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Tesla Model S Alpha On Road for the First Time 19
Posted by Alex Ion in Alpha, Automotive News, Beta, ev, gps, Model S Alpha, Powertrain, Tesla on 01 19th, 2011

Ahead of deliveries beginning in 2012, the Tesla Model S Alpha has hit the road for the first time. Tesla will test the car in two phases – Alpha and Beta. Tesla had started the Alpha testing session in 2010 and will now rigorously test the car hereafter in different climatic conditions. Before the car reaches its customers Tesla will extensively test the vehicle using computer simulations and test vehicles.

The Tesla Model S is an EV (Electric Vehicle) that can seat 7 has efficient aerodynamics, provides good stability and handling, crash safety, performance and range. The Model S has more cargo space than most sedans. The powertrain features a liquid cooled floor mounted battery and single speed gearbox. The body is made of stamped aluminum.

It has premium interiors making it a luxury sedan. There’s a 17 inch touch screen with in-car connectivity for GPS navigation, streaming radio etc

The Model S does 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph making it a performance sedan. The three battery pack options are 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. Recharge can be done within 45 minutes.The Model S looks great and we can hope that it gets better by the time production starts.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle to be Showcased at Detroit 27
Posted by Alex Ion in Alpha, Automotive News, Detroit Auto Show 2011, Green Auto, PHV, Prius concept, Prius Plug-in, teaser, TOYOTA, Upcoming Events, X Games on 12 27th, 2010

The Detroit Auto Show that gets underway next month will see Toyota unveil its Prius family for the world. The world premiere will be significant for Toyota for the reason that the event will be witness to the world showcasing of the Prius Plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) and a new Prius concept study.

These models will accompany the earlier announced Prius MPV christened Alpha. Not many details of the new vehicles have been let out, but it is expected that the Prius MPV will come with 50 per cent more cargo space.


Toyota will also incorporate a new entertainment system aimed at ushering in the applause of the whole family.  To be driven by a 1.8-liter petrol engine and an electric motor, the hybrid is expected to return a combined output of 134 hp.

A new video of the family of Prius cars that features X Games champion skateboarder Bob Burnquist has been revealed in the form of a teaser. Heregoes: