Are we finding our way back to the electric car?

Many people think that electric cars are new technology. In contrary, electric cars have been around for over 100 years. Did you know that in 1900 more electric vehicles were sold than gasoline and steam powered vehicles? (See Source)

Tesla Motors Model S
Tesla Motors Model S
Electric development is gaining speed. A relatively new California based start up company (incorporated in 2003), Tesla Motors, is committed to creating 100% electric propelled vehicles. Originally releasing a $100,000+ all-electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster, the company is now taking “reservations” for a 4 door sedan – the Tesla Model S. After opening up the reservation process, over 500 people have already put up the hefty $5000 refundable reservation fee in one week since the vehicle was launched. Production of the Model S is schedule for late 2011. The Model S will sell for about $50,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. (See Source) With an available 300 mile range, will the Model S compete with other luxury sedans?

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Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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