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We broke out the champagne on a sunny Saturday in London over the weekend to deliver the first right hand drive Model S’s to customers in the United Kingdom. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on hand at The Crystal in East London to pass the keys to the first five owners (including Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James).
Fast, electric, safe — and a total "drag queen." Car and Driver magazine has found that the Model S is one of the "slipperiest" cars on the road (and yes, that's a good thing). In its latest issue, Car and Driver has published a comparison of five cars with low drag areas. Using a wind tunnel to determine each car's drag and lift properties, the magazine declared Model S the winner, beating out the Toyota Prius, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevy Volt, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA250.
Chet Brisco was delighted when his wife Robin surprised him on his 85th birthday with a brand new Porsche Panamera. She had arranged it all perfectly: the unexpected day trip, the blindfold, the big reveal. Chet, a lifelong auto enthusiast, loved his new car. But it didn’t take long for him to start worrying about its effect on the environment. The thing drank a lot of gas.
Those concerns ultimately led Chet to selling the Panamera. He got a Model S, which has zero emissions, instead. He had bought it on the spot after a test drive in Newport Beach, CA.
We have just become aware of a last-minute attempt by the auto dealers lobby, via pressure on legislators, to bar Tesla from selling its vehicles direct to consumers in the state. This extraordinary maneuver amounts to a sneak attack to thwart due process and hurt consumer freedom in Missouri.
The final installment our Cross Country Rally film series finds Team Tesla in fragments. A gasoline support vehicle had broken down in the middle of the night in South Dakota, leaving a third of the team stranded. After hustling to the airport at Sioux Falls, the group finds its way to a Tesla service center in Highland Park, IL, where it reunites with the rest of the team and gets set for the last leg of the journey to New York City.
Narvik, a town of about 18,000 people, sits 220km inside the Arctic Circle. From the top of the ski mountain behind the city, you can look out and see nothing but ocean, or, to put it more precisely, the breathtaking Ofotfjord. Narvik is one of the northernmost cities in the world, first inhabited largely because of its port, which remains ice free only because of the warm currents of the Gulf Stream. Here, the mean annual temperature is a frosty 3.8 degrees Celsius.
We were taken by surprise by a lemon law claim recently filed against Tesla by a Wisconsin lawyer, describing himself as the "Lemon Law King", who says that we ignored his client's three demands for a buy-back after alleged problems with a Model S.
On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its monopoly, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, composed of political appointees of the Governor, ended your right to purchase vehicles at a manufacturer store within the state. Governor Christie had promised that this would be put to a vote of the elected state legislature, which is the appropriate way to change the law.
Since 2013, Tesla Motors has been working constructively with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) and members of Governor Christie’s administration to defend against the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers’ (NJ CAR) attacks on Tesla’s business model and the rights of New Jersey consumers. Until yesterday, we were under the impression that all parties were working in good faith.
Two days after completing the first ever coast to coast crossing of the United States in a Model S relying only on Superchargers, John Glenney walked into the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA, to a standing ovation.