Tesla Motors Hosts Test Drives This Weekend In Monaco

Electric vehicle maker’s newest store will serve all of southern Europe. The new store at 4 Boulevard des Moulins is offering rides and tours Friday and Saturday. The site will be the base for Tesla’s pioneering mobile service program for customers throughout southern Europe.

For details on the ribbon-cutting gala, including celebrity photos, please visit Tesla’s blog in French and English at http://www.teslamotors.com/blog3/?p=93.

Or visit Tesla’s Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=129422&id=18790602800.

The Tesla Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV with a range greater than 200 miles (320 km) per charge.

Tesla Motors: San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla is the world’s only automaker producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles. Tesla has delivered about 900 electric cars to customers in Europe and the United States. Tesla sells electric cars online and operates showrooms and galleries in London, Munich, Monaco, California’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Colorado, New York and Seattle.

The all electric car Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than an Audi R8 yet is six times more efficient than conventional sports cars. The Roadster does not need regular oil changes or exhaust system work.

Roadsters have no spark plugs, pistons, hoses, belts or clutches to replace. Zero tailpipe emission means no smog checks. Tesla recommends a standard service and diagnostic inspection once a year – and Tesla can perform service with convenient “house calls” at customers’ homes or offices.

Tesla achieved overall corporate profitability in July, thanks to strong demand for the Roadster. The all-electric sports car is faster than Porsche 911 or Audi R8 yet is six times as efficient as conventional sports cars. Tesla services cars in its galleries and through “house calls” so owners can enjoy hassle-free service without leaving their home or office.

Tesla To Build Model S Sedan Plant In California. The exact location for the plant isn’t yet known, but the cities of Long Beach and Downey are both front runners. About $238 million will be spent on the plant itself, while another $59 million will go to upgrade the existing Palo Alto powertrain production facility. All of these funds come from the U.S. Department of Energy loan secured earlier this year, worth $465 million.

The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan, in addition to being seriously good-looking, is expected to be one of the first all-electric sedans to market. It will also carry forward some of the perform legacy built by the Tesla Roadster, with an expected 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds in the running with many gasoline sports sedans. In some configurations the sedan will also be capable of a 300 to 600-mile range.