Cars such as Ferraris and Maseratis look beautiful, but unless you live in Monaco you rarely see them on the road. However, there are everyday cars, much more affordable than the exotics, that still offer striking design. These are the cars you are more likely to see -- and notice -- in your local grocery market parking lot. They also illustrate the fact that nice design does not have to be expensive.… Read more
When you work at one of the world's most successful -- and occasionally silliest -- companies, it's hard to create wonderful April Fool's pranks.
After all, you're supposed to contribute your best ideas to the company, so that they might be selected as one of the 15 or so that are used to fool the world on April 1.
It's astonishing that any Googlies have time left over for personal japes. You know, like punking the boss, for example.
And yet, evidence has emerged that members of the Google(x) team -- which I believe … Read more
Little-known -- but storied-brand -- Detroit Electric has launched its electric alternative to the Tesla.
The SP:01 is a limited-edition, two-seat pure-electric sports car, according to the company's announcement today.
With its Lotus Elise-like design, the SP:01 boasts a top speed of 155 mph and goes from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds.
Other marquee features of the SP:01:Electric motor: rear-wheel-drive with a mid-mounted 200 bhp electric motor made in the USA. Body: carbon-fiber body, with a total weight of 1,070 kg (2,359 pounds). Driving range: With a power rating of 37 kWh, the … Read more
The plan could bring net payments down to $500 a month according to Tesla, after taking into account the savings from purchasing electricity over gasoline, government incentives, and resale value.
Tesla added a True Cost of Ownership calculator to its site, which lets prospective buyers see how the numbers add up.
Tesla's announcement says it developed the plan with Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, each of which … Read more
The 40 kWh battery option that was offered to Tesla Model S customers won't be put into production after all.
Tesla announced the news yesterday, saying that its decision was made after it witnessed a "lack of demand" for the 40 kWh (kilowatt-hours) battery. Just 4 percent of those who ordered the Tesla S asked for the smaller battery pack.
Tesla, an electric carmaker, said that customers who ordered the 40 kWh option will get a 60 kWh pack instead. However, to keep the price down to the same level as the 40 kWh option, the better … Read more
In a tweet mentioning @TeslaMotors, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised a big announcement on Thursday, and wrote, "Am going to put my money where my mouth is in v major way."
A Tesla spokeswoman told CNET that the company is still working out the place and timing of the announcement. However, she said that Tesla will not be at the New York auto show, which is holding a press preview on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
After the tweet was posted, Tesla's shares jumped 4.23 percent.
Musk's second sentence in the tweet suggests he … Read more
Storied-brand Detroit Electric is teasing an electric vehicle that will take on the Tesla.
"After an absence of over 70 years, Detroit Electric...has returned to the legendary Motor City, promising job creation and a range of exciting 100% electric vehicles for the mass market," the company said in a press release.
The first model will be "a limited-edition two-seat sports car," the company said.
And it will be assembled in Michigan with production to start in August. "We are proud to become the fourth car manufacturer born out of Detroit," according to the … Read more
Last year, Tesla introduced the Model X crossover electric vehicle at its Los Angeles design center, and said it would begin production of the vehicle in late 2013. That production date has been revised, according to Tesla's shareholder annual report, to late 2014.
The report says that Tesla reached its steady state rate of production for 20,000 Model S sedans per year last December. The Model S is built at Tesla's Fremont manufacturing plant.
A Tesla spokesperson told CNET last December that there is a nine-month waiting period for current Model S orders. Tesla's goal is … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas -- SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk wowed a capacity SXSW crowd here today with the first public showing of a video of a rocket capable of blasting off and then returning safely and gently to the ground. And he later added he hopes to one day travel (perhaps one-way) to Mars.
The video of the company's Grasshopper rocket, filmed just about a day-and-a-half ago, demonstrates one of SpaceX's key propositions: That it can develop reusable rockets at a fraction of the cost of a traditional NASA mission, and that it can bring them back down … Read more
GENEVA--What started out as a routine press conference on Tesla's presentation of the Model X and Model S at the 2013 Geneva auto show became turbulent as a reporter questioned CEO Elon Musk on a recent New York Times article critical of Tesla's new sedan.
The reporter seemed to be taking the side of New York Times' reporter John Broder, who ran out of electricity while driving a Model S. Musk responded repeatedly and forcefully that the Times article was false, citing the car's own logs as proof. As the reporter at the Geneva show continued the … Read more