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  • Networthdev Networthdev Oct 23, 2011 2:28 PM Flag

    CNG car dealership opens in Tulsa

    Nice, grand opening promo/marketing story. "The Tulsa Flyer will travel more than 2,640 miles from L.A. to D.C., and consume approximately $165 in fuel versus $600 in traditional gasoline."


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    • natural gas costs about 1/3 less than fossil gasoline at the pump, and reduces carbon emissions by maybe 1/2 the fossil gasoline at best. Hardly a great long term solution.

      • 1 Reply to greensexytesla
      • No worries, all a part of getting people to EXPAND their thinking. CNG will be most appropriate for large fleet vehicles/trucks (trash/mail/LTL/long haul/etc.)

        We want people to STOP and think. Understand there are viable options, and not just keep doing what they have ben doing all their life. The world has changed/is changing and there are better options, BUT people are creatures of HABIT, so we need confusion to get them to THINK.


      Tesla Travels Into Texas
      Updated: Friday, 21 Oct 2011, 9:52 PM CDT
      Published : Friday, 21 Oct 2011, 9:52 PM CDT

      HOUSTON - What's all the buzz about, at the Houston Galleria? An upstart car company's first foray into Texas.

      In a storefront next to Brooks Brothers and across from Talbots, visitors will find a pair of electric vehicles that look fast just sitting there.

      The Tesla Roadster and the brand new Tesla Model S are on display to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

      "Houston is known to be a great car city," says Camille Ricketts with Tesla Motors. "Everybody drives everywhere and we really just wanted to introduce new automotive options."

      The Roadster has been out for about 3 years, during which time about 1,850 have been sold. It’s a partially hand-built all-electric two-seater that can go zero-to-sixty in 3.7 seconds. Sticker price? $110,000.

      The Model S is Tesla's luxury sedan, which will start rolling off the assembly line in mid-2012. It seats five and costs about half as much as its automotive cousin. And just like the Roadster, it's a plug-in.

      The company is banking on the Model S as it transitions into mass-produced electric vehicles, thanks in part to a $465 million loan from the US Department of Energy.

      Tesla would love to put you on the waiting list for a Model S but don’t expect the hard-sell at the Galleria. That would be illegal.
      "There are restrictions in Texas law that prohibit manufacturers from selling direct to market," explains Ricketts. "So here we're just trying to introduce people to the concept of electric driving, allowing them to explore it for themselves and figure out what owning one of these cars in the future might be like."

      • 1 Reply to oceanfront4me
      • I went to the opening of the Houston store this weekend. They had a Red model S and a Blue Roadster on the floor. If I were holding this stock, I’d be a bit concerned.

        The S is a nice looking car, but knee room in the back seat is cramped and the interior is at best ordinary. I came away with the impression that the sales people don’t have a grasp on how little time the next eight months allows to resolve all the minutiae needed to produce “the best car of any kind.” (Musk’s claim on CNBC)

        The frequent refrain when asked to demonstrate a feature was: “well, it’s only a beta.”
        The hood did not close properly, the passenger door had to be opened by reaching inside, the back-up camera was not functional and they were reluctant to fold down the rear seats apparently because of a concern about restoring them to the upright position.

        Answers to specific questions were either vague or evaded. The list of options and prices will not be published until “winter.” No information was available about lease arrangements or when the model S might be available for a test drive.

        Musk may be a wonderful promoter, but as far as shares go—caveat emptor.

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