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Feb. 10, 2012

Thinking Different

by Carl Flatow

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I was asked, recently, what I thought of Coda. My response was, Not much. Not that I meant I thought little of this new car company in the sense that I held it in low esteem, but that I was not inspired to think about it much at all. I really hope that they are a success. We will all benefit from more electric cars on the road – the sooner the better.

In sharp contrast, Tesla took the wraps off of its Model X, this evening. I did not get to watch their webcast of the event because all I could see was a blank white page. OUCH! But minutes later a Google search gave me details in the trusty old NY Times.

Why is this, what we used to call vaporware, so exciting to me? After all, they haven’t even delivered the Model S yet!

In the words of you know who, what impresses me about Tesla is their ability to Think Different. It takes a lot of guts to design an all new automobile from the ground up, but it takes inspiration to actually think different (and do it well). I am inspired by Tesla. I expect it’s going to be an outstanding ride.

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