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Electric cars are sexy

Duncan KinneyEDMONTON, AB, Jun 19, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Tesla, the pioneering electric vehicle manufacturer, made the news recently and it wasn’t about its cars or its flamboyant founder, Elon Musk. Tesla made the news because it paid off $465 million in government loans nine years early.

Not only that. Tesla also reported its first profit in 10 years and it is estimating that it will sell 21,000 units of its Model S family sedan in 2013.

When NAIT, Enmax, the City of Edmonton and the Solar Energy Society of Alberta decided to put on the Future of Transportation Symposium last April it was probably the nerdiest show and shine in the world. Full of early adopters and sessions on bio-diesel and carbon emission, it was no surprise that the four Teslas on display were the stars of the show.

Ed Ma is a lawyer, an enthusiastic greenie and an early adopter when it comes to technology. He owns a 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5.

“I think it’s important for people to understand that electric cars are more than just golf carts, they are real, they are sexy, they have real world driving ranges now. And the pollution, I mean its zero tailpipe emissions,” says Ma.

“I needed a car that I can drive all year round and that would give me real world driving ranges. We have a second property that we drive out to in the mountains so I need to know that I can go out there and back on one charge. So I drive it all year round and the fact that this is a supercar that I can drive all year round makes it that much more exciting.”

This trip up to Edmonton to participate in the Tesla owners panel at the symposium was the furthest he had ever driven his car from Calgary. According to his gauges he had just enough energy to get here on one charge, but rather than chance it he stopped for a break in Red Deer to charge up his car.
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