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January 12, 2008

Tesla Electric Supercar Dead? — R.I.P.

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Just in from Steve Fox, a link to the Tesla Founders Blog, which consists of a single, ominous post entitled "Stealth Bloodbath" which went up this past Thursday, January 10, 2008.

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Long story short: The company is circling the drain, tossing key employees overboard as fast as it can type up their exit papers.

The wondrous vehicle, pictured above and below, is more and more looking like vaporware.

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So far the news hasn't hit the MSM apart from two stories by Matt Nauman — one January 10 and one today — in the San Jose Mercury News.

Looks like the only Tesla you're ever gonna own will be a baseball cap, T-shirt or coffee mug, all of which the company has just started selling on its website.

You could look it up.

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In the end, it's all about the battery.

No one has yet been able to solve this problem in the automotive arena.

Whoever does so will rule the early 21st-century world.

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Hi,
think humble - buy chinese!
http://www.spark-ev.com/
all available from the shelf, well there might be some other companies selling like NICE, REVA and others..
cheers
Efried

Posted by: efried | Jan 17, 2008 1:08:17 PM

It was a damned silly idea in the first place.

The (immediate) future for electric vehicles is as a second car for local trips. There's no need for motorway speeds, long range or fancy anything much at all. Just a thing like a minivan (http://www.thedigitalbuffalo.com/japan/japanimages/MINIvan500.jpg) with three rows of double seats. Make the back two rows removeable and you'll have something that can get the kids to school, get the shopping, take half a dozen on a trip to a (nearby) picnic, take the Christmas tree to the dump and take the dog to the vet all week for the cost of driving your petrol car out of the driveway.
An overnight charge could make for a range of perhaps a hundred miles, because it's not driving a heavy vehicle at high speeds and high accellerations.

It'll probably catch on in Europe first because we don't have this hangup about having to be in a big vehicle "To protect me from other outsized vehicles"; we've been driving tiny cars since before the war and never cared much.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jan 12, 2008 2:15:37 PM

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