Tesla Motors leads automakers in green technology
Tesla Motors Inc. and Daimler AG said Tuesday they are developing an electric Smart microcar, with plans to initially make 1,000 of the vehicles available near the end of this year.
CEO Elon Musk said his San Carlos, Calif.-based electric carmaker has been working with Daimler since late 2007 to produce the vehicles for lease customers. Tesla will produce the battery pack and charger for the Smart electric car.
“If the 1,000-vehicle fleet is a success and the economics make sense and the product is compelling, that will expand to tens of thousands of vehicles per year,” Musk told the Society of Automotive Analysts at a meeting coupled with the North American International Auto Show.
Daimler, on Tesla Motors, also reported
Daimler, which also sells the Mercedes-Benz brand, chose Tesla because of its “well-founded battery know-how,” said Julia Engelhardt, a company spokeswoman based in New York City. “We looked into several options, and it’s the best possible solution when it comes to a battery-powered car.”
Tesla is looking to sell its electric battery powered technology to other auto companies. With mass usage, the cost of electric battery powered cars could be well within the reach of every household within a few years.
Imagine the energy independence?
And what if the Federal Government asked to have Tesla coordinate with the Big 3 to create government fleets that were electric and had the ability to travel hundreds of miles between each plug-in. That could change the whole energy marketplace while sustaining the auto industry.
It’s astonishing that the GOP doesn’t get technology…or understand the future!