PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla Roadster on display at 2009 North American International Auto Show. Photo credit: EV

Has the Electric Car's Time Finally Come?

Tesla points out that while there were lots of great ideas at the Detroit auto show, one it has electric cars in consumer hands.

Published: 01-Feb-2009

When Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk announced at the Detroit Auto Show he had enough U. S. federal funding lined up to pay for "the debut of the affordable electric car," few of those in attendance believed the boast.

Two weeks later, Musk's timing looks perfect and his claim of up to $700 million US in funding more plausible. This could be Tesla's year, in light of U. S. President Barack Obama's announcement Monday that he will start a war on climate change that includes tighter limits on vehicle emissions, despite Detroit's pleas, and the forced weaning of U. S. consumers from their gasoline dependency.

Obama's announcement could make Tesla the right company at the right time.


Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.

The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.

Piaggio Porter pictured at right has electric driving range of 7-120 km with a top speed of 60 km/hr.


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