Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Solar Powered Tesla

Tesla delivered their 250th Roadster last Saturday. Lucky No. 250 was Dr. Rob Wilder of Encinitas CA. This roadster will be powered from his home's array of solar PV panels (shown above). As you can see below, he picked "very orange" as the exterior color to symbolize his car's connection with the sun.

Before getting his car, in his blog Dr. Wilder said, "Imagine: free fuel from the sun plus energy independence and a car faster than my brother’s 2008 Porsche Cayman S … wow." He no longer has to imagine, he has exactly that. 

After receiving his EV he said, "This car is an elegant solution to some of the world's most difficult problems. And buying it is helping push along EV adoption generally because Tesla is investing the money in lower-priced cars down the line."

Speaking of Tesla's lower priced cars, they will unveil the Model S sedan prototype on March 26th. Model S production is planned for late 2011. The Model S will have an anticipated base price of $57,400. After a federal tax credit of $7,500, the effective price will be $49,900; priced firmly in the luxury category. 

Tesla's ~$30,000 Bluestar remains simply a future plan. I hope they survive (and thrive) long enough to get it to production.

Via Tesla Newsletter

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