Electric Cars Charging Ahead
The Tesla engines purr like muffled Xerox machines in a spotless garage inside the company's flagship dealership on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
Aside from the rows of glossy roadsters, the small crew of short-sleeved mechanics and the classic rock tunes drowning out the soft hum of the battery coolant, the place has about as much in common with a traditional dealership as its much-hyped roadster has with a Hummer.
The gray floor is conspicuously greaseless -- a small but palpable benefit of dealing with oil-less cars. The plush waiting room is separated from the garage by a glass partition, for easy viewing. And the company's newest offering -- the Model S sedan, due for a 2011 release -- looks more ordinary and traditional than the futuristic sports cars currently scattered around the lot.
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