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Futuristic? Steampunk? Daring? Breathktaking? They all go hand in hand as you take a closer look at Jeff Yarrington's Tesla. Though bearing a Croatian name, the bike has British blood and some American make-up.
The creation of the Tesla begun years ago with an old Triumph Tiger. The 1972 bike had little to do with the actual wow factor, but Jeff knew what he wanted.
In fact the Tesla could be touted as the bike of his dreams: he always dreamt of building a bile with a fin on the rear cowl and underseat exhausts, and a body made of metal wire with welded sheet metal.
Looking at the Tesla we could say that Jeff made his dream come true. And since Nicola Tesla and his works have always been the heart of the steampunk movement, it's only small wonder to see the bike with such a raw attire, yet sporting a smooth, mellow and pleasant look. This is more than bike building, this is art.
Seen on Pipeburn.
❐ Check out the Saint Tesla '72 Triumph Tiger photo gallery
By Florin Tibu
2013 Tesla Model S
Few automakers have built a buzz around their products like Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA].
Like many other electric cars, Roadster and Model S owners and fans are a tight-knit community too, and a two-day users conference in July will bring even more owners together.
Called Teslive, Silicon Beat describes it as being along the lines of the Macworld expo, a conference for all things Apple.
Teslive is hosted by the Tesla Motors Club, while Tesla Motors itself will support the event. Planned for two days from Friday July 12th, the show will take over the Crowne Plaza San Jose in Silicon Valley, with exhibits and a network reception.
Saturday activities include breakout sessions and a Tesla Motors-sponsored party at the Fremont factory where Model S sedans are built, while Sunday will play host to a convoy of Roadsters and Model S in the Woodside hills.
It should be a great opportunity for owners to swap hints and tips on their cars, share stories and even learn about future products and services from the company.
The event is limited to only 300 attendees, but organizers hope it will become an annual event, growing in scope and size each year–and with Tesla’s user base increasing all the time, there’s no doubt it’ll grow in popularity too.
If you’re a Tesla Motors Club member the chances are you’ve already heard of the event, but those wishing to know more or register for the event can head over to the Teslive page.
People who are used to driving a car with an automatic gearbox are also used to it ‘creeping’ when stationary, in drive, when the brake is released. Creeping is the norm among conventionally-powered vehicles with self-shifting transmissions, yet there is no need for it in EVs.
However, after receiving numerous requests from some Model S owners, Tesla will be adding this function to all owners who wish to have it, via a simple software update, which doesn’t even require a trip to the garage, as the Model S features wireless connectivity.
Once the software update is installed, drivers will have the option to activate or deactivate it any time, via some sort of sub-menu available on the car’s gigantic 17-inch touch screen control unit. We still say that it is a useless feature to have on an EV, but since Tesla’s interest is to sell cars and keep the owners happy, they had no option but to comply.
Story via greencarreports.com
2014 Tesla Model X all-electric crossover with ‘Falcon Doors’ open
Yesterday, the California Energy Commission approved a $10 million grant to Tesla Motors which it said would help the electric automaker prepare for the launch of its second mass-produced car, the Tesla Model X Crossover SUV.
Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla will have to match the $10 million in grant funding with $50 million of its own funds.
The $10 million will be used by Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], to expand capacity at its production facility in Fremont, California, where the 2012 Model S Sedan is already made.
This will include the purchase of new manufacturing equipment needed to make components for the all-new electric crossover, as well as the hiring of an additional 700 workers when the Model X starts production in 2014.
Unveiled earlier this year at an exclusive event in California, The Model X will be Tesla’s second mass-produced, and third overall, electric car.
With seating for seven adults, Porsche-beating performance, and its famous falcon wing doors, the Tesla Model X is being marketed as having the practicality of a minivan, the luxury of an SUV, and the performance of a sportscar.
According to Forbes, those present at the energy commission meeting in Sacramento, where Tesla was awarded the grant, were keen to see the Model X make it to market.
Tesla Model X – Official Debut, Los Angeles, February 2012 Enlarge Photo
Tesla Model X – Official Debut, Los Angeles, February 2012
“Tesla has the unique distinction of being the only automaker to actually ask us to increase our targets under zero emission rules,” said Ryan McCarthy, science and technology policy advisor to the chair of the California Air Resources Board.
“I think the Model X is going to be the next embodiment of delivering on that unique vision and capability,” he continued.
The funding announcement comes as Tesla is preparing to start repayments of $465 million of low-interest loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program form the U.S. department of Energy.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has claimed the automaker will be cashflow positive by the end of 2012.
The Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year-winning Tesla Model S may be priced out of reach for most consumers, but that’s not the case anymore. Motor Trend is partnering with the popular social game Car Town, allowing players to own the Tesla Model S by visiting our Facebook fan page and following the instructions.
“Any true automobile aficionado will want this kind of horsepower in their stable,” said Dennis Suggs, president and CEO, Cie Games, creator of Car Town. “We’re proud to be offering our first Tesla straight from the pages of Motor Trend to the virtual garages of our car-loving players.”
And that’s not all. Aside from an in-game pop-up of the Motor Trend magazine, there are monthly Motor Trend community design contests — from designing a Motor Trend branded truck to transforming a Car Town garage into Motor Trend headquarters — with three finalists earning a Motor Trend branded Scion FR-S.
Car Town has nearly 50 million lifetime players on Facebook, and the related game Car Town Streets has proved popular on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Check out the Motor Trend Car Town Community Design contest page here, and the official Car Town Facebook page here. To see how you can get a Tesla Model S in your Car Town garage, head here.