May 3, 2007 ASME Tesla Roadster

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May 3, 2007 ASME Tesla Roadster

Tired of burning gas? Get a Tesla Roadster. Save the planet and get a speeding ticket at the same time. On Thursday May 3, 2007 at Menlo Park’s TechShop, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of Santa Clara Valley hosted Doug Bourn, Senior Electrical Engineer of Tesla Motors to talk about the design and testing of the Power Electronics Module (PEM) for the Tesla Roadster.

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The Bourn Supremacy

Doug Bourn earned his BSEE from Stanford and worked for a decade at IDEO designing or developing consumer products and medical electronic devices. Bourn is a pilot, skydiver, motorcyclist, ham radio operator and not afraid to take risks.

The Toadster

The Tesla Roadster costs $80,000, which is not unusual for a high performance sports car. Tesla is planning a cheaper production car to be built in New Mexico, so in many ways the roadster is a prototype to test the concept. They feel the need for speed and efficiency. Here are the specs. It can go from zero to sixty in four seconds. Its top speed is 140 miles per hour with a 250-mile range. At current electric rates, it costs a penny per mile or approximately 130 miles per gallon. Bourn talked about some of the innovation in the main components.

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David Vespremi talked about Tesla’s strategy to develop less expensive vehicles. They have no intention to build econo-boxes. Most luxury sedans are in the thirty to fifty thousand dollar range and they think they can do that.

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After the talk Jim Newton gave a tour of the TechShop, a high tech playground for fabricators of all ages.

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I have never seen such an excited group of engineers. I think they would have taken the car apart in the parking lot just to see how it worked. Stephen Magie was there and Elise Engelhardt of SVEC was ready to drive it off the lot.

Copyright 2007 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Copyright 2007 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

One thought on “May 3, 2007 ASME Tesla Roadster”

  1. The styling owes a great deal to Ferrari. Nice but a bit derivative. The 0-60 time is astounding!! Definitely competes with a Ferrari and at a much lower price (and quieter too).

    Is the age of VROOM VROOM coming to a close?

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