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Tesla’s New Models Will Be Around 50% Cheaper

Originally posted on TIME:

Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company’s next generation of vehicles would retail for as little as $35,000, or roughly half the price of existing models.

Musk unveiled the price as well as the name of the new electric vehicle, Tesla Model 3, in an interview with Auto Express.

The savings, he said, would come out of a thorough redesign of the vehicle that will cut the size down by 20% and install lighter, cheaper batteries from Tesla’s upcoming Gigafactory. It would also limit the range of the vehicle to roughly 200 miles, compared with a range of 265 miles for the Model S.

Tesla tapped British engineer Chris Poritt, formerly of Aston Martin, to oversee the design of the new vehicle, and most essentially its new battery technology, which could put electric cars in the same cost bracket as gas guzzlers.

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Tesla Motors Model S Vs. Aston Martin Rapide

Uncle Sam vs. Union Jack. Preferred ride of Silicon Valley vs. James Bond’s go to whip. Up start futurism vs. old world elegance. Pebble Smartwatch vs. Rolex. Something American vs. Something English… Continue reading

“Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” – Peter Drucker

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Recently I had to take ‘Scarlett’ in for a check up. Primarily, I just wanted to have an unfortunate scratch taken care of. It happened to be a crisp, fall Friday and I had a few errands to run. I needed a loaner car for the day. There just happened to be a couple. One of them caught my eye though… A midnight blue Tesla roadster. I had heard that the service centers were now incorporating them as loaner vehicles. It seemed too good to to be true. Continue reading

OMSI After Dark Event

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Last night Tesla Trips was invited to be a vendor at the monthly “OMSI After Dark Series.” An excellent event that was quite busy last night. There were over 20 local breweries and many other local vendors as well. The next one is on October 30th and costumes are recommended for the Halloween theme. Tickets are only $25, which includes a tasting glass and tokens for tasters. It’s one of my personal favorite brewing events. Plus now that the Oregon Zoo no longer does their annual brew fest, I can safely say OMSI’s is my favorite in Portland.
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Tesla Motors Lake Oswego Meet Up 09/15/13

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Yesterday there was a Tesla Motors sponsored meet up in Lake Oswego. A fairly overcast Sunday with a brief downpour accompanied by some lightning but overall a great turnout. There were quite a few local owners that showed up. Andy from the local Tesla Owners Group, PDX Tesla was there demoing off features of his car to curious people passing by. With the meet up being centrally located in Lake Oswego on a weekend was a great way for people unfamiliar with Tesla Motors to find out more. You can see ‘Scarlett’ in the background.

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“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” – Confucius

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Coming off of today’s news about Tesla’s quarterly revenues, Tesla Motors keeps showing strong, positive growth. Many traders had forcasted Tesla to post a loss of about $0.20 per share. Instead Tesla did literally the opposite and posted a $0.20 per share operating profit. Continue reading

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

A video that follows up to a previous video from Wired. This clip highlights the different approach that Tesla takes to manufacturing. A philosophy, that looks forward to the future of sustainable transportation. Bringing the advances of heavy automation with the originality that comes from a strong human element.
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Scarlett Fremont Bridge Photo

“Anytime I’m involved with anything that’s well-received, it’s a surprise to me.” – Larry David

As an entrepreneur there are many steps that need to be taken to finally get to the actual starting point of beginning a new business. There are  times you may even forget the original inspiration why you started such an undertaking. After our recent success, I was feeling reenergized and I remembered what started the idea of Tesla Trips. I wanted to see meaningful change in sustainable transportation and to help provide more options for the consumer.

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“There really isn’t a time to pause and have a celebration. I feel so serious about the whole thing.” – Story Musgrave

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Impromptu photo downtown to commemorate today’s success!

Story Musgrave is a retired NASA astronaut and while he may be referring to the his adventures in space. I’m referring to how long it has taken to get here and how much farther we have to go. We are taking a moment to celebrate today’s news. Tesla Trips was finally recognized by the City of Portland as an Executive Sedan company. We first applied to the City of Portland in April and have been waiting very patiently. We are all very thankful for their decision and we welcome the opportunity to serve this great city!

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