Tesla Roadster revs (quietly) into Fermilab
|Tesla representatives will bring the Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car with an environmental conscience, to Fermilab's Sustainable Energy Club meeting today.
Electric cars have long been seen as green but unglamorous. Today’s visit from Tesla Motors could change that. Tesla representatives are bringing their zero-emissions all-electric sports car, the Roadster, to a meeting of Fermilab’s Sustainable Energy Club.
“We invited Tesla because the Roadster is a technologically innovative piece of machinery,” said Jim Zagel of the Fermilab Sustainable Energy Club. “It’s fun to drive, too.”
Zagel test-drove the Roadster last month in Geneva, Ill., an experience that inspired him to ask Tesla representatives to speak to the club at Fermilab. The Sustainable Energy Club promotes and discusses environmentally conscious technologies, such as electric cars, alternative energy production and solar panels.
“The Roadster is something we’ve all read about, and this is an opportunity to see it in person,” said Sustainable Energy Club President Brian Chase. “Seeing something and putting your hands on it make it a lot more real.”
Sustainable Energy Club members have a number of questions for the presenters regarding the technologies and future of transportation. Many club members have built their own emissions-free vehicles, including electric bikes and automobiles. Member Rick Mouche has built his own electric car that he hopes to drive to the presentation.
“I hope that people get the idea that you could do a lot of what you need to do, like most short trips around town, with an electric car,” Mouche said.
Those interested in seeing the Tesla Roadster can attend the Sustainable Energy Club’s meeting today, outside of the User’s Center at 5:10 p.m. The Sustainable Energy Club’s September meeting will feature representatives from the city of Naperville who will discuss the Smart Grid Initiative. Club members hope to get Fermilab involved in Naperville’s grid system, which will allow individuals to monitor their energy consumption with electronic meters.
-- Daisy Yuhas