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USA: Tesla Motors Newsletter, July 2011

Interest in Model S is running high as it enters the Beta phase of development. Recently, Tesla owners and fans submitted questions about the car’s design via Twitter, Facebook and the Tesla Forums. In today’s blog post, Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and Model S Program Director Jerome Guillen take on a mash-up of queries about anything and everything design-related – right down to the door handles. Read the blog post.

As Tesla prepares for Model S deliveries next year, it continues to open Service Centers in easily accessible locations to complement its growing retail footprint. Tesla Service Centers provide service on-site and serve as hubs for Tesla Service Rangers, mobile service technicians who make house calls for customers.

Tesla Service Centers are now open in Denver, Toronto, Eindhoven, and West London.

Tesla launched its new German language website yesterday, catering to customers in its second largest market. The site can be accessed by navigating to

The launch of coincides with an increased presence in Germany: a Sales Advisor in Frankfurt now provides Roadster test drives to qualified buyers by appointment.

Tesla and Toyota announced this week that they have reached agreement for the production of an electric powertrain for the RAV4 EV. Tesla will design and manufacture the electric powertrain, which includes the battery, motor, gear box and power electronics. Toyota will pay Tesla approximately $100 million for services and supply of the Tesla powertrain.

Read more about it, here:

Setting the Record at Goodwood
Earlier this month, the Tesla Roadster became the first production electric vehicle to make the 1.16-mile Hill Climb at Britain’s prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. Finishing in just 58.77 seconds, the Roadster outpaced gasoline-powered cars in its class, cementing its reputation as a world-renowned supercar.

See more photos.

Circling Hong Kong on One Charge
Twelve Roadsters circled Hong Kong on one charge, for charity, on June 26, 2011. Roadster Owner Mark Webb-Johnson wrote about the drive and how well-suited the Roadster is to Hong Kong in a recent blog post.

The rally raised about $2,000 for Civic Force, a non-profit disaster response organization in Japan. Japan’s first Roadster owner, Takao Ozawa, is a board memb



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