Tesla Motors to build and design cars in California; next car to be practical family saloon
1 July 2008

Tesla Motors’ next vehicle, codenamed Whitestar, will go into production in 2010 and offer mid-range practicality aimed at families, in direct contrast to the niche all-electric Tesla Roadster the company has made its name with.The new car will be built in California, not New Mexico as previously planned, and will be a high-volume product. According to Telsa CEO Ze'ev Drori, the car's styling is nearly finished and the firm is now designing the factory. Tesla is also planning a ‘range extender’ version of the Whitestar to rival the Chevrolet Volt, which will use a small petrol engine to charge a battery pack and drive an electric motor. The firm then wants to continue to bring down the price of electric cars and plans to launch a cheaper, entry-level model codenamed Bluestar.

Dan Stevens

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1 July 2008

I'm not sure about the Tesla. It seems to be an overpriced Elise with transmission (and company) problems. If they really can bring the price down on newer models they could do really well here.

1 July 2008

Are the company having financial problems? I'd be interested to know how many they have sold, how reliability has been, user feedback, etc... Anybody know anything or got any links?

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