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Tesla Roadster 2.5 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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By the time the ball drops in Times Square this New Year's Eve, chances are there will be more Chevrolet Volts on the road than Tesla Roadsters. Motor Trend Editor in Chief Angus MacKenzie writes in a new editorial that during the Tesla IPO road-show last June, CEO Elon Musk called his company a "technology velociraptor." However, it took five full years from the formation of Tesla to start delivering the first few dozen crippled Roadsters. It then took nearly another year after that to reach ma

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Back in June, when Tesla CEO Elon Musk was out and about trying to convince investment bankers to buy the stock in his company at the initial offering price, one of the slides in his presentation deck showed some thumbnail images of the Model S and the currently planned follow-on models.

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One advantage of being an automaker that produces nothing but plug-in vehicles is earning zero-emissions credits. It's long been thought that those credits would at some point become a valuable commodity. Back in 2007 when Phoenix Motorcars was still around, a big chunk of its business plan revolved around revenue from those credits. Phoenix went bust before they were ever able to deliver any vehicles, but Tesla Motors has picked up the idea.

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One of the advantages of being an automaker that produces nothing but plug-in vehicles is earning zero-emissions credits. It's long been thought that those credits could at some point become a valuable commodity. Back in 2007, when Phoenix Motorcars was still around, a big chunk of their business plan revolved around revenue from those credits. Phoenix went bust before they were ever able to deliver any vehicles, but Tesla Motors has picked up that idea.

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Tesla Roadster in Red Square – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Tesla Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Tesla Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

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TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery

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TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

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TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Tesla Roadster vs. Porsche Boxster on the track – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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Tesla Roadster #750 - click above for high res image gallery

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Tesla Roadster #750 - click above for high res image gallery

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Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas with the record setting Roadster - click above for high-res image gallery

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