• Dec 11, 2009
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After delivering some 900 Tesla Roadsters, over a dozen employees are taking one on a road trip. Tesla will be back at the Detroit Auto Show next month and this time they're driving there. On Thursday, December 17, 16 Tesla employees will depart from Los Angeles and head across the Southeast toward Texas and then north east to Chicago and Detroit.

While the the 2,700 mile trip could be completed in a few days in conventional car, it will take two and a half weeks for the Roadster. According to Tesla's announcement, " We are out to prove the Roadster is tough and durable, and that range anxiety is for the weak." While the Roadster may be durable, part of the reason the trip is taking so long is the need to stop and spend several hours recharging every couple of hundred miles. Of course Telsa staff will be using those charging opportunities to show off the car and drum up a few sales.

Speaking of sales, an anonymous source claiming to have knowledge of the situation tells us that Tesla is currently selling about 20-30 Roadsters a month. New Tesla spokeperson Khobi Brooklyn says the company is currently building about 25 cars a week, but declines to comment on the sales figures.



[Source: Tesla]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i didn't realize there was so much Tesla hate.

      I love the Model S Tesla.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They may want to be quick about it, I can't imagine electric cars are too warm in the winter without draining the battery. Not to mention what's the battery performance at sub zero temperatures? good luck with the northern leg.

      or do environmentalists not approve of anyone living in climates with snow?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There hasn't been any taxpayer money dumped into the roadster. The govt gave them a loan with reasonable terms to build a factory in a struggling economy for their new sedan. This factory will employ hundreds (potentially thousands) of Californians in a time when most manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, GMC, etc) are abandoning the state. The taxpayers will get their loan paid back in full with interest and we'll have jobs afterwards.

        These are the types of programs our govt should focus on. This is what America is about. Building great products... being innovative... changing the world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should take a greyhound instead
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Range anxiety is for the weak". Which apparently means people who are still employed and are therefore unable to take five times as long to reach their destination. I'm not entirely sure their marketing guy should have a job if this is what he came up with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya'll are dumb....clearly they'll be stopping in every major town to exhibit the Roadsters.

      It's not like they're racing to their destinations.

      Geez....people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, most people who go on road trips aren't interested in exhibiting their vehicles to complete strangers--they just want to get to their destination.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Are they bringing support vehicles to carry thier 2.5 weeks of cloths and extension cords and tow vehicles??? Are then then driving back or are they going to ship the cars and all hope on a jet???

      I'll give them credit if they do this without support and they drive back through colorado or somewhere north of there.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think all this effort on battery technology is a waste of billions. I just dont want one no matter how much torque it has. There is nothing more exciting than the sound from a naturally aspirated fuel god... I hate the green movement, cars are not appliances to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Galling when one considers how much taxpayer money has been dumped into this rathole scam outfit with their vastly overpriced, heavily taxpayer subsidized. electric crapmobiles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this proves nothing, except that electric cars still don't work. No one is going to take two weeks to go 2,700 miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a guy crossing the country on an electric motorcycle. It'll take him a couple months. Wagons did it faster.

        The Pony Express covered 1,900 miles in 10 days. Again, this is faster than this vehicle. Although those poor sods had to ride day and night. And this probably does the job a lot cheaper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The mere fact that this is taking TWO AND A HALF WEEKS is reinforcing "range anxiety", not helping it. They'd be far better off not doing this PR stunt at all.

      These guys clearly need a proper marketing strategist because this is actually damaging them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't think of a better spokesman for this overpriced, overglorified Tesla 'golf cart' than Tiger Woods himself. LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think by doing this they are just proving why most people have "range anxiety". This trip should take 3-4 days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pee Shaw, I went from Philadelphia to Orlando (1050ish miles, I think) in 14 hours, and that was in a Grand Marquis filled with 2 weeks worth of cargo and 4 people.
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