Tidbits to track down for someone's research: JB Li-Ion explosion party. (Testing cells in the early days to see how easy they are to blow up) Martin meets Ian Wright on a plane to Tokyo. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_19/b3983077.htm "The year was 1998, and Ian M. Wright had just settled into his business-class seat for an 11-hour flight from San Francisco to Tokyo. As he delved into a book on experimental aircraft, he noticed the thirty-something man next to him reading over his shoulder. Right away he suspected he was in familiar company -- another Silicon Valley computer geek with a secret passion for gears and propulsion. ... Wright, then a 42-year-old senior director of engineering at Network Equipment Technologies Inc. and an amateur race car builder and driver, struck up a conversation with Martin Eberhard, founder of electronic-book company NuvoMedia Inc. By the time they landed at Narita International, they had discovered not only a shared interest in alternative vehicles but also that they lived a quarter-mile from each other in Woodside, Calif. Four years later they would be working together, having launched the Valley's first bid to build a high-performance electric car, Tesla Motors Inc." http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/04/technology/business2_wrightspeed/index.htm Martin's time spent trying to get AC Propulsion to build what he ultimately decided to do on his own (with Elon's help) JB meets with Elon to talk EVs: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/05/tesla200705?currentPage=2 "One day, Elon Musk had lunch in L.A. with an impassioned young engineer named JB Straubel to gossip about new technologies. At his private company, SpaceX, in the industrial suburb of El Segundo, by the Los Angeles airport, Musk was building manned spaceships, to be test-launched from his own Pacific atoll. ... But Straubel could top that: his friends at Alan Cocconi's shop had just put a lithium-ion pack into a T Zero with amazing results. Musk's eyes lit up. At Stanford, before he'd dropped out to join the Internet revolution, he'd intended to study the potential of high-energy-density capacitors. He wanted to see this car. ... A month later, Cocconi brought his T Zero over to SpaceX. As soon as Musk climbed into it, he realized it was acutely uncomfortable, very likely a death trap, and hopelessly unmarketable. "I want to buy it," he said. ... Cocconi shook his head. "It's not for sale," he said. ... "Then put a lithium-ion pack in my car," Musk proposed. "I have a Porsche. You can take the guts out of it and make it an electric. I'd be willing to pay you up to a quarter-million dollars." ... "Maybe you ought to talk to this guy named Eberhard," Cocconi suggested. "He thinks the way you do."