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I saw a Tesla Roadster on the road!

post #1 of 59
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I was driving home after doing some errands this weekend when out of the Orchard Supply Hardware parking came a beautiful blue Tesla Roadster.  I have to admit, I was so excited that I actually shouted out loud.  The driver was going in the same direction I was so I pulled up along side him.  I rolled down my window and told him what a great car he had.  I also said I didn't realize they were on the road yet.  Well, they're not really.  He told me they're supposed to be released in maybe four months or so.  He actually works for Tesla and the car he was driving is a protype.  Needless to say, it's a sweet car.  As he drove away, I got to hear the awesome electric sound.  I only wish I could afford one!  One of these days....:-)

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Holy crap, I've been wanting to see one in person, but they keep delaying. I can imagine it's no small undertaking to mass produce those things. I heard that one big problem is that they're expensive to make right now, but to make them legal for the road, they have to crash test them, so a lot of the ones being produced are just getting destroyed

 

That has to be so frustrating as an employee of Tesla, working so hard only to crash them...

 

Regardless, I can't wait to see them out there. Next time snap a picture and upload it to the Tesla page!

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Actually, I did!  You'll have to excuse the quality because all I had was my cell phone.  But you can see the close up here and the far away shot here.  (I uploaded them below too.)

 

 


Edited by stins - Tue, 18 Mar 2008 23:55:30 GMT
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Originally Posted by stins:

Actually, I did!  You'll have to excuse the quality because all I had was my cell phone.  But you can see the close up here and the far away shot here.

Nice work! I can see why Larry and Sergey want them so badly.

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Originally Posted by stins:

Actually, I did!  You'll have to excuse the quality because all I had was my cell phone.  But you can see the close up here and the far away shot here.

Thanks so much for posting those pics! I'm in Redwood City, CA and I saw an abandoned dealership down the road that had a sign up for Tesla a few weeks ago. It looked like they were going to be moving in over there, but I haven't seen the sign up since. If it goes in over there, I'll get us tons of pics.

 

Anyone know if I was just seeing a clever pitch by the real estate agent trying to get Tesla to bite or if it was the real thing?

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It looks like Tesla's next projects include a five-passenger sedan (currently code named WhiteStar).  The target price for that one (according to a Business Week article) should be between $55,000 and $68,000,  According to an article in CNET, the standard model should stay closer to the $50,000 figure but the premium model is ballparked around $70,000.  The same article notes that the premium model will go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 6 seconds (while the standard will do the same in 6.7 seconds) and it will have a range of 200 miles per charge.  WhiteStar's rough time line includes a 2010 release date. 

 

Another project is code named BlueStar.  This one seems to be a bit more nebulous - some describe it as a sedan, others as a compact, and yet others just say "electric car."  But the real distinction is the price - it should cost about $30,000.  The catch is that it probably won't be produced for at least five years.

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Originally Posted by Eli:

I'm in Redwood City, CA and I saw an abandoned dealership down the road that had a sign up for Tesla a few weeks ago. It looked like they were going to be moving in over there, but I haven't seen the sign up since. If it goes in over there, I'll get us tons of pics.

 

Anyone know if I was just seeing a clever pitch by the real estate agent trying to get Tesla to bite or if it was the real thing?

 

There's a lot of speculation online about where the very first Tesla showroom will open (some say it will be in Menlo Park; others say Santa Monica).  According to the Telsa blog, their showrooms will be complete with stunning architectural design, LCD screens that broadcast news, and free coffee, tea, snacks, wi-fi, and international landline calls.  The stores in the Bay Area (more specifically, in Menlo Park, apparently on a property owned by Stanford University which used to be home to a Chevrolet dealer) and in Los Angeles were scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2007.  Stores in New York, Chicago, and Miami are to follow in the first quarter of 2008.  But given the delays in vehicle delivery, stores may face similar delays.

post #8 of 59

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, three Hyatt hotels in California have partnered with Tesla to install chargers.  The hotels are Hyatt's Fisherman's Warf hotel in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Incline Village on Tahoe's North Shore.  That means that Tesla drivers can road trip from the Bay Area to Tahoe without any fear of running out of juice.  Of course, they'll have to shell out some money for both the car and the hotels.

