28 April 2011

Place Your Bets ... on the Tesla S

The mother of all horse races is underway, and from our humble vantage point, the race is already won before it’s officially begun.  Sure, there are a lot of entrants into this field vying to win the title of EV (electric vehicle) clean transportation champ, but our money is on the Tesla S because of its ability to rock leading technology for the Tesla power plant (posting 0-60 times as good as any gas-powered BMW or Mercedes) and to think outside the box in designing its luxurious cabin which can seat seven with cavernous storage in the boot.

Right up front, first-things-first, our prejudices out of the way:  We love big, fast, luxury sedans. Quattroporte. Panamera.  Mulsanne.  We’re not as concerned about anthropogenic global warming and carbon footprint as we are about the radar-assisted distance control in our Audi A8L, or the carbon fiber trim in its interior.  As devoted free marketers, we believe in the consumer’s right to chose, and if our readers desire an all-wheel-drive Porsche Panamera with twin turbos to get it down the road all that faster, then so be it.  

Likewise, if our readership wants the best automotive technology Silicon Valley has to offer, with earth-friendly composite materials for their car’s interior, who are we to snicker from the sidelines?

2012 is the chronological line in the sand when many manufacturers are pegging as their deadline to rollout their EV lines for general consumption.   The field includes or will include: Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, Honda EV, Fiat 500 EV, Toyota Rav4 EV, Audi E-Tron, and our two luxury faves: the Fisker Karma and the Tesla S.

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The titular personalities for Tesla and Fisker are two imposing figures who have suffered the slings and arrows that being an entrepreneur in the rough-n-tumble world of the auto industry brings.   Whilst we like that both Fisker and Tesla are designed here in California, and each exude a California laid-back vibe, a final reason we are placing our bet on Tesla and their S sedan is because of their OEM commitment to California.  Much of the OEM of the car’s component parts will take place on the plant site, and all of their cars will be assembled there as well.  This is a clean tech company that, along with its executives, is betting a billion dollars that Silicon Valley can build sports, luxury, and urban transpo cars as good as anything out of Detroit or Germany.

We’re betting a single dollar that the Tesla S will come out on top.  We’ll all know next summer.



Dumbwit Tellher said...

hello Jg; Since one of favorite t.v. shows is BBC's Top Gear, I look forward to the team hopefully reviewing the Tesla S. Esthetically, the S is one sleek, sexy automobile. Hugely appealing. I'm thrilled to know that Tesla is out of CA. Heaven only knows that CA needs a shot in the arm and that alone is great news. I hope the Tesla S performs as well as it looks. Hope you and your family had a great Easter? x Deb

Caleb S. Garcia said...

For a second there I thought that the Audi E-Tron was designed after the cars from Tron: Legacy, that would be cool.

Nice write up G man. The Telsa S looks sweet.