Monday, April 30, 2007

The Perfect Tesla Store

If you asked people to rate whether they thought their car dealership was a good or bad place to visit, the response would be overwhelmingly bad. In the typical dealership you will find:

Little or no comfortable place to sit, unless you’re ready to sign a sales contract.
Aggressive salespeople who want you either to buy [...]

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Range Reality

As you may have read in previous blogs, we recently built our first couple of Validation Prototypes (VPs). These cars represent a significant step forward toward production as they implement numerous corrections to issues discovered during safety and durability testing of the Evaluation Prototypes (EPs), are built from hard-tooled components for all body panels, include [...]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Electric Cars Are For Girls.

Well there I was, just Google-ing around and I spot this URL; “electric-cars-are-for-girls.com” and in my usual hyper-sensitive-defensive-mode I think, why would somebody go to the trouble of registering this URL, just to deride electric cars? Curiosity got the better of me and one click later I was smiling, not frowning. Lynne Mason from Seattle [...]

http://www.electric-echo.com/blog/?p=42

Electric Cars Are For Girls.

Electric cars are for girls logo.
Well there I was, just Google-ing around and I spot this URL; “electric-cars-are-for-girls.com” and in my usual hyper-sensitive-defensive-mode I think, why would somebody go to the trouble of registering this URL, just to deride electric cars?
Curiosity got the better of me and one click later I was smiling, not frowning.
Lynne Mason from Seattle really likes electric cars, the planet and in particular her son Gavin, so she’s put together this great website in an effort to help all three, in a…dare I say it…girlie type way!
Speaking of the planet, did you notice over the last couple of weeks a couple of big things have happened in the world with regard to climate change;

  • Firstly the Supreme Court in the U.S. ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants and therefore can be regulated by the federal government. This will have a huge impact on making the world greatest emitter more accountable.
  • Then the IPCC released a very sobering, more detailed account of what they consider are the greatest risks of climate change so that policy makers have something to work with over the next few years. I suspect that this assessment, from a few hundred scientists no less, has all but killed off, the last of the professional denialists.

Monday, April 16, 2007

On Tour with the Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Motors Team is on the road to the Midwest and East Coast for our 2007 Spring Tour. While we will not have an official Tesla Tour T-Shirt (as good as that sounds, it has probably been done before by some folks that don’t look much like us), we can offer something a bit [...]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Richard Feynman: A Curious Character

Richard Feynman is an icon for many employees at Tesla Motors. In 1959 the Nobel-Prize winning physicist delivered an inspiring lecture, Plenty of Room at the Bottom, that encouraged research into what would come to be known as nanotechnology.
The nano world plays a key role for many EV elements. It is what makes today’s state-of-the-art [...]

Friday, April 6, 2007

Driving Dynamics

It doesn’t matter where we were going, on which freeway on-ramp we were merging, or even how fast the car was actually traveling. All that matters is that I was driving, I had a journalist riding shotgun, and I was just passing the imaginary apex of a decreasing radius turn with speed to spare. A [...]

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Slip-Sliding Away

To ensure that the Tesla Roadster is as safe as possible in extreme conditions, we have just finished putting one of our Engineering Prototypes through an extensive test schedule at the Continental Proving Ground in Arvidsjaur, Sweden. The proving ground is in a beautiful location on and around a frozen lake about 60 miles from [...]

Monday, April 2, 2007

KillaCycle, killer A123?s.

Well here’s why those A123 batteries stir my blood, a 8.22 second 1/4 mile reaching 250kmh! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDHJNG2PngQ] I was quoted USD$12.25 each for 1500, that’s about AUD$24,000! The Killacycle uses about half that many, but discharges them a little quicker…

http://www.electric-echo.com/blog/?p=40

KillaCycle, killer A123′s.

Well here’s why those A123 batteries stir my blood, a 8.22 second 1/4 mile reaching 250kmh!

I was quoted USD$12.25 each for 1500, that’s about AUD$24,000! The Killacycle uses about half that many, but discharges them a little quicker…