distinctions, a Tesla exec said that the EV maker is “competing base don performance”, aiming to build not just a great electric car, but a great car in general.

Video: Tesla Model S Silently Passes The Competition

When I see videos like this, I feel kinda bad for the electric car haters. It must infuriate them that a company like Tesla Motors, with its government loans and sexy cars, is riding high on a wave on enthusiasm both for its product and stock price. A video like this, with the Tesla Model S passing established sports cars on a track like Willow Springs just rubs salt in the wound.

Video: Tesla Model S Costs 6-Cents Per Drag Race

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.

Video: How Fast Will The Tesla Model S Go?

The Tesla Model S is many things; an electric car, sure, but it’s also billed as a luxury car as well. But wait, it’s also a performance vehicle, capable of beating such venerable sports cars like the Dodge Viper. So just how fast is the Tesla Model S? Let’s go on a top speed run to find out.

Video: Tesla Model S On The Dyno

In the world of performance cars, the dynamometer (or dyno for short) is a tool used for measuring the horsepower and torque of a vehicle. Usually this is used for tuning purposes, but some people just like to brag about how much power their car does (or doesn’t) have. We’re surprised it took so long, but someone finally put their Tesla Model S on the dyno…and the results are predictably awesome.

January 18th

Unofficial Tesla Model S Production Numbers Revealed

Tesla Motors has made a habit of playing its cards close to its chest, especially when it comes to production numbers. Tesla only reveals what it has to in order to comply with Federal law, so the official production numbers for 2012 won’t be available for another month. But thanks to a little Internet sleuthing, we now have a good idea of how many Model S sedans Tesla built and sold in 2012.

January 11th

Tesla Model S Priced For Europe: And You Thought It Was Expensive Here…

Nobody could ever accuse the Tesla Model S of being a cheap car. Even after factoring in the $7,500 federal tax rebate, the cheapest Model S still rings in at more than $49,000 (and after January 1st, it will cost an additional $2,500). But compared to what it will cost in Europe, the U.S. Tesla Model S is a downright bargain. Tesla has just released their European prices…and let’s just say I’m glad we live in the USA.

December 21st

Tesla Plans Production Facility For European Distribution

As the best electric car on the market, the Tesla Model S has a global appeal that many of its competitors envy. With production of U.S. bound Tesla sedans already underway, the EV automakers is preparing to open a European production and distribution center. When it opens, the facility will build left-hand drive versions of the Model S for the European market starting next year.

December 14th