• Oct 25th 2011 at 5:37PM
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We expect a lot of truck-lovin' Texans will welcome the state's latest automotive dealership showplace with little more than a cursory glance. But for Texas' electric vehicle enthusiasts, the opening of a gallery in Houston will likely spark sheer delight.

Tesla Motors has chosen Houston, Texas as the locale for its latest U.S. store location. Setting up a Tesla shop presence in the Lone Star State might seem odd, but Texas is indeed home to a significant chunk of the nation's charging stations. For locals, the Tesla store venue is located in the Houston Galleria shopping center.

The Houston site is Tesla's tenth in the U.S. and is one of numerous Tesla locations scheduled to open in the next several months. The electric automaker is going through a major North American expansion as it gears up for the 2012 Model S launch.

*UPDATE: A Tesla representative wrote to say the following:

The location Tesla just opened in Houston is actually neither a store nor a dealership. We're not legally allowed to sell cars in the state of Texas because there are laws prohibiting manufacturers from selling direct to market. ... You can read more about why this is the case and what the purpose of the store in Texas is in this press release
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Tesla Opens Gallery in Houston

Electric car maker expands to Texas


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HOUSTON -- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) opens its first gallery in Texas in the Houston Galleria shopping center this weekend, bringing its innovative electric vehicle technology to the Lone Star State. In compliance with Texas law, Tesla will not be selling cars at the gallery. It is designed to invite the public in to explore Tesla's technology and learn about electric vehicles.

Tesla catalyzed the auto industry in 2008 with the launch of the Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable electric vehicle. Able to plug into any conventional outlet, the Roadster travels 245 miles on a single charge and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, proving that people don't have to compromise on performance or convenience to drive a zero-emission car. Now Tesla is furthering its mission with the first mass-produced electric premium sedan, Model S, which hits the road next year.

As Model S enters the final stages of development, Tesla is reinventing the way people learn and make decisions about cars. Tesla locations are designed to invite the public in to explore Tesla's technology and learn about electric vehicles.

Tesla chose the centrally-located Galleria to expose as many people as possible to the advantages and practicality of electric vehicles. The layout of the space engages and informs visitors with hands-on exhibits, interactive touch-screen experiences, and the opportunity to sit behind the wheel.

"We are changing the way people learn and think about electric vehicles," says Tesla Co-Founder and CEO Elon Musk. "Opening a location in the heart of Houston will allow us to expose a new, forward-thinking audience to the benefits of driving electric and Tesla's market-leading technology."

The Houston gallery is one of several new Tesla locations opening in the next several months, marking a major expansion in North America. More than 6,000 of the premium sedans have already been reserved around the world.

As part of its goal to revolutionize the way people interact with cars, Tesla allows people to customize their own vehicles online and in its galleries with touch-screen interfaces using its virtual Design Studio. More information on Tesla and its vehicles can be found at www.teslamotors.com.

As the only company focused purely on developing electric vehicles, Tesla owns the entire process from design to the road. This facilitates nimble communication between engineers and product advisers to ensure exceptional service.

The Houston gallery will be Tesla's tenth in the U.S. It operates twenty locations around the world, including in Europe and Asia.
About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of electric cars. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,800 Roadsters, the world's first electric sports car, to customers worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, hits the road in North America in mid-2012, and in Europe and Asia in late 2012.


