A sales director for Tesla was giving a demonstration of the roadster and inadvertently gave a demo of the safety systems as well. It seems the unnamed (likely former) employee took a turn at around 100 mph and lost control of the electric car. Judging by the pictures, the accident happened somewhere in Europe, and reports indicated that wet roads and poor visibility contributed to the accident. Upon impact, the passenger was ejected through the side window, but both the driver and he survived the serious accident.
Teslas seem to be relatively safe for consumer use. Of the three known Tesla crashes (including this one), two have been at the hands of Tesla employees.
One way for Tesla to rebound from tough economic times is to sell its services on the street. While hookers may charge for a service, it seems Tesla’s service is a charge. Spy photographers have caught electric Smart prototypes recharging at the Tesla’s San Carlos facility.
Has Tesla entered an agreement with Daimler to work on the Smart EV ? We do know that there are electric Smart cars currently being tested in London, and Tesla is gaining a reputation for being a pioneer in electric vehicles. So if the partnership is true, let’s all hope Tesla can add some speed to the Smart’s ride.
As previously reported , Tesla is working on an electric sedan known as the Model S (also previously reported the car is delayed into at least 2011). Now BusinessWeek got an interview with Tesla chairman Elon Musk, where he revealed the first teaser image of the future electric sedan.
Musk sees the Model S as direct competition to the mid-size luxury high-millage cars like the Lexus GS 450h hybrid and the diesel Mercedes E-class , as well as other electrics like the Chevrolet Volt . Of course Musk thinks the Tesla has the advantage. "Our sedan will crush everything out there."
Show us a little more, then we’ll make a decision.
Martin Eberhard former CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors said on his blog that the ESS coolant pump of his Tesla Roadster runs all the time. It is used to cool the system, but it also seems to be a large drain on the car. Even if the car is stopped, it will consume 14 kW per hour (1,278 kW per year). Eberhard compares this loss to running two large refrigerators. It also translates to the vehicle using 22% from the whole amount of power to keep the coolant pump running.
Just like a software guy, Eberhard said that the problem could be solved once the vehicle’s drive train is upgraded to 1.5 version. What’s next Tesla Vista?
We have been covering lately the effect the large stock market losses have had on Detroit’s Big Three automakers, but something we forgot to look at were the little guys. It seems that the Wall Street’s losses are hitting hard for electric carmaker Tesla . The shake up at Telsa will include layoffs (exact number is unknown) as well as founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk will be taking the reins as CEO.
Another causality will temporarily be the Model S sedan . Musk said in a statement on the company’s website that Tesla will slow development of the sedan until a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy is available. The Model S should begin production by mid-2011 according to Musk.
Tesla announced it will build a $250 million facility to manufacture a zero-emission luxury sedan in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. Production for the vehicle known as the Model S will begin in 2010. This is Tesla’s zero-emission, five-passenger luxury sedan powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. It is expected to have a base price of about $60,000 and get about 240 miles per charge.
Before the sedan debuts, Tesla may have some catching up to do. It has delivered about 30 Roadsters so far, and about 1,200 people have put down deposits to reserve a Roadster.
The car will be a five-seater model. It will be significantly longer than the Elise-based Roadster that has just gone on sale, and will be built on its own standalone platform, developed by Tesla. The car should use a high-powered electric motor running utilizing lithium- ion batteries. The price for this model is expected to be around $60,000.
Last Thursday, Tesla took a giant step to becoming a complete carmaker. Franz von Holzhausen resigned from Mazda and became the lead designer for the electric car company. At Mazda, von Holzhausen was Director of Design for the R&D Design Center in Irvine CA. While his name may not be very well known, his work is. Von Holzhausen created the Nagare and Furai concepts, and played a key role in the development of the Ryuga, Hakaze and Taiki concepts. His resume also includes VW’s Concept One and Microbus, as well as GM’s Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.
The acquisition of von Holzhausen is seen as a step towards Tesla’s plan to produce a range of new cars according to the famed designer. "It’s going to be an exciting adventure," stated von Holzhausen "I’m looking forward to working at a new startup company that doesn’t have the confines of a large OEM." While the Roadster was designed by Lotus, Tesla founder and Chairman Elon Musk is "looking to produce electric vehicles for the masses and wanted to bring design in house."
Electric cars have come under scrutiny because blind pedestrians can’t hear them coming when they try to cross the street. I guess this Mercedes C-Class owner couldn’t hear this Tesla coming either.
This electric sports car has been identified as Tesla #6. Tesla doesn’t have many cars on the road, so when one crashes, it can actually be identified. Considering that the waiting list for a new Tesla Roadster is over 1,000 people long, let’s hope the owner can just get his car fixed.
Electric cars are usually the enemy of performance. They are usually glorified golf carts that are a toy for the rich and infirm to get around a sleepy resort town. Telsa has been the company that has done the most damage to that image. Its Lotus Elise based roadster is the only true sports car that requires to be plugged-in at night. But the company is looking to be much more than a one-trick electric pony. After we’ve already brought you its plans for a future sedan, Tesla is now looking to put together a third project for its lowest price yet, $30,000.
Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk is looking to partner with a major auto company to build this budget all-electric car. When asked why Tesla is focused on all-electric cars as opposed to the gas-electric hybrids that the major manufactures are producing, Musk said, "(gas-electric) need both a gasoline-powered engine and a big battery, neither can be very good, and the engine will be a weak engine. It’s just not where the future lies. We’ll be able to offer a car (all-electric) with a 305-mile range roughly three years from now."
He’s got a green mind and a performance mind — nothing wrong with that!