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Still, even with that cautious production start-up, they have built and sold more Tesla S’s than Chevy has sold Volts, or Nissan their Leafs.

Re-reading this, it was poorly worded. It should have been specific to the most recent quarter (and not an implied 'since forever') -- from 'greencarretports':

The big news in plug-in car sales for March was Tesla's statement that it delivered "more than 4,750" Model S electric cars from January through March [by comparison, GM sold 4,244 Volt's and Nissan sold 3,539 Leaf's in the quarter]

Separately, that Detroit Electric interview is telling. Maybe we'll see a lot of shoestring entries into this market (DE is looking to raise at least $50 million for this venture). It's a sign of the times, perhaps, that they are giving interviews at the auto show - with a prototype on display - and they don't yet have a factory lined up for production. They look to be outsourcing pretty much everything, including the body (from Lotus) and their battery production (from a few separate sources in the hope that they can avoid another Fisker/A123 debacle).

DE's approach is interesting in that they look to replicate Tesla's path from five years ago - sans the proprietary batteries - when Tesla started production of its original Lotus-based sports car. Aside from being five years later and using the same initial vehicle platform (an ultra-light-weight Lotus), some key differences - we'd think 'disadvantages' - might be much shorter range (DE's projected 150 miles) and higher base price ($135k). If Tesla is a long shot, maybe Detroit Electric is a moon shot. But who knows.

Speaking of the Lotus Exige - the underlying vehicle for this Detroit Electric prototype - when the Exige first came out I stopped by the local Lotus dealer to have a look. Then I made huge mistake: I asked to sit in one. The salesperson took me outside and opened the door, and I squeezed in nicely enough. But then I got stuck there. The problem was that I found I couldn't bend my knees - at all. The Exige had a hard top - a low one - so I couldn't just push myself vertically with my arms (as in tricept 'dip' exercises). The only thing I could do was fall out stiff-legged sideways onto the ground, putting my weight on both palms and walking myself out on my hands, dragging myself out onto the pavement.

This was really embarrassing, and I figured no way was I going to ever let this happen to me in public. So much for my Lotus fantasies (just as well, of course). I noticed in the DE video it was shot with two lithe young ladies in the vehicle. What I would have liked to have seen was footage of them climbing out. Then again it looked liked their combined weights might have been less than mine - maybe their combined ages too. Perhaps not everyone looking at the DE-type offerings will be put off.

We can probably expect to see more of this until things settle down. Already we've had Fisker.
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