Tesla Model S News
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With the recently unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car—and quick replies from Nissan and Tesla—the race for an affordable long-range electric car reached a new level of competition. All three companies are targeting 200 miles on a single charge, thus establishing a new industry-wide target for a relatively affordable vehicle running solely on batteries.
The mere fact that a car can use grid-supplied energy no longer grabs headlines the way it did just a few years ago. Nonetheless, notable plug-ins from Hyundai, Honda, Audi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes could be found in Detroit.
Tesla announced Thursday that it will offer all-wheel-drive versions of its Model S electric car. The new offering will slightly increase range by about 10 miles per charge. The addition of all-wheel drive will allow the Model S to handle snowy driving conditions, while boosting 0-60 mph time to 3.2 seconds in the high-performance model.
A new Edmunds analysis says the "green car" market is stagnant, but that's misleading—cars with plugs are showing big gains.
Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.
Tesla claims the 12-volt battery in its Model S should last “a number of years.” But Tesla owner chat rooms are full of discussions regarding 12V battery replacement. Several Tesla owners talked with PluginCars.com about problems with their 12V battery. Rather than a huge design problem, they saw the issue as proof that Tesla is not immune to the same kinds of problems all automakers have with defective parts.
The availability of low monthly leases for the most popular electric cars—commonly $199 a month or less—has lowered the price barrier to EV adoption. But based on emerging pricing information about leasing a BMW i3 or Cadillac ELR, leases for luxury plug-in vehicles are unlikely to take much sting out of high sticker prices.
On Friday, Tesla Motors announced that it would upgrade the Model S charging adapter after reports of overheating in garages. The company will provide the new adapter to its customers for free in the next two weeks. The redesigned adapter will include a thermal fuse that shuts off charging if overheating is detected.