Posts Tagged ‘roadster’

What Happened to All the Tesla Roadsters of the Bay Area? They’ve Disappeared – Why’s That?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

I’ll tell you, there was a time when most of the Lotus Eliseses I saw in the Bay Area were Lotus Eliseses. Then a few years back, most of the Elises I saw were Tesla Roadsters. And then, starting a year or two ago most of the Lotus Elise I’ve seen on the Bay Area went back to being actual Lotus Elise. Isn’t that funny?

Like here, for instance. Is this the first Tesla Roadster I’ve seen this year? The past year? I think so.

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Man, they’re hard to tell apart, the gas and electric versions. The Tesla version is less stubby, but I generally need to see the “T” logo to be sure. Isn’t that sad?

I guess having a Roadster isn’t a thang anymore. So they sit around garages, aging, slowly discharging, and gathering dust. They never really were practical, you know?

Now let’s hear some government-subsidized propaganda from yesteryear:

“One of the more common misconceptions about the Tesla Roadster is that it is an electrified Lotus Elise. This has been an interesting problem to deal with because the Tesla is vastly different from an Elise and it is important that people are aware of this.”

But in fact, the Tesla Roadster is/was an electrified Lotus Elise. Exactly. Take an Elise, stretch the chassis, throw out the Toyota engine (frankly, the best thing about the vehicle, you know, with billions invested over the years, coming from what’s still the best car manufacturer in the world) add a very heavy battery pack and a motor and boom there’s your Tesla Roadster.

The dude what wrote all that back in aught-eight shortly later quit / got fired / resigned – it’s hard to say.

The question now is whether you’d rather operate the original gas powered version or the newer electric kind. Certainly the gas-powered one handles better, due to its lightness. But both versions are impractical two-seaters, so maybe that’s why most people don’t own/use/garage either kind. Oh well.

Anyway, that’s the sad end to the vaunted Tesla Roadster – it’s still in the back of your closet, but you don’t wear it anymore…

Only In Marin: Presenting the MCRC (Marin Coupe & Roadster Car Club) on the GGB – A 1957 Chevy Coupe

Friday, December 19th, 2014

58 years young:

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The World’s Slowest Two-Seat Sports Car Spotted in the Richmond: Mercedes Benz 230SL W113 Pagoda Roof

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Here it is:

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The SFFD Gets Training on Handling Electric Vehicles Today – How To Get You Out of Your Crashed Car Safely

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Elements of the San Francisco Fire Department and other bay area first responders are getting a little electric vehicle safety training today and tomorrow so they’ll know what they’re doing when Chevy Volts and other Battery Electric Vehicles start appearing on our roads and getting accidents in greater numbers. See?

“Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.”

Here’s what it looks like:

All the deets:

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12  — Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.

In addition to San Francisco and last week’s training in Detroit, the tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Washington, D.C.

“These training sessions provide a valuable opportunity for first responders to prepare for the introduction of this new vehicle technology,” said Chevrolet Safety Director Gay Kent. “The tour allows us to extend our training and education to first responders across the country. Our goal with this program is to help public safety personnel become as comfortable working around electric vehicles as they are with conventional vehicles today.”

Safety trainers delivered presentations covering topics specific to electric vehicles such as power shut-off procedures, lithium ion battery details, locations of high-strength steel and cut points for extrication.  In addition, a Volt – recently used during an extrication exercise – was on site for hands-on training for first responders.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Yet Another Delay for Telsa Motors – Model S Coming in 850 Days or So, Maybe

Friday, January 15th, 2010

San Mateo County’s famous all-electric Telsa Motors seems to have yet another problem these days. Tesla 20% Founder and CEO Elon Musk is now saying he expects to launch the Model S sedan “within two and a half years.” 

So what’s that, the third quarter of 2012?

O.K., but this is what the Tesla website shows currently – it goes, “Deliveries start 2011.” See? 

Would you consider that a delay? Others do.

But weren’t these cars supposed to be running around already? Yes:

“Tesla is building an assembly plant in Albuquerque, N.M., which is slotted for completion by the end of 2008. The company says it plans to build 10,000 WhiteStar sedans annually starting in 2009.” 

That’s what you can expect from Tesla, aka Government Motors West.

Tesla Motors Prattles about “Range Anxiety” – But What About Loan Repayment Anxiety?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Ah yes, the horrible Tesla Motors company, based in nearby San Carlos, CA, comes now to diagnose the public’s “range anxiety” concerning electric vehicles. Their point is that if you keep on charging up an electric car, it will keep on running.

O.K.

But why did Tesla need to get bailed out by the Feds to the tune of a half-billion dollars? Did they try to get private financing? Oh yes, numerous times, but, for some reason, they felt the need to take the money from the Feds. If Tesla is such a great company, why don’t they pay back the government loan right now and thereby relieve taxpayers of loan repayment anxiety?

Oh well.

Here’s some Photoshop Phun – what’s been changed in this photo?

