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How did you find out about Tesla?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed but its interesting that I spoke with a few guys including my co-pilot at the DC Get Amped event about how I found out about Tesla. I shared with them how just by coincidence while watching an episode of Suits with my wife, Harvey goes to a Tesla showroom to get a Roadster. I immediately Googled Tesla and here I am. Any similar experience?

I heard about the fact that a new startup was going to build a crazy fast sports car several years ago. When I learned that this company was calling itself Tesla I knew right then and there that these people were smart, since I knew who Tesla was and his contribution to electrical induction.

BTW is it obviousl to everyone that the Tesla T is really a stator and rotor?

I have been following the company since I found out about the AC150...when that was...who knows. The only way you could buy a power source was to pay 25K and to have some way of proving it was for R&D for auto development.

I searched my mailbox and this is what I came up with from 5/31/06 from Tom Gage

The website info is stillaccurate. We will be updating it soon. thanks
for your interest and support.

Tom Gage

>
> From: "Eric Olson"
> To: info@acpropulsion.com
> Subject: AC 150
> Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 01:50:32 -0700
>
> My name is Eric Olson. I am extremely interested in your AC 150 Gen
> 2. I have noticed that your website is a little out of date (Approx)
> 1 year. Is it still $25,000? Is that price going to go down anytime
> soon? How do I get involved in this. It sounds better than anything
> out there. I read about licensing, can you tell me more? You
> mentioned a discount for multiple units, what is the discount
> schedule? I live in Oregon, I would love to build an electric
> vehicle. As a small businessman, I can't help wonder what your
> company is capable of if you can get the price points down. Please let
> me know how I can get involved.
> Thanks,
>
> Eric Olson

Ohms';
Duh! Now that you mention it, itz zobvious!

I’ve always thought that internal combustion engines weren’t a good idea and often complained that we would all have been better off if Henry Ford had decided to make an electric Model T. I have never owned a foreign car and in today’s economic climate I particularly wanted to stick with domestic manufacturers. At the time, from my then limited perspective, it seemed that my choices were limited to a Lincoln hybrid or a Chevy Volt. I liked the idea that the Volt was a pluggable and figured with my limited daily driving distances I might rarely need gasoline. When I learned that the Chevy Volt received the Car of the Year award I went ahead and ordered one. However, Florida wasn’t one of the markets where the car had been released yet so I remained on a waiting list before my order was released to the factory.

During this wait I started looking for more information and reviews of the Volt. That led me to an electric car website that listed all the variants of electric vehicles available or coming to market. That’s when I discovered that there really was a stylish yet practical American battery electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S sedan. As I weighed the pros and cons of the two vehicles it occurred to me that if I truly believed that my daily driving distances all but precluded running on gasoline on the Volt, then it would be silly to drag along an idle internal combustion engine and a tank of gas.

The more I saw photos and videos and read about the Model S, the more I fell in love with the car. A few weeks later when Tesla brought a prototype to Sarasota I went to see it and made a reservation on the spot.

Larry

It does feel like the Model S and the electric car is finally here and in a no compromise way. That is why I am super excited as you are Larry and glad you found Tesla. I think you are a great advocate for the EV and appreciate your efforts. :)

Larry;
Henry F. made a concerted and prolonged effort to make electric the default, but lead-acid and the charging network (electric grid etc. in general) weren't up to it. So gasoline was second choice even for him.

I don't remember when I tumbled onto Tesla either, or even when really. I think I was researching EV conversions because I was tired of gas powered cars, and just clicked a random link. I do know it was years before the Roadster made its debut though, because I remember being disapointed with the lack of press it got (I'm in Canada).

Still a little disapointed that I couldn't get hired by Tesla after I picked up my electronics ticket, but I'll settle for owning a Model S after my current vehicle (Ford Mustang GT :P)

Definitely Wired magazine for me - no clue on the year...

In 2008, I attended a Roadster test drive event in MD, but didn't follow through with an order due to the near bankruptcy of my company.

Moved on in my career, finally followed through with a Model S Sig reservation and cannot wait for the delivery!!!

Was aware of EV1, owned RAV4EV, watched evolution of AC Propulsion's Tzero to lithium ion, to their eBox (Scion xB), followed about 30 electric vehicles' proceedings around the world, posted pictures every week at my office, comings and goings of Aptera, Phoenix in the US. Tesla showed business sense and promise and stayed in the game. Used Friends and Family ties to get into the SSL line the day they opened the doors for non roadster owners, over 3 years ago (March 2009). We've come a long way, baby.

Was aware of EV1, owned RAV4EV, watched evolution of AC Propulsion's Tzero to lithium ion, to their eBox (Scion xB), followed about 30 electric vehicles' proceedings around the world, posted pictures every week at my office, comings and goings of Aptera, Phoenix in the US. Tesla showed business sense and promise and stayed in the game. Used Friends and Family ties to get into the SSL line the day they opened the doors for non roadster owners, over 3 years ago (March 2009). We've come a long way, baby.


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