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WASHINGTON ? Tesla Motors won a waiver for its all-electric Roadster today from federal regulators, who found that the California electric vehicle company could be forced out of business if it had to meet an air bag standard.

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Glad to see this kind of encouragement of alternative-fuel technologies.

Now let's get those roadsters on the roads!
 

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Cut the price in half and it's a great car.

I can't wait to see what happens once battery technology makes it economical to produce and purchase hybrid or all electric cars for the masses.
 

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I don't think all electric vehicles will happen for awhile. We don't have enough sustainable resources to produce the batteries necessary if we're using Lithium Ion batteries.

That, and the TESLA is WAY too expensive for what it is. They're not out to be revolutionary, they're out to cater to the elite. If they were in it for the environment, they would have license something cheaper than an Elise. Maybe a Solstice/Skye for the roadster and a Cobalt/G6 for a family vehicle. I have mixed feelings about the exemption...On one hand it's great to see someone leading the charge on zero emissions vehicles...On the other they're not catering to the average consumer, so what good is the exemption?
 

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Tesla have stated that they have vehicles aimed at regular mortals in plan. They're developing a sports car first in part to be able to charge up the ass and make money for research for future projects.

I'm being optimistic about this. :)
 

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Same applies for all Lithium cars, but what happens when we run out of Lithium?
 

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...by putting them in goo and hooking up cables to their spines and piping in virtual reality to their brains? Hey, that sounds familiar...
 
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