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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good Grief, Eric Loveday's fairly harmless article has spawned a ferocious spate of name calling and abuse from three otherwise sensible contributors! What is it about the second largest State in the Union, that has inspired such a frenzy? O'l Eric, was only referring to the long established image of Texas as being a Oil-rich state of vast ranches and Cowboy's driving either huge Cadillacs or pick-up trucks. Although, like most stereotypes, this image is far from accurate, it's neither racist nor really offencive, just a bit clichéd. GR, made a fairly harmless, if a little biased, observation on purchasing motivation, and Sir Vix replied defending the motives of EV lovin' Texans, Ezee joined in with a humerus exaggeration, satirising the excessively stereotype nature of the direction the exchange was taking. PR, (normally a well researched and rational individual) explodeed! PR came out swinging like some guy in a bar, whose drunk just enough to give vent to some pent up fury! PR's humourless rant and bitter name calling is out character, and excessive! Ezee, PR is not a troll like DF, his defence of Eric Loveday is at least an attempt to defeat what he sees as unfair malice. DF, promotes malice on every occasion with great delight. OK, everyone settled down? My question is this, if ConocoPhillips, MobilExxon, or any of the other 260 Oil companies based in Houston purchased a fleet of Tesla's as part of their corporate fleet, would they still be 100% evil?
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Marco, So you think accusations of RACISM is a perfectly OK think to throw at people for a "laugh" like these guys claim? You aren't completely offended by this feckless attitude towards racism and accusations of racism being a joke? Do you have any clue about the serious problems of racism here in the United States? Why aren't you offended and OUTRAGED by these guy's behavior? Are you seriously not offended enough to stand up against them without reservation? And hell no, I'm not settled down. If I'm the only guy here who finds this cavaliar attitude around racism utterly offensive, then ABG isn't worth the bandwidth it occupies on the internet. And again, if you don't want me to respond to this utter bullcrap, then stand up YOURSELF against these sh!ts and denounce them in no uncertain terms.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Marco, you are a racist.
          j
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          I think it's pretty cool to have a Tesla shop in Houston. That must mean they found some way to settle the problem of having a show room in a way that does not violate Texas' rules for auto manufacturers to sell through dealers?
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          @PR, All my life I have opposed bigotry of any form. Racism included. However, I think you are over-reacting. I have waged a long and unpopular campaign on ABG and other blogs against those who unjustly defame others. Perhaps Ezee and SirVix, may have used the term racism a little inaccurately, but I stand by what I said earlier, its easy to get a little precious and intolerant in the cause of virtue. Humour is one of the great levellers, those who lack humour only provoke more intolerance. I think describing Texans and Californians as different races, is just a bit far fetched to be offencive! Once again I assure you neither LTW, SirVix, or Ezee have ever been guilty of racist behaviour. Perhaps if you could explain, calmly and without all the hyperbole, exactly what it is that has so offended you, we could understand why you are so angry?
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Glad you finally got good and pissed off at baseless accusations of racism (posts above). I'm sorry that you weren't able to get good and pissed off until it was actually you who was the target. You wanted to understand why I'm so good and angry, now you know. It is completely sad that I'm the only one here who gives a damn about this issue, but when EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU became targets of these guy's "jokes" and "humor" you would all react with exactly the same outrage I have reacted with. Sad day that I'm the only one trying to do anything about it.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Marco, So you think accusations of RACISM is a perfectly OK think to throw at people for a "laugh" like these guys claim? You aren't completely offended by this feckless attitude towards racism and accusations of racism being a joke? Do you have any clue about the serious problems of racism here in the United States? Why aren't you offended and OUTRAGED by these guy's behavior? Are you seriously not offended enough to stand up against them without reservation? And hell no, I'm not settled down. If I'm the only guy here who finds this cavaliar attitude around racism utterly offensive, then ABG isn't worth the bandwidth it occupies on the internet. And again, if you don't want me to respond to this utter bullcrap, then stand up YOURSELF against these sh!ts and denounce them in no uncertain terms.
      Mehul Kamdar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Austin is another Texas city where these cars would sell well. Texans know the energy sector well (like Californians, for that matter - both states have been at the forefront of the energy sector for well over a hundred years) and that should help Tesla sell their cars in the Lone Star State.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Texas? But Texas is mean spirited hateful sexist bigoted racist homophobic starving children old people haliburton ivory towers 1% big oil
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Gee EZEE, what has your retarded knee-jerk stupid crap added to the discussion here? Nothing. In fact, you've just SUBTRACTED from the discussion. Imagine that. Another mindless post by EZEE that damages the quality of the content around here. What's next? Are you going to go to another thread here and Brag about how you took a big fat smelly dump right in the middle of a discussion about Tesla dealerships? Like you did in an earlier post?
