Why I'm buying a Tesla sedan

In about two years I’ll be ready for a new car. But here’s why I’m putting down some cash to get a new Tesla Sedan, which was just announced and will be ready in about two years. TechCrunch has the video.

  1. Gas prices are probably going up from here, not down.
  2. I want to be the first to have the sedan in my neighborhood.
  3. When I took a ride in the first Tesla I learned that it can go more than 200 miles on just $3 worth of electricity.
  4. Tim Ryan, Congressman, approves.
  5. My vote, with my dollars, will help push other car companies into doing the same thing.
  6. In just a year I put 20,000 on my Saturn Aura, and in two years we’ve put 40,000 miles on our BMW. Turning those miles into electric miles will make a big dent in our gas budgets.
  7. It’ll be built in California and I like keeping my money in the state.

Downsides?

  1. We’ll still need two cars, or rent cars, for when we need to go more than 200 miles in a day (recharging takes hours, not a few minutes like with gas). But that’s OK, we’ll still need two cars anyway, one for me and one for Maryam (in Half Moon Bay there are no public transportation options).
  2. It’s expensive. More expensive than our BMW, which is a very expensive car for us.
  3. It’s unproven technology and car. I remember when my dad bought a General Motors’ diesel in the late 1970s and that was a disaster of a car and soured our family on GM cars for more than 15 years.

Anyway, there’s a ton of news coming out of the press conference this morning. Here’s Engadget’s writeup. I’ll link to the best of it. In the meantime, if you didn’t watch the videos when we got a ride in the first production Tesla with Elon Musk, chairman of the board of Tesla, you should check these out.

Comments

  1. I like the fact of savings but everyone knows the first year of a production car is for guinea pigs. First to have one on the block is Priceless, the cost stop me.

  2. I like the fact of savings but everyone knows the first year of a production car is for guinea pigs. First to have one on the block is Priceless, the cost stop me.

  3. You missed the real reason?

    x. I want it to be a topic of conversation when I meet other geeks.
    :) iPhones and macbooks are not unique anymore.

  4. You missed the real reason?

    x. I want it to be a topic of conversation when I meet other geeks.
    :) iPhones and macbooks are not unique anymore.

  5. Tesla will have to re-think their pricing strategy if they want to succeed at all in the UK market. I’m given to understand that the price of the Tesla Roadster in the UK will be $158,000 USD (£79,000 GBP).

    If my pricing info correct, it is insane. This is simply not a $160K car; especially when they aren’t even making a right-hand drive version at the moment.

  6. Tesla will have to re-think their pricing strategy if they want to succeed at all in the UK market. I’m given to understand that the price of the Tesla Roadster in the UK will be $158,000 USD (£79,000 GBP).

    If my pricing info correct, it is insane. This is simply not a $160K car; especially when they aren’t even making a right-hand drive version at the moment.

  7. California doesn’t have the generating capacity to keep the lights on all summer, and you’re expecting to charge up an electric car?

  8. California doesn’t have the generating capacity to keep the lights on all summer, and you’re expecting to charge up an electric car?

  9. Just wondering, how has the Saturn turned out after a year of use. Would you buy again?

  10. Just wondering, how has the Saturn turned out after a year of use. Would you buy again?

  11. Simon: the Tesla Sedan is $60,000 here in US.
    Ron: I love my Saturn Aura. It’s turned out to be a very nice car for $28,000. It gets a lot of compliments from people who ride in it.

  12. Simon: the Tesla Sedan is $60,000 here in US.
    Ron: I love my Saturn Aura. It’s turned out to be a very nice car for $28,000. It gets a lot of compliments from people who ride in it.

  13. Few things about it:

    1. Why doesn’t it charge in like 5-10 minutes? I’ve seen that there are other electric cars that use this super high voltage adapter to charge it super fast. Since they are installing new electric charging stations instead of gas stations, they might as well install super high voltage recharging stations. This way recharging your Tesla to about 80% capacity should not take longer then a few minutes. I wonder if some blogger could ask that question to the Tesla people about why they aren’t implementing fast charging technology.

    2. Why doesn’t Google, the Chinese government and the Indian government not invest in this technology yet? With billions of dollars in investment, the mass produced sub-30 thousand dollar electric car would be available earlier to the whole world. Could some blogger ask the Tesla people if they would be able to speed up the development and the starting of the mass manufacturing of their Sedan and even cheaper models? Sorry, but I don’t see why we need to wait for the large auto makers to join the electric car manufacturing shift, since we know they aren’t really eager to change to 100% electric (since they have ties with the multi-trillion oil industry). So please ask Tesla, would more investment mean that they could deliver the cheaper cars faster?

    3. Is it true that a multi-megawhatt wind mill pays for itself in less than 5 years and that it is the same for solar panels, and that except for maintainence that those wind and solar electric energy installation would thus provide free energy after those 5 years? And in that case, what is slowing down the installation of hundreds of thousands of wind mills and solar panels all over the world?

  14. Few things about it:

    1. Why doesn’t it charge in like 5-10 minutes? I’ve seen that there are other electric cars that use this super high voltage adapter to charge it super fast. Since they are installing new electric charging stations instead of gas stations, they might as well install super high voltage recharging stations. This way recharging your Tesla to about 80% capacity should not take longer then a few minutes. I wonder if some blogger could ask that question to the Tesla people about why they aren’t implementing fast charging technology.

    2. Why doesn’t Google, the Chinese government and the Indian government not invest in this technology yet? With billions of dollars in investment, the mass produced sub-30 thousand dollar electric car would be available earlier to the whole world. Could some blogger ask the Tesla people if they would be able to speed up the development and the starting of the mass manufacturing of their Sedan and even cheaper models? Sorry, but I don’t see why we need to wait for the large auto makers to join the electric car manufacturing shift, since we know they aren’t really eager to change to 100% electric (since they have ties with the multi-trillion oil industry). So please ask Tesla, would more investment mean that they could deliver the cheaper cars faster?

