On a recent trip to the Tesla Motors St Louis Service Center I recorded these Tesla Rangers trucks. In the unlikely event that you would have a problem with your Tesla Roadster or Model S – these are the trucks that would come to give you roadside assistance.
Towards the end of the video you can hear a loud gasoline powered vehicle start up. This was a Tesla service center employee retrieving what I think is a Datsun 720 truck from a fenced in area. I assume this is their personal vehicle.
During my Tesla Roadster ride in Chicago during the public Grand Opening event in 2010 – I had a conversation with the sales person driving – in regards to working for an electric car company but having to drive a gasoline car home. At the time EV’s were still a bit hard to purchase in most areas. The options for “affordable” electric cars was also very limited. That situation has greatly improved in just 3 years.
What I asked the sales person was – is it frustrating to spend your day driving an awesome electric car only to go home inside a gasoline vehicle. Of course he mentioned that Tesla Motor employees get to take out cars as loaners on occasion. He actually looked confused when I originally asked the question.
I’ve always made the assumption that Tesla sales staff are just as much an EV enthusiast as their customers. That assumption could be wrong. For me I’d hate to work there but not drive the product I’m selling home each night. I’d have that desire to be an owner.
It would be interesting to know how Tesla Motors would feel about employees driving competing electric cars to work. If Tesla employees can’t afford a Model S they may be able to afford a Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Ford Focus EV or other electric car.
With a fairly large electric car enthusiast community in St Louis – I’m surprised some local Tesla Motors employees aren’t driving their own conversions. Service center employees definitely have the knowledge to build their own I’m sure.
Disclaimer – I am a very minor Tesla Motors stock owner. Unfortunately I didn’t have near the amount of money I wanted to invest in this company. But I do own a few shares.
Exotics Racing – Experience of a Lifetime
GE Energy WattStation WallMount PlugIn Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Nest – Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation – Stainless-Steel
Garden Plants Organic Herbs & Vegetables Organic Plants & Herbs by Potting Shed Creations
Rail Europe The Only way to Travel in Europe
One year of award-winning certified organic laundry only $34.95
Good For The Environment! K-Light Solar Lantern never needs batteries.
Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit
Goal Zero BONUS Emergency Solar Essentials Kit Solar Generator
eLightBulbs.com – Go Green With Our Wide Selection of Compact Fluorescents and LED Light Bulbs!
Interior Accessories – Auto Parts Warehouse
Batteries.com current Deal-Of-The-Week
Car Battery, Car Batteries, Car Battery Replacement
Garage Storage, Garage Organization, Garage Storage Ideas
Access factory Hybrid vehicle repair information including Recalls, Service Bulletins from $9.95 for Six Months from ALLDATAdiy.com! Use Promo Code: HYBRIDREPAIR
The ultimate battery charger. Battery charging made easy.
GoGreenSolar.com – #1 online destination for solar panels & wind power!
Earthtech Products Solar Chargers, Portable Solar Power, Solar Products – Best Solar Panel Chargers
King Solarman is the premiere provider of the industry’s Best Solar Panels and Solar Products in the lowest price
Bean Products – Earth Friendly products for yoga, meditation, home and pets. Made in USA
Stacks and Stacks! Your One Stop Shop for all Your Homeware and Organizational Needs!
All Natural Pet Products Homeopathic Remedies for Dogs & Cats
Rain Barrels – Water Saving Barrels
Tankless Water Heaters from HeatAndCool.com – Shop Now!
Eco-Friendly Bio-Fuel Fireplaces at Seattle Luxe -Qualifies for 30% Federal Tax Credit!
Herbal Supplements & Vitamins Superstore
Red Rock Canyon Exotic SuperCar Tour – Drive the Car of your Dreams!
iP46-Featuring a built-in rechargeable battery, charging dock for iPhone or iPod and 4 speakers
WonderGel Seat Cushions provide durable, long-lasting support and pressure relief! Try now!
Blendtec Designer Series Champagne: WildSide Jar 7 year warranty (US and Canada) Complete Speed Control Vivid Icons Fast Cleanup
TomTom’s HD Traffic navigation system are constantly connected to the internet, so when faster routes become available you will know
Looking for the best GPS deals on the net? Check out what’s on sale this week at Tiger GPS!
Maps.com – The World’s Largest Map Store!
Tesla Motors St Louis service center store
Tesla Model S St Louis
Tesla Model S 531 EL Tesla Motors Chicago service center
Tesla Model S everywhere Tesla Motors Chicago store service center
Tesla Motors Model S Superchargers Uptown Station Parking Deck Normal Illinois
Ginger Bistro Located In The Delmar Loop St. Louis MO
Fitz’s Rootbeer Delmar Loop St Louis‘
World’s Largest Amoco Sign St. Louis Missouri
Got Soy BioDiesel fuel for life renewable fuel vegetable oil
General Motors E85 truck blocked in by snow
Richland Community College mobile biofuels laboratory Illinois State Fair 2010
Emerald Automotive t-001 hybrid electric cargo van
A picture from my one and only ride in a Tesla Roadster.
Tesla Roadster Sport console
1971 Super Beetle Electric car it’s a gas
Electric Volkswagen Karmann Ghia 2013 St. Louis Earth Day Festival
My first Tesla Roadster picture
Group photo at Schlafly’s Tap Room Tesla Roadster Road Trip
Gateway Electric Vehicle Club Electric Go-kart 2013 Earth Day Festival St. Louis
Service center here is part of Tesla’s growth drive
First St. Louis Tesla Motors Service Center Will Be in University City
Tesla Motors – Wikipedia
Tesla Motors Supercharger network Wikipedia
Datsun – Wikipedia
Datsun 720 Wikipedia
White Nissan 720 2-door (US)
1980 Datsun 720 2-door “King Cab” (US)
The Tesla Approach to Distributing and Servicing Cars
Tesla Rangers Come to You Tesla Motors Service
St Louis Tesla Store Locations Tesla Motors
8664 Olive Blvd
University City, MO 63132
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm