I ([email protected]#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@) touched a Tesla Roadster yesterday.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 2, 2008
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I ran into the tall lean Kimbal Musk, yesterday, while I was biking about with my lil’hound, Redford. He said, hey, I just moved into the neighborhood. I said, yah, I heard—he’d bought a castle-like new house that abuts Open Space and has the coolest old-brick secondary building you’ve ever seen.

As I’m writing this a dude just biked by with a B.O.B. I want to review one for the magazine. Actually, I just want one so I can put Redford on it when he’s tired of running about. 

Where was I. So, Kimbal says, but that’s not all. Come check out my…Tesla Roadster. He’s got the first in Colorado—word on the street is there’s only 100 in circulation at all right now. So we stroll to his castle, he opens up the garage…and I have a Back to the Future moment. But this is no DeLorean…this is better. You know Green is mainstream when mainstream folks can love something without caring about its eco aspects. This car is hot. It’s built on a Lotus chassis, I believe (I’m no car guy, I’m a bike guy). It’s low to the ground, it’s shaped like a sexy bullet—and the top pops off. Heaven. Only then do you notice that it’s…plugged in, making it the cleanest car this side of sustainability. 

Shots courtesy my bro, or should I say my daddio—Mr. Al Baldocchi.


For a blog from one of Tesla’s founders, Martin Eberhard…click your heels here.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


12 Responses to “I ([email protected]#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@) touched a Tesla Roadster yesterday.”

  1. Alex says:


    Damn, I can’t wait to see this one driving around town… And I bet there’s at least one more person in Boulder who’s got one coming.

  2. admin says:

    Oh yeah, Alllex. Tesla–the electric superhero of eco sports cars—has hit the road, Jack. There’s a 100 in circulation, more to come. Now all we gotta do is get rich so I can get me one.

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  4. {{swoons}} I love Love LOVE this car!!!

  5. Jeff Roth says:

    Lets not kid ourselves.

    It is still a car and therefore it takes a heck of a lot of resources, including energy, to generate (manufacture) one of these.

    Does it take MORE resources to build all of those batteries than it does a traditional car?

    I’ve read that 10% of the energy that a car will ever use is consumed in its manufacture…

    Also, is the Tesla factory powered by coal, or wind or what?

    Where did the money come from that the people who came up with the $100,000 used to buy their 100 cars? What’s that, $10,000,000.

    As a statment, as a model, as an idea, it’s great.

    Does that mean i want $400 million of my money going to subsidize more rich people? Hell no.

    Why sell cars at all if they can just get a bailout.? It’ll save them the effort of building 40,000 cars. That is better for the environment then isn’t it.

    Should the government be paying a company $400,000,000 because they build cars?


  6. Kev_H says:

    Hard to tell a chassis from sight, but the mid-engine body style definitely evokes the Lotus Elise/Exige/Evora(sp?) … all of which you should profile for being some of the best mpg friendly sports cars ever made.

    Also, don’t forget that Kimbal’s on the Tesla board, which makes him significantly cooler than the typical guy with a castle and a car.

    @Jeff – The bailout definitely sucks, but has nothing to do with Tesla. They’re a privately funded start-up.

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  10. Tyrone says:

    Tesla is having major distribution deal problems last I heard… unless that's cleared up?

  11. I saw it on Pearl Street a couple of weeks ago. Now I know who it belongs to.