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Aston Martin CEO hopes to develop a competitor for Tesla Roadster

There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.

Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.

He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.

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Rimac Automobili might become Tesla’s closest rival by 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, for sure, many of you are eager to learn what’s in store next year. If Rimac Automobili hasn’t been in your radar, we’re here to tell you that it should be. Have you heard what Rimac has been up to lately?

In case you didn’t know, this is the company that brought us the Concept One. Well, Autoguide has reported earlier that Rimac is hinting of coming out with its own electric roadster. If that plan pushes through, chances are high that Rimac’s electric hypercar could outrun the Tesla Roadster --- both on the road and with regards to the pace of production.

It’s easy to make this conclusion. After all, Rimac’s incredibly powerful Concept One coupe packs an awesome output of 1224hp (918kW) and 1180 (2548 Nm) on tap. It makes sense that the “soon-to-become-Rimac convertible” will be more potent (or at least as powerful) as the preceding coupe version, right?

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Elon Musk might use rocket tech on new Tesla Roadster

Following the Tesla Roadster’s electrifying revelation on Thursday, Musk’s highly ambitious goals have skyrocketed when he tweeted about his future plans for the new sports car. Well, kind of.

The now controversial tweet, which was published on the 20th of November hints at the possibilities of enabling the 2nd generation Roadster to “fly short hops”. Does that mean the new Tesla Roadster could actually fly? We don’t know the answer. But according to Tesla’s CEO, the new Roadster’s special option package could take it “to the next level” while explaining how rocket technologies could open up ground-breaking possibilities if applied to a car. While he admitted flying is “certainly possible”, Musk at least is well aware of its threat to safety.

Let’s just say Elon Musk is simply having one of those “it’s not rocket science” episodes where he tends to dream big and doesn’t hold back when he wants the whole world to know all about it. And it doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure this out either. The “flight” option could only mean that the new Roadster could take off faster than 1.9 seconds or maybe go beyond what the entry level Roadster now has to offer.

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2020 Tesla Roadster rendered as a Shooting Brake

Just last week, Tesla’s Elon Musk surprised us all when he revealed the 2020 Tesla Roadster alongside the Tesla Semi truck. And in just a few hours, we have already seen renderings of the new Roadster, which proves that the internet does not sleep and that these rendering artists are always waiting to render something new.

Case in point, Tesla’s newest Roadster has already been rendered by a few artists, designing it in various variants. One that really caught our attention was the Shooting Brake variant that you are looking at right now. Because who wouldn’t want a bit more practicality in a roadster that does the 60 mile per hour sprint in under 2 seconds?

Of course, this rendering came from none other than X-Tomi Design, giving the Roadster a fuller rear. But when looking at its profile, it might remind you of a Hyundai Veloster, where the extended roof slopes down to meet the rear that has been slightly elevated. Naturally, once the shape of the car has been tweaked, it will have to go through a name change as well, and that is why it is now called a Tesla Shooting Brake. Though we do think that a removable targa roof could be implemented for a Targa Shooting Brake, perhaps? What do you think?

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November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the Tesla Semi was enough, so he stunned all attendees with a new Roadster that he revealed alongside the truck.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster has been a long waited model, and it is finally here, well at least the prototype. Musk announced that we can expect to see the model on the road sometime in 2020, with some pretty impressive performance figures. Like many other models, this could just be hype, but maybe it really is worth all the marketing - we will leave that up to you.

Here are some of the details that Musk provided us with during the reveal. Though he did not say how much horsepower it has in terms of output, apparently, it will have 7,376 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, it will likely be the fastest ever production car in the world (as of today), with its 1.9 seconds acceleration for the 0-60 mile per hour sprint. Moreover, in only 4.2 seconds, it can hit 100 miles per hour from standstill, and only 8.8 seconds to reach a quarter of a mile - that beats every single production car out there. As for the top speed, it is said to have a little over 250 miles per hour. And for the range, it can do as much as 620 miles of highway.

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Tesla Motors Inc. is offering owners of the Tesla Roadster upgrades for their electric vehicles. For instance, Tesla is offering to upgrade the battery technology used in the Roadster, allowing it to provide 31 percent more energy than the original cells.

The upgrade also includes an aerodynamics kit, new tires and improvements to wheel bearings and brakes, which in total allows the Roadster to travel up to 400 miles. Tesla calls the upgrades collectively as Roadster 3.0.

