Obama talks GM, but leaves out the "B" word. Hydrogen is back this week; will it stay? And the new version of Microsoft SYNC is out; we'll tell you what it does and if your Ford can get it. Plus, a ride in a hotted-up Lexus.Listen now: Download today's podcast SHOW NOTES
But you can point north if you wear a belt of a dozen or so magnets all the time. We'll explain. Also Palm Pre is coming for $200 and we have some rumored next-generation specs. Oh and about 300 car stories, 'cause you know. Cooley is on the show.Listen now: Download today's podcast Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | iTunes (video) | RSS (audio) | RSS (video) EPISODE 977
Palm Pre to arrive June 6 for $200 http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10244423-1.html
Next-gen iPhone specs, launch date revealed? http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/05/next-gen-iphone-specs-launch-date-revealed/
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We just completed one of the most interesting installations that we've done in awhile. The owner of this brand-new Tesla roadster is a client of the Al & Ed's Autosound location in West Hollywood. The vehicle was in serious need of some mobile audio goodies, and also an update to the interior and some of the trim. The store has done a number of his vehicles over the years, and when he showed up in this all-electric roadster, nobody knew that there were some challenges ahead.
The Tesla is an all-electric roadster capable of 0-to-60 mph times in … Read more
German automotive giant Daimler has invested in electric-car company Tesla Motors and plans to use Tesla's battery packs in its Smart electric car due later this year.
At a Tuesday press conference held at the Daimler museum in Stuttgart, Germany, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Daimler management board member Thomas Weber said the contract between the two companies calls for joint collaboration on the Smart electric car and future models.
Daimler has invested a "double-digit million-dollar sum" to acquire about a 10 percent stake in California-based Tesla, Weber said.
"We are about to combine the best … Read more
If you've never seen a singing tesla coil, an 8-foot-tall mash of circuitry and electronics that matches firing lightning bolts to the beat of DJ music, you are seriously missing out.
These days, your best bet might be to catch Austin, Texas, troupe Arc Attack as it plays events like the anime festival Metro Con in Florida. Or, if you happen to be in Abu Dhabi, you might be able to see the group do its electric best there.
If you can't hop an A380 to the United Arab Emirates, however, you can still get your singing tesla … Read more
Change tends to come slowly in the automotive industry, but the pace of electric car development has picked up fast. Major automakers are promising electric cars for sale to the public by 2011 and earlier. Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Ford are all moving ahead, forcing other automakers to get on the ball.
Current battery technology makes a range of 100 miles the magic number to hit, so this first batch of modern electric cars may struggle to gain wide acceptance. But as people find the cost of ownership to be far less than their old gas guzzlers, the popularity of these … Read more
Tesla Motors' Elon Musk has a friend in David Letterman.
Musk, the CEO and product architect of electric Model S electric sedan, which made its first trip to New York this week.maker Tesla Motors, was a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Wednesday night. Also making an appearance on the set was the prototype
But even though Musk and the Model S were the main event (well, after actress Jennifer Garner), Letterman did most of the talking. Actually, "complaining" might be a better word.
Letterman is frustrated, downright irritated, that electric motors, … Read more
If you love Paris and the environment, and you have a boatload of money, this could be your dream home.
A real-estate company called Welcome in France is offering a free Tesla Roadster with every purchase of one of its homes in a new ecological luxury-housing development on the outskirts of Paris, according to a report.
The development will use solar panels, geothermal energy, and its own water treatment facility, among other things, French car blog Le Blog Auto reported, but it's still under construction, and buyer interest has been slow due to the economy.
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If you're eager to see more of Tesla's upcoming sedan, the Model S, tune in to "Late Show with David Letterman" on Wednesday night. Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be a guest on the show, using the platform to tout his company and the promise of electric vehicles.
Large automakers are sitting out the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition for the time being, despite the green marketing opportunity.
No big auto companies are competing for the privately funded $10 million prize.
The X Prize money will be awarded in 2010 to a team that develops a vehicle getting at least 100 mpg that wins a series of races designed to simulate real-world driving conditions.
Vehicles that don't use gasoline must get the energy equivalent of 100 mpg.
Tesla Motors Inc. entered an electric vehicle in the mainstream category, which covers vehicles that meet strict performance rules. India'… Read more