Archives for July 31st, 2013

Alyson Hannigan Sticks a Charger in Her Tesla Model S



Protecting the environment is as cool as drinking Starbucks coffee and buying organic food for every Hollywood celeb. And since driving a Prius and getting 50 mpg isn't good enough any more, they're jumping into Teslas.

Actress Alyson Hannigan is best known for her "one time, at band camp" role in American Pie, as well as the 2005 comedy How I Met Your Mother. But she's also doing her part for the environment.

A recent Daily Mail article shows her charging a black Tesla Model S sedan, the EV that's changed the way we look at American luxury automobiles. While miss Hannigan is looking a little bit under, the black electric sedan is actually quite attractive.

Source: Daily Mail via Celebrity Cars Blog

By Mihnea Radu

Tesla Model S Gains Performance Plus Package With Sportier Tires

Tesla Model S Gains Performance Plus Package With Sportier Tires

Tesla says that a new upgrade package for the Model S electric car will endow it with “supercar handling.” Whether that’s exaggeration remains to be seen, but the new $6500 Performance Plus pack does add stickier tires and other suspension enhancements to improve the car’s handling.

The upgrade package is available only for the Tesla Model S Performance, which has an 85-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Its electric drive motor is rated for 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, and Tesla says the 0-to-60-mph run takes just 4.2 seconds.

2013 Tesla Model S interior view1 300x187 imageOpting for Performance Plus adds Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires on 21-inch wheels; 19-inch all-season tires are standard on the Model S and 21-inch Continental ExtremeContact DW tires are optional. In addition, the Performance Plus rear tires have a 265 section width, 20 millimeters (0.8 inch) wider than the standard 21-inch tires. Tesla also installs upgraded suspension dampers, bushings, and anti-roll bars to further improve handling. The upgrades are said to add between six and twelve miles of driving range to a Tesla Model S Performance; according to the EPA, the luxury sedan can normally drive about 265 miles on a full charge, so adding the Performance Plus treatment pushes the range to as much as 277 miles.

Tesla recently enhanced its warranty program to cover the lithium-ion battery pack no matter how the owner charges the car, for eight years or 125,000 miles. Owners can borrow a Roadster or Model S loaner car while their Model S is being serviced. Tesla also announced a unique leasing program for the car earlier this spring, which makes the car available for between $1051 and $1199, depending on trim level and before various discounts.

Source: Tesla

By Jake Holmes

Tesla All-Electric Supercar Coming in 2017



Tesla has proved to everybody that they can build very good and well engineered cars which genuinely work and can be used with little-to-no compromise, when it comes to range and usability. We are not going to bore you with the excellent figures which back up the Model S, except for one – 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.4-seconds (4.3, as some who have tested it have found out).

The Model S is a big family sedan, yet it can outaccelerate a BMW M5. Imagine what Tesla could do if they made a dedicated all-electric supercar… Our imaginations are running rampant with excitement, yet we still have a few years to wait before such a machine becomes a reality, if Tesla’s outspoken CEO, Elon Musk really meant what he said, when he stated that the company is studying the possibility of making a Ferrari-rivaling supercar, powered only by electricity.

Apparently, the supercar should have made its debut earlier, but Tesla need to concentrate on the development of their cheaper 3-Series rival, to sell alongside the Model S and Model X, in order to have a solid foundation on which to allow the construction of a ‘halo car’.

Story via autonews.com

By Andrei Nedelea

SimCity Game Implements Nissan Leaf Charging Stations



Full electric vehicles are slowly starting to expand into the digital world to further advertise their capabilities and Eco-friendly performance.

After people were given the possibility to drive certain EVs in racing games, such as the Tesla Roadster in the latest Need For Speed Most Wanted edition, SimCity integrated Nissan Leaf charging stations to its town simulation game series.

Playing such a game, you will find that you can build up to five charging stations throughout the level, after which several Nissan Leafs will appear roaming on the virtual streets and use them as needed. Also, the citizens will be more happy for having low pollution levels, having big cheesy smiles on their faces.

Over 1.3 million people bought the latest SimCity game from its debut in March, the number expecting to grow since the simulator will be available for Mac systems in June.

By Gabriel Brindusescu