Here Are the Strangest Things You’ve Heard at a Car Show

A photo of an orange Tesla Roadster on display in a crowd.

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“Not sure if this counts, but about 16 years ago I watched some nerdy, balding tech venture capitalist in an ill-fitting suit talk about how the vaguely Lotus Elise-looking roadster next to him could go 0-60 in 4 seconds, travel over 200 miles on a charge and was 100% electric.

“At the time, to this car guy who’d previously worked on lead-acid powered EV projects with barely 80 miles per charge and 0-60 times which ranged from ‘lol no’ to ‘maybe, if you find a long enough hill ‘… the numbers sounded outrageously far-fetched. Like just another pipe dreaming bench racer at a car show making outlandish claims they could/would never back up.

“Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, I realize now how wrong I was (about Tesla).”

The first Tesla Roadsters were delivered to customers in 2008 and the firm went on to shift almost 2,500 convertible EVs. But these days, the firm is nowhere near delivering the first of its second generation Roadster cars.

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