Dialogue, access, transparency

Dialogue, access, transparency

I’ve been following the birth of the Tesla roadster and this morning Scobble twittered his test drive in the first production car with the company CEO. Things have really been moving along and the Tesla Motors website has been updated with lots of juicy stuff.

The item that I am listening to right now is an mp3 of the January 2008 Tesla Town Hall meeting (I’ve grabbed the file so the link stays valid). This is just great, it’s all the senior management giving a report and answering questions from the leading lights in the EV business. Dry as hell but very interesting if you’re curious about the inner workings of a business that is trying to kick-start the EV revolution by producing road-legal, safe and of course high-performance cars in large enough numbers to make them a valid alternative.

The recording includes the CEO talking to disappointed customers (length of waiting list), goes into technical details about gearbox design and even covers comments and questions from individuals who put $50,000 money down for a car who aren’t being allowed to become investors (I know if I put that kind of money down as a deposit I’d be wanting a little love). This is live dialogue and certainly shows access.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Tesla out-performs most petrol-powered super cars (including the McLarren F1 at some speeds).