Tesla Motors is an Environmental Fail (and More!)

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Tesla Motors is an Environmental (and More!)

by Benjamin on April 1, 2009

Note: post is not an April Fools

For a while now, Tesla has all the rage in the green automotive Not only is the car sexy and fast, but and the cure to all our woes. With the awaited release of the Tesla S. all sorts of expectations for a quasi-affordable, family car came to a head.

If you the title, I m sure you can tell I m If you wonder why I haven t caught Fever like everyone just give the following some consideration.

Tesla s Up Track Record

The Roadster is a Lotus: Just look at the picture. Beautiful car, Well, Tesla didn t it, Lotus did.

However, you see that car from now on, you will be Tesla and not Lotus. Lotus a sexy, comparatively fuel-efficient, and inexpensive sports car long Tesla came along to the styling for itself. Sure, the S (below) may look good but it s hardly visionary.

Tesla s Rocky Track First they couldn t get the right. It took so long they started shipping out without the promised transmission, to swap them for upgraded later. Then the company out grand plans for new manufacturing and jobs, only to roll back later when couldn t come up with the

So far, the only tangible the company has done is stick an plant in 250 cars, as many as had ordered as this time two ago . The release of the new Model S is far in the future, and more than a pile of floated on the hopes of receiving million of funding from an source.

The Roadster is a sports The cornerstone of any honest environmental is that conservation is necessary. We may be the percentage of wind power in the but globally power use is ballooning. to hype the dangerously fast, expensive, and wasteful cars in the whatever they are powered by, not cut to the great issue of actually energy.

At most, Tesla makes for millionaire yuppies to drive wasting twice as much as a more sensible electric Besides, do you really need two fridges running in your ?

The Tesla Model S is disappointing: I am asking too much. It seats after all! As long as you pop the and shove the kids in back a couple of golf bags. Not to your 50 TV and mountain bike.

The sounds like a land or perhaps an electrified tank. Let s not that it will handily most of the cars in a Gran game and capitalize on federal This car has it all. It can even to your iPhone!

But what is it? A luxury car. quote a price of $50,000, a rebate that will disappear before many even have a chance to buy an car.

Just like the this is not a car for the mass market.

the federal government: Ever people complain about the business owner that an Escalade and writes it off on their as heavy duty work claiming big bucks from the Seems similar to the rich car buying a Tesla and collecting cash back on their car. Usually such an flashy car would have taxes, not lower.

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Tesla s advertising: With a 300-mile and 45-minute QuickCharge, the $49,900 S. The Model S has consistently been as a $50,000 electric car that do 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and get 300 miles per However, that price is tax rebates, and will not be the price for the getting 300 miles per charge perhaps the 5.5 figure is only for a version, we don t know). Tesla that you can drive cross while stopping to charge the

According to the company this takes 45 minutes. However, is with the (expensive) 440 volt which you won t be able to find you don t have it specifically installed. time figure is also for the smallest battery pack Do you even want to stop 2 hours for 1 hour to charge electric car?

I m not bashing but Tesla shouldn t pretend the car is it s not.

Tesla is not zero Zero Emissions Equals Guilt Tesla wants you to that their car uses no and has no environmental impact. This is a Not only should you feel for wasting over $100,000 on a car the Roaster), but doing so shouldn t you of any responsibility to the environment.

Who s in charge?: has gone through 3 CEOs in its period of time. Now the company has Musk at the helm, a man who not only pushes the PR envelope, but tries to his employees in an effort to oust Perhaps I am being pessimistic, but who who will be in charge next or the year after?

It s difficult to trust a company keeps changing direction new leaders.

My rebuttal to some of the claims supporting Tesla

prices won t drop: Support is drummed up for Tesla because of the that the company s effort help drive down the of Lithium Ion technology. This may be in quantity, but I doubt the 250 battery in the Roadsters sold so far will do when compared to major from GM, Mitsubishi, and others plan to sell EVs in the 10s of thousands in the years. The key to driving down is quantity, which will come with expensive cars.

Consumer acceptance: like to think that sporty electric cars make people like the of electric a lot more. This may be Tesla has gotten lots of press. But how many people to crash their Roadsters owners get the same sort of we-own-the-road-and-you-don t attitude that drivers are famous for?

What do you think? Do I have a case or is anyone else fed up the tremendous amount of hype this company?

Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
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