Tesla said in a blog that it plans to demonstrate the new capability of the Roadster in the real world through a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 2015.

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Tesla has made a promise to build a new, flagship two-seat Roadster that will use the most advanced EV technology and will not be anything like what others are doing. Tesla hasn’t set a date yet of when it will launch the second-generation roadster but it may make it to the market in around five years after it has set up its core three-model lineup of EVs.

According to Tesla chief George Blankenship, the company wants to do things that are new and so this will be the next-generation roadster. The Model S saloon, which is the latest model from Tesla, is expected to start selling this year in the UK. The Model X SUV is expected to arrive next in 2014-2015 while a 3-series-sized four-door is expected in 2015-2016.

Blankenship thinks that EV technology is advancing so quickly that the new Roadster will be able to perform even better than the original Roadster’s 200-mile range and 0-60mph acceleration time of less than 4.0sec.

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It will probably be at least five more years before Tesla starts production of a new electric two-seat roadster slated to be at the top of its expanding lineup of saloons and SUVs. Right now, Tesla is still in the process of evaluating this model. The original, Lotus Elise-based Tesla Roadster will stop selling this year to correspond with the launch of Tesla’s first self-developed model, the BMW 5-series-sized Model S, which is set to start selling next summer.

In 2013, Tesla is planning to introduce the Model X, an SUV with gullwing doors, that will make it to the UK by 2015. Tesla also has plans to offer a more mainstream model that will rival the BMW 3-series, estimated to arrive sometime 2015 or 2016.

George Blankenship, vice-president of sales and ownership experience, said that the small saloon would probably be situated on an all-new generation of its aluminium platform that will bring Tesla forward and would then be considered as the basis of all its models.

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Tesla Motors, in response to a blog post that claims that Roadster batteries could fail if the car is ever totally discharged, said that this is an “irrational” concern. On Tesla’s Web site, it said that there’s a rumor started by a blogger (named Understatement) about its electric vehicles becoming a “brick” -- a totally immobile vehicle that can’t be started or pushed down the street.

Tesla said that this rumor stems from an unreasonable fear based on “limited information and a misunderstanding of Tesla's battery system." The blog said that a $40,000 battery pack replacement may be required if the car turns into a “brick.” Tesla is preparing for the start of production for its electric Model S sedan, its first wholly U.S.-built vehicle, beginning in July.

Earlier this month, Tesla had unveiled a prototype of the Model X. This is an electric crossover vehicle that will arrive in 2013. At the close Friday in New York trading, Tesla’s shares dropped by 2.3% to $33.75. So far, the shares have gained 18% this year.

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For sale in the U.S. is the last Roadster from Tesla to ever be produced. This production vehicle – the first ever from Tesla – was launched four years ago and has had 2,600 units built. To mark its passing, Tesla developed a limited edition Roadster. The last Roadster has Atomic Red paint, two dark silver stripes on its hood and rear clamshell, and a set of exclusive anthracite aluminum wheels.

This is actually the fourth of the five Final Editions intended for North America. It was supposed to be delivered towards the north boarder but as the Canadian buyer realized the high price of importation, it is now offered for sale in the U.S.

Five Roadsters will be offered for each of Tesla’s sales region in North America, Europe and Asia. All the five Roadsters will have the same additional features as the first one.

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As you may know already, Tesla sold almost all the Roadster models destined for the United States market and the Model S saloon is ready to hit the dealerships next year, while the Model X crossover is expected to be revealed by the end of this year in the Alpha form. Today, we found out that Tesla is preparing a new Roadster that will be launched in 2014, according to CEO Elon Musk and it appears that this new mode will not be based on Lotus mechanicals.

Although the Roadster was not quite profitable and Tesla made a loss on every car it sold, Elon Musk said that the vehicle helped the company.

“Bob Lutz has said the Roadster prompted General Motors to do the Chevrolet Volt,” he said. “We’re trying to change the industry.” Moreover, the 2014 Tesla Roadster will use a third-generation platform which is expected to be a shortened version of the architecture developed for the Model S.

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As Tesla focuses on the new Model S sedan and upcoming crossover, it will stop taking orders for the Roadster for two months. Tesla said that it won’t sell its current generation Tesla Roadster after 2011 because of planned tooling changes at a supplier for the model. It would be sad to see it go because despite the criticism, there’s no denying that it served as an amazing marketing tool.

Tesla submitted a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month that said that it will unveil a prototype version of the Model X electric crossover before the end of the year.

