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Orrin Hatch - Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008


Active Member
Nov 12, 2006
Good find MDR. Thank you.

I've not heard this 2-cars-a-day figure before. You're right - This is genuine, encouraging GOOD NEWS.

So why does Tesla bury it in some random website? Why can't the TM website homepage feature two counters:-

X Roadsters built last week/ today / so far / whatever
Y Roadsters delivered so far etc.

I know it's really irritating when people like me keep going on about the old TM style, but the weekly blog update we all used to follow would have solved this:-

The Blog Editor could drop in a weekly update:

Roadsters in Hethel: X
Roadsters mid-Atlantic: Y
Roadsters in San Carlos: Z

Roadsters were delivered this week to: Los Angeles x 2, San Francisco, Chicago

Damnit it doesn't have to be a blog. It could be an online "Production Update" press release or an e-mailed newsletter.

But this sort of info may just be communicated to those on the waiting list. Pity


Well-Known Member
May 23, 2008
Winchester, UK
Have you watched the videos of the Roadster all over Europe? Must be hard to keep up with pesky things like your job when having so much fun.
Personally I'd say being out promoting the car in places where people with money exist is more doing your job than putting a few words on the internet. If they have fun while doing that, I'm happy for them.

And that lap of Le Mans has just silenced more of the doubters in my group of friends than any blog entry ever could.


Active Member
Nov 12, 2006
It is a tough balance. At some stage there was always going to have to be some form of transition to a more "exclusive" area for Roadster owners: Tesla Motors - feel whilst keeping the more public areas going for Whitestar.

Anyone else notice that no new postings have shown up on the 'official' Tesla blogs since June 19th? Is their moderator on vacation or something?

Something simple like that, yeah.

Remember that time in late 2006 when two whole weeks went by without a new blog entry and commenters were predicting the imminent demise of the company? :rolleyes:

But then it took me a while to accept Martin's departure. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/4146-post6.html

That was a big kick in the brand loyalty.
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