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With a bank-role of $187 million (from selling his Silicon Valley start-up), Martin Eberhard has used his entrepreneurial and engineering smarts to come up with a vehicle that outdoes the lamented GM EV1. As AutoblogGreen has reported, people can actually buy (375 so far) the Tesla EV rather than lease it as GM did. Further, the Tesla uses lithium-ion batteries - 7,000 of them - rather than the lead acid or late arriving nickel-metal hydride batteries of the EV1.