There's an interesting article in today's New York Times about the Tesla Roadster — an über-powerful, all electric sportscar that'll run you around $109, 000.
The company behind this fine specimen, Tesla Motors, is having trouble producing the vehicle in quantity and making it affordable to folks beyond their Silicon Valley investors. They're also waiting for advances in technology to bring down the price of the car's potent-but-costly lithium-ion batteries. But unlike the price-size-performance leaps in transistor tech, battery breakthroughs simply aren't coming fast enough.
So Tesla is doing what any reasonable automaker in 2008 would do, and asking Uncle Sam to pony up. Here's the hard sell:
Some would say that it's not up to the Federal Government to prop up a failing business model. Some might want to take a closer look at the U.S. airline industry, or perhaps the corn growers of America. Maybe take a peek at those steel deals of the last century. Hell, have a gander at the entire industrial-military complex!
What do you think?