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Thank you, PR, you have added so much to this conversation. EZEE was reflecting on the obvious prejudice that the author of the article carried in his words, making him a hypocrite.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Actually, I do own an iPad 2 (upgraded to iOS 5, which is quite portable, and, I have been known to carry it to the bathroom, but I HAVE NEVER mentioned that to anyone. One must have standards.... So are you telling me that Texas is not the focus of much of the bad in the world? Are you saying Texas is okay? You support Chimpy McHitler, don't you? Because anyone that does not share my view of Texas MUST support Chimpy McHitler.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          I'm surprised you even have the balls to show your face in this thread again. Now you are saying that accusing Eric Loveday of being a RACIST is just a joke? YOU THINK RACISM IS A JOKE?!?!?!??! G E T T H E F LI C K O U T OF T H I S S I T E !!!!! We have ABSOLUTELY no room for you dumb @sses who think racism is something "tounge-in-cheek"! You absolutely revolt me. Seriously, I can't understand why nobody at ABG has even bothered to stand up for Eric.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          If you don't want people to think you treat racism like a joke, don't say your use of accusations of racism are "humor!", "humorous tongue-in-cheek", "fun", "laugh!", "we're laughing", and "makes my sides hurt." When one of you right-wingers posting here as "Tim" thought it was funny to make explicit posts about repeatedly raping my wife in front of me, and forcing me to watch, I lost all my sense of humor and patience with you guys "jokes". I wouldn't even be surprised if one of you two were the same guy as the guy who used to post as "Tim" (Tim the Rapist) on this board. He had the same sense of "humor" as you guys. Oh, and congratulations on your "humor" ruining yet another thread on this site. All because you think that someone saying that there are both EV enthusiasts and truck owners in Texas (SURPRISE!!!) that it merits making multiple posts to cry about how liberals just don't understand how fragile your little egos are.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          I get it, when you yourself describe accusing people of racism as "humor!", "humorous tongue-in-cheek". "makes us laugh", "we're laughing all the way", "make my sides hurt" you really actually mean to say that accusing people of being racist is a serious matter. IF you think racism is accusing people of being racists is a serious matter, then stop saying how funny it is. It's not a joke.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          "If you don't like the image you EARN, stop living up to whatever image you think people hate." Are you quoting david duke again?? What did we say about that??! EZEE and I point our Eric's obvious people-from-texas-are-oil-loving-retards angle with humor! Ezee's first post with the 1% is humorous tongue-in-cheek foaming at the mouth as a way to make fun of all those leftists who often rant and rave in the same fashion, which also makes us laugh! The only characterization of our posts being childish is that we're laughing all the way like children. Since we come from the spectrum that doesn't think we're all oppressed, it would actually take much more than this article to ruffle our actual feathers! lol! DONE DEAL! lolololol. You don't make my butt hurt, but you do make my sides hurt.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          Seroiusly? You guys have your skrotz all a-twitter over the FACT that truck ownership is high in Texas? You got so butt-hurt about it that you think it justifies whining and crying about Texans being "mean spirited hateful sexist bigoted racist homophobs" and etc? Are you guys serious? Is your idea of defending againt your preceived prejudice that you are a bunch of stupid childish idiots, is to act like a bunch of stupid childish idiots? If you don't like the image you EARN, stop living up to whatever image you think people hate. And let me get this straight. If I reply to one of you guy's idiotic posts that add absolutely nothing of value, that the REAL problem is with ME???? Wow. Talk about your tragic case of projection. I'm perfectly happy with how much I've actually contributed of real value in this blog. Here's a deal for you if you are doubly butt-hurt about me responding to your childish posts --- Don't post your childish posts and I won't respond. Done Deal.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          You are literally insane...I don't know what to say. Is it not obvious that you're using the same prejudice logic that you over zealously rant and rave about and talk about being horrible? Hahaha. Now we have to answer for "right wingers" who joked about raping your wife? The fact that you even brought that up is WEIRD. Do I even need to point out that that is like me giving you a hard time because you have the same eye/skin color as someone who cut me off in traffic? I don't understand why i'm trying to make an insane person see their hypocrisy, for the only result it will yield are more fecal writings on the wall of your room.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          I know it's Halloween and all...but stop scaring me. Only someone in a straight jacket would take from that "we think actual real racism is funny". No, YOU get out of MY website! MINE! This is the funniest thread ever...
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PR
          PR is angry again? How ordinary. I just realized something - PR has LESS HUMOR than Dan. Dan actually types :) now and then after posts.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      That red is awesome. Can't wait for 2015, when some of them come off 3 year leases.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand at all. Aren't they done with the Roadster and the Model S is late next year . . . so aren't these stores just money-pits?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        They're marketing grist-mills. They allow people to "experience" Tesla without the stress of actually being a buyer.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Aw... someone butt hurt that their hydrogen cars didn't take off?
