by Michael dEstries
Categories: Transport.

By this time, there are few new details that can be revealed about the symbol of green speed luxury, the all-electric Tesla Roadster. We know it makes car enthusiasts drool, hydrogen-supporters angry, and the rest of us green with envy — if only we could bring kids, dogs, and significant others along for the ride. But then again, this ain’t that type of vehicle.

Car enthusiast/comedian Jay Leno was given the keys to one of the new vehicles recently and posted his impressions up on the Times Online. Here are some great quotes,

“Tesla is quite smart in that it is reaching the enthusiasts of the market. If you like sports cars and you want to be green, this is the only way to go. The Tesla is a car that you can live with, drive and enjoy as a sports car. I had a brief drive in the car and it was quite impressive. This is an electric car that is fun to drive. Prior to this, most electric cars were driven by people with earth shoes.”

Do you have earth shoes? I have no idea what Jay is talking about here, but I want some.

“Would I buy one? Well yes, I would be interested in it. Right now they’re $100,000, so consequently it’s something rich people would buy. But most new technology starts out with rich people. Antilock brakes started out on the big Cadillacs and Lincolns. They didn’t start out on economy cars. To start with it’s the rich buyers that can absorb the cost. Anybody who buys a Tesla now is making a statement about buying responsibly. It’s a way to make a high performance statement for the new millennium.”

I like how Jay explains that new technology is often embraced by those who can afford it — with a trickle-down effect happening later. One of the criticisms of the Tesla has been its high price — which, c’mon, for an independent company making a first time vehicle using innovative technology is almost a given. It’s 5-10 years down the road after the first Teslas hit the road that I’ll be looking forward to actually owning something similar.

Till then, I’ll stick with Earth Shoes. Hit the interview for more impressions!

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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  • sarah

    Please tell me why you are insinuating that this makes hydrogen supporters angry? I am a hydrogen supporter and this vehicle does not make me angry.

    Please do not fuel the “fued” between the varying technologies, but rather embrace the notion that the future will have a “buffet-style” choice of fuels and vehicles. There is no one correct solution to the alternative energy equation.

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    Whoops! Sarah, you’re right. I didn’t mean to peg hydrogen supporters. I meant to dig the one guy who visits this site and consistently flames every post I write about someone supporting something other than natural gas as the fuel of the future. Here’s an example,

    “AND YET ANOTHER CLUELESS CELEB…HMMM, LET’S SEE HE DRIVES 5 HOURS A DAY AND THINKS A BATTERY ELECTRIC CAR WILL MEET HIS NEEDS?!!! TRULY THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND.

    EVERYONE, LISTEN UP, PLUG-IN ELECTRIC HYBRIDS ARE “MANY” YEARS AWAY FROM A CERTIFIED PRODUCTION MODEL BEING IN ANY SHOWROOM, BUT KEEP DREAMING…

    BRUCE – BE THE FIRST CELEB TO BUCK THE TREND OF PRIUS NUMBSKULLS AND MISLEADING BATTERY EV ZEALOTS!

    BUY THIS CAR!
    http://www.civicgx.com

    Obviously, he’s a troll, but I meant to say natural-gas and not hydrogen. Either way, it’s not clear and I’m blocking it out.

    You’re right in every point you made above. Thanks.

  • lindsey

    “Do you have earth shoes? I have no idea what Jay is talking about here, but I want some.”

    maybe these? they have a vegan line.

    http://www.earth.us/catalog.asp?Gender=women&cat=4

  • LD

    Nice write-up. This car maybe the first of its kind on the road, but certainly wont be the last.

    We shall see the mainstream of mass-production and affordability when the Chevy Volt goes live. See http://www.gm-volt.com.

  • sarah

    thanks michael i really appreciate your response! it is so important to support these new technologies but at the same time we mustn’t get bogged down by all of these naysayers.

    thanks,
    sarah

  • Mr. Know-it-All

    Too bad for Tesla that GM has already cemented its alternative fuel vehicle relationship with Jay. Way to sell out to the most inefficient automaker Jay!

    Did any of these celebs graduate from college?

    When is this site going to find a Hollywood celeb with half a brain who didn’t drink the Prius kool-aid and actually bought the Greenest car “Civic GX” and is refueling it at home with Phill…