1. “Founder” Elon Musk has been enlarged to make him look more like a man-child playing with a rich man’s toy on the Feds’ dime; or

2. Indoor sunglasses have been added to make “founder” Elon Musk look more like a man-child playing with a rich man’s toy on the Feds’ dime; or

3. Pink XXL Crocs shoes from Costco ($14.99) have been pasted on.

 You Make The Call:

You know Tesla, your fast little toy has impressed some people, but your track record over the past six years is not impressive at all and it remains to be seen how you’ll do over the next six years.

Just saying…

Who’s Doing More “Aggressive Work” on Electric Cars – Nissan or San Francisco?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Remember that Tesla Motors corporation? They were the cock of the walk in the electric car world a few years back. Remember? They finally got a bunch of money from the feds, but they’re going to need to hurry. Why? ‘Cause a real car company is going to start to sell a vehicle that people might actually want to own. The new Nissan LEAF coming soon, so that’s disruptive to Tesla’s business model.

Will it actually go 100 miles on a charge? Maybe not at first, in real life, but it’s a start. Nissan too is getting government money, but that’s only after they’ve put a ton of their own hard-earned yen into the LEAF project.   

Nissan had to choose where to sell the first LEAFs (or is the plural LEAVES?) and they chose the bay area and and handful of other places. O.K., maybe our Quimby-esque Mayor hectored them into doing so and that’s the only reason they’ll be selling LEAFs in town, I don’t know. IMO, Nissan is doing the vast majority of heavy lifting here while San Francisco is simply spending a couple mil. we got from the feds. Is that a public-private partnership? It’ll do, I s’pose.

General Motors / Saturn never really had its EV1 / Impact electric vehicle available for lease to rich people (GM just didn’t lease them to all comers – you had to prove to GM you were worthy) in the bay area back in the day because of all our hills – that was a major factor. (The few people that got EV1’s here were always worried about running out of gas, so to speak, causing them to drive at night without the headlights on and/or guide their crippled steeds into bus zones for temporary parking, and later on, DPT towaway. Remember that, G? Good times.) Getting a LEAF will be a much easier affair.

You already know the Nissan Versa. The LEAF will be a swoopier version and, of course, electric powered:

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Here it is. The LEAF is a babe-magnet, apparently.

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How much will it cost? Don’t know. Should you install a charger station now, while the permits are free? Don’t know. Will this be a popular car in the bay area? Probably.

Anyway, the deets after the jump.

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Tesla Motors Roadster #6 is Fixed Up and Back on the Road – Hurray!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Here’s the thing you might notice when you espy all-electric Roadsters from Tesla Motors in the San Francisco Bay Area – all the drivers appear to be attractive, thin, athletic women from their late twenties to their early 40’s.

Now of course there are some exceptions, but they tend to prove the rule. Test drives don’t count- everybody’s test-driven these things already. And crashes don’t count either – whenever a Tesla crashes, it’s always a man behind the wheel. (Isn’t that right, ladies?). In my eight-or-so sightings so far on the Streets of San Francisco and beyond, it’s been all women, until this guy:

See him? It’s famous cracked-up-within-hours-of delivery Tesla #6! 

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It’s good to know he got his rig fixed up and he hasn’t killed hisself yet.

Oh yes, another exception is the Lotus Elise. Whenever you see what looks like a Tesla (from some angles it’s really hard to tell, srsly) driven by a dude, it’s actually a Toyota-powered Lotus Elise.

Like this:

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So, if you see a fellow in a Tesla Roadster:

1. He’s cracked it up, or about to crack it up (just like the way one of the “Founders” had a single-car accident in the pre-Tesla era with a “deer,” (that’s the ticket, I’ll blame my accident on a deer – that has verisimilitude!)

2. He’s only test-driving the thing.

3. The car you think is a Tesla is actually a gas-powered Lotus.

Perhaps some mens are too big to fit comfortably in these things on a daily basis, despite all the effort put in to make them easier to get into and out of? Maybe men buy these things and then hand them off to somebody else to actually drive? Possibly.

Any questions?

The Brand-New All-Electric Tesla Roadster of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Friday, May 1st, 2009

This British Racing Green Tesla Roadster is quite fast and it’s all electric as well. Is it the perfect vehicle to use on the road to becoming Governor of California? Only Time Will Tell.

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A blonde proceeded to sit on this $120,000 ride just after First Lady Jennifer Newsom Siebel parked it. How wude!

Zoom, zoom.

Levi’s “Give Jeans” – Donate Old Jeans to GoodWill and Get Hefty Discount on a New Pair

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Well Levi’s rolled out the red carpet blue carpet today at 525 Castro this afternoon in honor of San Francisco First Lady  Jennifer Siebel Newsom (a “de facto fashion diplomat“) and Supervisor Bevan Dufty. They were on the scene to promote Levi’s “Five Oh One Day” (also known as May Day in some parts of the world).

