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Tesla Model X and the Tesla Vision

January 16, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Model X, Tesla

Tesla Model X image courtesy of Tesla

The Tesla Model X is an eye-catching vehicle.  It truly encapsulates a futuristic electric driving age.  Yes, the vehicle is a stylish electric crossover with fantastic electric motor and computer technologies, but it is the wing style back doors that give it that science-fiction pizazz.  I highly suspect that the vehicle will impress the populace when delivered.  You have to imagine seven passengers stepping out of a Model X with all the doors ajar, and they gather their belonging from the trunk and frunk (front trunk).

Tesla Model X image courtesy of Tesla

This vehicle really suits the personality of Elon Musk.  It has the acceleration, futuristic styling, and electric engineering that is EV excellence.  It also has EV practicality, packing the whole family on a journey via Supercharger stations.  Musk can let his EV enthusiasts spread the message to America about clean electric driving fun.  As the Supercharger stations continue to dot the map of America, I would expect that America will grow more excited about the Model X.  In time, the Tesla vision will take greater form around the world.

This is the Tesla vision:

Tesla was founded in Palo Alto, California in 2003 by a group of engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be the best cars in the world.  A Silicon Valley approach means we move fast and constantly innovate.  Tesla technology offers the most efficient path to a sustainable energy future.  Our batteries and powertrains aim to lessen global dependence on petroleum-based transportation and drive down the cost of electric vehicles.  By cooperating with other car manufacturers, we hope to put more electric cars on the road.  Every Tesla and EV using our technology is a step towards making increasingly affordable electric cars available.

US Debt Ceiling Debate, Tesla Store to Open in Beijing China

January 16, 2013 in China, Economics, EV News, Model S, Model X, Politics, Tesla

Financial market strategists are growing nervous again as the US debt ceiling debate takes center stage.  In past political storms, US Treasury markets have been sought as a financial refuge.  It is the peculiar nature of the US Dollar as the dominant world reserve currency that makes Treasury securities so attractive in times of market stress.   With that said, there is little hope that this debt ceiling debate will be anything less than cantankerous.  Apparently, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has had enough of the debating climate in Washington.  He is leaving his position at the end of the month.

Tesla Model S image courtesy of Tesla
Tesla will open a store in Beijing China

China’s Shanghai Composite Index closed down .7% today, which is certainly not surprising after such a strong rally since the beginning of December.  Tesla Motors took the opportunity at the Detroit Auto Show this week to announce its plans to open a showroom in China.  The Detroit Free Press reported: “Tesla Motor’s George Blankenship announced that Tesla would open its first China store in Beijing in the spring.  The company views China’s thirst for luxury vehicles as a huge opportunity.”

Tesla Model X image courtesy of Tesla

At the Detroit Auto Show, Tesla put its future Model X electric vehicle on display.  This vehicle is an all-electric crossover with amazing acceleration.  It has unique wing style back doors that open skyward, allowing easy access to two rows of seats in the back.  Altogether, the Model X has seating for seven.  Tesla describes the vehicle thus: “Model X is designed from the ground up to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan, as only an electric car can.  It is an automobile above category, built around the driver—and six of her friends.  It artfully provides unfettered performance and brilliant functionality.”  The Model X is expected to enter production in 2014 for delivery in 2014.