So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?
I said yes, of course.
Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?
If you live in California, there's no doubt that you've heard about "Carmageddon", the closure of I-405 on the weekend of July 16th. To escape from this traffic nightmare, Plug In America member Renee Swenson organized an "Escape from LA" Tesla Roadster rally.
I recently had the privilege of driving what I secretly fantasized might be the clandestine automotive love child of an illicit tryst that could have occurred in the midnight hours between my 2001 RAV4 EV and 2008 Tesla Roadster whilst parked next to each other in the garage.
The second generation Toyota RAV4 EV is the result of the Toyota and Tesla Motors collaboration. Based on the popular RAV4 compact SUV and powered by a Tesla electric powertrain, the RAV4 EV project adopts a new development model that incorporates Tesla’s streamline, fast and flexible approach with Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing leadership. [Toyota]
The Model S is a 4-door "fastback" sedan built by California EV startup Tesla Motors. The Model S comes with two choices of battery capacity: 65kWh for an EPA rated range of 208 miles and 80kWh for an EPA rated range of 265 miles. The Model S will accelerate from 0-60 in 4.2 to 5.9 seconds, depending on the version. The Model S can seat up to 7 (5 adults + 2 children) with optional rear jumper seats. Recharging at home will take 4 hours from a Tesla charging station.
The hand-built carbon fiber Tesla roadster has been upgraded, redefined and slightly redesigned resulting in the roadster sport model. As with the basic roadster, expect effortless acceleration to 125 mph top speed. However, the newer sport model will take you from 0 to 60 in a mind-numbing 3.7 seconds (rather than 3.9 seconds) with the same liquid-cooled 56 kWh Li-on battery pack consisting of 6,831 cells. This 288 hp high-performance two-seater electric beauty will charge in 3.5 hours via a 240/70 charger and has the capability of charging at any 120 volt outlet.
This is a big deal. Biggest EV news since Carlos Ghosn got religion.