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By Brad Berman ·
December 29, 2014

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Shows How EVs Can Be Upgraded

Electric car battery technology is getting better every year. When combined with incremental improvements in electric propulsion systems and vehicle packaging, we should expect the driving range in future all-electric models to significantly increase. But what about the EVs already on the road? Will these improvements diminish the value of the battery-powered vehicle currently in your driveway?

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 16, 2013

Tesla Roadster Driver Explains EV Life in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t a big place. Its total area, including Hong Kong Island and the portion on the Mainland, is only 426 square miles. More than half the population of seven million people lives in private housing—though much of it consists of high-rise flats rather than single-family abodes. So it seems like an ideal place to own a plug-in electric vehicle. But the private homeownership is one of the biggest barriers to expansion of plug-in electric vehicle ownership in Hong Kong, Tesla Roadster owner Mark Webb-Johnson told PluginCars.com.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
July 31, 2013

At Owners Meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Drops Hints about Future Plans

Earlier this month, the inaugural TESLive conference—a two-day event devoted to Tesla Electric cars—took place in San Jose, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the featured speaker on the second day. In a townhall-style question and answer session, Musk shared updates for existing Tesla Roadster owners, chatted about the Model S’s safety record, and gave hints about future Tesla models.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 16, 2013

Tesla Roadster Battery Life Study: 85 Percent Capacity After 100,000 Miles

A new Plug In America study, based on information from four percent of owners worldwide, is optimistic that the sports cars will go the distance.

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By David Herron ·
July 08, 2013

Canada to Mexico Electric Car Rally Changes EV Range Perceptions

There have been a number of long-distance electric car events held to counter perceptions about range limitations of EVs. The latest was last week's BC2BC-2013 Rally, in which eight electric cars and one electric motorcycle traveled from British Columbia to Baja, California. All but one successfully arrived, although the journey revealed weaknesses in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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By David Herron ·
July 02, 2013

Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

For some, what will sell electric vehicles is performance, and electric racing events offer the chance to demolish EV stereotypes.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
January 22, 2013

Tesla Roadster Survey Examines Long-Term Wear and Tear

Electric advocacy group, Plug In America, is turning its attention to Tesla Roadster owners and asking whether or not this cutting-edge sports car’s battery pack and charge rates are performing as expected. The study is part of a larger look into the long-term performance of electric vehicles and any factors that might contribute to a loss of charge or overall capacity.

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By Eric Loveday ·
September 12, 2012

Nissan LEAF Battles Tesla Roadster at Japan's Sugo Sportsland Circuit

Nissan's LEAF NISMO RC competed in a 50-kilometer (31-mile) electric vehicle race at Japan's Sugo Sportsland circuit, taking on a host of electric vehicles and was only narrowly beat by one: the Tesla Roadster.

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By Eric Loveday ·
October 31, 2011

Tesla's Elon Musk Named Innovator of the Year by WSJ

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of electric automaker Tesla Motors (and SpaceX) received the Wall Street Journal Magazine's first-ever Innovator of the Year Award in Technology. The oft-outspoken and sometimes over-the-top Musk is largely responsible for bringing ground- breaking electric vehicles to market. Musk describes the upcoming Model S not only as the finest electric automobile to ever hit the streets, but as the "best car of any kind," regardless of means of propulsion.

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By Jukka Kukkonen ·
May 18, 2011

Minnesota EV Group Hosts Region's First Major Electric Car Expo

On May 6 - 8, my company, PlugInConnect, organized an EV Experience event—not related to GE’s events that share the same name—as part of the 10th Annual Living Green Expo at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. For the first time in Minnesota, everyone from key decision makers to the general public had an opportunity to see plug-in vehicles, charging infrastructure, and even a functioning solar charging system. The most exciting aspect was the chance to experience test rides in various EVs and plug-in hybrids.

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