Saturday, March 16, 2013

Making The Case for Tesla

Steven Johnson has something to say about the car company that's focused on changing it all. Forgive me-- not the car company-- the tech company. It just happens to make cars.

The thing is, he's right. When you look at Tesla as a tech company rather than an auto company they come across as far more than a curiosity-- they begin to look like disruption incarnate. Here are the deets from Johnson's article at

"The Model T introduced in 1908 got roughly 25 miles to the gallon of gasoline. One hundred years later, the average new American vehicle got 20.8 MPG. Where fuel efficiency is concerned, we managed to go backwards over that century. The automobile business simply hasn’t had to confront radical innovation (or it has deliberately suppressed it.) And so the old model continues, unchallenged."

So here's what we know of Tesla's Model S:
90 miles to the gallon.
0-60 in under 5 seconds
Seats 7
Turns on a dime.

When I was a kid, they said that we would have flying cars by The Year 2000. With Musk at the wheel, that dream may only be about 15 years away.