Tesla said that it has to offer an additional 1.3 million shares of stock to fund the Model X. It’s likely that the Model S sedan will be more appealing to the market than the two-seater Roadster.

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Because of an exemption, Tesla Motors Inc.’s $109,000 electric roadster is allowed to be fitted with airbags that fail to comply with U.S. safety standards.

However, this may soon change as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a Federal Register notice that it may stop giving waivers to an 11-year-old law that cars sold in the U.S. should have these advanced air bags. Sensors in these air bags consider the occupants’ heights and weights and adjust the force accordingly.

In the last five years, exemptions were given to Tesla, Lamborghini and other limited-production automakers based on financial-hardship reasons.

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After having driven his Roadster in excess of 100,000 km (over 62,000 miles), Hansjorg von Gemmingen is the clear holder of the title of greatest distance covered by any of Tesla Motors’ customers.

The company had recently revealed the identity of the record-holder, the owner of the 83rd Tesla Roadster delivered in Europe. Von Gemmingen was able to cover this distance in less than two years. He says that he charges this car each night with just a standard household outlet.

He said that driving his Roadster is “thrilling” each time he rides it. He said that what impresses him is the “durability and performance of Tesla's technology." He added that the Roadster is able to easily handle long road trips.

Read the entire article Tesla Roadster covers 100,000 zero-emissions kilometers thanks to German owner

Brabus is now offering the ultra-exclusive Tesla Roadster Sport Green Package. The German tuner and manufacturer has turned its attention to the electric sportscar instead of petrol-burning performance cars. In fact, Brabus was the first to offer customization of the Tesla Roadster.

The package features a quick charging station for the customer’s garage, 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) worth of eco-electricity with which to run it and a one-year unlimited-use pass at all public RWE charging stations.

For now, the vehicle is only being offered in Germany and there are currently no plans to expand to other countries.

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Over 400 units of Tesla Motors’ battery-powered Roadsters are being recalled due to risks of the vehicle’s power cable shorting and catching fire. Priced at $109,000, the Roadster is a car on a Lotus platform that is powered by a battery pack composed of more than 6,800 laptop batteries.

Tesla admits that it has received a report of a case where a short was caused when a 12-volt cable in the vehicle chafed against a panel. Tesla said that smoke started to come out of this cable and that a fire may have started in an area behind the front headlamp.

Tesla said that the 12-volt cable cited in the recall supplies power to several auxiliary systems, including lights, turn signals and airbags.

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Tesla Motors announced today that its Tesla Roadster has recently been approved for the Japanese government's Clean Energy Cash Rebate Program.

This means that each person who will buy a Tesla Roadster electric car will receive a rebate of up to 3.24 million yen, approximately $38,000 US at current exchange rates.

The Clean Energy Cash Rebate Program wants to promote the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, and the Tesla Roadster is the second standard-sized car, following the plug-in Prius by Toyota.

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Today we have for you a premiere! Brabus, the well-known tuner specialized in Mercedes-Benz vehicles released the first tuning package for an electric car, the Tesla Roadster.

The new vehicle that will make its official debut at the 2008 Essen Motor Show comes with a interesting space sound generator, a system that gives the driver and the co-passenger a chance to choose from several simulated engine sounds including that of a typical V8 combustion engine, a racecar engine and two futuristic soundscapes named "Beam" and "Warp".

The volume of the sound is strictly related to the power output of the electric motor.

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It is common knowledge that important R&D departments and their technicians continue to be essential by learning all they can from the successes and mistakes of their rivals.

The latest evidence of that is the acquisition of a Tesla Roadster by the scientists of Porsche in Weissach, Germany. A spokesperson for Tesla informed Inside Line, "A Porsche senior engineer actually came over a few weeks back, and he was seriously analyzing the car in every detail."

The insider said that Porsche will have to wait for some time to take hold of a Tesla, as the carmaker is "pretty far down on the list of current orders."

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UK's Ginetta Cars is aiming on a totally modern objective: a high-performance electric vehicle. Information on the vehicle remains closely guarded, but the vehicle's first stages of development are already in progress.

The G50 is Ginetta's most current addition to its range of race and street vehicles, with the first production model reaching Britain's streets earlier this year. Currently the firm is making an electric version that it alleges will be able to reach 120 mph (193 km/h) and reach up to 250 miles (402km).

A tri-battery power storage system and an electric motor will channel power straight to the rear wheels for robust handling dynamics and simplicity of powertrain construction.

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