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The idea of vehicles is in the crisp Northwest air days and the vehicles are on the road. this week, we reported Seattle-based V2Green, which software to manage the charging of electric vehicles, was acquired by GridPoint. V2Green is part of a study being run by Seattle Light to measure the behaviors of hybrid drivers, and help companies plan for the emergence of vehicles, as described by Alan at MSNBC.

And with this s news that electric maker Tesla Motors, in Silicon Valley, was bringing its up to Seattle for a demonstration (as reported by Dudley of the Seattle Times ), I had to get in on the action.

So this morning I beat the hour over the I-90 to Bellevue, WA, to an empty parking lot used to serve a Kmart. I met Rachel Konrad and Zak Edson Tesla. who set up a carefully controlled drive for several journalists, me and my photographer David Caffey, s VP and managing director of business (All photos courtesy of

A thunder gray Tesla sat on the pavement waiting for us. It s 100 percent weighs 2700 pounds of that is the battery), burns no and is supposed to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and go 244 per full charge. Its top speed is 125 Konrad, Tesla s senior manager, said it s the first purely electric vehicle in

The car is already on order for a bunch of including Paul Allen, the guys (who bought Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt George Clooney, and Leonardo So I m in pretty good driving Besides, who can resist saving the for only $109,000?

I got behind the wheel of the engineering Just one gear, no stick Driving around the parking the steering felt pretty and tight to me ( Watch the bump, Edson). On the straightaway, I floored it and got up to 50 mph before hitting the anti-lock The pickup was impressive.

Not quite to the future (88 mph), but enough to off my trusty New England Patriots

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Now, my driving experience is mostly to Saturns, Hondas, and the Audi, so for more of a performance I had to defer to the expert. David, tastes run more towards Porsches, and Ferraris, took a and noted a few things (if we must be the handling actually felt a bit to him, the stability somewhat by the car s tire width or light and it was eerily quiet during no satisfying roar of an internal engine.

For Tesla, that s the whole of course to own the eco-friendly, electric-sportscar The prototype is pretty close to the product, which will be to local owners in June, Konrad. We ve been doing a lot of high-mileage validation to see what when you drive for a long and when does the battery start eroding.

Tesla is privately financed and is in the middle of a Series E funding says Konrad. (Its include Elon Musk, Venture Partners, Draper Jurvetson, Jeff Skoll, Pritzker, and the Google guys.) It is to open a showroom and service in the Seattle area by June. the Tesla team is doing demonstrations at Microsoft today, there have been early orders. Interestingly, it like Bill Gates isn t one of

His recent backing of San Diego-based Energy would suggest he s on biofuels rather than vehicles.

Gregory T. Huang is Deputy Editor, National IT and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. @gthuang

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