    3. Is it true that a multi-megawhatt wind mill pays for itself in less than 5 years and that it is the same for solar panels, and that except for maintainence that those wind and solar electric energy installation would thus provide free energy after those 5 years? And in that case, what is slowing down the installation of hundreds of thousands of wind mills and solar panels all over the world?

  15. Well, given all the troubles, lawsuits, delays, fights, ego clashes, and now that Scoble is committed, this car good as dead, Tesla smells Enronish financing scam serious. If any of the big car companies want to make an electric production car, assuming a market, bammo they can. Goodbye Tesla, easy as that. Dot com on wheels.

    Really, if price no object, better off with a Shelby Cobra hydro or Anuvu’s Nissan Frontier hybrid fuel cells. But this stuff is all half a scam, upfront costs, and hassles make it all quite unrealistic, but they can scam green offa people thinking political green, logic need not apply.

  16. Well, given all the troubles, lawsuits, delays, fights, ego clashes, and now that Scoble is committed, this car good as dead, Tesla smells Enronish financing scam serious. If any of the big car companies want to make an electric production car, assuming a market, bammo they can. Goodbye Tesla, easy as that. Dot com on wheels.

    Really, if price no object, better off with a Shelby Cobra hydro or Anuvu’s Nissan Frontier hybrid fuel cells. But this stuff is all half a scam, upfront costs, and hassles make it all quite unrealistic, but they can scam green offa people thinking political green, logic need not apply.

  17. Recently, Nissan and NEC announced a joint venture to start mass-producing of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. Some googling provided info that Nissan will introduce an electric car in 2010 (US and Japan), and start mass-production in 2012. It will be interesting to see how Tesla can be competitive on this area…

    It’s possible my next car will be an electric one. I do hope so.

  18. Recently, Nissan and NEC announced a joint venture to start mass-producing of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. Some googling provided info that Nissan will introduce an electric car in 2010 (US and Japan), and start mass-production in 2012. It will be interesting to see how Tesla can be competitive on this area…

    It’s possible my next car will be an electric one. I do hope so.

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  20. Hey, first time on this site and I am looking forward to coming back. I am a part of a reality Show held in Lincoln right now and we are staying at the New Victorian Suites and I have to say it is been great staying here. If you are ever here make sure you check out this great hotel. I look forward to reading more about what you have to say.

  21. Scoble -

    $60,000 for a car?

    That might be easy for you to afford, however, the average blog Joe certainly can’t pony up that kind of cash for a set of wheels. Lets face it, their blog just doesn’t monetize as well as yours.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why you so vehemently oppose companies like Izea – a company who provides an opportunity for the average blog joe to share the wealth that you so brazenly flaunt.

    You should rename your post – Interweb “fat cat” brags to “near do well” readers about plan to buy luxury vehicle.

  22. Scoble -

    $60,000 for a car?

    That might be easy for you to afford, however, the average blog Joe certainly can’t pony up that kind of cash for a set of wheels. Lets face it, their blog just doesn’t monetize as well as yours.

    I can’t for the life of me understand why you so vehemently oppose companies like Izea – a company who provides an opportunity for the average blog joe to share the wealth that you so brazenly flaunt.

    You should rename your post – Interweb “fat cat” brags to “near do well” readers about plan to buy luxury vehicle.

  23. The main thing I don’t understand about electric cars is that they aren’t really better for the environment. All they do is defer the pollution from the car to the electric generator (which is usually burning coal or natural gas, at least in the US). What is the environmental benefit?

  24. The main thing I don’t understand about electric cars is that they aren’t really better for the environment. All they do is defer the pollution from the car to the electric generator (which is usually burning coal or natural gas, at least in the US). What is the environmental benefit?

  25. You need 2 cars?

    This is arrogant foolishness.

    Make a plan for having one less. That will do wonders for your planetary impact!

    So much for the wonders of modern technology.

  26. You need 2 cars?

    This is arrogant foolishness.

    Make a plan for having one less. That will do wonders for your planetary impact!

    So much for the wonders of modern technology.

  27. Mic: nice try. But we live in Half Moon Bay. No public transportation. Nearest mall is 15 miles away. Nearest hospital? Same. Nearest grocery store? Three miles. We have five people living at the house right now. I’m often off doing interviews. I need my car. Maryam needs a car to get around town. There’s no options in my life. It seems to me you’re the arrogant one for thinking you know my lifestyle and how easy it’d be to get rid of a car. I sure would like to, they are extremely expensive.

  28. Mic: nice try. But we live in Half Moon Bay. No public transportation. Nearest mall is 15 miles away. Nearest hospital? Same. Nearest grocery store? Three miles. We have five people living at the house right now. I’m often off doing interviews. I need my car. Maryam needs a car to get around town. There’s no options in my life. It seems to me you’re the arrogant one for thinking you know my lifestyle and how easy it’d be to get rid of a car. I sure would like to, they are extremely expensive.

  29. Personally, I applaud anything that brings new, cleaner tech to the marketplace and to the attention of the public. Yes, it's sad that it takes such “flash” to gain the attention of the celebrity-crazed masses, but that's life. Denigrating things because they aren't perfect solutions doesn't help anyone. I'd much rather see incremental, imperfect solutions than nothing at all.
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  30. Personally, I applaud anything that brings new, cleaner tech to the marketplace and to the attention of the public. Yes, it's sad that it takes such “flash” to gain the attention of the celebrity-crazed masses, but that's life. Denigrating things because they aren't perfect solutions doesn't help anyone. I'd much rather see incremental, imperfect solutions than nothing at all.
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