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          2WM Why the negative attack? Are you saying that these Tesla shops *aren't* for marketing purposes? I thought Tesla made it very clear why they were opening these boutiques - they want to get away from the high-pressure environment of the traditional dealership, and allow people (who might not even be planning to buy a Tesla, hence my "not being a buyer" comment) to casually interact with displays to learn about BEVs in general and Tesla in detail. That's why they choose malls as ideal stores, to get the casual individual who isn't even car shopping at all. "In preparation for the introduction of the Model S sedan, Tesla has designed an interactive experience to inform potential customers, allowing them to explore Tesla’s technology, learn about owning an electric car, and configure their car in the Design Studio. Tesla Motors is hoping to reinvent the car buying experience with the grand opening of its store in the popular Santana Row retail district of San Jose, Calif. The new store’s location ensures plenty of foot traffic while the layout engages the customer through a series of hands-on interactive touchscreen experiences." "The high numbers of foot traffic are testament not only to Tesla’s reputation as an electric car maker, but its carefully executed retail strategy plan, developed by former GAP and Apple retail guru George Blankenship. Hired specifically for his experience in turning Apple from a computer manufacturer into a desirable, high-ticket-price major brand, Blankenship’s vision of a Tesla retail store has helped the comparatively small automaker gain desirability among people who aren’t even electric car savvy. That’s part of the beauty of Tesla’s new retail store model. It doesn’t rely on visitors who set out to visit the store -- It relies on visitors who happen to be passing. And it’s that curiosity which Tesla uses to educate its visitors about electric cars, with a zone dedicated to explaining how electric cars work. " I'm really sorry that your animosity towards FCVs (and those of us who are open to their potential) is so pervasive that you cannot even accept a simple statement about a marketing strategy without making a snide remark.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          @ 2Wheel :D
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        pre-sales.
      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's funny how people on the left supposedly hate racism and prejudging others, yet its exactly how they talk and think when referring to people from texas.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sirvixisvexed
        Word up.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sirvixisvexed
        What, because the author says that there are electric vehicle enthusiasts who will be in sheer delight over the opening of a Tesla store, the author MUST be full of "racism"??? RACISM?!?!? Are you fvcking KIDDING ME?!!?? You are playing the RACISM card over the factual observation that there are both Texans who love their trucks, and Texans who love their EV's? You idiots seriously need to get a clue. I've never seen such mindless loads of crap dropped on these pages.
        PR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sirvixisvexed
        The only person here who actually is JUSTIFIED at being offended is Eric Loveday, for having the "racist" card utterly unfairly played against him. Hopefully SOMEBODY in the ABG staff will stand up for him. If I were Eric Loveday, I'd take both of your whiny little bitch @sses out back learn you some manners. Maybe some REAL Texans will teach you two how to man up and not be such cry-babies.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I'm getting here is that it is perfectly OK with everyone else here but me, that people on this site treat racism and accusations of racism as a joke, a "laugh", something to play with "tongue-in-cheek"? This is sad.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        @ PR. Well, there's racism and and racism. making fun of Texans or Californians, isn't really racist. When DF, expresses mockary of Asians as being inferior or dishonest by the way they speak, that's racist, and you are quite right, it's intolerable. When DF, refers to all Americans as evil, in league with the satan etc.. or peddles his other sick fantascies, that's intolerable. Those who suggest that all Arabs, Muslims etc are all terroists, that's bigotry and racist and such comments should be rejected and despised. But Ezee, SirVix, LTW, etc are not racist, perhaps a little insensitive, but not racist. Mostly, I enjoy your contributions, but a sense of humour helps........
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Marco, I see that what it finally takes to get you just as good and pissed off at false accusations of racism, is when a baseless accusation is pointed at YOU. Are you good and angry now? Good. Glad to see you've finally woken up. I'm sorry it took YOU being a target of false accusations of racism to finally wake up. Now re-direct your anger at the guys who thought it was a funny joke to play around with racism and make false accusations of racism because they thought it was funny to completely derail a discussion about Tesla to play petty games with racism.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ PR, Well, that's what comes of trying to be moderate, conciliatory and understanding. Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be abused by everyone! PR, I have tried to be tolerant, and polite. I suggest you take yourself, and your barking mad ranting back to whatever asylum you escaped from. When it comes to race, I insist people behave as creditable members of the Human Race, not barking mad trolls! STFU, and get professional help!
