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Toyota and Tesla are cooking up a new Rav4 EV, set to go on sale in 2012.  (Source: Peak Oil Garage)

The first Japanese Tesla Roadster owner is loving his new ride.  (Source: Tesla Motors)
The Roadster sees release in Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Turkey and Canada

Electric-vehicle automaker Tesla's successful initial public offering may have been marred by a quick recoil, but the massive amount of capital it pulled in will help make the company very viable in the near term. 

Two weeks ago, Tesla snagged Apple's former head of retail development.  This week Tesla showed off some more commercial advances, announcing that it was delivering its first Roadster orders to Japan Hong Kong, Poland, Turkey and Canada.  

BizSeek's founder Takao Ozawa was the first person in Japan to receive an order.  Ozawa comments, "As an early adopter, I wanted to invest my own money to show the rest of society what the electric car experience is like.  And now that I own a Tesla, I've found that not only is it efficient and beautiful – but it’s really, really fast!"

Vincent and Maggie Argiro -- the first Canadian owners -- sold their Ferrari 360 Modena to buy the Roadster.  They blog, "The 2010 Roadster feels solid, quite refined.  The driving was both thrilling and more relaxing than we had experienced with other sports cars we have owned. Breathing totally clean air around us was so refreshing and made it that much more shocking when we re-entered the filthy exhaust stream of a petro-burner ahead of us!"

They say the Ferrari is in "excellent condition, but a bit obsolete."

In related Tesla news, the company is fleshing out its partnership with Toyota to deliver at least some of the company's electric vehicles.  Tesla writes that its first RAV4 EV crossover SUV prototype is complete and that it is on pace to deliver a test fleet of the EV SUVs before the year's end.

The press release states that the vehicle will go on sale in 2012.

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By Alphafox78 on 7/19/2010 11:07:54 AM , Rating: 4
Breathing totally clean air around us was so refreshing and made it that much more shocking when we re-entered the filthy exhaust stream of a petro-burner ahead of us!"

The only time I experience this is when I am driving behind:

A. an old beater car that needs either new oil rings or has a faulty exhaust system
B. a modded WRX or something alike that has no CAT in it
C. a 1960's era car that burns a lot of gas with a old/non existent emissions system.

that covers about 1% of the cars on the road today. they must have very unlucky and gotten behind of them I guess.

RE: Filtyh?
By Aloonatic on 7/19/2010 11:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
Well yeah, they are a lot better but still, they do still emit exhaust gasses that you would rather that they didn't.

It's great how far cars have come. I was running with the wife the other day, she's only 22, and I suddenly realised that we were running by a pretty busy little road and the air was still pretty good. I remember walking to school when I was a kid in the 80s and smell of the air near a road that you could pretty much taste. I mentioned it to her, and she didn't really remember the air near roads being that bad really.

It's great that cars are so clean now in comparison to the past, but let's push on. As long as there are genuine gains being made of course, and not just displaced pollution and such in the form of battery packs taht will need to be produced and dealt with, and power-station emissions etc.

RE: Filtyh?
By corduroygt on 7/19/2010 11:31:09 AM , Rating: 2
D. A diesel truck or a bus

RE: Filtyh?
By Alphafox78 on 7/19/10, Rating: 0
RE: Filtyh?
By corduroygt on 7/19/2010 12:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't mean big rigs, just trucks, anything diesel from a F-250 to a big dump truck is still very dirty in the US. The Mercedes and the VW diesels in their passenger cars are very clean though.

RE: Filtyh?
By The0ne on 7/19/2010 12:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, depends where you live. Here in San Diego, all buses are now CNG. So are dump trucks and most government vehicles. Only time you really bad exhaust is as the poster stated above. Love this city, damn high cost of living though >_<!

RE: Filtyh?
By rikulus on 7/19/2010 12:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
E. Fire Engines
F. School buses
G. Construction and farm vehicles

Fire engines often being the worst of the bunch... which I actually find surprising because it's not only old ones, and they obviously do a lot of work keeping fire engines in good shape, at least on the outside.

RE: Filtyh?
By roostitup on 7/20/2010 1:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
I second that!

Also they fail to acknowledge that in order to get the "environmentally friendly" battery companies have to strip mine using massive amounts of coal and fossil fuels. These strip mining practices destroy the environment way more than any fuel refinary or gas hog on the streets.

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