特斯拉's on a roll, it seems. Two days after its 成功公开发行股票, the company has released details of the latest updates to its Roadster electric sports car--known as "跑车2.5" after software-release numbering.
The 2.5 version sports some new styling at front and rear, including a new front fascia (the grille-and-bumper area) that incorporates diffusing vents. There's also a different rear air diffuser that reflects, says the company, "the future of 特斯拉 design."
The changes come, 特斯拉 says, as the result of its "close feedback loop" with its customers. "These improvements are a direct result of customer feedback," says CEO Elon Musk. In other words, they're fixing things that buyers have probably complained about.
Finally, 特斯拉 has further modified the Roadster's power-control system, adding unspecified hardware to permit "spirited driving" (which we presume means maximum electric power) in exceptionally hot climates.
The company is now taking orders for the 2011 特斯拉 跑车2.5, and it will appear shortly in 特斯拉's network of stores in the U.S. and overseas. "Where feasible," according to Musk, "we will also offer existing customers the ability to purchase the upgrades."
Its two newest 特斯拉 Stores--in Newport Beach, California, and Copehagen, Denmark--will open with evening receptions. Both will have the 跑车2.5 on display.
Those are shipped to California, where 特斯拉 adds in the 900-pound battery pack, the electric drive motor, and other components like power electronics. As a result, the Roadster is actually considered to be a U.S.-manufactured vehicle.
特斯拉's S-1 statement, issued in late January, noted that Lotus would end production of the Roadster in March 2011 to renovate the production line for a new Elise model. (The Roadster uses many Lotus Elise components, and is built in the same facility.)
But earlier this year, Lotus agreed to extend the assembly deal through the end of 2011 and build another 700 跑车. That will make a total of 2,400 units altogether, and should supply 特斯拉 through the 2012 model year at projected sales rates.
特斯拉 has now sold more than 1,200 跑车 to buyers in 23 countries. It claims the cars have logged a total of more than 5 million miles. Questions remain, however, over 公司是否可以保持独立 即使在首次公开募股之后。
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