[update: I found some forums mentioning that charging the current roadster in 3.5 hours requires the installation of a 240V/70A charging station in your garage/home]
[update 2: Here's the High Power Connector: http://shop.teslamotors.com/products/high-power-connector. It's connected directly to the breaker panel in the home]
[Tesla's response to the review: http://jalopnik.com/5112828/tesla-issues-response-to-top-gea...]
2.5 years from now when/if this thing actually surfaces we'll have lots of hybrid/electric choices.
According to Wikipedia: "The car is assembled at the Lotus factory in Hethel, England, with drivetrain components and body components supplied to the factory by Tesla. . . Tesla Motors' plant in Taiwan manufactures the motors and the Energy Storage Systems (ESS) was initially manufactured in Thailand during development and then moved to San Carlos, California, after production started. Chassis are manufactured in Norway. SOTIRA, in St. Meloir & Pouancé, France, create the RTM carbon fiber body panels. The Roadster's brakes and airbags are made by Siemens in Germany and crash testing was conducted at Siemens as well"
Confirmation of the Lotus relationship from Tesla here: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog2/?p=7
Does anyone know why it takes Tesla so long to produce a car? Does a specific part (ESS, for example) bottleneck the entire operation?
Hawaii seems to already be testing this out... (don't have the link handy)
I would like to see power companies deploy these wireless charging substations in parking garages and in people's homes and perhaps have it so that the vehicle has it's own power meter - something similar to what you would see on a home now, so that multiple vehicles could be filling up at the same point perhaps and each is generating their own bill which could be paid at the end of the month? similar to how homes work.
That way, the need to "fill up" is removed, making it more convenient than a typical car, which I think might help adoption rates more than just saying it is a more eco-friendly car.
"For trips longer than 100 miles (161 km), battery switching stations will be available roadside. Stations are completely automated, and the driver’s subscription takes care of everything. The driver pulls in, and the depleted battery is quickly replaced with a fresh one, without anyone having to leave the vehicle. The process takes less time than it does to fill a tank of liquid fuel. "
The ripples of the tech being located here could very well serve as the impetus for the next rise in California's economy.
The other two are rearward facing behind the second row, similar to what Volvo did for a few years in some of their station wagons