Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Car prizes are nothing in the Price Is Right, but for this particular episode, host Drew Carey had something special in store for Rhett, a young college student from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Calling it the most expensive prize they’ve ever given out on the show - it’s valued at $112,000 - Carey gave Rhett every reason to do what college kids do best these days - go crazy and jump up and down on-stage - by giving him a chance to win a Tesla Roadster .

The good news is, Rhett just about passed out on stage when he saw the car, a probable sign that he knew a thing or two about the roadster. As for the bad news, Rhett didn’t go home with the car, but he probably became an instant celebrity in his campus for his on-stage reaction to seeing the Roadster.

Source: YouTube

Due to popular demand – who knew? – Tesla has decided to extend sales of the Tesla Roadster into 2012. What’s more: they’re also ramping up production of the electric sports car by 40%.

According to the latest Tesla Motors newsletter, Tesla is also expanding its reach to other previously untapped regions, including Asia and Australia.

This latest announcement is great news for fans of Tesla, especially considering that Tesla previously announced that they would cease selling the Roadster after 2011. But now that the company has come to terms with a number of important suppliers, it’s beginning to look like the Roadster will have an extended lease in life.

Plus, it helped that a lot of people continue to clamor for the car, which made the decision to push sales into 2012 that much easier.

150 years of existence is a remarkable achievement in its own right. Staying relevant and respected throughout those years like TAG Heuer has done is worthy of praise and adulation.

As part of their sesquicentennial celebration, TAG Heuer has tied up with Tesla to create a special edition Roadster for the Geneva Motor Show

The car features a unique interior by Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen, which incrporates TAG Heuer avant-garde design elements and a specially designed center console due to host TAG Heuer’s cutting edge concept watch, a TAG Heuer Meridiist mobile phone as well as a one-fifth second Heuer Limited Edition Stopwatch. It comes painted in Foucault Field Gray, which embodies the innovative spirit of both TAG Heuer and Tesla.

The special-edition 2010 TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster can be found at the Tesla booth during the public show days and from March 4-14, the car will be at the Palexpo-Geneva conference center. After that, the car will be driven to Baselworld - the world’s largest watch exhibition - for a special event on March 18.

Press release after the jump.

There aren’t that many Tesla Roadsters out there – so far, there are around 940 units all over the world - so if one of them ends up in an accident, then you can bet that it’s going to make some news.

Ever the benevolent purveyors of exotic car crashes; our buddies over at Wrecked Exotics recently unearthed two Tesla Roadster crashes that happened just recently. Though the accidents weren’t related, the two accidents brings the total of Tesla Roadster car crashes, at least as far as Wrecked Exotics is concerned, to six, with one of them being a test vehicle that met an untimely demise even before production for the car began.

As for the two newest members of the Tesla Roadster car crash club, we’re relieved to say that both cars didn’t suffer the same metal-crunching fate that other sports cars seem to routinely find themselves in.

The black 2008 Roadster accident occurred in Orlando after the driver lost control of the car after which, it clipped a concrete divider resulting in the front left side of the car to need some facial reconstructive surgery.

As for the orange 2008 Roadster that figured into an accident of its own, it was merely a minor fender-bender mishap involving the over-eager owner of the Roadster. Despite the relatively subdued crash, the orange Roadster got introduced into the world of car crashes pretty early since the car – with a total mileage of just under 3,000 miles – is still what many consider as ‘just out of the box’.

It’s never a good thing for any of us to be reporting on car crashes of any sort. But these two Tesla Roadster Tesla Roadster crashes somehow alleviates our burden because the crashes, though expensive to repair, as we can imagine, didn’t come at the cost of a life.

The all electric American automaker Tesla has just unveiled a right-hand-drive version of its successful open air zero emissions EV Roadster in London and is priced at £86,950. "The right-hand-drive model is our response to growing demand from high-performance car buyers in the UK who are also interested in their impact on the environment," said Cristiano Carlutti, Tesla’s Vice President for European Sales and Operations. "Tesla is dramatically expanding its retail footprint in Europe, we look forward to building our community of owners and fans throughout the continent."

