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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks to the faithful at TESLIVE

At right, David Wexler stands in back of his Tesla Model S, with the license plate “THX ELON” on display at the TESLIVE conference event at the Crowne Plaza San Jose Silicon Valley in Milpitas, Calif. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Speaking to Wexler about his Tesla are, from left, Jonathan Posin and Nathan Leggatt. (LiPo Ching /Bay Area News Group)



MILPITAS — They are the Tesla faithful: the early adopters of the all-electric Roadster and Model S sedan who have been strong believers in the Palo Alto-based company since the beginning.

More than 300 people packed the Crowne Plaza San Jose-Silicon Valley in Milpitas this weekend for TESLIVE, the first-ever users conference for Tesla owners and enthusiasts. Part MacWorld, part revival meeting, it was a chance for Tesla fans to swap stories, show off their vehicles and meet each other in person after years of communicating via online forums.

Many attendees were from California, but some came from as far away as Japan and Hong Kong. Many came to hear from the Tesla god himself: CEO Elon Musk.

“It’s the

most exciting car I’ve ever had, and this was a chance to get together with people who understand,” said Susan Grossman, a Model S owner who flew in from Houston. “And I had to see Elon in person.”


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