Before Tesla handed over the keys to the 100th Roadster earlier this week, all they would say was that the buyer was "a special customer." A later announcement identified the buyer as "Sam Perry, a Silicon Valley business advisor and ardent campaign supporter of Barack Obama." That may sound pretty anonymous, but there's a good chance you've seen Mr. Perry, since he gained instant celeb status a month ago when Oprah cried on his shoulder on election night. Now, Mr. Man is not only Oprah's new BFF but also cruising around in a Roadster. Not a bad life.

Perry's official statement on being the 100th person to say, "Yeah, it's mine" combines his love for the president-elect and a greener future: "I supported Barack Obama because he gets that businesses which promote a low-carbon economy will create jobs our country needs, and I support Tesla because it's the kind of company where America's future generations will work," Perry said.


[Source: Tesla]

PRESS RELEASE:

Tesla Motors Delivers 100th Roadster

CEO and Chairman Elon Musk hands keys to political activist and business consultant Sam Perry.

MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its 100th vehicle to Sam Perry, a Silicon Valley business advisor and ardent campaign supporter of Barack Obama.

Perry, president of startup consultancy Ascendance Ventures and member of Environmental Entrepreneurs, became famous last month after an intimate encounter with Oprah Winfrey. Perry was standing with Winfrey in Chicago Nov. 4, when the talk show icon wept during Obama's victory speech.

The sobbing television host clung to Perry – a complete stranger – throughout Obama's speech. Their image was repeatedly broadcast around the world. The next day, Oprah gave a shoutout to thank the stranger, dubbed "Mr. Man", and a manhunt ensued to discover on whose shoulder Winfrey had been crying.

Within 24 hours, TV crews were camped on Perry's lawn, reporters were plying his neighborhood for interviews, and Winfrey had invited him on her show.

Perry said he became politically active for the same reasons he bought a Roadster, the all-electric, zero-emission car that gets 244 miles per charge and offers double the efficiency of the Toyota Prius.

"I supported Barack Obama because he gets that businesses which promote a low-carbon economy will create jobs our country needs, and I support Tesla because it's the kind of company where America's future generations will work," Perry said.

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, chairman and product architect, said the 100th delivery marked a milestone for the 5-year-old company.

"More and more customers are like Sam – hardworking, thoughtful people who buy products in line with their values," Musk said. "Tesla is the choice for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint and liberate themselves from Big Oil."

About 1,200 people have ordered Roadsters. Tesla produces about 15 per week and will ramp up to 30 per month by spring 2009.

About Tesla Motors

San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors develops and manufactures all-electric, zero-emission vehicles with exceptional design, performance and efficiency. The Roadster, which conforms to all U.S. and E.U. safety and durability standards, is the only highway-capable production electric car of any kind for sale in the United States or Europe. Tesla also plans to begin manufacturing a four-door, five-passenger, all-electric, zero-emission luxury sedan in 2011. For more information, visit www.teslamotors.com.

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