By on July 14, 2008

Zev flew as Rogue Two while stationed at Echo Base on Hoth. He was the pilot that discovered the near-frozen forms of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, after the two had gone missing overnight during a Hoth blizzard. Zev also flew in the Battle of Hoth, where his snowspeeder was blown out of the air by AT-AT walkers, killing the Rebel pilot. In the Dark Empire comic series, set many years after the Battle of Hoth, there is another Rebel named Zev. This is Zevulon Veers, son of General Maximilian Veers, and has no relation to Zev Senesca, or Tesla\'s Ze\'ev Drori.Tesla Prez and CEO Ze'ev Drori has e-mailed customers with important news! "In large measure we deliberately limit the production until we install our own born and bred final transmission by mid-September, at which time production will start to ramp up leading toward a monthly rate of over 100 cars in December." Translation: Tesla owners at the front of the line will receive damaged goods. And the aspiring EV maker's got another promised production date for the rest of its "non-founders" customers, who were told Tesla went into "full production" on March 17 (of this year). Ze'ev also proudly touts Tesla's high-profile hire: 24-year Chrysler vet, ex-VP, and former chief engineer of future midsize products Mike Donoughe (out of the frying pan into the frialator?). Tesla's Prez highlights the fact that The Big D was tapped to head-up ChryCo's Project D. Uh, wasn't that the "emergency project" designed to rescue the craptastic Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger from being the worst new cars sold in America? Whatever happened to that, anyway? Was it ever finished?

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5 Comments on “Tesla Death Watch 10: Ride a Painted Pony...”

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    El Norte

    Hmmm… I thought this entry might mention this headline that was found in RSS feed collection this morning:

    “According to a letter from the CEO, “9 production Roadsters have arrived in California, another 3 arrive this weekend, and they will keep arriving at the rate of 4 per week… In fact, currently there are 27 Roadsters in various stages of assembly.”

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    That’s going to be expensive. It’s not like they’re talking about a software upgrade.

    A general rule-of-thumb I’ve heard is that pushing-off correcting a design flaw until the project is in the next phase costs 10x as much to fix.

    Since Tesla now has finished product that are in customers’ hands, they’re very much past the design stage. Now the fix is going to cost maybe 1000x as much per vehicle shipped?

  • avatar

    I saw the same thing on Slashdot this morning. Where are they arriving?

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    Think thought they’d be getting Tesla’s hyperefficient batteries for their own vehicles, and are playing the same game of telling customers that they’ll have to be patient – going on a year now.
    Think is looking elsewhere for batteries.

    Tesla must have gone to the Veyron School of Car Assembly.

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    These scammers sure know how to buy time, dont they?

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