Go Electric! Tesla – The Electric Car Maker Hands Out Keys To 1st Model S Owners

 

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On Friday June 22nd Tesla the Electric Car maker celebrated the start of delivery & shipments of their much anticipated Model S sedans with a celebration in Fremont California.

“Just over three years ago we unveiled our vision for the future of transportation: Model S. Today we deliver.  For three years we have developed this car from the ground up with persistence and passion. Thank you to those who believed it could be done. You’re the reason we’re here today, delivering the car of the 21st century. We won’t stop until every car on the road is electric.”

 

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“There are a lot of people who said this day would never come,” Tesla executive George Blankenship said while kicking off the press event in Fremont Friday. “But at Tesla we don’t even think about them… we think about the people who made sure that we are here today.”  The executive went on to say that there are 2300 owners worldwide of the Tesla Roadster, (their smaller 2 door sports car, the first electric car the company debuted a couple years back) who “Helped get us here today.”  “Everything they taught us is in the Model S.”  The upbeat and enthusiastic Blankenship then said 3 words……WE DID IT!

California Governor Jerry Brown joined in the presentation to say a few words as did the man behind the revolutionary power train, Tesla Model S Electric CarJ.B. Straubel.  He credited a simple model:  “Bringing together the best, most talented, most motivated people in the world, and turning them loose on an amazing problem.”  “We want to make transportation sustainable,” Straubel said before announcing that they had just passed the 2,000 employee mark.

Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen walked people through his journey with the company and used the “Red Pill / Blue Pill” Matrix analogy to describe the process of dreaming up the design for the new Model S electric car.  “He, (referring to Co-Founder Elon Musk) gave me a laundry list of things that didn’t equal a sedan.”

 

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Finally, when Co-Founder Elon Musk took the stage, he said that the Model S was meant to “break a spell” in the car industry. “The world has been under this illusion that an electric car can’t be as good as a gasoline car….. the Model S is about breaking that illusion,” Musk said. “It’s about showing that an electric car can really be the best car in the world.”  “Customers will find the Model S is the best in all things that matter most: Performance, Safety, Handling, Technology, Infrastructure, Style & Aesthetics.”  A thank you to the Department Of Energy was given before saying that he wanted to “Do good by them & show that a fundamental good has been achieved.”

According to Tesla, the response to the Model S has been great.  With pricing beginning at $49,900 & going up to $97,900 the company has more than 10,000 reservations placed for the car and it plans to produce and deliver 20,000 vehicles per year beginning in 2013.

Tesla Model S Electric CarJust a few of the impressive spec on the Model S:  Zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds with instant torque, a Max Miles Per Charge of 300, and of course ZERO tailpipe emissions.  Its dashboard has a 17-inch touchscreen connected to 3G, which Tesla says puts “streaming radio, web browsing and navigation at the driver’s fingertips.”  You also have the option to add an “All Glass Panoramic Roof” as well as a plethora of great interior & exterior colors and options.  To top it all off, it’s designed and built in California.

 

I’ve been following this model and this story for the last 2 years and find it to be a truly inspiring.  I think it’s an exciting time in our history where people and companies are pushing to advance society and our world in a way that really is for the betterment of us all.  We here at The Universal Key feel that Tesla & their Electric Vehicles follow a very similar path and conviction to what we are all about and have been for over 35 years… Advancing people and society in positive (healthy, environmental, sustainable & economical) ways and doing it in a way that allows advancement and an increase for all.

 

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Watch the recorded stream of the event below

 

 

 

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