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Tesla Roadster to appear at Inaugural Soirée du Vin in Palo Alto

Auction Items Include Test Drive of Performance Electric VehicleTo Benefit International School of the Peninsula

Mercredi, 13 Septembre 2006

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Tesla Motors, manufacturers of performance electric vehicles, will preview their new high-performance sports car, the Tesla Roadster, at Soirée du Vin, a celebration of fine wine, food and fashion scheduled for October 15 in Palo Alto.

“We are proud to be a part of Silicon Valley, and this event benefits a worthy Silicon Valley cause,” said Martin Eberhard, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors. “It’s a chance for us at Tesla Motors to get to know some of our neighbors.”

Soirée du Vin supports the International School of the Peninsula, located in Palo Alto. The event will be held in the gardens of a historical residence designed by Birge M. Clark, providing a dramatic backdrop for the evening’s festivities.

Among the event”s highlights: an auction including a test drive of a Tesla Roadster, fine wines, weekend getaways and more; a showing of gowns by fashion designer Azadeh; and a gourmet dinner with wine pairings provided by Café Primavera owner Joanna Biondi.

Tickets are $250 per person. More information is available at

The Tesla Roadster, unveiled in July, boasts the equivalent of 135 mpg and a range of 250 miles on a single charge, a combination heretofore unseen in a mass-produced electric vehicle. Its extended range is due to its state-of-the-art lithium-ion Energy Storage System, and is capable of going from 0-60 mph in about four seconds. First deliveries are planned for next summer.

About Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors was founded in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning to create efficient electric cars for people who love to drive. The Chairman of Tesla Motors, a privately held company, is Elon Musk, who has led or co-led all three rounds of investment resulting in $60 million in funding. Mr. Musk has been instrumental in both corporate and product development at Tesla Motors.

The company currently employs over 80 people, including teams in California, the U.K. and Taiwan. The company has recruited employees whose background and experience mirror the vehicle itself, drawing from diverse expertise in the electronics, automotive and software industries.

Tesla Motors creates vehicles that conform to all U.S. safety, environmental and durability standards. The cars include modern safety equipment such as airbags, front crumple zones, side impact protection, and 2½ mph bumpers. Tesla Motors will only sell cars in the U.S. when they pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS).

About the International School of the Peninsula

International School of the Peninsula, located in Palo Alto, California, is an independent Chinese and French bilingual school for nursery through eighth grade students, and is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, international awareness and responsible global citizenship. The school is a passionate proponent of the benefits of bilingual education and offers a wide array of language classes to the community, including courses in Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the Charlotte de Géry Endowment Fund, which provides long-term financial stability for the school.

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