• Jun 30, 2008


California Governator and (soon-to-be) Tesla Roadster owner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, addressed the seething throngs of media types at Tesla's San Carlos, California facility. The topics of conversation centered on new incentives for Tesla to continue its production of vehicles in the Golden State, specifically the start-up's second vehicle, codenamed the Model S, which according to Tesla, get 225 miles on a single charge and cost $60,000. Tesla did not officially announce when the new model would go on sale, nor would it say where in California the "multi-use sport sedan" would be produced.

The incentive for Tesla to remain in California, rather than move production of the sedan to New Mexico (discussed last year), is part of the CAEATFA program that was approved last Wednesday. The initiative exempts automakers from paying sales and use tax when they purchase manufacturing equipment to build electric vehicles. That's expected to save automakers – and Tesla specifically – millions of dollars when the company invests in building a new plant in California. A Schwarzenegger press conference wouldn't be complete without a lame quote from his erstwhile movie career, and the Governor didn't let us down, saying that he was disappointed by the initial announcement that Tesla was considering a manufacturing center in New Mexico, but that "They'll be back." And they are.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish them the best of luck but I am a bit skeptical. 225 mile range for 60k? They are making a car that is bigger than the roadster and has a longer range (although not by much) for about half the price of said roadster.
      BLBdriver
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least they're getting the price down to upper luxury car levels. Given battery costs, though, I don't see how they're actually going to be able to offer a car with that kind of range at $60k and make a profit on it.

      This is an overall problem with the focus on batteries. It jacks the price way above what you could deliver from a far more capable series hybrid architecture at a much lower price. (e.g. Azure technologies, Chorus Cars, etc.)

      This search for the magic battery has drawn alot of the research space away from much more practical, near-term solutions.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey why isn't the gov lining up to buy the first one of these sedans like he did for the very first Hummer H1? I would think he wouldn't want to miss the opportunity. :) Especially if he is serious about trying to get the constitution changed and running for president.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tesla is on the verge of wasting more free publicity than any company ever. No company has recieved more media attention for not having actually done anything of consequence. It is, as if, there is a 24 hour Tesla watch for news from a company that has made exactly 1 car.

      Seriously, why does ABG and others dote over a kit car EV execution of an electric Lotus elise? How does it or the (oooh) whitestar displace petroleum, when they don't actually exist?

      The amount of petroleum displaced by the one Tesla car is about equivalent to the amount of petroleum I displace since I retired my gas weed wacker with an electric one.

      How about ABG spend more effort and ink to dig out the realities of the Nissan and Mitsubishi EV's?
        • 6 Years Ago
        FrankBank, that is one of the most naive and mis-informed comments that have been made in a while.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Telsa? Fix the title and the first paragraph's use of "Telsa" instead of "Tesla."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that James Lipton in the background of the picture?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish them all the luck in the world. They are trying to change the game. It is a difficult task at the very least. 60k is starting to creep into the range of a lot of people that buy BMW/Merc..etc so, it's certainly much more attainable and useful than the Roadster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also: Yo, Governor Richardson! How's about getting Nissan to build a new facility for their cheaper EV in Albuquerque? Or Chevy to build their Volt here?
      • 6 Years Ago
      225 Miles?

      Why do people think that is low?
      How many people have driven that in the last month or more?

      Its at a premium to stimulate the industry, as Lexus, BMW, Merc, and everyone else in the luxury segment will scramble to have the green cred luxury of Tesla, bringing battery price down, and increased demand, as gas prices hit 6$ for no valid reason.

      Good for Tesla.
      And yes 225 gas free miles will sell much better than something like a same-priced H2 which gets 12 MPG

      Change is good!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree D-God. This is a game changing vehicle. Electric vehicles are not for your 100 mile round trip commute to the exurbs. If you value driving a personal car at all for any measurable distance in the future, you'd do better in the long run making a few compromises now instead of getting worked up over how one particular car won't be enough for you.

        I know this is an auto enthusiast site, but science and simple math pretty much says driving will be a dying interest unless there are some pretty revolutionary advancements in electric cars and other alternative propulsion systems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Electric cars are great however most people do not realize that California is against, coal, oil, nuclear, so when everyone plugs their cars in at night Californians electric bills will go sky high since they import most of their peak electricity needs from surrounding states who burn coal and natural gas.. which leads to further global warning. France generates almost 90 percent of their electric needs from Nuclear which omits no global warming gas and they have solved the disposal delemia of nuclear waste by recycling and reusing much of the spent material. The new nuclear plants are very safe. Yet we in American are to stupid to look beyond the conventional wisdom of the environmetal wakos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is simply awesome stuff. I hope it looks cool and they are able to produce enough of them to go around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      225 miles at $60k sounds good but it is still way too expensive. A $20k Civic and $40K worth of gas is still a better option. Hell a $30k Mustang and $30K worth of gas is a better deal.

      I know this is new tech but this better be as fancy as Merc/Bmw/Jag for $60k.
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