NBC's affiliate in New York came to California to examine electric cars
for a 2-part series
, and a visit to Tesla Motors
was in order. In addition to picking out a few seconds of quotes for the second part, the station is offering the entire 17-minute interview with Tesla
CEO Martin Eberhard for your viewing pleasure. Anchor Chuck Scarborough asked Eberhard political as well as environmental and technical questions. The quote I liked best was used in the first of the two reports that offers an overview of electric cars in the U.S., focusing on plug-in hybrids
. The manufacturers interviewed echoed earlier cries that battery technology is keeping them from offering plug-ins. But Eberhard says today's batteries are an "enabler" for him to create the Tesla Roadster
. The three videos take up almost 25 minutes, so set aside a little time on your lunch hour.
[Source: Chuck Scharborough / NewsChannel 4]