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Tesla + Toyota

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Tesla has breathed new life into the recently shut down NUMMI plant in Fremont, announcing its plans last week to team up with Toyota to start making its $50,000 electric Model S at the NUMMI plant. Resurrection of NUMMI auto plant by Tesla and Toyota lifts spirits all over Fremont. Resurrection of NUMMI auto plant by Tesla and Toyota lifts spirits all over Fremont. Tags: EV Economics Production News NUMMI Plant Tesla Toyota

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Tesla To Offer Auto Leases

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2010 Tesla Roadster. Tesla is hoping its new leasing strategy will help usher in a new round of early adopters into the mainstream. Read more in the article: Tesla to Offer Auto Leases. ‘Starting Wednesday, the 2010 Roadster, which competes against exotic sport cars like the Porsche 911, will be available on a three-year, 30,000-mile lease based on the manufacturer’s price of $111,005, Tesla said. Tesla To Offer Auto Leases.

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Tesla Tribute

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Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton has written a tribute to the three Tesla employees who lost their lives in Wednesday’s plane crash in Palo Alto: We lost a few of our own yesterday; there’s just no other, more elegant way to say it. To the employees of Tesla Motors, they were family and friends. Working for a start-up can be a challenge, and much has been made of Tesla’s ups and downs.

Second Graders Take Revenge

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Executive Producer Stefano Durdic made a visit to Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship today, to give the students at this public contract school a chance to tour the Tesla Roadster and learn about electric cars. Tags: Film News Production News Tesla Motors Tesla Roadster

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Tesla Announces IPO

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According to their SEC filing, California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Read more in the LA Times story: Tesla Motors plans $100-million IPO. From the article: “California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Tesla Motors plans $100-million IPO. California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Tesla currently sells its signature all-electric Roadster sports car for $109,000 — a price tag that’s slimmed some after federal tax credits.

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First week with a Tesla

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It had only been hours since I eased out of the Tesla dealership in West Los Angeles and already I had a date with the police. “This is the Tesla that I told you about. My first electric car, twelve years ago, turned me from a car-hater into a car-lover, and the Tesla only heats this up more. Midlife crisis be damned, I’d rather have this Tesla than any Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus or Porsche. Even I was surprised.

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Tesla to stop Roadster production

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Tesla's Model S. As Tesla files for its IPO, the company reveals that it will stop production of the Roadster — and will focus on the Model S. More details after the jump: Tesla to stop selling electric sports car next year. Tesla to stop selling electric sports car next year. Tesla Motors vehicle technician Chris Yap readying Tesla Roadsters at the development facility in San Carlos, Calif.

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Tesla, Ford and Nissan win big with DOE grants

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Three EV pioneers, Tesla, Nissan and Ford, are receiving loans from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. In Tesla’s case, they’ll receive a total of $465 million to set up their factory in Southern California for the production of their hot Model S. Tags: EV Economics Inside Track Obama Energy Ford Nissan Tesla We’ve been waiting for several months to hear this good news.

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Filming Tesla - 2

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Our co-producer continues her account of shooting behind the scenes at Tesla. As we captured key meetings with department heads, Elon stressed his commitment to ramping Tesla up - and the fact that his role was hands-on. A couple of Tuesdays later, I took a cameraman back to witness an “all hands meeting&# at Tesla’s Menlo Park office. If and when this happens, Tesla will have trouble keeping them in stock at any price point.

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Smart Move

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The Smart electric will carry a 16.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack produced by Tesla Motors Inc., Smart will be launching a test fleet of 250 electric cars in selected areas, including: Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, Orlando, and the Washington, D.C. – Boston Corridor. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. By Mike Ramsey for the Wall Street Journal.

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Filming Tesla - 1

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Tesla Roadsters awaiting final prep and delivery to first owners. the first day we filmed this fall at Tesla, we got to see not one, not two, not three, but, and I counted—over 40 production Roadsters in the Menlo Park buildings. See Chris’s Blog Post about his Tesla delivery. We’ve been following the Tesla story since they were in “stealth&# mode, in the spring of 2006. That was our first brush with Tesla.

