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Tesla kicks off pilot battery swap program at California Supercharger station12/19/2014
Remember when Elon Musk made a big deal about the near-magical 90-second Tesla battery swap that would permit his Model S to take on conventional vehicles, at least when it came to refueling/recharging times?
Yeah, we'd almost forgotten about it, too. It was well over a year ago that we first saw a dramatic demonstration of the technology in action, after all, and we have the memory of a goldfish. Then, radio silence. Until now -- according to Tesla, the electric automaker is set to roll out a pilot version of its quick-change battery swap technology, at least to an invitation-only group of Tesla owners.
The first station will open in Coalinga, Calif. Coalinga, you'll note, is juuuuuust about halfway between Los Angeles and San Franciso. There's already a Supercharger station there, so if you're not one of the few selected for the pilot program, you can still make the roughly 400-mile trek in your Model S without worring about running out of juice.
Mazda/Alfa joint roadster vanishes; new Alfa Spider still coming12/19/2014
The next Alfa Romeo Spider will not be based on the new Mazda MX-5, according to CAR Magazine. That’s a reversal, of course, after we heard that the two companies would pool resources on a future roadster in 2012.
Harald Wester, the brand chief of both Alfa Romeo and Maserati, told CAR, “As far as the Spider goes, the final version is, of course, no longer the two-seater FCA co-developed with Mazda, but a derivative of project Giorgio.”
Giorgio is the in-house codename for Alfa’s new rear-wheel drive platform, which will be the basis of the new Spider.
Part of the problem is that Alfa has been mandated by CEO Sergio Marchionne to only build cars
2015 Chrysler 300 first drive12/22/2014
What we drove the week of Dec. 1412/22/2014
We review hundreds of cars, trucks and SUVs every year here at Autoweek. With volume like that, it's easy for some interesting vehicles to slip through the cracks. We don't want you to miss a review of your dream car, so here's a summary of all the cars we tested last week.