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Originally Posted by Eli:

Tesla drivers can road trip from the Bay Area to Tahoe without any fear of running out of juice.

 

The special recharging stations that are going to be installed differ from your generic wall socket plug.  While the Tesla can just be plugged into any old socket, that option will take six or seven hours to get totally recharged.  The recharging stations will recharge the cars in three to four hours.

 

But it is a pretty big issue.  In order for alternative technologies to really take off, the infrastructure has to be built to support them.  Take conventional vehicles that use gasoline - it's easy to take a road trip without fear because you know that you'll find a Shell/76/Arco/Chevron/etc. station.  Gas stations are all over the place!  Hybrid-electric cars are great transitional vehicles because they still work off of that basic gasoline infrastructure.  But if biofuels, natural gas, and electric technologies are going to become more widespread, consumers need to know that if they end up low on juice (regardless of the kind) far from home, they can refuel/recharge easily. 

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 While the Tesla can just be plugged into any old socket, that option will take six or seven hours to get totally recharged.  The recharging stations will recharge the cars in three to four hours.

 Yeah - 6 hours is too long to "fill up"...on road trips I usually fill up while I grab coffee and chips.

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Originally Posted by stins:

(according to a Business Week article)

That's a great article...I gotta say, I'd put my faith in some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs figuring out how to do this more than one of the Detroit Behemoths. I love the idea of using the Lithium Ion technology that they're building for lawn mowers and other consumer goods to bolster revenue while they get the car kinks worked out...

 

I know I'm pulling for them!

post #12 of 59

I just saw this article up on AutoBlogGreen that says the Santa Monica dealership is already under construction, and it has pictures here:

 

I guess they may be trying to open both, but I read that their sales targets are for 1000 cars in 2008, so they may be able to do that with only one dealership...Selfishly, I still hope they open one in the Bay Area so I can stop by more often.

post #13 of 59

I already posted this video on the Tesla's homepage, but in case you don't meander over there - it's still worth seeing!

 

 

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Here's another Tesla video.  It's the First Drive from Motor Trend.

 

post #15 of 59

Another sighting yesterday right next to Huddler's HQ in Redwood City, CA. This one was orange and really cool looking. The sound is so unique...had I not been driving myself, I would have snapped some cell phone pictures, but I couldn't manage. Awesome.

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Apparently RWC is the place to be for Tesla spotting, because I just came across another one on El Camino Real right before crossing into Menlo Park. This one had manufacturer plate's on it, so it must be an employee out for a ride. I snapped a picture...not a good one, but evidence nonetheless!

 


Edited by deej - Tue, 11 Mar 2008 22:42:26 GMT
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Have any of you seen the movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?

 

 

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Originally Posted by organicgal007:

 

Have any of you seen the movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?

 

 

 

 

Haha funny coincidence, I just started a topic to discuss this film.

post #19 of 59

I don't know much about this thing, yet, but I am gonna read up on it. It looks freakin awesome.

 

John

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Originally Posted by NavyJohn:

I don't know much about this thing, yet, but I am gonna read up on it. It looks freakin awesome.

 

John

Doesn't it?  Oh man.  When I saw that blue one a few months ago...I wanted to cry (not really) it was so pretty. 

 

I'm assuming you mean the Tesla..."Who killed the electric car" was great too.  But it made me want to cry for other reasons (that scene with all the smashed cars was heart breaking...what a poor use of resources).

 

But the Tesla.  Oh the Tesla.  What a lovely machine.

 

On my way to work, I've seen a few Lotuses (Lotus helped out with the Tesla design work) and they are also very attractive.  But definitely not electric...and as with most sports cars, pretty high emissions come along with the pretty package.

 

In other news, at the Geneva Motor Show, this "zero-emissions sports car" concept was unveiled:

 

 

Here's part of a BBC article about it:


The hydrogen-powered Lifecar, based on the design of the Morgan Aero-8 roadster, produces little noise and only water vapour from its exhaust.

