Tesla Birth Watch 1: Tesla Threatens to Deliver Cars
You may recall that TTAC took Tesla to task over its range claims for their all-electric Roadster– which the company stoutly defended, then revised downwards from 250 miles to 200. We also warned that Tesla wasn't likely to meet their already once-postponed summer delivery date– which they didn't. And now the erstwhile automaker has announced that they'll start releasing cars to customers in October. Or November. Forbes reports that Tesla CEO and co-founder Martin Eberhard is adamant: "We will definitely ship in that time frame." Eberhard attributes the company's third delay to a "late change in the transmission vendor." No word yet on whether the Tesla Roadster has passed federal crash tests. And you'd kinda think the company would have a working press car by now, less than three months from its [alleged] launch. Rest assured that we'll be following this developing story as it develops. Or not.
This morning, NPR broadcast an interview with Elon Musk, who has invested $37m in Telsa. He's also started a company (SpaceX) that builds rockets: "SpaceX has customers for 11 upcoming launches and a contract with NASA which is hoping that a startup like SpaceX will be able to one day take astronauts to the Space Station." Interesting guy, to say the least. NPR transcript: "Making a Mark with Rockets and Roadsters."
oops - I meant "safety when shipping" not "safety when whipping" - freudian slip?
This is the location of the Tesla Store in Menlo Park. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=%22300+El+Camino+94025%22&sll=9.102097,-58.710937&sspn=99.6111,158.203125&ie=UTF8&ll=37.453568,-122.175007&spn=0.011277,0.019312&z=15&om=0