Three Brand New, Original Tesla Roadsters Have Been Found in a Storage Container

By Kevin Armstrong
Three original Tesla Roadsters were found with 0 miles in a storage container
Three original Tesla Roadsters were found with 0 miles in a storage container
GruberMotors (Edited by NATA)

In a remarkable discovery, three untouched Tesla Roadsters from 2010 have emerged from their long slumber in a Chinese port, offering a glimpse into the pivotal role they played in sparking the electric vehicle (EV) revolution and Tesla's astounding success. More than just pristine collectibles, these Roadsters stand as enduring symbols of a watershed moment in the automotive industry and Tesla's ambitious journey.

These three US-spec left-hand drive Roadsters, two Very Orange models and one Radiant Red, Sport model, have been sitting unspoiled and hidden away in sea containers since their purchase in 2010. Now, they're ready to be revived and enjoyed by eager Tesla fans and collectors.

Elon Musk Tweets About the Remarkable Find

The discovery caught the eye of Elon Musk. He acknowledged this fantastic discovery, tweeting, "These are increasingly rare." His endorsement of the find highlights the significance of these vehicles, both as a part of Tesla's history and as rare collectibles for enthusiasts.

Some Tesla fans have been asking Musk to purchase and display the cars at Tesla factories. But if you're a Tesla aficionado looking to own a piece of EV history, this is your chance! The current owner is accepting bids for this unique set of Roadsters, with a preference to sell them together. However, they're open to splitting them up for the right price.

Roadster Specs

These Roadsters look brand new, inside and out, however the batteries still need to be tested
These Roadsters look brand new, inside and out, however the batteries still need to be tested
GruberMotors (Edited by NATA)

The Tesla Roadster had a 53 kWh battery, which offered a range of about 245 miles (395 km). Its electric motor only produced 248 horsepower, but due to its extremely light chasis, it reached 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds.

The Role of the Roadster in the EV Revolution and Tesla's Meteoric Rise

The Tesla Roadster played a crucial role in the company's history, funding the creation of the Model S and sparking the EV revolution. Launched in 2008, the Roadster was Tesla's first production vehicle and the world's first high-performance electric sports car. Its success proved that electric vehicles could be cool, sexy, and fast, breaking the mold of gas-guzzling automobiles and paving the way for Tesla's future models.

With the Roadsters' impressive performance and the legacy they represent, they're sure to be a prized addition to any collection. So don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Tesla history that genuinely transformed the automotive industry. The Gruber Motor Company has already received five bids, with the highest being $200,000 for all three. Email your bid to ev@gruber.com and get ready to cruise in a vintage Tesla Roadster integral to the EV revolution.

Tesla's Shareholder Event: Vote Results And Video Replay

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Yesterday on X, Elon Musk posted that the two key resolutions for the upcoming Shareholder Meeting were both passing by wide margins – and would subsequently go on to pass at today’s Shareholder Meeting.

Musk Compensation Package and Tesla’s Move to Texas

The two key resolutions, one on Elon Musk’s performance-based compensation package, and the other on Tesla’s re-incorporation to Texas, both passed in the preliminary stages. Each required a minimum number of ‘Yes’ votes to pass at the Shareholder Meeting.

The performance-based compensation package only required a simple majority – a certain number of Yes votes, with abstentions not counting as Nos. On the other hand, the move to Texas required a full majority, with abstentions counting as Nos.

Elon Musk declared his victory on X in these two key votes, and Tesla’s share prices moved favorably in post-market, and then again in pre-market trading. This is a positive indicator for Tesla and Elon Musk. On X, Elon recently agreed that given he has received a controlling stake in Tesla, he would work towards making Tesla the most valuable company on Earth.

Other Resolutions

The first five proposals are Tesla corporate proposals, while the remainder are shareholder proposals, and are covered in the table below. For more details, you can read Tesla’s Proxy Package. The proposals are ordered below in the order of presentation.

Resolution

Status

Elect 2 Directors for a 3 Year term (James Murdock, Kimball Musk)

PASS

Non-Binding Advisory-basis Executive Compensation

PASS

Move Tesla to Texas

PASS

Elon Musk’s Compensation Package

PASS

Appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers as Tesla’s accounting firm.

PASS

Reduce Director Terms to 1 Year

FAIL

Simple Majority Stockholder Voting

FAIL

Annual Report on Anti-Harassment and Discrimination

PASS

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Policy

PASS

Report on EM Radiation and Wireless Technologies, and effects on humans.

PASS

Adopting targets and reports for sustainability metrics for executive compensation

PASS

Moratorium on sourcing minerals from deep-sea mining.

PASS

Shareholder Meeting Event

You can view Tesla’s shareholder meeting below:

Tesla Likely to Launch Robotaxi Service in Next 5 Years, May Account for 90% of Future Profit

By Karan Singh
ARK Invest

Tesla is on the verge of its Robotaxi announcement event on 8/8, and major investors like Ark Invest are examining and refreshing their bull case scenarios.

Robotaxi as a Focus

Ark Invest sees Robotaxi as a focus of Tesla’s ongoing business and sees Tesla’s autonomous ride-hailing revenue to net nearly $1 trillion in 2029. In comparison, they estimate Tesla’s vehicle sales to account for $0.4 trillion in revenue. With this bull case, Ark Invest also sees Tesla’s share price soaring to $3,100 by 2029. Ark Invest’s bear case sees the share price moving to $2,000 and robotaxi netting $0.63 billion in revenue.

Ark Invest gives Tesla a 58% chance of launching its robotaxi service in 2025, and a 38% chance in 2026. It’s clear that Tesla’s future lies in operating a fleet of autonomous vehicles and the question is just when it will happen. Given FSD’s massive improvements between FSD V11 and FSD V12, there is a possibility of Tesla meeting these estimates, although a lot depends on how fast improvements will continue to come. While FSD V12 is impressive, it’s still a long way from a true autonomous vehicle.

Rate of Improvement

Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
Miles driven by Tesla FSD versus autonomous competitors
ARK Invest

Ark’s case is focused on the fact that FSD’s rapid improvement will continue, and a lot of that may be determined with the next few releases, including FSD 12.4.1, v12.5, and v12.6. When comparing Tesla to autonomous vehicles, Tesla has a drastic lead in miles driven, in fact, it’s so large that you can barely even see Tesla’s competitors. Tesla is at 1.3 billion miles driven with FSD, while the closest competitors are just reaching 15 million autonomous miles driven. While there’s a drastic difference in capabilities between Tesla’s FSD and autonomous vehicles such as Google’s Waymo, Tesla has the ability to gather data 86 times quicker.

Training data is key to building autonomous vehicles, and Tesla is currently the king of vehicle-related data.

Services Company

We previously wrote about whether Tesla’s future will be as a car company or a services company – and major investors such as Ark Invest and Morgan Stanley see Tesla’s AI services as a major driver of business in the future, and the focus of future revenue and profits.

Robotaxi, as both a service and as a physical product, has the opportunity to shake up markets in a unique way, providing quick, clean, and safe transportation between local destinations in urban areas, which could quickly outcompete traditional services like taxis, and tech competitors like Uber or Lyft. The market for robotaxi is untapped and massive, but Tesla isn’t the only one chasing the goal.

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