by Michael dEstries
Categories: People, Transport.

While we still haven’t figured out who arrived to the Oscars in the coveted cherry-red Tesla Roadster, we can at least show you Cameron Diaz checking one out at the TED Conference. In honor of such a find, we’re starting a new “Tesla Porn” category to highlight the celebrity madness that is sure to follow the release of this car. Me thinks the Prius’s red carpet days may be coming to an end. Grocery trips, however, are still in the cards. Click on the photo for a larger image.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Huey

    I don’t get it…a “tiny”, impractical, yet-to-be proven, battery-electric, 2-seater that is priced only for the wealthy, and will probably only go about 100-150 miles before you have to plug it in and wait hours for it to charge. I really hope that Tesla makes a more practical and affordable car for the masses, whose batteries last a very long time. If not, it will remain an elitist car for the EV Zealots and will cost a fortune to pay to replace the batteries…

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    250 miles between charges, 2 hour charge to full if the battery isn’t completely drained, 4 hours if it is…I guess I don’t really understand the problem with introducing this car. I’m in the habit of charging my cell phone a couple times a week. Surely, I can get in the habit of charging a car when I get home.

    First of all, the words impractical and expensive describe just about every sexy sports car out there. This is part of the plan for mass adoption. A company like Tesla can’t just release a $12,000 electric car for the masses that gets over 250 miles per charge — they just don’t have the cash for such a massive operation. By releasing a car that appeals to the very wealthy (especially celebrities, some of the best marketers out there) they can increase visibility of the technology, raise money for R&D, decrease costs, and introduce more affordable models.

    Do you think they would have the same advantage by releasing a mini-van that was fully electric? It would still be expensive, but the appeal would be lessened. Sexy cars sell. If you can package new green tech around that concept, you’re going to gain more visibility, get people talking, and build a brand that can reach other markets down the road. Makes perfect sense to me. Oh, and the batteries last for longer than 100,000 miles — not bad, if you ask me. Hit their site for more info: http://www.teslamotors.com

  • Huey

    Keep dreaming Michael – the world needs dreamers. Only time will tell when the Tesla cars are actually on the road for years getting “real-world” miles on them in all types of climatic conditions. 2-hour battery re-charge?! Get real, have you seen how enormous the cable would have to be to charge all of those batteries in 2 hours? You’ll need to be a weightlifter. Don’t believe all their hype about 250 miles between charges (especially if you drive fast) and those batteries lasting a 100,000 miles is “very” speculative and at the extreme high end. Batteries diminish in their ability to hold a charge, hence the need for you to have to charge your aging cell phone/PDA more frequently. THIS WILL HAPPPEN WITH THE TESLA! Range will decrease, and oh yeah, you forgot to mention how much it will cost to replace the batteries.

    The Toyota RAV 4 EV is/was practical in some respects, but this tiny Tesla is strictly for the tiny demographic of wealthy EV Zealots.

    Good luck!!!

  • Joe

    I agree with Huey – the Tesla is yet to be proven. I wish them all the success in the world, but think that healthy scepticism like Huey’s is a good thing.

    In addition to the limited range battery electric 2-seater how about driving a car Made in the USA (Ohio) that runs on a domestic fuel (can be renewable “biogas/biomethane”, reduces CO2 25% and you can refuel it at home or at the approx. 200 public stations in CA. It has a proven track record, receives carpool lane decals, and has been built by a major automaker since 1998! No problem refueling it in 5 minutes at 1/2 the cost of gasoline.

    http://www.civicgx.com

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