First Tesla Model S Sedan Test Drive

Elon Musk unveils the new Tesla Sedan at the SpaceX rocket factory. Steve Jurvetson was fortunate to take the first test drive, and he let the video run for the whole ride. Good job!

Tesla Model S Sedan videos

Here are some cool videos from the Tesla Model S unveiling that are appearing on the internet.
Check out what the door handles do in order to reduce drag when driving.

Door Handle video

The turn signals and front headlights have been described as if from “Tron”.

Headlights and Turning Signal

YouTube video of the tail lights

Tesla Model S revealed

I am VERY impressed. So impressed that I have already put in my deposit for one.

Overview
– 300 mile range
– 45 minute QuickCharge
– 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
– Seats 7 people
– More Cargo space than station wagons
– 2X as efficient as hybrids
– 17 inch infotainment touchscreen

Range
– Up to 300 mile range
– 45 minute QuickCharge
– Charges from 120V, 240V or 480V
– 5 minute battery swap

Utility
– Seating for 5 adults + 2 child seats
– Unique hatch for oversized items
– 60/40 flat-folding rear seat
– 2nd trunk under hood

Performance
– 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
– 120 mph top speed
– Sport sedan dynamics
– All-wheel-drive available

Gearing up for the MINI E

Stefano with the MINI E

Stefano with the MINI E

Gearing up for the MINI E

Gearing up for the MINI E
Published by Stefano Paris on March 12, 2009

If you’ve been following the BMW MINI E program unveiled officially on November 19th, 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show you’ll know the process for being selected as a potential MINI E driver is a multistep process. The window to apply for a lease of a MINI E was from November 19th to December 24th, 2008, via an hour long online questionnaire.

In January 2009, I was excited to learn I was selected to be one of the potential 250 lessees of the MINI E being deployed in Southern California this year. Achieving selection status was just one of the first steps to MINI E driving sweetness. In the past couple of months I’ve been passing other qualifications. One of these items on the MINI E deployment checklist regards the residence where one is to park and charge the MINI E. MINI wants to insure their MINI Es will be parked in an enclosed garage and that the residence’s electrical system is up to the task of charging the car.

(for more on the story, click on the link above…)

Tesla: Model S to have fast-charging battery

Tesla Model S Sedan teaser

Tesla Model S Sedan teaser

Tesla: Model S to have fast-charging battery

Telsa Motor’s Model S sedan–set to debut March 26–will have 440-volt fast-charging battery capability, wrote Rachel Konrad, spokesperson for Tesla Motors, to CNET in an e-mail.

Although Konrad could not say how long it would take to charge the Model S sedan using either a 440-volt charger or the standard 220-volt charger, the Tesla Roadster’s battery can be fully charged in about 3.5 hours using a 220V/70A system, she wrote.

The Model S is expected to have a driving range of 225 miles on a full charge. It’s not a fair comparison, but Nissan’s TBD all-electric car will have a driving range of 100 miles and can be recharged in 26 minutes using a fast-charging station.

The more important question is the market will see the proliferation of fast-charging stations. There are no public 440-volt fast charging stations. ECOtality, a clean-electric transportation and technology company, has implemented 5100 of these stations in 13 airports across the country, but none is public, said Colin Read, marketing directory for ECOtality.

The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company may implement a couple of fast-charging stations in the Tuscon area in the next few years for its partnership with Nissan and the Pima Association of Governments, but there isn’t yet a huge market, said Read.

Read was surprised to learn that the Model S will be 440-volt capable, but said ECOtality fully-supports Tesla’s fast-charging capability and would love to work with them to make this technology as successful as possible.

But the kind of impact that thousands of cars plugging in at the same time at this rate will have on an electrical grid is anyone’s guess. ECOtatilty is currently researching this unknown for the Department of Energy.

For the moment, Tesla is the only company with highway-speed capable all-electric cars in production in North America. Tesla is also the only company with a navigation system that will be able to find the nearest charging station.

“Model S likely will have this capacity,” said Konrad while qualifying that she could not confirm specifications.

[Source: CNET]

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Tesla Roadster sells for $160,000 on Ebay

Orange Tesla Roadster

Orange Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster #191 just sold for $160,000 on Ebay. The owner had to sell for business reasons.
Never driven. The cost to the original owner was about $92,000.

This is just a picture of what it looks like. It is not the actual vehicle.
The auction ended early with a Buy It Now bid.