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NYC Goes EV

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This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf will lead the way, with others manufacturers including Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Tesla planning to introduce their electric cars sometime between 2011 and 2012. Will Electric Cars Give New York a Charge? by Lars Vercelli for the Gotham Gazette.

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Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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Others include the Fisker Karma, the Aptera 2e, the Coda sedan, Chevy’s Volt and Tesla’s Model S. The only all-electric “highway-capable&# vehicle available today is the $109,000 Tesla Roadster. Others include the Fisker Karma, the Aptera 2e, the Coda sedan, Chevy’s Volt and Tesla’s Model S. The only all-electric “highway-capable&# vehicle available today is the $109,000 Tesla Roadster.

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Tesla Offers ‘Sport’ Model…0-60 in 3.7 seconds!

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Now, I’m reading about Tesla coming out with a quicker car. A Tesla Sport will beat the snot out of virtually any gas powered production vehicle, and do it with a tiny fraction of the energy the gas burner will use. And before you dismiss this Tesla improvement as some rich person’s fantasy come true, keep in mind that all of the technological improvements to the Roadster will be used in the moderately priced Model S, and eventually in the Blue Star economy Tesla.

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Tesla Model S Launch

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The ‘Revenge’ team was out in strength recently to film the launch of Tesla’s Model S in Los Angeles. Tags: Events Tesla Model S Check out the photos below to see the Model S — and our team in action. This SlideShowPro photo gallery requires the Flash Player plugin and a web browser with JavaScript enabled.

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REVENGE Director Gallivants Across Europe

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He’ll be participating in another electric car rally, then filming the grand opening of the new Danish Tesla dealership. Leaving the producers and editors to fend for themselves for a few days during post-production, Chris Paine is headed to Europe for some important events in the EV sphere.

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Notes from the road: a guest post from Portland

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” As if that weren’t enough to get pulses racing with anticipation, also on display out front were a bevy of Tesla Roadsters, the PGE Nissan Leaf, and to round things out, Chris Paine & brother Nels arrived in a cherry Chevy Volt. E-bikes from the Alberta E-bike store joined flawless MG, Porsche and Fiat convertible EV conversions among the Teslas, Volts and LEAFs that offered a taste of things to come in the film.

Letter from Copenhagen

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So were the electric Teslas, Nissans, Renaults, Betterplace vehicles, and Danish cars of the “International Mayor’s EV Parade,&# a couple days later. “The present is theirs, the future is ours,&# as Nicola Tesla said. But that’s another story… As I walked back through the streets of Copenhagen, my mind kept drifting to all the Tesla’s that have been sold here. Late night on the streets of Copenhagen, and biting cold.

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Nissan Promises EV for 2010

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Buying one of these will cost about half what the Tesla Model S will cost and you can get it a full year earlier. It won’t be as cool as the Tesla, but most of us could afford one today. Tags: Production News Inside Track Tesla Model S Nissan Nissan is a first tier OEM building a pure EV in the U.S. - for sale to regular folks. They’re going to hit the market next fall, but will target Tennessee (where they will be made) and Oregon and Sonoma County, initially.

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A whirlwind of Music and Danish EVs

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Another highlight was the opening of Tesla’s first Danish showroom in Copenhagen, coinciding with the week of their IPO. Chris just back from a week in Denmark shooting a short film for the next UN Climate Conference this coming December. He and his crew profiled a young American band from New Jersey, Titus Andronicus , as they arrived at the Roskilde Music Festival to play one of Europe’s biggest music festivals.

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Coulomb Gets Charged Up

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Just a hunch, but Tesla Motors could be cast as the dashing protagonist, while Better Place might be up for best supporting actor… When Coulomb this week announced $14 million in second-round funding to advance its business model for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, the Campbell startup gave more momentum to the EV revolution. Just a hunch, but Tesla Motors could be cast as the dashing protagonist, while Better Place might be up for best supporting actor.

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Are You Plugged In?

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Tesla Motors. Tesla Motor. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have invested in Tesla. Tesla Motors. Answer: Tesla already is making the fully electric sports luxury Roadster; Nissan will manufacture the five-passenger all-electric Leaf from late 2010; Fisker will make the first deliveries of its luxury Karma later this year; and GM’s Chevrolet Volt is a four-passenger hatchback due at some dealerships later this year.