The lightweight model packs advanced fuel cells and an energy storage system that gives the car a range of 250 miles (400km) per tank of hydrogen.

It has been developed by a consortium of UK companies and universities.

"Figures suggest the car should be capable of doing 0-60 [miles per hour] in about seven seconds," Matthew Parkin of classic sports car manufacturer Morgan told BBC News.

 

post #21 of 59

I have a backlog of Motor Trend's to read. I bought the son a subscription and it comes to my address, so I read them before I hand them over. I thought I remembered something on one of the covers about the Tesla roadster. I looked and, yes, Mar I think it is. I haven't quite gotten there yet. However, I did read the online Motor Trend article (which may end up being the same thing) and I thought I would share it, in case you guys haven't read it yet. It's a good read.

 

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/112_0803_2008_tesla_roadster/index.html

 

John

post #22 of 59

Oh yeah, I wanted to comment on the price. the link below is maybe a hair pricier than the Tesla, but both, however, are still in the Corvette range, which I have admired for many moons because of it's ability to compete with cars ten times it's cost.

 

Check this one out, it'a actually a hybrid.

 

http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2007/112_0711_fisker_plug_in_hybrid_sports_sedan_concept

 

John

post #23 of 59
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Originally Posted by NavyJohn:

Oh yeah, I wanted to comment on the price. the link below is maybe a hair pricier than the Tesla, but both, however, are still in the Corvette range, which I have admired for many moons because of it's ability to compete with cars ten times it's cost.

 

Check this one out, it'a actually a hybrid.

 

John

 

Yeah, the Fisker Karma's another beaut.  We actually have a page for it in the Huddle.

 

It'll definitely be interesting to see what happens between the Karma, the Tesla Roadster, and whatever happens down the road with Tesla's range extended vehicles.


Edited by stins - Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:49:56 GMT
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Hm....so almost a year after I started this thread...

 

Well, we at Huddler HQ popped out for a quite bite to eat.  We thought we'd diversify from the standard run to Whole Foods or burritos down the street.  So we piled in Deej's sweet sweet little Civic.  We got maybe six blocks away from the office and lo and behold!

 

A beautiful, sleek black Tesla Rodaster made a right hand turn onto the road in front of us.  (Of course, just before it did, I was literally thinking...hm...maybe I should have brought my real camera and not just my phone...with its janky camera.)

 

In any case, from the back of the car, Teej said, "Hey!  There's a Tesla."  Now, Tesla's aren't exactly common place...and I still adore them.  But this time around, I didn't actually shout outloud.

 

In any case, I pulled out my phone...and snapped some pictures from the window.  In the first, you can see what the car's lines look like with the top on (and you can see the lucky duck driver...who isn't Elon Musk although he was in SF today too).

 

 

post #25 of 59

I was recently over at my friend's house in the Mission in San Francisco.  And parked right outside was a Roadster!  Crazy, huh?  I guess there are a few of them in the city.

 

post #26 of 59

Oh man super cool.  Can't say I'm a fan of the orange color though.

post #27 of 59

drool! that blue one is lovely. and the shape of the front windscreen you can see in that last pic from above,  the way it almost goes to a point in the middle. beautiful.

post #28 of 59
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Haha, yeah, I'm not sure I'd pick orange personally...but the one Deej and I got to play around with a bit at SF Green was orange...and it did look pretty sweet against the graffiti background:

 

post #29 of 59

What a privledge for several of us to get a joy ride in the hills of Southern Calif. (11/15/08)

Thanks to Linda from "Who Killed The Electric Car?" who is helping us all reach the plug-in deam car of our choice.


Edited by solpower - Sat, 10 Jan 2009 19:12:30 GMT
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My latest Tesla sighting....

 

I was driving from San Francisco down to Santa Cruz, and just as I was passing through Palo Alto, there she was.  Black and beautiful (or maybe dark blue...but still beautiful).  A Tesla Roadster.  Sadly, a highway patrol guy got in my way so I couldn't see the car well enough to snap a janky cell phone picture.  However!  It's the first Tesla I've seen with the California HOV/carpool lane stickers. 

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