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Jason Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo.com and erstwhile founder of Weblogs Inc. (of which Autoblog and AutoblogGreen are a part) is a big fan of Tesla, and now he's announced that he's giving one away. Calacanis is already the owner of an early Tesla Roadster which he let us drive in late 2008. Even before he took delivery of his Roadster, Calacanis announced his intention to buy the company's second vehicle, the Model S. When Tesla unveiled the sedan last spring, Calacanis made good on his promise and put down deposits on two of the upcoming electric car, including serial #1.

Now Calacanis wants to give away his second Model S by getting his newly established Twitter account @auto to number 1 on the micro-blogging service. That position is currently held by actor and cougar-catcher Ashton Kutcher who has over 4.2 million followers. As this is written, @auto is up to almost 1,000 followers after only one hour. If you want a crack at a free Model S, just follow @auto.

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[Source: Jason Calacanis]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Model S is gorgeous. GM will never know how to make a good looking car -- like Microsoft, good taste is not in its DNA.

      Tesla is doing what everybody else (including GM) claim is impossible: produce a reasonably affordable pure electric car with 200+ miles of range that looks sexy.

      Everybody criticized their choice of packaging 6000+ laptop batteries in a car, but so far it's both affordable and reliable. It requires more complex battery management software, but software is more flexible than inventing new battery cell technology.

      Go Tesla!
        • 5 Years Ago
        how is $60,000+ affordable? are you stupid? government vouchers dont count, this is MSRP vs MSRP, because the volt after government vouchers is 32k, which is closer to affordable than the tesla pos
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nick... you have to get your head out of the Tesla PR cool-aid.

        Tesla WILL NOT be making the Model S for the assumed $57,400. If they can't produce the current Roadster that is built on the Lotus Elise platform for under $100,000 (the sell it currently for $109,000), what makes you think they can develop a new car from scratch and sell it under $60,000?

        The Model S is a pipe dream that will sell most likely $125,000 before federal tax credit of $7,500.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I got it, I yank out the electric crap, and drop in a real engine in it like a m3 v8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM, with all of it's engineering talent and volume production capability, can't bring the Chevrolet Volt in at less than 40k and they are begging the government for huge tax subsidies. The Volt only has enough battery storage on board for 40 miles in the most optimistic conditions.

      The battery costs alone preclude electric cars being affordable alternatives to gasoline powered vehicles. I don't understand what it is people cannot seem to understand about that fact.

      For the record, I love the idea of electric cars so I'm not hating, I'm just stating the plain and simple economics of the situation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The battery costs alone preclude electric cars being affordable alternatives to gasoline powered vehicles. I don't understand what it is people cannot seem to understand about that fact."

        I think people who want this car *do* understand that fact. What they like about the car is the technology and the package it's in (same with the Roadster). Given a chance, they'll vote with their wallets. Early adopters always get a bad economic deal. As the technology becomes more mature and manufacturers both get better at production as well as produce more, prices come down. It was true with ABS, heated seats, power windows, and Sat Nav. It will be true with this technology too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Odd. His account is suspended? WTF
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks very nice, a mix between the Maserati GranTurismo(Front) and Jaguar XF imo. Is this a brand new car from scratch? iirc Daimler bought a stake on Tesla. So I thought it might have been based on the C-Class/E-Class
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damnit it's 2010!
      Mike Kobb
      • 2 Years Ago
      These photos are of the design prototype of the Model S, which is three years old. Could you please update your article with photos that represent the actual car as it is being delivered today?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jason Calacanis is a smart dude and a great marketer, not to mention a good guy all around. If you don't already subscribe to his emails, you're missing out.

      4,200+ followers right now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i cant believe i just joined twitter... for a 1:4,200,000 chance at winning a car that, if produced, still wouldnt be able to get me from home to college.

      oh well... free stuff
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't believe I hate twitter so much that I'm willing to throw the chance of winning a car away just so I don't have to join.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      I ask again...

      Why can't people design real cars so well?

      A normal, everyday gas-powered, preferably AWD sport sedan that looks that good...

      Maybe a GT coupe that looks similarly, yet even sleeker...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks REALLY like Jaguar XF. sexy!!!!
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