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Tesla Motors begins Model S electric cars in a Valley milestone

Tesla (TSLA ) on Friday rolled out the Model S luxury sedans for a milestone that many could rev up the entire electric car and help return high-end jobs to California.

Hundreds of employees, dignitaries and media a small corner of the cavernous to wait for a Silicon Valley electric cars rolling off a assembly line aimed at America.

Tesla co-founder and CEO Musk told the crowd the company aimed at nothing than showing that an car can in fact be the best car in the world.

to the assembled employees in red T-shirts, he Thanks to the fantastic team at Tesla. You rock!

Jeff eBay’s (EBAY ) first was the first customer to drive off in a red Model S. He has invested millions in the and praised Tesla for delivering the ahead of schedule, even many experts said it be done.

We were talking about is harder to build, a rocket or a said Skoll, referring to the that Musk is also CEO of the company SpaceX. We decided it was a There isn’t a lot of competition in

Gov. Jerry Brown, who was with wild cheers, the rollout another example of on the move — cutting-edge picking up where others off. It takes courage, a lot of a lot of money.

Swinging back at who say California, mired in debt, has its footing, Brown said, All of you are of the state that is leading the if not the world. This car is another of (that) boldness.

The stakes are for the success of the Model S, and not just for Its efforts represent a chance for to add more high-end manufacturing amid a continuing sluggish and a 10.8 percent unemployment And the electric car industry, which has from setbacks and sluggish over the past year, a boost.

It marks, hopefully, the transformation of from a wannabe to a mainstream said John O’Dell, a editor at auto information Edmunds.com.

Tesla’s pricey which sell for between and $77,400 before government are aimed at those with deep pockets. But Musk plans already are under way for to build a car that will less than $30,000 to electric cars affordable to the market.

Tesla said it make 5,000 cars year, and 20,000 next The first 1,200 to be delivered are the Signature Series Model S, sell for as much as $105,400 rebates. Tesla plans to the Model X sport-utility vehicle in 2014.

All of Tesla’s vehicles are designed the tech-savvy in mind: The Model which have a range of 160 to 300 depending on the battery size, a smart key in the shape of the car and a dashboard a giant touch-screen iPad.

The S represents a make-or-break move for the Alto-based company as it tries to beyond the high-end Tesla which had a price starting at and are now out of production. Musk said he is determined to keep the company

A lot of people have been very skeptical about potential for commercial success, said. When you want to be an you are competing with multibillion-dollar

Friday’s event underscored the ambition of Musk, the PayPal who in addition to bankrolling the birth of an in Silicon Valley backed the SpaceX rocket company. Its spacecraft made history month, becoming the first vehicle to launch and dock the International Space Station.

Musk’s mentality, O’Dell is very, very Silicon It’s entrepreneurism on steroids. had a huge learning curve but powered through it.

By Musk’s the outcome of that effort, the S, is the best car in every dimension matters — its performance or or handling, the technology, the interface, the the aesthetic. It’s really that is fundamentally better.

In over smart keys to the customers of the Model S weeks of schedule, Tesla surprised auto industry experts, Theo O’Neill, an analyst at Securities. Last fall, executives in Detroit insisted to him Tesla could not deliver cars this year, he

It’s going to prove in Detroit wrong, O’Neill They all say what Tesla is isn’t possible.

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The company, still faces plenty of in the road to becoming the first and profitable Silicon Valley It remains in the red financially, posting a of $89.9 million for its most completed quarter, up from a of $48.9 million in the same a year ago. Tesla has it needs to sell 8,000 to start making a profit, but has orders for more than Model S sedans.

Tesla has shown it can attract adopters willing to spend a lot of for an unproven car. The bigger is driving down costs to a wider audience, said Toprak, an analyst with research and pricing website

There are only so many and rich people you can sell to, he The only way it will reach scale is if people in Middle can buy this car and save money.

John Boudreau at 408-278-3496; him at Twitter.com/svwriter.


Tesla Motors

Founded: 2003

Headquarters: Alto

Employees: 1,700 including 800 at its Fremont factory

Tesla expects to produce 80 to 100 a day by the end of the year.

Model S: The all-electric comes in three models range in price from and $77,400, before government

Range: The vehicles can travel 160 to 300 between charges, depending on the size, the company says.

next: The Model X, a sport-utility is expected in early 2014.

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