The 2010 Roadster for those who drive on the opposite side of the road includes a host of unique noise reduction materials, an upgraded sound system as well as a few other enhancements that make it ideal for daily commuting or weekend drives. After all, who wouldn’t want to own a vehicle that is as powerful as a Porsche and twice as efficient as a Prius , especially with one particular owner setting a 313 mile distance record from only a single charge with his own personal Roadster, offering up the best of both worlds for Tesla owners.

Press release after the jump.

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, it only makes sense that high end tuners like Brabus are delving into the world of Tesla Tesla tuning along with the forward thinking electric charging station chain RWE with this modified electric roadster. RWE recognizes that the single largest drawback of an EV is the amount of time that it takes to recharge the batteries and feels that if owners had access to in home rapid charging stations, like their Eco-Power unit, that we would see a lot more on the road already. So at this year’s Essen Motor Show Brabus and RWE will have this lightly modified Tesla Roadster Tesla Roadster on display complete with the more practical Eco-Power charging station that fits in your garage and is able to top off the batteries three times faster than with a conventional outlet.

Tesla Roadster Sport Brabus Green Package

The TESLA Roadster Sport Brabus Green Package kit includes a carbon fiber front lip and the obligatory highly efficient LED driving lights integrated into the roadster’s grill. Out back Brabus has incorporated a rear wing made from the lightweight woven black stuff and a downforce producing rear diffuser, while a set of staggered Monoblock S alloy wheels measuring 18 inches up front and 19 inches on the back axle. For those high performance electric car owners who miss the sounds of the internal combustion engine, Brabus has also incorporated a space sound generator that can produce tones ranging from race cars and V8s to futuristic songs that are referred to as Beam and Warp. And if that still isn’t enough to convince you, RWE is also offering the use of all their public charging stations to their Eco-Power customers free of charge for up to one year.

UPDATE 12/07/10:Tesla and Brabus have finally released a new set of photos of the Roadster Sport Brabus Green Package. We don’t really know why it took more than a year for these new photos to hit the streets, but some things are just worth waiting for. This is one of those times.

Press release after the jump.

When a small car like Tesla Roadster is put face to face to a huge Volkswagen Touareg, you can pretty much imagine that the Roadster has small chances to survive. And here’s the proof! This accident happened somewhere in Denmark.

According to Tesla spokeswoman Rachel Konrad who commented the crash, the Roadster was stopped at a red light behind a truck and was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Touareg driving at 80km/hour at the time of impact. The Roadster driver walked away with minor bruises.

Another theory say that the third car involved in the accident, a Toyota Prius, hit the Roadster, pushing it under the Touareg. As you can see from the pictures there is indeed a a piece of the Roadster jammed under the rear bumper of the Touareg.

Source: Autopia

The all-electric automobile manufacturer Tesla Motors has a reason to celebrate today; because they have just delivered their 500th unit, a Twilight Blue Roadster to the New Jersey native, Martin Tuchman. The zero-emission vehicle comes with a few added bonuses in the Garden State. The green vehicles are exempt from sales tax and luxury taxes in New Jersey. Even when Martin is flying solo, he can use the HOV lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike. Not to mention the $7,500 U.S. federal tax credit that is available to all Tesla owners.

“My Roadster drives like a dream…it’s amazing” said Martin Tuchman, owner of chassis number 500. As a demonstration of faith in the alternatively powered automobile, he plans on using the EV as a daily driver.

As part of their boutique sales strategy, Tesla will be setting up shop in large urban environments like Chicago, London, Seattle, Miami, Washington, Monaco and Munich. Tesla Tesla Motors is also planning to expand their line up with a full sized four door model “S” and a more spacious 2+2 to go up against the flat sixes from Stuttgart, but until the battery powered sports car maker brings out their 911 competitor , they will just have to keep on pumping out environmentally friendly Roadsters.

Press release after the jump.

Will it drift? That is the age old question being asked by the guys at AutoCar, but this time they have chosen to get sideways in an electric car, although it boasts sports car power and styling, is the Tesla Roadster driftable? You’ll just have to watch the video to find out.

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