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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tesla EV Goes Hybrid

by , 02/05/08

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Tesla Motors have just announced plans to expand their range of sleek sustainable automobile offerings. Their new Whitestar four door sedan will now come in two different versions, the all-electric version and a hybrid gas/electric REV, or range extended vehicle. This decision was not made due to lack of interest in the electric version, but rather an effort to get those who aren’t ready for all-electric yet to consider a more sustainable vehicle than a standard fossil fuel powered vehicle.



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The Tesla Whitestar REV will be almost identical to its electric twin. The biggest difference lies in the total range that the vehicle will be able to cover on one charge which is expected to be twice as much as the electric version (around 400 miles). The REV uses gas to recharge the battery pack while the car is being driven, so that when the vehicle is in motion, its gas will last an incredibly long time, even on a smaller battery pack.

Will this attract consumers? Only time will tell for sure. Meanwhile, we are bursting with excitement about the all-electric offerings coming soon from Tesla. So, just how is the all-electric Tesla Roadster doing anyway? Well the first fully production vehicle should be arriving any day now to US shores. And reviews have started to come back about the performance of the vehicle. And the company announced that they had just passed the required safety and emissions tests. So here’s hoping that we can see some in the roads soon. Now if they could only bring that price down a bit more.

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9 Comments

  1. GreenTech-BG » Bl... April 8, 2008 at 4:26 am

    [...] 98 000 долара, но в процес на разработка е по-евтин модел Tesla’s cheaper Whitestar , който се очаква да бъде пуснат на пазара до края на [...]

  2. Tesla Yes that is realy... February 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Most people don’t belive my name is realyTesla.But it is My dad named me Tesla because that was his favorite band.Next to doken of course!

  3. Richie February 8, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Why no photos of the 4 DOOR SEDAN ? You are showing the 2 door, all electric, roadster. It would be nice to see what’s being reported about. Thanks.

  4. Tim Razzaq February 8, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for this piece.

    A lot of peopler need to be informed as years have gone by and much has been talked about Tesla.

    Thanks.

  5. bob gee February 8, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Some of us are still waiting for Tesla to go electric.

  6. Robert February 6, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    The day i heard of Tesla i sighed with belief. With all these hydrogen and hybrids I thought that in the future sports cars wouldn’t exist but Tesla rested my mind. The body is taken from the Lotus Elise so it is engineered to perfection. For more motoring news visit my blog: motor-news@blogspot.com

  7. salary Xpert February 5, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    the car of the future AND looking very pretty (not like Toyota Prius)

  8. Brad February 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    With the way battery technology currently is (but it’s getting better), I think this is a good move for the time being. I, for one, drive many hills and do more than 150 miles per day sometimes in my regular car, so the Tesla would likely leave me stranded with a dead battery some time around 7pm in my day. This would extend the range just enough to get me home. They should definitely do a new clean-diesel generator instead of the gasoline one planned. If they did that, they could cut the size of the fuel tank in half and still extend the range a few hundred more miles.

  9. sean February 5, 2008 at 11:07 am

    i think you meant gas, not natural gas. they are not making a natural gas car. its a gas-electric, like the volt, i believe..

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