Tesla Death Watch 31: HuffPost Pronounces T.O.D.

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

If you didn’t know better, you’d read Huffington Post writer (and HUMMER apologist) Matthew DeBord’s essay on Tesla’s travails as a post mortem. “But even though the downfall of Tesla seems like a disaster for boosters of all-electric vehicles, it should be a welcome development for the green-transportation movement. Tesla symbolized a science-fiction view of our future: it seemed like an instant cure for the problems of oil consumption and greenhouse emissions. In reality, it was a well-marketed distraction from a strategy that would yield more immediate results.” In other words, TTAC called it. But it looks like it’s gonna take a while before Tesla’s unsubstantiated claims for its Roadster/ WhiteElephant will R.I.P. “The big knock on electrics was always that they lacked the range of IC-powered cars. Then Tesla came along and not only unveiled a vehicle that could travel hundreds of miles on a single charge, but that could do 0-60 in four seconds. The gorgeous two-seater design, provided by Lotus and crafted in exotic carbon fiber, also didn’t hurt.” But DeBord has a more frightening message– at least for Tesla.

“We’ll all be driving electric vehicles some day, because we’ll eventually run out of oil. But by trying to force the timetable on electrics, we’re not doing ourselves any favors. And now that capital is scarce, we need to stop wasting it on quixotic undertakings. Tesla shouldn’t receive anymore financing, and the celebs who ordered Roadsters should ask for their money back.” Uh-oh. And now, for the tombstone inscription: “Tesla won’t have been a total loss. It proved that battery technology could power a car that’s both fast and has decent range.” Define “decent.”

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  • Bozoer Rebbe Bozoer Rebbe on Oct 30, 2008
    That HuffPost article is full of errors. What, a left leaning publication making factual mistakes? That's not possible in Obamerica. How dare you? Why, you should have your private government records published for the shear mendacity of questioning those on the left.
  • JEC JEC on Oct 30, 2008

    Stop worrying. Quit whining. Live like you always have. The apocalypse is not coming next week. Oil will not run out tomorrow. The environment will not collapse in your lifetime (probably never). Take a deep breath and pass the valium.

  • Lou_BC While we discuss Chinese cars, Chinese politics, and Chinese global desires, I'm looking at TTAC and Google display advertising for Chinese tires. They have nukes aimed at us but their money and products are acceptable to consumers and business?
  • TheTireWhisperer And a thankful Memorial day to all.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Take some time today to realize that virtually zero soldiers had died defending your border.
  • Tassos As somebody who is NOT a stupid fanatic about EVs one way or the other:No manufacturer has built a "Better Tesla" EV yet. Most have tried, we wait for TOyota only (last hope for the Tesla haters)UNLESS a DIRT CHEAP Model 2 comes along (will never happen in the next 2 or 3 years), Do NOT expect that 7% to go to even 10%, let alone the ... 30% clueless Idiot Joe Biden voters expect. If anything, PLUG INS and HYBRIDS may, in the SHORT term, bring the 7% down.
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