‘Hat’s Off’ :Tesla Surges After Posting Profit; Value Exceeds Fiat’s…The company’s revenue surged to $561.8 million from $30.2 million in the year-earlier quarter, which was before Model S production began.
“It’s really hard to start up a company, particularly in the auto business, and be successful,” said Ford, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford. “We’ve seen many who have not, and so the fact that they are off to a really good start and doing well, I think, is a real tribute to them.”
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Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S is the best car since 2007 (VIDEO)
No vehicle ever tested by CR has performed better, and the last car to earn a 99 was the Lexus LS 460L, in 2007.
“The Tesla Model S is packed with technological innovation,” said Jake Fisher, CR’s Director of Automotive Testing. “It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car, it has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy efficient than the best hybrid cars.”
Calling it “the electric car that shatters every myth,” CR’s report says that Model S outscores every other car because it is electric:
The car’s overall balance benefits from mounting the battery under the floor and in the lowest part of the body for a rock-bottom center of gravity that enables excellent handling, a comfortable ride, and lots of room inside.
Model S accelerates quickly from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds. with pinpoint handling reminiscent of a Porsche. It’s also the quietest car that Consumer Reports has tested since the Lexus LS. With a hefty 85-kWh lithium-ion battery, CR’s Tesla is easily the most practical electric car that has been tested to date. Model S has been delivering closer to 200 miles – ample for commuting, running plenty of errands and still being able to take the long, winding road home.
The electric motor delivers impressive power, right now, and it is impressively efficient. The Model S uses about half the energy of a Toyota Prius every mile.
CR stopped short of calling Model S “the best car ever,” noting a few limitations:
Adapted from Charlie Morris report
Source: Consumer Reports
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Statement of Fisker Automotive Inc., Friday, April 5, 2013
Over the last several months, Fisker Automotive Inc. has been considering strategic alternatives that would allow the Company work through its current financial challenges.
Throughout this process our primary goal has been to maximize the core value of the Fisker technology and the business that we have created.
Our efforts to secure a strategic alliance or partnership are continuing in earnest, but unfortunately we have reached a point where a significant reduction in our workforce has become necessary.
Today, Fisker met with a group of employees in our Southern California office to inform them that this is their last day with the company. Yesterday, we met with a core group of employees in Southern California to express our desire that they remain with the company while we continue to address the challenges before us. We expect that at the end of the day we will have retained approximately 25 percent of our workforce.
The Company regrets having to terminate any of its hardworking and talented people. But this was a necessary strategic step in our efforts to maximize the value of Fisker’s core assets.
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
The most powerful AMG also is the quietest.
|The Mercedes Ultimate Luxury EV|
Not only is the electric supercar AMG’s quietest model by a long way, but it’s also the brand’s most powerful. Electrification provides the SLS with 740 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, with all the twist available from a standstill. The electricity is generated by four contact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors that spin to 13,000 rpm and through a so-called axially arranged transmission. In comparison, the new-for-2013 petroleum-powered SLS AMG GT churns out 583 hp and 489 lb-ft. Benz claims the electrified SLS will hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds before topping out at an electronically limited 155.
Power is routed through what Mercedes is calling AMG Torque Dynamics; this provides the car with selective all-wheel drive and allows each wheel to be independently powered or braked to assist in handling maneuvers. The system can be switched among comfort, sport, and sport plus modes. The motors aren’t located in the hubs, saving unsprung weight, but each corner does feature carbon-ceramic brake discs measuring 15.8 inches in front and 14.2 inches in the rear. Power is stored in a liquid-cooled 60-kWh, 1208-pound lithium-ion battery pack developed by Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains of Brixworth in the U.K.—these are the people responsible for Mercedes’ kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) in Formula 1. The battery pack consists of 12 modules, each made up of 72 lithium-ion cells—that’s 864 cells in total, if you’re keeping score at home—that, like all hybrids, receive a charge under deceleration. When static, the SLS Electric Drive can be charged in three hours via an optional 22-kW quick-charge station; plugging it straight into an unmodified wall outlet, a full charge takes 20 hours. Once the electric SLS is full of juice, Mercedes claims a maximum range of 155 miles, although honking on the thing no doubt rapidly decreases that number.
Although the Electric Drive SLS will be the stealthiest AMG ever built, it won’t quite be silent. The car’s engineers developed various sounds to accommodate the electric supercar. A startup noise accompanies the push of the power button, a “dynamic” sound is audible under hard acceleration, and a subdued tone plays while cruising. The sounds and the cancellation of unwanted background noises are provided by the car’s 11-speaker audio system.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Electric Drive starts at €416,500 in Germany (that’s roughly $435,000 when you subtract VAT, although the price isn’t likely to directly translate). Deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year. At more than double the price and far less than half the sound of its gas-fired sibling, we know which SLS we’d choose to own. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to take the other one for a very quick, nearly silent spin.