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Tesla Offers Test Drives at Climate Summit

December 15, 2009

COPENHAGEN --- Tesla Motors hosted test-drives and led informational sessions about electric vehicles last week during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Denmark.

The conference, dubbed COP15, is an appropriate showcase for Tesla, the automaker said. COP15 organizers have taken exceptional lengths to reduce the carbon footprint of an estimated 15,000 attendees. They have stayed in environmentally friendly hotels, drank tap water instead of bottled water, and used public transportation and electric vehicles to reach the Bella Center, where Tesla Roadsters have been on display and were available for test drives.

Tesla has delivered about 900 Roadsters throughout Europe and the United States. The Roadster has a range of about 400 km per charge, enabling it to drive across Denmark without refueling.

"The core of Tesla's business model is sustainability, so we are honored to play an important role in this seminal conference on the environment," said Ricardo Reyes, Tesla's vice president of communication. "Tesla has played a leading role in encouraging the global automotive industry to 'go electric,' and we are thrilled that other automakers, entrepreneurs and policy makers are joining the EV revolution."

Tesla provided test drives of the Roadster during "Drive the Future" events last week in Copenhagen. The exposition showcased the Roadster, which is already on sale and in production, and climate-friendly prototypes that other automakers are developing and plan to sell in upcoming years.

Based in California's Silicon Valley, Tesla sells cars online and operates showrooms and galleries in London, Munich, Monaco, California's Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Colorado, New York and Seattle.

Tesla is set to open its first South Florida location on Dec. 17 in Dania Beach, Fla.


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