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Tesla Motors Testing Electric Car

No more laboratory research and development, the first Tesla electric sports car is out on the road currently being tested.  Hard to believe, but the car is actually being driven for a day by an individual, not involved with Tesla Motors.  Perry Hariri, which won the auction to drive the Tesla car for a day, won the auction off of a philanthropy auction site.  But what does this mean for the tentative release of the Tesla all electric sports car?

Dubbed the Model S, Tesla’s first offering is a sedan, which faces obstacles before actually making it to the assembly line.  For starters, the green car maker is facing environmental concerns with the plant it just purchased.  According to the state of California, Tesla is responsible for the previous owners ground contamination, which has been stalling more than it’s IPO.

“Because of their qualified success so far, Tesla has helped create this acceptance of the idea of a luxury electric vehicle,” he says. “Now the notion that electric vehicles actually do have a place in a range of transportation options is no longer a radical idea.”

Tesla Motors (TSLA) is currently selling for just $19.57, dropping low after a 52-week high of $30.42 per share.  Is the economy ready for a luxury all electric vehicle?  Tesla thinks so and is pushing forward to an early release of the Model S all electric sedan, yet just trying to juggle the responsibilities of producing thousands of cars a year.  Sounds like a good problem to have.

Tesla Electric Motors In Trucks

[ad#Google Adsense]The service industry seems to be the most logical step for using actual electric and hybrid vehicles. After all, these vehicles are road the hardest, put in the longest hours, and at the end of the day can’t be used for carpooling. So, Freightliner has started purchasing the same electric motor used in the Tesla roadster for use in their trucks. It will be used to make big power on a small environmental foot print.

Freigtliner hopes to be the first to enter this type of commercial niche, where cargo vans are powered by a hydraulic hybrid. It has the opportunity to revolutionize the industry, where thousands of vehicles post up thousands of miles. Imagine all the UPS and FedEx trucks on the road, now imagine if they weren’t using gas as fuel. The environmental impact of that alone would make the technology worth it’s weight. In addition, Freightliner claims that going to an EV fleet will save up to $15,000 per year, per vehicle! Although the electric truck will cost more up front, the real savings will be in the fuel and maintenance cost over the 12 months.

The initial electric truck offerings will be capable of handling a 2,500 lb payload. Without battery cell expansion Freightliner claims the EV Truck will be capable of a 100 mile range and require to be plugged into a 220v line for 6-8 hours at night for a full charge. There are future plans for battery expansions, which will allow for further trips without the need to charge up. The future of commercial truck fleets will be changing, perhaps Freighliner will be leading the way.

Freightliner Electric Truck