The deal is that you can bring in a pair of your old jeans to donate to GoodWill and then get a 25% discount off the price of a new pair of Levi’s. Your deadline to get this done is May 10, 2009. Details below.

JSN alights from a brand new, Tesla Roadster electirc car on her way to the denim blue carpet. Click to expand:

It was all smiles as a scrum of paparazzi followed Supervisor Bevan Dufty (who pulled out his pink wallet to make a donation of his own) and Co. into the store.

The Levi’s® Brand and Goodwill Ask Consumers to “Give Jeans”

Jeans Exchange Program to Kick Off Levi Strauss & Co.’s “501 Day”   

 When shoppers “give jeans” of any brand at select Levi’s® stores nationwide between May 1 and May 10, they will receive a 25 percent discount off a new pair of Levi’s® jeans. The denim collected during Levi’s® “Give Jeans” campaign will be donated to Goodwill Industries® to be sold in local Goodwill® stores. Jeans are the top-selling apparel product in Goodwill stores, and revenues from the sales will help fund Goodwill job training programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year. The “Give Jeans” program is part of Levi Strauss & Co.’s long-standing commitment to community involvement and is intended to encourage customer participation in Levi’s® annual “501® Day.”

“Supporting local community organizations and helping people in need are important parts of Levi Strauss & Co.’s corporate citizenship agenda and date all the way back to our founder, Levi Strauss, who was both a smart businessman and major contributor to local organizations that served people in need,” says Joelle Maher, Senior Vice President, Levi’s® Retail Operations. “Partnering with Goodwill Industries is exciting because it gives consumers the opportunity to join in this tradition by donating their gently used jeans to support Goodwill’s job training and career advancement programs.”

“When you donate your jeans to Levi’s®, you are ensuring that job seekers in your local community are finding a job that meets their interests and abilities,” says Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “The partnership with Levi’s® generates revenues to provide job training while allowing consumers to benefit from great savings on new Levi’s® jeans at the same time.”

For the second year in a row, the Levi® Brand’s partnership with Goodwill Industries is part of Levi’s® annual “501® Day” activities, encouraging employees and consumers across the country to do what they can to support people and community organizations in need.

Held each year on May 1 (5/01), the name “501® Day” is adopted from the classic 501® jean, which was invented by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873. On May 1, hundreds of employees from Levi Strauss & Co. headquarters and offices around the world will volunteer with nonprofit organizations in their local communities. Cash grants donated on 501® Day (aka “Community Day”) since its inception nine years ago now total more than $1.64 million.

At the Levi’s® flagship store on Union Square in San Francisco, Goodwill assistant store managers will “shadow” Levi’s® retail employees to learn about everything from store operations and greeting customers to stocking the displays. The Goodwill managers, who also train program participants for jobs in the retail industry, will apply their lessons learned in job training programs.

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest branded apparel companies and the global leader in jeanswear, marketing its products in more than 110 countries worldwide. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers® San Francisco and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ brands. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

Community Involvement at Levi Strauss & Co.

Employee community involvement is an important part of Levi Strauss & Co.’s culture and history. Levi Strauss was a businessman and philanthropist who was deeply involved in his community. His work and commitment have been carried forward by Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation for more than 156 years. Through matching-gift programs, company-supported group and individual volunteering programs, paid time off to volunteer and other initiatives, the company and the Levi Strauss foundation offer employees and retirees a variety of ways to make a difference in their local communities. Employees in 43 countries will take a day away from work in the month of May to assist local community organizations and the company’s foundation will recognize the efforts with cash grants. In 2008 LS&CO. employees around the world volunteered on 167 projects and the foundation made nearly $300,000 in grants to recognize employee’ donations of time and talent.

About Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 184 community-based, independent member organizations in the United States, Canada, and 14 other countries. Each organization serves people with disabilities, people who lack education or job experience, low-wage workers and other job seekers by providing education and career services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. To pay for its programs, Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items in more than 2,200 retail stores, and online at www.shopgoodwill.com, the first Internet nonprofit auction site. Through its services, the network helps people who are having a hard time finding employment become independent, tax-paying members of their communities. Goodwill Industries International channels 84 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services. For more information about Goodwill Industries visit www.goodwill.org. To find your local Goodwill, use the online locator or call (800) 664-6577

Levi's stores participating in "Give Jeans" program:
Chicago area:
600 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, (312) 642-9613
808 Church Street, Evanston, (847) 733-2914
1552 North Milwaukee Ave, Bucktown, (773) 486-3900
5 Woodfield Shopping Center, Schaumberg, (847) 619-0655
Los Angeles area:
1409 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 393-4899
Westfield Topanga Mall, Canoga Park, (818) 274-0283
186 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, (805) 373-3800
New York City:
750 Lexington Avenue, (212) 826-5957
536 Broadway, SOHO, (646) 613-1847
25 W. 14th Street, (212) 242-2128
1501 Broadway, Times Square, (212) 944-8555
San Francisco:
Union Square Flagship Store, (415) 501-0100
525 Castro Street, (415) 255-6726