Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Anyone have their deposit down on the Tesla Roadster? Oh come on, it's only a $30,000 dollar deposit and you'll have the car by the end of 2008. All kidding aside, this is an interesting vehicle.
Think about it, no exhaust pipe. I wonder what it's like to go from 0-60 with no big thumping V8/V12 engine noise and blaring exhaust pipe. That must rock when you are in the mountains of Colorado. It's going to scare the crap out of people, too. Imagine that thing blasting by you silently.
How much does this vehicle cost? Just under $100,000 USD for the base price. If you get all of the options, it's $107,275. But hey, it has iPod and BlueTooth integration. Darn sure better for that amount.
How do you charge this thing?
Here's my favorite quote from the website, "Plug and play. If you can plug in your cell phone, you can plug in your Tesla Roadster." I really thought that was pretty funny. See the charging and batteries area for more information. See the safety section if you would be concerned about driving around in a vehicle surrounded by lithium ion batteries. Another favorite quote from the site is, "Designing a safe, large lithium ion battery is difficult, but not impossible." Maybe they should have a chat with the laptop battery makers.
If nothing else, maybe Tesla Motors will be the catalyst for a whole new generation of electric cars. I always wonder though how these types of vehicles are going to hold up in the heat of summer in places like Phoenix, Dallas, etc. I guess time will tell, and that appears to be just around the corner.
When I was working at IBM I was heading out to lunch one day and just stepped into the parking garage. Along comes a Honda Hybrid that was aparently running on the electic motor because it was almost completely silent. I rounded a corner (walking) at the same time he did and if I was a half second faster I would have been a hood orniment. I didn't hear him coming at all.