Monday, March 31, 2008

Tesla In Production

As you know, we've been following the saga of Tesla Motors here pretty closely over the past year. There's just something compelling about an electric car that's as beautiful as this: Tesla Roadster

Well, now it looks like it's even closer a reality. Tesla says that the Roadster is now in production and that the first customers will get their cars soon (more here).

If that wasn't enough good news for those of us interested in the idea of a viable electric car manufacturer, it was recently announced that Tesla is one of the entrants in the Automotive X PRIZE, a $10 million competition to build a production-ready 100 mpg vehicle. (More here and here.)

And hey, do you live in Europe? You might be able to get yourself a Tesla too!

Lastly, did you know that Tesla Motors has their own blogs? Somehow I'd missed that.


Todd said...

Check out this comment to thecarconnection article:
"I’m on the 2009 wait list for one [i.e., Tesla Roadster], but I can assure you that it was not an easy decision to dedicate that much money for a car. I really think Tesla is on to something and I want to be part of it. Being “part of it” means more to me than advocating EVs on blogs. It also means financially supporting those who are committed to reducing our dependence on oil."

This is one of the things that gets me excited about Tesla and the possibility of mainstream EVs. Right now, there seems to be little choice--if you want a car, you get one that's gas-powered. Even though Tesla's Roadster is out of my price range, I look forward to the day when there are a plethora of EV choices (which will probably include a mainstream offering from Tesla). Then, we'll see how many people are willing to put their money behind EVs and actually buy one. My bet is that it'll be a large number.

Anonymous said...

Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla) is also the CEO and CTO of SpaceX. That company is one of the most exciting players out there opening up our access to space.

SpaceX achieved huge success last week. If that video with music doesn't get your blood pumping, you might want to check your pulse.

Anonymous said...

Elon Musk and the Tesla were the lead on one of the 60 Minutes segments tonight. Not an especially interesting piece, but buzz around the Tesla, nonetheless.