Tesla Birth Watch 34: Where's Number 2?

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by Frank Williams

After Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk got the first production Roadster earlier this month, Tesla Founders Blog reader Pete asked ex-jeffe Martin Everhard when he'd receive his (he's supposed to get Roadster number two if/when they ever get it built). Martin's response:

I don't yet have a date for my car, Founders Series number 2, though they say the next cars will be delivered in March. I was the second person to deposit $100K, well over a year ago, and I have a certificate signed by Elon stating that the second production car is mine. As of today, I am a bit worried that they will pull something on me. I hope I am wrong, but I recently got a very bad signal from them.

When another reader asked about the delivery date, Eberhard requested him to inquire on the Tesla Motors blog for him. No such answer was forthcoming. On February 10, "Yanquetino" wondered if Tesla was muzzling Musk:

I am fairly confident in my ability to read between the lines of previous posts, but now I'm just going to ask point blank: is Tesla suing you? Only a negative answer is warranted, i.e., "NO, Telsa is NOT suing me." If, after a couple of days, you still haven't given said reply, or have removed this post from the blog, well… then we'll know how to call a spade a shovel.

As of today, Martin has not responded, even though he has replied to other comments posted after that date and the post is still on the blog.

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  • Frank Williams Frank Williams on Feb 15, 2008
    jmack91z28 is Tesla motors named after Nikola Tesla who invented the 3 phase motor and alternating current Yes
  • Jmack91z28 Jmack91z28 on Feb 15, 2008

    Who was it that actually founded Tesla motors then? Since Nikola is obviously dead, and how long have they been in business for?

  • Starlightmica Starlightmica on Feb 15, 2008
    jmack91z28: Martin Eberhard was one of the founders, back in 2003, and the public face of the company before his ouster late 2007. Ian Wright was supposedly one of the founders, but split sometime afterwards and is trying to build his own EV.
  • Stein X Leikanger Stein X Leikanger on Feb 15, 2008

    And the founders of the new Tesla were going to do amazing things with electricity -- like amass a lot of money from investors and people giving downpayments, and then make it disappear!