Advertisement Photos: Tesla Model S customers drive off by Katie Fehrenbacher Jun 22, 2012 - 5:02 PM CST 7 Comments Tweet Share Post Driving off George Blankenship at the launch of the Model S Tesla CTO JB Straubel speaks at the launch of the Model S Photo of Elon Musk taken at Model S launch, courtesy of Katie Fehrenbacher, Gigaom Tesla investor Nancy Pfund with Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the launch of the Model S. Investor Nancy Pfund getting into her Model S at the Tesla factory on the day of the launch of the Model S. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement 7 Comments Kent Beuchert June 23rd, 2012 Tesla has produced a fine, albeit quite expensive car. Their goal is to usher in the electric age of autos, but to do that requires a MUCH less expensive battery (the 300 mile Tesla battery pack rings up at $44,000). And this type of battery will not outlast the vehicle. And expect a 20% drop in range at the 5 year mark. Neither Tesla nor anyone else can produce a capable (i.e. not a Leaf) and also affordable electric. THAT task is totally in the hands of the battery inventors. It is THEY, not Elon Musk, who will make an affordable EV possible. And they are close, very close. I feel sorry for these early adopters who are getting raped, price-wise. Rich June 23rd, 2012 The early adopters are getting raped? Nobody forced them to buy the present cars, and I’m not convinced a large reduction in battery prices is as close as you seem to think. Steve K June 25th, 2012 Cars at this price and performance level are status symbols. Just as if someone had a BMW 6 series. By putting an electric car in the class of luxury performance sport sedans, instead of little commuter boxes, Tesla has opened some doors and eyes. Nothing about this class of car is practical, it isn’t meant to be. Howard June 27th, 2012 You are ONLY half correct we could make long range LONG LIFE EVs from 2005 building on 1997 technology using NiMH but GM and CHEVRON put the battery in a patent prison. Though the rights are now owned by BASF, CHEVRON still retains a veto denying large density NiMH. sinithwar June 23rd, 2012 Now if only we could make electric cars affordable for teenagers, the bigs car consumers. SVobserver June 22nd, 2012 “First Model S customer” is eBay founder Jeff Skoll… Katie Fehrenbacher June 22nd, 2012 Is not. It’s steve jurvetson. Comments are closed.