Tesla in Monaco

As part of our European sales launch, Tesla Motors participated as an exhibitor at Top Marques Monaco April 24th - 27th where we met many of our first EU customers and many potential future customers. We have a blog in the works, but meanwhile we wanted to give you a glimpse of some photos.


Tesla Motors Exhibit at Top Marque

Bono in the Tesla Roadster

P4 on the Tesla stand at Top Marques

P4 and a general shot of the exhibition hall

P4 and VP12

Ex world champion F1 driver Damon Hill

The Tesla stand

VP12 outside the Fairmont Hotel
being charged overnight

VP12 beside a car popular in
Monaco - the Bentley Convertible

P4 on the stand
on its own

P4 on the Tesla stand

Darryl Siry being interviewed for
German television

Prince Albert II of Monaco visiting the Tesla stand

VP12 waiting to be driven in the pit area

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MIKE

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/08/05/05/165246.shtml

Tesla Roadster Store opening made Slashdot's home page. :)

Chris Harvey

Hunter,

You should go and take a look at the Project Better Place website. That is what Hansen is talking about.

All the best,

Chris H.

Hunter

Hansen, battery replacement stations sound like a good idea, but there are two problems that make it very difficult for them to successfully allow widespread EV adoption. The first is that the station still needs to have a massive electrical hookup; it has to recharge the dead batteries after it pulls them from the cars, and assuming it intends to be open every day that means it needs enough power to handle its average charging load. For a current gas station with 8-10 pumps, where there's almost always 2 or 3 in use, that's a staggering amount of power. Add to that the storage and logistics involved with that number of large/heavy batteries, and things get really tricky for our would-be service station. But by far the bigger problem is that the market will evaporate out from under these operators because they now have to compete with home charging. Consider that right now every person who drives has to fill up at a gas station. Now consider that with EVs (even with a 40-mile range) only about 1 in 10 people will need to get their pack swapped. Suddenly there's not nearly as much business available for the service-stations. That ends up leading to firms exiting the market in droves, which lowers the density of charge stations, which means there's no longer a swap station on every corner.

These aren't necessarily insurmountable problems. But they are very difficult ones. In my opinion if it's to work it will be through drastically downsizing a "station" (probably all the way down to one car at a time) and automating everything. But at that point I'm not sure that swapping the packs is the way to go...it may make more sense to just use some of the newer fast charging chemistries and either a heck of a utility hookup or a battery/capacitor/flywheel on the charger.