Tesla's electric Model S combines unprecedented driving range and quick charging times. Thanks to the many different plug adapters, you have flexibility over how quickly the Model S can charge. Standard Level 1 charging at home can take up to 12 hours, while a special 240v plug can return up to 30 miles per hour of charging, eliminating the need to install a costly Level 2 home charging unit. With advanced technology comes issues, however. Cars.com Reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at some of the grievances that bothered him like the unique door handles, obnoxious seat-bottom weight sensors and charging port door.
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT
Aimed at younger buyers, the Mitsubishi Lancer GT offers features like a premium aftermarket stereo, leather seats and aggressive styling matched by sporty driving dynamics. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the Lancer GT's subpar fuel economy and hard ride quality may sway buyers toward more updated, fuel-efficient competitors in the compact sedan class.
Cars.com Undercover: Texting While Driving Rampant
Cars.com took to the highways of Chicago to see just how many people were illegally using their smartphones while driving. This video shows just how pervasive distracted driving due to these gadgets truly is.
TESLA MODEL S PERFORMANCE - HIGH SPEED TEST DRIVE !!!
THIS IS the edited version of my TESLA MODEL S video review.
The car was fully charged and speed limited to 80MPH. Hopefully, you'll be able to set a speed limit so you don't find yourself busted by the PO PO.
The base model offers around 150 miles of range on a 10 hour charge while the performance models will offer 300 miles.
Right now it offers heated seats, but, cooled/heated seats aren't an option yet. A $1500 panoramic roof is an option.
I'd like to see a $40,000 model with a 100 mile range and supercharging access.
The Tesla is [B]very heavy[/B] but due to the early torque, it accelerates [B]faster[/B] than even a supercharged SRT8. That's how it killed the BMW M5.
The platform is [B]stiff[/B]. You feel almost no body roll at all and it is extremely planted.
The steering is light and will adopt to the casual driver very well.
Very, very spacious. You can have jump seats put in the rear with the kids facing out the back window for a total of 7 passengers. There are essentially 2 trunks in this car because there is no engine or battery compartment on the cabin level. It's all in the platform - BRILLIANT!
The car has a bit of wind noise/ road noise. The electric motor is near silent, so you notice the noise from outside more than usual.
I'd have liked to see some type of next generation shifter to make the car feel more like a "spaceship". A shifter like the mono-static shifters in the new BMW would be cool. They got this shifter from the Mercedes Benz parts bin (as well as the steering wheel).
I personally don't know if I could see myself buying the new SRT8 when the Tesla exists. I'm not sure what it's long term maintenance is, but what I do know is with an SRt8 you are spending around $4.30 for a gallon of Premium and only getting 14 mpg or less in the City.
The interior is roughly the same grade as a Chrysler/Ford/ GM product. Adding a massive touchscreen doesn't cause you to overlook that.
With the tax credit, this car will cost you less than the SRT8, Lincoln MKS, Mercedes E-class, BMW 5/M5, Cadillac XTS and Genesis R-spec.
The Tesla OUTPERFORMS THEM ALL.
BMW i8 - For the pseudo-environmentalist billionaire in every one of us
I was thoroughly underwhelmed by BMW's latest concept on show at the Auckland Museum today.
It has similar hybrid technology but a lower all-electric range than a Chevrolet Volt, yet it costs $270,000 USD more.
Or think of it as an all-electric Tesla Roadster, but with less range, less power, less acceleration, less style, less reliability - but with higher emissions, and at twice the price.
The styling is a personal thing, but I found it too weird to gain mass-acceptance. Perhaps thankfully, the finished product will look completely different.
Still, God only knows what market this car is aimed at. Even so, by 2014 (when this vehicle is ready for production) the competition will have soared ahead with more practical, long-range all-electric vehicles.
For example, the Tesla Model S is a visual masterpiece with an all electric range of 300 miles (482 kilometres) - and full-scale production starts in August 2012.
You'd better think fast BMW.
Electric Vehicle Hits and Misses - Autoline This Week 1647
They arrived with such fanfare a couple years back, that you'd have thought we'd all be driving electrics by now but that's not the case. In fact, even today some manufacturers are reticent to even offer an electric option. But that hasn't stopped everyone from the biggest OEMs to the single car startups from designing and building all-electric cars. On Autoline This Week John McElroy and his panel look at the world of electric cars, if there's a want, a need or a business case to be made for their existence. Joining John in studio is Csaba Csere, the former Editor-in-Chief of Car & Driver magazine and Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics. Get more video everyday at http://autoline.tv
1088hp Rimac Concept One - World's Fastest Electric Supercar
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I have filmed in detail the electric supercar called Rimac One during the 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. This fantastic croatian creation is actually the world's fastest electric road production car ever made, check out below the incredible numbers about it.
Technical data - Rimac Concept One
Engine - 4x electric engines, one per wheel, total output 1088hp / 3800nm (!!)
Performance - 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration in 2.8s, top speed over 305km/h (189mph), 600km of autonomy
Curb weight - 1,650 kg
Price - 724.000€ and 88 units to be made
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