“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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“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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” Wax on, Wax off.” – The Karate Kid

Don’t get me wrong: the Tesla Model S in its stock form is one sweet ride. However, Tesla Motors has plenty on its plate right now, and it doesn’t mean something that is already great can’t be made better. James Bond didn’t just have a 1964 Aston Martin DB5; he had a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with twin .30 cal machine gun. While I think of myself mostly as a pacifist, the addition of the machine guns endows the vehicle with a certain je ne sais quoi. At Tesla Trips, we obviously have a bias towards electric vehicles, but there is no denying the eternal beauty of the ’64 DB5. While the Tesla is, in a lot of ways, different, the car’s design language does frequently get mistaken for the British luxury marquee, which in no way is a bad thing. It’d be as if every couple of days, women would come up to me and say, “Oh, are you Ryan Gosling?” I mean obviously they do, it’s just not that frequent… Continue reading

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Just came across this short video from Wired about the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California. I toured the factory in early May of this year. If you ever have the opportunity to check out the factory, I highly recommend it. Tesla Motors’ ability to constantly tweak and innovate in their products is a much needed change in the automobile industry. Taking lessons from the tech startup world and applying them to manufacturing is refreshing to see. It seems almost alien by the fact that is happening not only in the U.S., but in California as opposed to Detroit. Continue reading

“Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Tuesday, Tesla Trips had the pleasure of touring part of Oregon with Harry from Travel Oregon and Ashley of ODOT. Ashley was part of the group that made the West Coast Electric Highway a reality. Travel Oregon has been trying to promote this network and some of the beautiful scenery of Oregon by creating itineraries specifically for EVs. We recently drove part of the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge EV Itinerary from Travel Oregon. Continue reading

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

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It’s been a while since we’ve sent out a post, and partly due to the fact that our Tesla Model S arrived on June 26th… Over the past week we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the awesome capabilities of the car. On the Fourth of July, we we’re able to share the car in the Hood River 4th of July Parade. While it was a last minute surprise, it was an honor to be in the parade with the Hood River Valley High School’s electric car program. Students were driving around in electric cars that they had made for their class and got to race all around the state. Our Tesla played the role as mobile mechanic and EV pace car. A couple of the high school EV’s had some of their chains slip, but it was nothing that was out of our realm of expertise. Continue reading

“I’ve been lucky. Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.” – Audrey Hepburn

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In a previous post, I mentioned a parent teacher association that was raffling off a new Tesla Model S. It’s been one of our most followed posts. We at Tesla Trips are excited to announce that we are offering an auction package on the International School of Beaverton’s 2013 auction list. The International School of Beaverton’s auction is to raise funds for purchasing 35 new iMacs for the school. The event’s site went live on Friday and will be going on through mid-May. The auction will be on May 11th at 6 PM at Rock Creek Country Club. Some other great auction prizes include a two night stay at the Great Lodges on Mt. Hood, VIP Blazers’ Dance Game Experience, and a summer date night package on the Portland Spirit. Tickets for the event start at $30 for an ‘Auction Ticket’ and include dinner and one drink. If you have more questions about the auction or want to donate, email FRISBauction@gmail.com or call 503-307-2436.

We will be announcing more partnership auctions in the future.

P.S. if you haven’t yet, check out our new instagram page.

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“Drive Free”

“If GM grew like the computer industry has, we’d all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG.” – Bill Gates

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This Wednesday in Portland the Oregon Entrepreneur’s Network and Drive Oregon are teaming up together for a special event! The theme of the event is highlighting entrepreneurship in the electric vehicle space in Oregon and highlighting the companies that have already made amazing innovations in the space. Continue reading

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn

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I’m always excited to meet with small business owners in Oregon and talk about what makes them so passionate about their endeavors. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some great people in the wine industry. However, after doing a few print interviews, we at Tesla Trips realized it’d be more fun, interesting, and informative for the visitors to our blog if we began conducting video interviews. For the next short while, we will be taking a brief hiatus from interviews. When we begin again, we will be conducting only video interviews. This will be our final print interview.

Back in February, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Barringer, the co-founder and owner of Naked Winery, a staple in the Gorge for their approachable wines and welcoming atmosphere. Even on a cold February morning, the tasting room downtown was more than inviting. Located right in the heart of downtown Hood River, Naked Winery is very accessible, always busy, and always fun. It is one of the social hubs that makes up downtown.

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