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When Bob Met Elon … and Chris

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The Revenge team filmed a historic meeting in Detroit today — getting GM Vice President and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk together on camera for the first time. And Mr. Musk is helping to revive the fortunes of the electric car industry with his stewardship of Tesla Motors. And Mr. Musk is helping to revive the fortunes of the electric car industry with his stewardship of Tesla Motors. Mr. Musk said he had looked into that capability for his Tesla E.V.’s,

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Happy New Year! The DVD Release.

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and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk replies, "yes you will," then the crowd cheered. After opening a great theatrical run with so many great events, we're proud to announce that "Revenge of the Electric Car" releases on DVD on January 24th, 2012! We've jammed the DVD with all sorts of special features, including a 35-minute panel discussion after the premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this year- with Chris Paine, Dan Neil, Carlos Ghosn, Elon Musk, and moderated by David Duchovny.

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Bay Area – 11/4 Opening Weekend Events

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JOIN US for our premiere events this weekend, including Q&A's with Director Chris Paine and Greg "Gadget" Abbott at the theater along with appearances by Tesla executives and much more! Appearance by Greg Gadget Abbott & Ricardo Reyes, Tesla VP of Marketing and Communications - Fri. Appearance by Diarmuid O'Connell (VP of Business Development at Tesla Motors) - Fri.,

My Tesla arrives in Los Angeles!

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My brand new silver all-electric Tesla Roadster sportscar (#23) arrived by truck in Los Angeles yesterday. Shrouded in plastic and tucked into the back of a semi with three other Tesla’s, it waited to be rolled onto the streets of Los Angeles. It was a long two years ago that Dean Devlin, our executive producer on “Who Killed the Electric Car&# , challenged me to “put your money where your mouth is&# and order Tesla’s $100,000 Roadster.

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Elon - and the Model S - Appear On Letterman

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on the David Letterman show on Wednesday. Watch out for the name check for ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ around 3 minutes in … Tags: In the Media Tesla Model S Dave and Elon talk about the Roaster, the Model S and the future of electric cars.

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In San Jose area? Come join us next week!

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They are part of a panel that also includes Bill Nye “the Science Guy&# and Martin Eberhard, co-founder of Tesla Motors, to talk about education for plug-in and hybrid technology, and how the general public can get involved in changing our methods of transportation.

Chris Paine in the ‘Daily Beast’

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We’re tracking the fortunes of GM with the Volt and Tesla, initially with their Roadster and now the Model S, and the electric Smart Car. Chris gives his views on the EV revolution — and our new film — to The Daily Beast. For full interview, follow this link. What can we expect to see in Revenge of the Electric Car? And then we’re tracking a whole group of other manufacturers and related stories like Better Place in Israel and what the Chinese are up to.

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MINI E charge station initial site inspection

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ACP has been in business for two decades and has been the force in leap frogging electric drive system technology into the modern EVs we know and love like the pioneering GM EV1 , AC Propulsion tzero, AC Propulsion eBox , the new 2009 MINI E s, and the gorgeous Tesla Roadster (a great evolution of licensed AC Propulsion electric drive technology). . Stefano Paris at the November 19th, 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling of the MINI E. 200amp main electrical utility panel.

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Feds Offer Free Chargers

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We’re excited about being in New York, because aside from the Mini E program and the Tesla Roadster, it hasn’t seen much E.V. The ChargePoint America program's Chargers are made by Coulomb Technologies. A new Federal Grant will enable many electric vehicle early adopters to get their chargers for free. (A A $2,000 value!).

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Guest blogger: Andrew Grin - From Kansas to LA

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After a quick lunch break we moved on to shoot some video and pictures of Chris’s Tesla from the trunk of his RAV4-EV. I’m guessing this was one of the first all-electric driving photo shoots from the camera car to the Tesla. Next day, the first order of business/pleasure was heading to the Tesla Store in West LA to test-drive the Tesla Roadster. This time, Tesla promised us the updated 1.5 drivetrain and Tesla service manager Bob Sexton delivered.

