Saturday, June 23, 2012

Is Car Manufacturing Moving West?

Tesla Motors handed over the first of its Model S luxury sedans yesterday. These first ones cost a pretty penny, of course, coming in at around $100,000 apiece, but the mainstream Model S, while still pricey, will be slightly lower in cost, and they're planning on putting out a $30,000 car very soon.

I've been following Tesla Motors since I heard about the Tesla Roadster, which is an absolutely beautiful sports car that costs less than my law degree, so doesn't seem all that expensive. Frankly, very little (except housing) seems expensive to me these days, which may or may not be a bad thing.

Anyway, I'm glad that we're getting fully-electric cars on the road. They're no panacaea for the environment, of course, because most of our electricity currently comes from environmentally-damaging sources, but they are an important first step. It is so much easier to change the environmental impact of the energy production at the source rather than at the consumption end.

Now all we need is for the market pressure to build to the point where we can erect a nationwide electrical infrastructure that will allow these vehicles to leave California effectively. Something like this, only in a country much larger than Israel.

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