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Tesla Motors History

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by Timothy, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Timothy

    Timothy Driving on Sunshine

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    Does anyone know if a history of the origin of the Tesla Motors company is available? And how they decided to use the name Tesla?

    As an aside, my wife has insisted on watching three movies about Nikola Tesla available on Netflix and has almost finished reading a book about him--an incredible person--a great choice for the name of the car.

    Added bonus trivia question: Who was the first president to ride in an electric car?
     
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    William McKinley in 1901. An electric ambulance transported him after he was shot by a deranged anarchist.
     
  3. TEG

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    Named after Nikola, of course.
    Tesla Motors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  4. Timothy

    Timothy Driving on Sunshine

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    Hmmm... Didn't know about that. This is what I found on Wikipedia about the first president riding in a car 'in public--Teddy Roosevelt (semantics!):

    In August 1902, Roosevelt was the first president to be seen riding in an automobile in public.[52] This took place in Hartford, CT. The car was a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton, manufactured in Hartford. The police squad rode bicycles alongside the car. (The reference includes a photo of the event.)

    Dead Presidents Daily: August 22, 1902:The First Presidential Motorcade

    "The car in which Roosevelt rode was a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton. At this early stage in the industry’s development, about half of America’s automobiles were electric, with most of the rest running on steam and a small fraction being internal-combustion. (President McKinley’s first auto ride, back in 1899, had been in a steam-driven Locomobile piloted by its inventor, F. O. Stanley, in Washington, D.C.)
     
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    Listening to this might give you some background:
    http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=1816

    From what I gather/recollect:
    #1: Reducing oil consumption was the goal, many options were considered, 100% BEV was found to be the most logical choice.
    #2: Plan from the beginning was to make a performance vehicle that showed everyone that EVs can be desirable.
     
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    Search "History" in thread titles on this site. There are a few attempts to doucment the early days pre 2008. Martin was a fan of Tesla and reserved the URL Teslamotors.com as soon as he and Marc thought of it.

    Tesla Rumors has a decent history even it's heavily Elon-centric. The winners write the history.
     
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    All--

    Thanks for the tips. I spent this evening learning about Tesla Motors from all your suggestions. Funny, I bought my roadster a year ago--but certainly as a relatively late adopter having not followed the company from its inception knew very little about the origin compared to the group of you. I'm doing my best to catch up!
     
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    The official Tesla Motors site was awesome when Martin was still around. He answered people directly on the forums and the transparency was one thing that drew me to the company. The forum there changed a LOT and that's when I came over here. Quite the journey!
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    When did they start taking orders and when were the first ones delivered? I thought they started taking orders in early 2006 and started deliveries in mid 2008?
    Stores aren Tech News and Analysis
    Denise here says she waited 5 years for her Roadster.
     
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    5 year wait- no
    tire balancing under warranty- no
    Denise Cole is a troll - yes
     
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    Tesla Roadster unveiled in Santa Monica
    (July 20, 2006)
    But it got delayed, and deliveries didn't start until 2008...

    Driving P1 | Blog | Tesla Motors
    Initial production was "choppy" and it took them a long time to finally catch up to the pre-orders.
     
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    Her post is a crock.
    First, the most anyone has ever waited was a bit over two years.
    1.5, Tesla cleared the backlog of orders almost 3 years ago.
    Second, You can't buy a "Brand New" Roadster as they were discontinued in the US on Jan1st.
    Third, The wheels and suspension are stock Lotus parts. You can get an alignment anywhere. The Los Angeles store sends alignments to a local tire shop.
    Fourth, Alignments are not covered under warranty.


    A store/service in Atlanta would be nice for locals though.

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