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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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