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          "But Ezee, SirVix, LTW, etc are not racist, perhaps a little insensitive, but not racist." Being from the South myself, I'm not sure I've ever expressed any negative feelings about the people of the Great State of Texas, except for their strange insistence that BBQ is beef. Nor have I ever joined the ranks of ABG readers who regularly accuse corporations (oil, auto) or their employees as being either stupid or evil. However, I will take your comment in the positive manner in which it was intended, and say thanks.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @PR The other side of the racism coin is where it is used to extreme. The James Byrd situation was certainly racism in its worst form (with the perps executed by Bush). Today, however, the term gets diluted. Point out obama's ears? Racist. Say he is skinny? Racist. Call him an elitist? Racist. Speak out against him? Racist. Vote for Herman Cain? Racist. Don't vote for Herman Cain? Racist. Deny racism? Racist. The problem is, anyone who disagrees with a person on the left is either racist (for most things), denies science (global ice age, global warming, global climate change, global climate disruption), is mean spirited and hateful if they are against any new spending program, want to starve children, want dirty air and dirty water, etc. I could suggest that maybe those on the right (or maybe some of us?) simply disagree with what your side says. And you know what? We might be wrong! But, it does not necessarily mean we are the biggie men that many (not all) on your side make us out to be. Once in a while, listen to those who disagree with you. Maybe they are wrong, but, are they necessarily worthy of such rage and hatred? Do you believe in diversity of thought, along with diversity of skin color? On most things 2wheel, Marco, and I would disagree. I could see myself having a beer with them. They are not bad people. They both do things that anyone, right or left, would agree are good for the environment. I would suggest everyone read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals (I have my own well worn copy). It helps to understand why politicians talk the way they do, but more importantly, why people will react the way they do. You can then see through an obvious effort to appeal to your emotions, opposed to your reasoning mind. Remember, it was the founder of fascism, Benito Mussolini who said, Logic and reasoning can be used as tools, but with the myth, you can move mountains. The myth he was speaking of was the emotions of the masses. He used the 'Italian people' National Socialist Leader Adolf Hitler used racism, while international socialism/Marxists used class warfare. All ways to appeal to emotion, and not reason. Pretty high body count...
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Marco -- There is a difference between being a peace-maker, and standing up for what is right and what is wrong. I respect your desire to be a peace-maker. But there is also a time to stand up to people who are treating racism like a joke, and making jokes about calling people racists. Because if you ignore it just to make peace, you've opened the door to poisoning the entire board. Again, I apologize that the only way to get you good and angry about playing games with racism was to make you understand what it is like for you to be the target. But sometimes the way to make peace is to stop the bad actors, not to appease them. If you finally get how these guys have been bad actors and playing around with racism as a joke is dead flat wrong, then make peace by standing up to THESE bad actors.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Hey Marco, you are a racist.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          I lost my sense of humor for the right-wing @asshats on this board back when they thought it was "funny" to graphically describe RAPING my wife, and forcing me to watch. James Byrd Jr lost his sense of humor and his life 13 years ago when he was pissed on, chained behind a pickup in Texas, and drug to his death. He wasn't laughing for the first THREE MILES that he was conscious while being drug behind a pickup before his head and arm were torn from his body. So no, I have ZERO humor for joking about racism in Texas, or anywhere else. If you can laugh all this crap off, sad day for you too.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @LTW MMMM, BBQ.....darn it. Doing P90X and you mentioned food....
        Timo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        Have those racists comments been removed? I don't see any racists comments here.
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timo
          It's a closed issue, the mods have deleted what they felt deserved to be deleted.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where the heck is that picture shot at? That totally looks like the Denver store in the mall, but the last time I was there they only had Roadsters on display. I'm going to have to drop by tonight and see if they have a dark red Model S on display.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        Awesome! I will have to go check it out! Yeah I will definitely have to take the Volt for a spin sometime soon. Its all finally starting to happen here! Big thanks for the info!
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Sure thing! Glad I could help.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PR
        @PR Please let us know if it is indeed a model S on display. I would like to take a look as well. Thx
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Spiff - The answser is YES! They got in one of the 2008 beta models on Monday, and it is spectacular. The only problem is that they have it roped off so you can't sit in it. It is dark red just like in the picture. They also have a Roadster you can sit inside. The funny thing is that I'm almost certain that this dark red Model S in this picture is NOT the same one as the one in the Denver store. I'm going to have to look again, but I think the one in the Denver store is actually the Red one in this picture: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/gallery/5089 The lower front lights are totally different, and the photographs on the walls are different than in the Denver store. If you are down there, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet has 3 Volts in now. Two are actually for sale, and one demo. The two for sale are fully decked out. One is white, the other is black. They just got them last week. I took the Black one for a drive, and I was pretty impressed. They aren't doing test drives in the Model S at the Tesla store for a few months (but I'd guess that if you showed up with a $5,000 dollar cashier's check for the deposit, they might bend some rules?).
