Tesla Motors has delivered its 100th German Roadster, a significant milestone in Tesla’s largest market after the United States. The “lightning green” Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 – raced and signed by Sebastian Vettel and other racing superstars – was delivered last weekend to Lennart Hennig, 25, an entrepreneur who founded
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the Department is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution. Projects will span the broad spectrum of technology approaches, including advanced materials, combustion research, hybrid electric systems, fleet efficiency, and fuels technology.
Ron and I both are feeling this amazing moment — and comparing notes, we agree it feels unreal that we are actually driving real production plug-in vehicles. Ron feels it’s the most advanced vehicle he’s ever seen. Even without signs on the cars, people notice them and are giving us thumbs up on the highways (as happened when there were only a handful of hybrids on the road) Our son was trailed by a highway patrolman who wanted to talk about the car. Andy Frank says it’s “exactly as I had anticipated it would operate. It’s like driving my dream.” See below for links to media and photos of our celebration; amazing uptake on our Victory essay, and some new good news from GM. Enjoy your holidays!