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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

With S.F. Critical Mass Mojo in Tow, Tesla Motors To Open Store in Biketown, USA

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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  • Tesla's next endeavor?

Last month we chronicled in this space how Rachel Konrad,

communications manager for Tesla Motors, the Peninsula-based maker of hot-rod

electric cars, revealed to a cycling-oriented podcast that she's a

member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and a participant

in Critical Mass.

"My husband and I, we're members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition,

and in fact, I've participated in many Critical Masses, which are

awesome, awesome wonderful events in San Francisco Fridays once a

month, and they are a time for bicyclists to pull a critical mass on

the cars," she said. "So they completely take over the streets, and

cars have to wait for hordes of cyclists to pass by. It's so much fun," we quoted Konrad as saying.

Just six weeks later, the company is scheduled on Oct. 30 to open its next outlet in the city that serves as home to the bicycle racing journal Velo News, first

Yank Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney, and a downtown that

features dozens of bike shops within stumbling distance of one another.

Tesla already has stores in Menlo Park, Los Angeles,

Seattle, Chicago, New York City London, Munich, and Monaco.

Could it be that the company is hedging its bets, with possible plans to start cranking out bikes if the electric car thing doesn't work out?

Let's look at the evidence: According to company literature, the Tesla Roadster model can go from 0 to 60

mph in 3.9 seconds and, the company claims, can travel 240 miles on a


Meanwhile Davis Phinney during his prime could accelerate within seconds to a sprinting speed of 44mph, after having traveled 120 miles on a couple of bananas and some energy drink.

Coincidence? You decide.

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