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Mini E Makes LA Debut

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These Minis, combined with the 400-500 Tesla Roadsters that will be on the road by end of June, effectively doubles the number of production highway capable EVs in the U.S. The Teslas will continue delivering at a rate of 100 per month while the Mini E customers will be the only ones in the country with these cars until the year long test phase is over and BMW cranks up the production of more.

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Plug-in America’s Inaugural Parade

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Chris Paine in his Tesla as he drove in the Plug In America Inaugural Parade. Guest Blogger Colby Trudeau takes us behind the scenes at Plug In America’s Inaugural Parade. All photos take by our Production Photographer, Todd Westphal. What an amazing day! Last Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 77 highway capable plug-in vehicles, their drivers, and spectators came together to celebrate the upcoming inauguration. Jordan Howard, member of the "Green Ambassadors" youth group.

Wally Rippel drives the Mini E

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Wally worked for a while helping Tesla Motors launch their Roadster, and is now back at AC Propulsion working on the newest iteration of the AC-150. After pulling out onto the street, I gave it a punch to see how Tesla-like it was. The BMW engineers limit the voltage going to the motor, so it’s not a rocket like the Tesla Roadster, but it does have very strong acceleration.

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It’s Happening

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Teslas mostly, but the first BMW MINI E was also delivered last week, and we’ll have about 500 more of them on the road within the month. It’s happening. New production electric cars are being delivered at a rate of 100 per month. Back in 1999, when we were all a twitter about Y2K, there were about 5,000 production EVs on California roads with a few dozen more in both Arizona and Georgia. Then they were gone.

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Lotus Reportedly Planning Electric Car

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After both Tesla and Chrysler chose the Elise and Europa, respectively, for their slot car-fast EVs, it only makes sense that the car company named after a flower would make its own “flower power&# speedster. Looks like most of the battery EV makers are shooting for a 100-150 mile range, with Tesla shooting for over 200. Lotus assembles bodies for the Lotus- Elise based Tesla Roadster , and the Dodge ENVI concept is essentially a Lotus Europa with an all-electric powertrain.

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Nissan’s Big Gamble

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Tesla Motors Inc., We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. That’s Tokyo time, it’ll still be the 1st here.) I assume they’ll have the name finalized by then, too. I’m kind of excited to see this car, having tested the drivetrain in the Nissan Cube. The drivability was similar to my RAV, but quicker. Since the Cube is 200 lbs heavier than the final body of the EV, it should be a bit quicker still.

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A Bright Day in DC

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As the second Bright photo call ended, we were astonished to find a row of electric vehicles — Tesla, GM, Chrysler — parked outside the Senate office buildings. Senator Tom Harkin took a Tesla for a test drive. YOU KNOW THE times are a changin’ when you see Republican senators like Richard Lugar turning out for the launch of an electric vehicle.

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Video of Plug In America’s Inaugural EV Parade West

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Tags: Events Plug In America Vectrix AC Propulsion Zero Motorcycles Solar Chargeport Drive Change Fran Pavley Inaugural ZEV Kevin McKeown Enertia Linda Nicholes BEV Ed Kjaer Tesla Motors EnergyCS pluginamerica.org Ashley Van Dyke Zero X Yes We Can EV Parade Tesla Roadster Alexandra Paul Santa Monica Zero Emissions Toyota RAV4-EV Jordan Howard Brammo Paul Scott eBox Inside Track Mitsubishi Pheonix Motorcars Chelsea Sexton Balqon chris paine iMiEV Zan Dubin Scott electric car

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

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Together, the gas and electric engines will give the car a 400 mile range, or far farther than the fully electric $109,000 Tesla Roadster. This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana.

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Coming Soon – The Electric City

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Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that makes electric cars, says it has already sold 150 of its $109,000 Roadsters in the Bay Area. We asked him how he heard of Tesla and why he bought the car,” said Rachel Konrad, a Tesla spokeswoman. “He Despite such skepticism, Washington is putting considerable money into the effort, including billions of dollars in loans to Ford, Nissan and Tesla Motors. Photo by Jim Wilson, New York Times.

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Partying with Plug In America

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The party was totally sold out: 250 guests and two superb electric vehicle rockstars - GM’s newly released preproduction prototype Chevy Volt and a silver Tesla Roadster. Tags: Events PIA Fundraiser Production News EV Events Tesla Roadster

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