Alta Motor, Tesla Model S.
Reading tip: California start-up Alta Motor is looking to become the leading manufacturer of electric motorbikes. Their first model Redshift is backordered 13 weeks, so they might be on the right track. And you’ll never guess, whose footsteps they are looking to follow in. Ok, so you might. It’s Tesla!
Video tip: Synchronised swimming was yesterday. Watch these two Tesla Model S be summoned from the garage – simultaneously. Also, what an interesting colour the EV on the left sports.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Solar Applications, Tesla Model S.
Video tip I: Dutch start-up Solar Applications and the Technical University of Eindhoven have developed a solar e-bike, fitted with solar cells in the front wheel. The e-bike is expected to launch in 2018 for about 2,500 euros.
Video tip II: Andy and Luke from CNET took a Tesla Model S on a 1,000-mile journey from London to Barcelona, visiting chargers and taking some unexpected detours.
youtube.com, part 2, part 3
Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3.
Video tip: This is Silicon Valley at its best – a Model S is summoned via the Apple watch. Welcome to version 3.0 of the Remote S for Tesla’s app that does not even require the key fob anymore.
youtube.com via ibtimes.com
Reading tip: Tesla was wrong to focus on the Model X instead of the Model 3, finds Colin Moreshead from Auto Blog. To him, the EV maker has ventured too far from its initial mission to use income from the luxury end of the market to introduce an affordable model.
Model S struck by lightning, Chevy Volt configurator.
Video tip: This is not something you see every day – a Tesla Model S is struck by lightning while charging! Though instead of getting a power boost, the car shut down and it took technicians a whole day to get it back up and running, especially because it would not let go of that charging cable.
Click tip: If you were to get the new Chevy Volt, what should it look like? You can now play with the idea using the new configurator, which just recently went live.
chevrolet.com via autoworldnews.com
Early childhood education.
Both Matchbox and Hot Wheels now issued miniature versions of the Tesla Model S. While Matchbox sticks with the original, Hot Wheels put the funk on and offers a glitter EV. We guess that is as far as establishment goes.
World's highest mileage Tesla Model S.
With over 120,000 miles, Dante Richardson has driven further in a Tesla Model S, than anyone else on the planet. Richardson has owned his Tesla since December 2012, and as a keen driver who likes long trips, he has surely clocked some more electric miles by the time of this news brief.
New dynos wanted.
It looks like the instant and mighty torque of electric cars is simply too much for conventional dynos. This video shows a Tesla Model S breaking the dyno at 950Nm torque. Mind you, it was the P85D AWD version.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Electric buses and trucks, Pre-owned Tesla Model S.
Research tip: A new report by Navigant Research predicts sales of up to 805,000 electric buses and trucks from 2014 until 2023. The analysts base their prognosis on technological advances.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com
Click tip: You can now order a second-hand Tesla directly through the Californian company’s website. Prices for the pre-owned EVs start at around 65,000 dollars that include a 4-year and 50,000-mile warranty. Of course, buyers won’t qualify for any federal, state or local tax credits or incentives.
teslamotors.com (re-own) via teslarati.com
Remember the Airbnb member who offered accommodation in its Tesla Model S? Sebastian Blanco took him up on his “offer” and used the experience to report not only on his bedding but on the Tesla-related services that sprung up around it too. The “World’s fastest hotel” now has its own website by the way.
There are some odd offers for lodging on the online platform AirBnB, but this location is tempting. For 85 dollars per night, Model S owner Steve from Phoenix will let you sleep in the boot of his car. He also provides an air mattress and two remote controlled candles for that extra touch of romance.
Tesla Model S production.
Around 70,000 Model S have been built since Tesla kicked off production two and a half years ago. The numbers are not official, since Tesla is waiting for year-end financial results. Instead, they are based on adding up estimates, as well as the serial numbers of the vehicles shown at the Detroit Auto Show.
More than 1 billion kilometres have been driven electrically with the Tesla Model S fleet worldwide. Just some time ago, Nissan said the same about its global Leaf fleet, but that calculation relies on the telematic system CarWings with only about 54% of Leaf drivers having registered for data collection.
twitter.com, insideevs.com, autoblog.com
Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid, Nissan Leaf batteries.
Video tip: Autoblog pitched the Tesla Model S versus Porsche’s Cayenne S E Hybrid in a drag race. While German engineering initially is faster, the Californian just needed some time to get warm before flexing its electric muscles.
Click tip: The making of Nissan´s Leaf batteries in its British Sunderland plant is brought to us by Inside EVs who prepared an info graphic, numerous photos and a video.
Tesla Model S owner satisfaction.
Presentable 98 percent of Tesla drivers are happy with their Model S and would buy it again. That´s according to a new survey by Consumer Reports. The average satisfaction rate across all vehicles was only around 70 percent.
Audi A3 e-tron ad, Camo-wrapped Tesla Model S.
Video tip: Audi released a commercial for its A3 Sportback e-tron. As always, there is no off-voice, just electronic music a DJ plays at a club mirroring Audi’s claim for its plug-in hybrid: “The perfect mix.”
Click tip: Tesla already employs a number of U.S. veterans (we reported). To honour them on Veterans Day, the carmaker now created a unique Model S in camouflaged colors with patriotic military insignias – and the hashtag #TeslaVets.
