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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 09:56 AM
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Woo Hoo! Telsa Motors Is Working on a Zero Emission Family Vehicle!
After reading Mark Morford's excellent praise of the Tesla roadster yesterday I had to check out the Tesla Motors website...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2006/0...

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They are really going to make a family vehicle that DOES NOT USE GAS! No OIL! 100% Electric! No Emissions! God I hope this works out. Rich liberals need to buy that roadster to get this show on the road!

http://www.teslamotors.com/index.php?js_enabled=1


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As you know, the initial product of Tesla Motors is a high performance electric sports car called the Tesla Roadster. However, some readers may not be aware of the fact that our long term plan is to build a wide range of models, including affordably priced family cars. This is because the overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.

Critical to making that happen is an electric car without compromises, which is why the Tesla Roadster is designed to beat a gasoline sports car like a Porsche or Ferrari in a head to head showdown. Then, over and above that fact, it has twice the energy efficiency of a Prius. Even so, some may question whether this actually does any good for the world. Are we really in need of another high performance sports car? Will it actually make a difference to global carbon emissions?

Well, the answers are no and not much. However, that misses the point, unless you understand the secret master plan alluded to above. Almost any new technology initially has high unit cost before it can be optimized and this is no less true for electric cars. The strategy of Tesla is to enter at the high end of the market, where customers are prepared to pay a premium, and then drive down market as fast as possible to higher unit volume and lower prices with each successive model.

Without giving away too much, I can say that the second model will be a sporty four door family car at roughly half the $89k price point of the Tesla Roadster and the third model will be even more affordable. In keeping with a fast growing technology company, all free cash flow is plowed back into R&D to drive down the costs and bring the follow on products to market as fast as possible. When someone buys the Tesla Roadster sports car, they are actually helping pay for development of the low cost family car.

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog1/
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