          PR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Timo, Thanks for the confirmation. That also confirms that the photo for this blog is actually from the new Texas store. I wonder how many of the Tesla stores are getting pre-production Model S prototypes for people to check out? That's an awesome step forward if that is what's happening.
          Timo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          @PR That picture does look like 2011 beta, not the 2008 prototype. If the car you saw there is the car in your link then car in that picture is not the car what you saw.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was a flame piece on Tesla and Fisker on Nightline last night. It was pretty much what you'd expect from a news corporation trying to create problems for the fledgeling companies.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        Two articles available online at: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/ http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/republicans-call-probe-obamas-green-car-program/story?id=14809842 Yes, they're flame pieces. "Nightline" is ignoring or is unaware that the loans in question were from the "Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing" program, supported by Republicans and signed into law by President Bush Jr. before he left office. Bush Jr. then handed the program over to his successor, President Obama, and Obama followed the law and announced those who qualified for the loans. The Nightline article also obfuscated by mentioning the first models produced by Tesla and Fisker that were designed and built before the loans were announced, thus had nothing to do with the ATVM loans.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          Scandal = increased ratings. With a 24 hour news cycle you've got to fan the flames as high as possible to get people to watch. What's not talked about is that GM, Nissan, and Ford took the bulk of the ATVM loans with Ford getting 5.9 Billion. Tesla and Fisker got a paltry 1 Billion between the two of them.
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          So, why would a smart person knock this car? Direction from the Editor?
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris M
          ABC and CNN, almost as bad as Fox Lies. It's as if they SELL their Opinion to the highest bidder. So, that would be Capitalistic-"News". Ain't the Main-Stream-Media great? And these reporters get paid a fortune, you'd think some of them would be smart enough to appreciate this car.
      Aaron Gleason
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can I afford a Tesla? Not right now. Do I want to visit the Galleria and see it? YES! Houston has plenty of people who CAN afford the Tesla and would be further swayed into buying one by seeing one with their own eyes. That, my friends, is the point of that store. I'll bet the Tesla store will be a big attraction to the Galleria.
        GR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        Very true. Despite being the oil capital of the country, Houston has a lot of wealthy families that would pony up the money for a 300 or 230 mile range Model S. Houston may not be the greenest city, but tons of people would still like to be able to brag to their friends about having a cool, high-tech car.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GR
          GR, you're right, I went off on my own with that one! Notice it wasn't even really directed at you...lol. Yet it was a reply to your comment so...my bad. Now excuse me while I go put up halloween decorations as a frivolous way to show off to my friends.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GR
          Ah yes! The people on the west coast who want EV's want them because they're super elite beautiful human beings who are super selfless and have reached mental nirvana in every way possible, and would only wish to drive one to better the life and the health of their cared-for neighbors, while people in Texas might want some electro-gadget to show off to their friends! No prejudice what-so-ever!
          GR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GR
          @ sirvixisvexed: Haha, that's funny but you missed my point completely. I was stating the fact that in every city there are people that like to be the first to own something new and cool, whether it's Houston, Texas or Los Angeles, California. By opening a store in Houston, Tesla is opening up a new market that has a lot of wealthy people that would be willing to buy one of their cars. Try not to read too much into what I say next time. Btw, I'm from Houston and I currently live in Los Angeles, so I know what I'm talking about.
      LiteNRG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      BTW folks, Houston is the ENERGY capital of the world (not oil) and that would including electricity too. Yes Houston has alot of trucks and SUV BUT the people here are actually quite open minded to alternatives energies and are very interested in electric vehicles. Just a month ago, EvGo (a subsidiary of NRG) open its 2nd DC fast charging in the nation here in Houston and I've personally witness the first electric vehicle being fast charged which was utterly amazing to watch. Also, EvGo is currently installing more Level 2 ant 3 charging station throughout the Greater Houston area and the same with ECOtality. So, it is not surprising that Tesla chosen to open its store in Houston, there alot of interest in electric vehicles here and they made a great decision doing it.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LiteNRG1
        More importantly, Houston is also home to a major NASA facility, so there are a lot of scientists and technically oriented people living there who would be very interested in a high performance EV.
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