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Bondi Beach a few weeks ago:

http://www.autogespot.com/nl/viewimages.php?id=c214748364804072010181246

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVKg7zFEfxQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVKg7zFEfxQ</a>






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Interesting - Tesla have just released their own discussion forum:

http://www.teslamotors.com/enthusiasts/forum

Always wondered whether a manufacturer would ever take responsibility for trying to control it's own community.



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The press release is coming out tomorrow...

http://www.teslamotors.com/about/press/releases/tesla-roadster-arrives-australia

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Tesla Roadster Arrives in Australia

World’s Only Electric Supercar Available for Purchase
Monday, July 26, 2010

Sydney, Australia --- Tesla Motors (TSLA), producer of the Roadster, the only highway-capable electric performance vehicle, announces the delivery of the first Roadster in Australia. The Tesla Roadster is now approved for Australian roadways and available for purchase.

The handmade, carbon fiber Roadster is the only car that delivers supercar performance with zero tailpipe emissions. It accelerates from 0-100km in less than four seconds and consumes no petroleum. The Roadster plugs into any conventional socket and can travel over 380 kms on a single charge. It is the only sports car in the world that can be charged with solar, hydro or wind energy.

Simon Hackett, a successful technology entrepreneur in Australia, believes passionately in the role of electric vehicles for a sustainable future. A testament to his passion for electric vehicles, Mr. Hackett is the first Tesla owner in Australia. Mr. Hackett also holds the record for distance driven on a single charge in a production electric vehicle, which he broke driving 501 kilometers in a Tesla Roadster.

"The Roadster delivers an addictive driving experience. Once I felt the fluid, on-demand power curve of the car, I couldn’t go back," said Simon Hackett. "In a Tesla Roadster, you know you're driving the future."

The Roadster requires less routine maintenance than conventional cars. It does not need oil changes or exhaust system work. Roadsters have no spark plugs or pistons to replace.

Tesla is revolutionizing the customer experience with its house-call approach to service. Tesla’s pioneering mobile service technicians, Tesla Rangers, travel to a customers’ home or office and perform annual inspections, firmware upgrades and other services. Customers can enjoy service from their home or office wherever they live.

Tesla Motors has sold more than 1,200 Roadsters to customers in at least 28 countries. The company sells cars directly to clients, both online and in a growing network of regional showrooms worldwide.

About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars to mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs. Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla has delivered more than 1200 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions. Tesla Service Rangers make house calls to service Roadster.

Only one (familiar) pic with the PR.






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Offline Paulstar


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Tesla sues Top Gear over "rigged" electric car test

Justin Hyde — Tesla sues Top Gear over "rigged" electric car testRemember that time Top Gear gave the Tesla Roadster such a thrashing it broke, except it really didn't break? Tesla does, and it's now filed suit against the BBC and Top Gear accusing the Beeb of defamation. UPDATE

The test from the episode aired in December, 2008 involved a race between the Tesla Roadster and the gas-powered Lotus Elise it's based on. The show featured Jeremy Clarkson saying the Tesla ran out of charge at 55 miles, with footage of it being pushed around a garage, ending with Clarkson saying "It's just a shame that in the real world it doesn't seem to work."

Shortly after it aired, Tesla said the Roadster never lost its charge, never needed to be pushed and asked Top Gear for some kind of retraction. After some sparring, the BBC admitted the footage of the push-powered Roadster was meant to show what could happen, saying the show fairly represented how the Tesla performed during tests.

With that episode still playing in repeats, available on DVD and now on Netflix streaming in the United States, Tesla says it was forced to act: "The BBC's conduct has given us no choice but to sue them and clear up their lies."

The BBC acknowledged the suit, but has yet to respond otherwise. Tesla, similarly, did not respond to our request for comment.

Our only question is — hasn't Tesla ever heard you never pick fights with people who buy ink by the barrel? Or, more appropriately, in this case, TV shows with more viewers than you have electric cars to sell. Still, Top Gear crossed a line here — and we don't mean the number of miles you can drive on one full charge.

UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, Tesla unveiled what can only be described as a marketing push for its lawsuit, complete with its own mini-website: www.teslavstopgear.com. Tesla contends that it's still receiving questions from potential customers based on the Top Gear test, and that the BBC has refused to acknowledge Tesla's complaints for several months.

"We're not doing this for money," said Ricardo Reyes, Tesla's communications chief. "As the world leader in EV technology, Tesla owes it to the public to stop Top Gear's disinformation campaign and provide the truth."

You can read Tesla's lawsuit here http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/tesla_-_claim_form_claimants_copy_29_03_11.pdf.

H/T to crom!




Offline fastoy


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I passed one on the Lake Burley Griffin main bridge in Canberra last weekend. I was in my SLK and as I slid past, the total lack of any sound was, well, pretty unattractive to me. I like quiet, but some sort of hum is needed to show its alive. It was dead.

Anyone who takes Top Gear seriously has a problem.  Their budget could easily buy the whole Tesla company I would guess.



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lol love how tesla is under american muscle



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