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A keen observer happened to note the presence of a Tesla Roadster outside a Mexican restaurant somewhere the other day and as he was snapping some pics, the owner walked up. The owner offered to take this civilian for a ride around the block in the Roadster, which said passenger video-taped on his cell phone camera. In panning around the camera caught the Founders Series badge on the bulkhead between the seats, meaning that the car owner is an investor in Tesla.
We all know about Tesla's financial problems and difficulty raising money since the market collapse last fall. According to the car owner, an announcement is expected to be made today or tomorrow about a new strategic investor in Tesla. No other information is available right now on whether this is a private investor, other automaker or the DOE loans, but we'll be looking into it further. In the meantime check out the video after the jump.

[Source: Tesla Motors Club, Youtube]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      either that's a freak event or that was a staged leak.
      what are the odds of some random person being taken for a ride, recording a conversation in which seemingly an intimate investor in Tesla discussed something he's not supposed to say in public..
      why doesn't this kind of thing happen when Bush is on the phone with satan..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well the only interesting news is that Tesla has a new investor ! That makes me sure I'll indeed receive my Model S !
      • 6 Years Ago
      If its and auto company, its someone that feels the need to compete with the Volt. Either Toyota or Ford in my guess.

      Kind of makes we wonder a bit about the Letterman thing being a viral marketting thing, if it is another automaker.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about the Letterman thing being viral. That was outright marketing. This is what I would call viral.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well...merc benz just announced...soon..WB will be involved as tesla has a bright future...