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Tesla Delivers 100th Roadster

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  1. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Tesla delivering the 100th Roadster today - AutoblogGreen

     
  2. graham

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    This is great news! Congratulations, Tesla!
     
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    Ditto. :biggrin:
     
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    I am very pleased to be proven wrong on my prediction that they won't manage it this year.

    Actually, this deserves a champagne!

    Tesla, go go!
     
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    yeah I'm here now. I found out ahead of time but held off on saying who it was. commenting from my cell. the car is VIN 81.
     
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    According to Rachel Konrad, Tesla will be holding a press conference this afternoon to announce the delivery of the 100th Roadster. I haven't seen anything on the Tesla web site yet, but we should hear about it soon. AutoblogGreen says Elon will be on hand to hand over the keys to "a special customer."

    Tesla delivering the 100th Roadster today - AutoblogGreen
     
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    Tom, see the Production Status thread.
     
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    TEG's forecast was correct!:biggrin:
     
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    #11 doug, Dec 9, 2008
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    I got back a little while ago, ended up spending a couple hours there.

    While I was there, I understood it to be the 100th car produced. Seems to be reported as the 100th car delivered, so I'm not sure. The car is Signature 100 #81, Radiant Red with black and red interior.

    I got to meet Sam Perry and he was a real nice guy. It was kinda funny, all the media cameras got really close. Sam ended up conducting what was a pretty comprehensive interview with Elon; asking most of the things the media whated to know, touching on all the various bits in recent news. Later the media got some shots of Sam driving his car out of the parking lot. I'd be interested to see what video shows up in the local news.

    Besides the local network affiliates, there were some international news people there: Met a guy from Le Monde (who totally looked like an early '80s sitcom actor whose name I don't know), Korean TV (KBS), and I got to exercise my Japanese language skills with a guy from Asahi Shimbun. Actually I spent a lot of time talking with the guy from Asahi, answering his questions about the Roadster and Tesla in general.

    Rachael Konrad gave a tour of the service area and the shop where the drivetrains are installed. I'll post more details about that in another thread. See also a production update here.

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    Wow! Sounds like an awesome time! How did you end up hearing about it before hand?

    Were any other non-media folks in attendance?
     
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    Sam is enjoying an extention on his earlier 15 minutes of fame this year.

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    #14 doug, Dec 9, 2008
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    I saw the ABG post this morning and the store is really close to campus. That and I have the extremely busy yet flexible schedule of a graduate student.

    Yeah, some.

    • There was, of course, Elon, Zak, and Rachael. Along with some other less public Tesla employees.
    • Sam Perry, who rode in on a fold up bike which managed to fit in the trunk when he drove off.
    • Some members of the Chamber of Commerce.
    Other than that, there were maybe less than 5 other civilians. There was a couple seemed to just come in at that time by coincidence and maybe just a few others.

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    #15 TEG, Dec 9, 2008
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    Yeah, the champagne in my Thanksgiving day post...
     
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    100 cars...Congratulations, Tesla (Elon) is now officially an American automaker.

    Keep up the good works.
     
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    "...a special customer..." huh? Speculation, speculation, speculation....

    Well, I don't know but...I just concluded watching the latest episode of the new television drama "Leverage", episode entitled "The Home Coming Job" (due next to air at 12pm EST this night), when I was pleasantly surprised to see actor Timothy Hutton (the lead in the show) jump into and drive off in (tires squealing) a red, with red on black interior, Tesla Roadster...imagine that.

    Hopefully the increased exposure will, likewise, increase the public's awareness of the available technology and further spur sells.
     
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    Mr. Man? What does that mean? Tesla is now owned by "Tha Man?" Is that headline a mistake?

    That is awesome!
     
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    Mr Man is what Oprah called Sam before someone identified him.

    Video here
     

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