I find it insane that people buy cars based so largely on numbers. Price, horsepower, cargo space and fuel efficiency are all helpful metrics for comparing cars, but these numbers have to be taken together. What good is great fuel economy if the rest of the car is tiny and uncomfortable? Hey, if telling the guy in the cubicle next to you that you get 58 mpg is the highlight of your week– great, but look to these top ten to realize that there is so much more to buying a car than fuel economy:
Electric automaker Tesla is working on a plug-in pickup truck. This is according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, at a Business Insider event yesterday in New York. According to Musk, the vehicle would be of a similar formula to the top-selling Ford F-150. This is certainly quite intriguing.
When the Tesla Roadster hit the market back in 2008, the gung-ho young project looked to swoon over the up and coming green market. The world’s first production electric sportscar was a hit with celebrities and the wealthy alike, but it did garner some negative attention thanks to one Jeremy Clarkson. But now, Tesla might have another celeb unhappy with the product.
In a new report by Axis of Oversteer, a Tesla Model S caught fire in the Yucatan city of Merida following a crash. The fire reportedly was contained near the front of the car, although no official reports have determined the exact cause. This is bad news for Tesla, as just a few weeks ago, we reported that another Tesla Model S burst into flame near Seattle, after a similarly dramatic crash. The ensuing fire put a $600 million damper on Tesla stocks, which have been slow to recover.
In 2002, when Martin Eberhard co-founded Tesla Motors, he had a dream to make the electric vehicle a world-wide success. Unfortunately, his dream was short-lived, with a lawsuit involving Elon Musk and an outing from the company in 2007.
Since then, he had a minor stint with Volkswagen, but has recently joined the board of up-and-coming electric motorcycle manufacturer BRD Motorcycles, a San Francisco-based outlet of electric two-wheelers.
When a car catches fire and only a few people are around to see it, does it make headlines? When the car in question in an all-electric Tesla Model S, then the answer is yes. Like the Fisker Karma and any other electric vehicle before it, this Tesla was at the mercy of the media when it caught fire earlier this week.
So far as holidays go, Preserve the Ozone Day doesn’t rank as high on most people’s list as say, Columbus Day or Flag Day. Observed every September 16th, the event celebrates the 1987 signing of the “Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.”
All the hoopla made us wonder what cars on today’s market are the most eco-friendly, in terms of CO2 emissions and other factors like MPGs. Below are the top five greenest rides on the market.
In an age where technology overruns nearly every aspect of our lives, the autonomous car is poised to take position as the next big tech innovation in the auto industry. Google, Mercedes-Benz, and even Stanford University have all fiddled with the idea in the past, but none of them have been able to come up with a solid structure to get these vehicles out on the road, and into consumer hands.
Coinciding with recent reports of Tesla’s plans for global expansion, the automaker announced the opening of its first assembly plant overseas- calling Tilburg, Netherlands, home. This marks the very first time the automaker has laid its claim on foreign land.
The New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. assembly plant, also known as NUMMI was a revolutionary venture between General Motors and Toyota to produce two brands of vehicles under the same roof. When Tesla announced it would be acquiring the facility to produce its all-electric Model S, it would be carrying on a tradition of American built vehicles, but we had no idea just how advanced the facility was until checking out this behind-the-scenes video of the plant.
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