Tesla Model S, London's EV charging network.
Video tip: For a television crew from CNBS, IHS Technology took apart a Tesla Model S to see what technology is under the hood. While many parts are Tesla originals, others are provided by Texas Instruments or Qualcomm.
cnbc.com via hybridcars.com
Reading tip: Is London’s EV charging network falling apart? Many of the stations are out of order and will probably not be repaired soon. Source London says it currently has no jurisdiction to repair broken points, because maintenance is the responsibility of charger manufacturers, some of whom are not cooperating.
Tesla to cross a milestone.
Tesla is expected to sell its 50,000th Model S by the end of this month. In a letter to its stake holders at the end of September, the Californian carmaker had confirmed that it already supplied 46,928 of its electric sedans worldwide.
Tesla taxis coming to Amsterdam-Schiphol, Electric 1939 Dodge.
Video tip: A great teaser for a cool initiative. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is about to chauffeur its guests in blue Tesla Model S taxis to and from the airport starting October 18th.
Reading tip: This oldtimer truck is far from rattling. Instead, this 1939 Dodge pickup runs purely electrically and has been converted by a former IBM engineer who uses the self-made EV to “just bang around town,” and on all other errands too.
Formula E future, Tesla Model S in Hong Kong.
Click tip: Formula E boss Alejandro Agag has revealed a few details on the next season, in which teams will be allowed to develop their own motors and batteries. Furthermore, new teams will join the electric racing series, which will be held in more cities than before. Already 40 to 50 cities have asked to become a Formula E venue.
Video tip: Tune in for a ride in a Tesla Model S in Hong Kong, where the EV has recently been introduced in its right-hand version. Ritchie’s Room recently was a passenger in the Model S and summarised its first impressions in this video.
German showcase regions, Tesla Model S road trip.
Click tip: Germany’s Transportation Ministry has launched its new website, introducing showcase regions and projects concerning electric mobility in the country. And, it is available in English.
schaufenster-elektromobilitaet.org (Showcase regions)
Video tip: In this edition of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn continues his road trip across the country in a Tesla Model S. This time he focuses on cost. Not of the EV itself, but charging it. A point, no one can disagree, speaks 100 percent for going electric.
Harley LiveWire at Jay Leno's Garage, Robert Llewellyn drives Model S.
Video tip: In this edition of Jay Leno’s Garage, the host welcomes a pretty special guest: the LiveWire, accompanied by Ken Ostermann, head of global marketing at Harley.
Reading tip: Robert Llewellyn took a Model S to drive from London all the way north to Edinburgh and back to the British capital. While the trip only cost him about six pounds, he is now revising his pension to see if he might be able to buy himself a Tesla.
Tesla Model S.
No less than 394 million electric miles (634 million kilometres) is what Tesla customers haven driven in their Model S worldwide. That number has been climbing more and more rapidly in recent months, and, according to the carmaker, equals 18 million gallons (68 million litres) of unconsumed petrol.
Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Video tip 1: With the 2016 model of the Chevy Volt to hit the roads in January, this video takes a look at the last three and a half years the EV has been on sale. Conclusion – the plug-in “never quite lived up to the big expectations that GM and the world had for it.”
youtube.com via greencarreports.com
Video tip 2: They (can) both run on pure electric power, they are both luxury vehicles… and yet, comparing the Tesla Model S to the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is like comparing apples and oranges. Hybrid Car Review still gives it a go.
…is the only possible explanation for this Model S which crashed into a Tesla sign right in front of a Fremont dealership. The web (while laughing) blames the accident on an overjoyed yet unexperienced Tesla buyer why we just hope that this was not in fact a test ride gone wrong.
Tesla Nürburgring Lap, Nissan Leaf sustainability.
Video tip I: Race driver Robb Holland could hardly hide his disappointment when being faced with “nothing but” a Model S for testing at Nürburgring. Well, he changed his mind rather quickly once on the track…
youtube.com via jalopnik.com
Video tip II: The Leaf goes further than saving emissions only when in operation. This official Nissan film shows how the Japanese company wants to produce in a more sustainable way, i.e. by the use of 25% recycled materials.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com
Tesla Model S vs. Mazda Miata, Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Video tip: For once, the Tesla Model S did not stand a chance when taking up this drag race against an electrified Mazda Miata. The latter though, was specifically trimmed for performance and nothing else.
Research tip: Navigant Research predicts the number of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to double until 2035. However, electric and hydrogen vehicles will only reach a one percent marketshare while alternative fuel vehicles gain another four percent within that time.
Toyota FCV trailer, Model S towing capability.
Video tip I: After the live presentation of Toyota’s FCV, the Japanese have now issued the official trailer for their series fuel cell vehicle. Its slogan: setting the next 100 years in motion…
Video tip II: A Tesla can tow a trailer easily. This has been proven by a Model S owner and YouTube user. Funnily enough, it was a generator he had been towing over a 129-miles distance, before he delivered it and drove back on a single charge.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Tesla Model S Coupé and Convertible.
A Chinese investor has ordered another 100 Tesla Model S Coupé conversions from Newport Convertible Engineering. Just a few weeks ago, the same investor had placed an order for 100 convertible conversions (we reported). Both conversions will be available to other Model S owner starting at 35,000 dollars.