Quote from article: "The $98,000 Tesla is the first production high-performance electric car."
This is not exactly true. Back in 1974 I designed athe speedometer/odometer/energy depletion measurement system for an electric car to be produced in Dallas, TX. This was also a "high performance electric car" that failed to go into production because its introductory price was $125,000. Range was >200 miles depending on how fast it was driven, used regular lead-acid batteries, and seated four. I guess another reason it didn't make it to the market place in Texas was it didn't have an A/C.
The one unique design feature was you could completely change out its battery/controller/drive train in less than 15 minutes. It also had a life-time warranty on this component.
CD and Joyce Smith - Lily, Violet, and Rose
1999 Casita 17' SD - "The Little Egg"
2007 Escalade - 6.2L V8 - 6L80E Trans - 3.42 Diff