Tesla's Martin Eberhard wraps up the Detroit Auto Show

Over on the official Tesla Motors blog, CEO Martin Eberhard has a new blog post where he summarizes his impressions of the Detroit Auto Show. Eberhard noticed that lithium ion batteries seemed to be everywhere this year, in spite of the fact that not so long ago, most car-makers said that LiIon may not be right for cars.
He seemed unimpressed by the Ford Airstream concept, apparently not noticing that the vehicle did indeed have plug-in capabilities. As for the Chevy Volt, he was impressed that it could now be charged from a standard 110V outlet, but apparently not much else. He rips into GM's idea of making a shorter range EV with an on-board charger and goes on to cite some numbers indicating that a pure electric would be much better.

After visiting Cobo Hall, Eberhard headed north to Rochester Hills to inaugurate the new Michigan Engineering Center with a design review of Tesla's next project. Codenamed WhiteStar, the dozen or so staff based in Michigan are hard at work on a four door sedan, scheduled to be built in the next couple of years. Hopefully, Tesla will be a huge success, and I'm fairly confident that the Roadster will do well at it's price point and volume. However, I suspect that Mr. Eberhard may be in for a rude awakening when he gets a taste of being a higher volume car manufacturer.

[Source: Tesla Motors]

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