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AutoblogGreen Q&A: Elon Musk Part1

Discussion in 'News' started by stopcrazypp, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

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    #2 malcolm, Jun 23, 2008
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    It's like Michael Collins repeatedly breaking into the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and editing all the signs on the Apollo 11 exhibit.
     
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    what? .
     
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    Having grown up in the DC area, and spent many a summer day in the Air & Space museum, I find that image pretty funny. However, Michael Collins has always said he was content to wait in the Columbia command module.
     
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    That is a humorous image. Now imagine EM in the Apollo 11 command module........
     
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    Malc,

    you've got a knack for coming up with very appropriate, and funny, imagery. Keep it coming... :smile:
     
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    I agree with Michael K. Like I commented at ABG, I think it's looking like my "EV" will be produced and purchased from Mitsu or GM.
     
  9. malcolm

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    Oh well....

    It doesn't take a genius to spot that what with the poor reception of the Chairman's views and the recent lack of effort with the TM blogs, that the company will shortly be announcing a "scaling down" of its online involvement.

    Fair enough. The Roadster is expensive. Affluent customers need a certain exclusivity and a degree of pampering.

    Plus rich people are much less likely to give the Chairman a Noogie in public.

    List of school pranks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Malcolm: You might be right about scaling down the online effort, but for any Whitestar customers you are talking about a different demographic. In Norway the price of 800 000+ NOK for the Roadster, a very impractical car but it outside most people. A 450 000 NOK sedan/wagon (Volvo V70) on the other hand was Norways 4th most sold car with sales over 4000 units last year. Then we are talking about wellpayed proffesionals like doctors in public hospitals and such. At least in the Nordic countries they are not aiming the Whitestar at affluent people but people with "regular" jobs.
    But who am I but a potential customer of the Whitestar which hates seeing my online darling disintegrating before my eyes.... :frown:

    Cobos
     
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    Martin has more than one comment as well.

    Michael K is SPOT ON.

    I would dare to add one one more suggestion. That along with swallowing pride, they bring back Martin.
     
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    Would be interesting to know what the deal would be to "bring him back," and whether he would be willing to go back on a simple request. Tesla may be experiencing growing pains or it may be going the way of so many others. Perhaps GM isn't so poor a company after all?
     
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    #13 doug, Jun 25, 2008
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    This has put Tesla back on the radar for me. I'm quite excited now to see what they have been working on for the whitestar. I'd personally love to see them work with Project Better Place. I doubt that would come true though.
     
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    Excuse me while I eat my hat.

    I don't know, maybe Tesla got too focussed on transmission troubles and production issues and the whole who-founded-what routine - but somehow they lost sight of a vision that Whitestar could be a worthy successor to the Roadster.

    I'm glad for the company - and for Elon - and for Martin - that it looks as though Whitestar is going to be an incredible challenge. The Roadster was, and is, and will be Martin's baby, but Elon has a fantastic opportunity to "let go" of the past and to write his own They-said-it-couldn't-possibly-be-done story with Tesla's second model.

    Elon deserves to have his own "moon shot". A BEV Whitestar is certainly that.

    Let's move on.
     
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    ALWAYS let the product do the talking.
     
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    Interesting.

    I read somewhere that when the battery on the Roadster runs low, the PEM limits the motor to half power and the range more than doubles.

    Now, half power with drivetrain 1.5 is still respectable for a normal family car. Does this mean that we could see performance in this class and 500-mile range?
     

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