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Old 03-26-2009, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tesla electric sedan to be unveiled today

I can't quite say I'm "breathlessly" awaiting the car's unveiling, but I am very curious to see what they've got planned.

Supposedly today's the day the cover comes off.


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Old 03-26-2009, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Mercury News has a quote from the designer that gives more of an indication of what to expect in design/styling:

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The debut of the Model S is also one for Franz von Holzhausen, the celebrated designer lured by Tesla away from Mazda last year. In an interview this week, he said his move gives him the game-changing opportunity to design greener cars.

"My goal is not to provide a quirky, unique vehicle, but something very palatable, very marketable," he said. "I have no intention of designing a car for other designers. This is a mass-market car."
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/...nclick_check=1

And: see this EM thread for discussion of the various teaser shots and Photoshop versions of the car:



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Old 03-26-2009, 02:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm interested just to see how the price stacks up against things like the i MiEV
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They're still claiming mid $50's USD. $49ish with government incentives.

Pics leaked on ABG:



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Old 03-26-2009, 02:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It sure is purdy. I like the tiny mirrors. Kinda wondering what is up with the propeller like wheels though.
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Blenders, to satisfy the uninitiated about things aero. :P

I like it too. See the rear diffuser? Probably functional, considering it'll have a completely smooth undertray. I'm looking forward to the Cd & A figures.
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Is it possible that the Tesla wheels are intended to pull air out from under the car like the late lamented AVS Shadow Can-Am car? The 'fan blades' are oriented that way...
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Is it possible that the Tesla wheels are intended to pull air out from under the car like the late lamented AVS Shadow Can-Am car? The 'fan blades' are oriented that way...
Only if it drives in reverse. As pictured they will work to push air under the car.
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Oh, yeah. It's that darned visual dyslexia.

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