The owner of a Tesla Model S recently survived a catastrophic collision with an errant three-pronged trailer hitch while doing 70 MPH on the Interstate, and wrote an account of his adventure for Tesla Motors' website. The tale tells of a chillingly smart warning system built into the full-size hatchback, a granite-solid undercarriage, and a seemingly fireproof cabin.
At a conference in Germany today, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk has revealed some upcoming plans for the auto maker's popular Model S: an Android emulator and Chrome browser. This will work alongside the car's snazzy capacitive touch-based dashboard control system, swapping out the current browser for Google's offering and opening up possibilities for developers.
Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.
It would appear that the electric Tesla Model S has come up in California as a vehicle that's not only striking the technology headlines, but the high-rolling sales market as well. According to a recent California New Car Dealers Association report for the first part of 2013, new-vehicle registrations have marked up the Tesla Model S as a dominator in the luxury car category. With a whopping 4,714 Model S vehicles registered in California with this registrar over the first six months of 2013, Tesla takes the cake from other top-dollar automobiles like the Audi A6 (having registered 1,619 vehicles) and the Lexus GS (at 2,298 units for the first half of 2013) - those two entries represent a 10% share of the Luxury and Sports vehicle segment together while the Tesla Model S kicks out 12% on its own.
The 8th generation of Gameloft's rather successful racing game franchise is out today for both iOS and Android devices in Asphalt 8: Airborne. This game takes another step toward making a truly worthy translation of the 2008 movie Speed Racer to the gaming universe. Though it's not Gameloft saying they're doing so, it certainly appears as if the closest game to the mark (in Asphalt 7) has been outdone by this 2013 Asphalt 8 release.
The Tesla Model S has achieved a new NHTSA safety record with 5-star ratings in every sub-category across the board. Other models that harbor the same title are small in number, representing about 1-percent of every car the agency tested. Furthermore, the overall score indicates another boasting point for Tesla - the Model S scored above 5 in some categories.
Tesla has revamped its Model S electric car line-up, dropping the price of of the Performance model but frustrating would-be owners by considerably increasing some option pricing. The changes, previewed by Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk at the Teslive event last month, could leave some buyers still finalizing their cars paying 8- to 9-percent more, angry forum posts suggest; features that were previously free of charge to select have in some cases become paid-options, while the XM Radio system, before a $950 option, can now only be had as part of a $2,500 system upgrade.
We've been hearing and seeing a lot about Tesla's Model S sedan, which is an all-electric car that looks to break all stereotypes about the greener technology, with CEO Elon Musk proving that electric cars don't need to be small compact go-karts. However, we've never seen the inside of the Tesla factory where they make the Model S, until now.
Tesla has announced a partial recall of the Model S electric car, after the discovery of a shortcoming in how the rear seats are fixed to the EV's body. The issue - which Tesla is at pains to point out has not actually resulted in any reported problems or injuries - could leave the left-hand rear seat back less than adequately retained should the Model S driver have a crash, and needs to be reinforced.
A New York Times reviewer might not have liked the Tesla Model S electric vehicle back in February when a controversial review was published in the paper, but Consumer Reports certainly does. Consumer Reports has announced that the Model S has earned the top overall test score performing as well or better than any vehicle the publication has ever tested. The Model S is the first electric vehicle to ever achieve such a high score.