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

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
tesla death watch 31 huffpost pronounces t o d

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.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.