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Now that the Tesla Roadster is actually starting to trickle on to roads around America, speculation is heating up as to who’s on the list — and when they’re getting their car. We already know George Clooney, Matt Damon, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will.i.am, and Aaron Wills are signed up and paid. We also know that Leonardo DiCaprio is in the hunt as well. Beyond the above, however, we’re forced to rely upon some excellent web-digging by Tesla enthusiasts for names and orders.

Over on the site TeslaMotorClub, a growing list of politicans, artists, musicians, and wealthy folk is starting to take shape. Some new additions that we were previously unaware of include Brad Pitt, Dennis Haysbert, and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis. Also interesting to note on the list are those involved with green documentaries — from Chris Paine, Director of Who Killed The Electric Car to Scott Burns, Producer of An Inconvenient Truth.

Obviously, we’ll know more in the coming months, but it’s a good bet that the latter half of 2008 will be a feast for Tesla spying as famous folk hit the roads — and premieres — in their shiny green cars. Check out the Top 20 semi-confirmed, with sources below the fold. For the full list — and some great discussion on the roadster — check out TeslaMotorClub.

Martin Eberhard Tesla Founder
Elon Musk Tesla Chairman of the board
Michael Marks former CEO of Flextronics, former interim Tesla CEO
Larry Page Google founder
Sergey Brin Google founder
Michael Dell Dell computers founder
Chris Paine writer and director, “Who Killed the Electric Car”
Dean Devlin producer, “Who Killed the Electric Car”
Scott Burns producer, “An Inconvenient Truth”
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Maria Shriver Actor/politician & his wife
Gavin Newsom San Francisco Mayor
Nicholas Pritzker Hyatt hotel CEO
Eric Stang Reliant CEO
Brian Halla CEO of National Semiconductor
George Clooney Actor, Director
Brad Pitt Actor
Matt Damon Actor
Dennis Haysbert TV Actor, 24 and The Unit
Will.I.Am Singer
Michael “Flea” Balzary Bassist

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  • Tom C Gray

    NO surprise that puppet Brad Pitt does what his master George Clooney commands – Gooney says buy an impractical, overpriced EV and Pitt complies. I suppose these notables will lead the average Joe to mortgage his house so he can be rangebound by this “Can’t do” car and spend $30,000 every 5 years for a new battery pack. Hollywood is just as braindead as always. Way to go guys. Only need to sell to another 240 million American millionaires and you may achieve a small change in carbon emissions. But I wou;dn’t count on that.
    Morons, all.

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  • PM

    The Tesla will hopefully be every bit as awesome as expected. Electric cars sure have come a long way. Zap has a new model coming out that does 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds!

  • Max Wilder

    Mr. Gray, your statement drips of ignorance.

    1. High end sports cars are always impractical. They are grown up toys, but they are worth every penny to those who can afford them.

    2. The range is hundreds of miles, and can recharge overnight from a regular socket. Are you expecting long-haul truckers to give up their rigs for this car?

    3. The batteries are expected to last for more than 100,000 miles. The people who buy these cars will not be putting that many miles on them in 5 years. Due to the low number of moving parts, these cars will probably have a much lower maintenance cost than many other performance vehicles.

    4. Not only will the Tesla be a kickass sports car, it is a proving ground for tech that could eventually see mass marketing and reach every driver in the world. At the very least, it has lit a fire under major auto makers, who have almost all announced plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles of their own, due out in a few years. You want the world to maintain our energy dependence on the middle-east?

    You might want to think a little harder before calling them braindead morons.

    I, for one, am grateful for the wealthy people who speed along this inevitable change in personal transportation technology.

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  • Dies

    Look up at Li-S batteries that are emerging, they’re gonna EV’s range by some nice little number (2 times, 3 times ?).

    Besides, if EV is too expencive you could put 2 cylinder petrol engine that will solely run generator (when needed), with electric motor of some 30-50 kW, and you’re good to hit the road. This is a cheap compromise, between full EV, plus it should have greater range :)

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