Elon Musk may not be making a ton of friends in Texas, but the folks in the UK sure seem to like the Tesla Motors head honcho. UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has appointed Musk to serve as an advisor to the British government and as it tries to speed up adoption of plug-in vehicles, the Environmental Leader says.

Clegg says he's hoping the UK will emerge as a "global leader in the production and adoption" of plug-in vehicles. The UK plans to invest about $640 million between 2010 and 2015 building out publicly accessible charging stations and researching plug-in technological advancements.

Earlier this week, Business Insider reported that the Tesla Model S, which is about to go on sale in the UK, will start at a tidy $88,000 for the 60-kWh model, though government incentives can get that price down to about $80,000. Still, the UK base price is about $20,000 higher than the US base price.

Still, the UK reception for Musk is a heck of a lot less frosty than in states like Texas, which is taking exception to Musk's efforts to skip the traditional dealership distribution channel in order to sell directly to the public. Tesla legislators recently and pointedly excluded the Tesla Model S from its list of electric and natural-gas vehicles that will be eligible for state rebates slated to start next year. Texas has set aside about $3.8 million to fund the program but it only includes cars that are sold at dealerships. With Texas having what's believed to be the strictest laws forbidding automakers from selling directly to the public, Texas residents must go out of state to buy Teslas.


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      RyanC
      • 1 Day Ago
      How is this surprising? Musk has to be about the only person that was in the running for this? I can't think of anyone else who has made the impact he has...
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Day Ago
      Well, finally something to keep Elon busy! But really I'm not clear on this; is this a job Elon applied for and got or was this done without his knowledge? Why would he want to spend more time away from Tesla and SpaceX and his hyperloop fantasy and his family? Wouldn't he have to sacrifice from at least one of those important facets of his life? I don't think this is a smart idea but what do I know? The UK just isn't THAT important, no offense intended. I happen to like England/the English a lot. I had a great time there too. But the numbers of potential sales compared to all the work he has at his current companies, leave me wondering. I just can't see how this makes any sense. I'd expect a yawning and tired Elon if this becomes a reality. But I hope it all works out for the best.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hello Marcopolo Sounds better than uranium but are there even any plans to build? I did some more reading about the UK's sizeable wind generation capacity. Regarding Grendal's original comment, perhaps Tesla could consider wind sourced providers for renewable energy. Also the yearly output from solar panels in the UK is not as bad as I imagined it would be.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hi Grendal I was probably quite wrong about that. After having a look it seems there is quite a few solar panels in the UK. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_the_United_Kingdom I upload my outputs to a website and just compared my own in Australia to some in the UK. Assuming the people have loaded the info correctly many are getting similar kWh per kW installed averaged over a year.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Day Ago
      Should EXXON move out of Texas? Maybe it's problem is being surrounded by stupidity. Are EXXON shareholders ever going to Make this Company Innovate?
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Day Ago
        @CoolWaters
        NOT directed at the good people of Texas, just the dumb 1% Texan, who without an education thinks he knows something.
      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      I believe with his set of ethics that he will do an excellent job. I expect that he will push for a universal charging system that will work well alongside his Supercharger network. $640 million should easily cover the entire nation in recharging stations. I'd think you could build around 5000 at least with that amount. The smart move would be to offset the use with solar panels. Good luck.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Grendal
        Perhaps someone can set me straight but I doubt solar panels would be the best option for renewable energy in much of the UK.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      @ DarylMc Like you, I'm an environmentalist. However, the problem with many supporters of the ( environment and climate change ) Is they lack practical objectivity and have no sense of priorities. Just spending a lot of money on "feel good " technologies that will never be able to become realistically up-scaled, and indulging in massive government schemes to "tax carbon" or other nonsense, produces only minuscule results , but does attract a lot of political support and rhetoric. Sadly, the entire environmental movement is bogged down with ideological vested interest, and very little action. Thorium reactors are economically beneficial, environmentally safe, can't be used to produce weapons, and the technology is able to be harnessed today. Thorium, is the only technology that can economically replace coal. It's irresponsible to let the technology be neglected, because of obtuse prejudice.
      Marcopolo
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      @ DarylMc Solar isn't very practical in the UK, nor can solar hope to supply base load power to Britain's industrial economy. The UK still has coal and some gas, but it's best hope would be to invest in Thorium Nuclear Reactors. Unfortunately, the present insipid bunch of politicians (of all parties) , Lack Margaret Thatcher's determination to build what's desperately needed. The arguments against Thorium usage lack any real scientific or economic credibility and are based largely on fear and ignorance. http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/nobel-physicist-thorium-trumps-all-fuels-as-energy-source/33365
      • 1 Day Ago
      @DaveMart: You have a strange idea of geography. I live in the UK and so I know for damn sure it's not 'way north of even Fairbanks, Alaska'! Have you mistaken UK for Canada?! The northest point of Scotland at Thurso has latitude 58 degrees, while Fairbanks is at 64 degrees. More significant is that most UK population is in central England, e.g. Birmingham at 52 degrees, London at 51 degrees - the same as northern Germany. I live in Northampton and have solar on my house. I get excellent results, producing more energy than I use during a year (or a bit less, if I use it to charge my Renault ZOE). I could go off grid for most of the summer now (particularly running washing machine, dishwasher etc during the day), but if I had battery storage I could go off grid for half the year. Rooftop solar can't provide baseload power - that's what wind is for - but is fantastically effective at providing distributed energy close to where it's consumed. I recently had an additional 4kW system installed for 6k - at that price it's getting close to cost effective without any subsidy, and the prices are still going down. You and your attitude appear to be seriously out of date.
      The Mercers
      • 1 Day Ago
      Darn them Tesla legislators!
        Chris M
        • 1 Day Ago
        @The Mercers
        Yeah, I noticed that, too. Tesla isn't Texas, but it's an easy mistake to make when one types too fast.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Day Ago
      Damn it Not similar but around 25% less. I think that still makes a good case for solar.
      Ben Crockett
      • 1 Day Ago
      Smart move, that should help Tesla with government support and help move a few more Model S's in the UK. Uncanny that it comes around the same time as the announcement of the pricing in the UK. Elon should take the PM on a personal test drive - Well, Mr PM we have just the answer to helping to achieve a lower carbon footprint with our world class and award winning Electric Vehicle we call the Model S !!
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