Tesla's Martin Eberhard wraps up the Detroit Auto Show
He seemed unimpressed by the Ford Airstream concept, apparently not noticing that the vehicle did indeed have plug-in capabilities. As for the Chevy Volt, he was impressed that it could now be charged from a standard 110V outlet, but apparently not much else. He rips into GM's idea of making a shorter range EV with an on-board charger and goes on to cite some numbers indicating that a pure electric would be much better.
After visiting Cobo Hall, Eberhard headed north to Rochester Hills to inaugurate the new Michigan Engineering Center with a design review of Tesla's next project. Codenamed WhiteStar, the dozen or so staff based in Michigan are hard at work on a four door sedan, scheduled to be built in the next couple of years. Hopefully, Tesla will be a huge success, and I'm fairly confident that the Roadster will do well at it's price point and volume. However, I suspect that Mr. Eberhard may be in for a rude awakening when he gets a taste of being a higher volume car manufacturer.
[Source: Tesla Motors]
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