Performance Electric-Car Company Co-Founder and CEO, Martin Eberhard of Tesla Motors To Speak at MPG Luncheon August 7

Aug 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Motor Press Guild

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Motor Press Guild (MPG),
 America's largest professional automotive media association, announces that
 performance electric-car company Co-Founder and CEO, Martin Eberhard of
 Tesla Motors will speak at the August 7, luncheon. In a time when fuel
 alternatives are top-of-mind and electric cars can provide a possible
 solution to environmental issues, Eberhard will discuss the business case
 for starting Tesla Motors and the viability of the electric car today and
 in the future. He will also reveal plans for the launch of the company's
 high-performance, all-electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster and the
 forthcoming four-door performance sedan, currently code-named WhiteStar.
     On display at the luncheon will be The Tesla Roadster, the
 high-performance, 100% electric sports car accelerating to 60 mph in 4
 seconds and has a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. Tesla
 Motors expects to start shipping Roadsters to customers this Fall.
     Martin Eberhard learned to drive on a farm in Kansas when he was just
 13 years old. There began a lifelong fascination with, and love of, cars
 and driving. Eberhard can still remember every car he's ever purchased, how
 much it cost, and how many miles were on it when he got it. It's this
 passion, along with 20 years of start-up, management, and development
 experience that Eberhard brings to Tesla Motors. He was a co-founder of two
 successful start-ups (serving as Chief Engineer at one, and CEO at the
 next), and considers himself the "customer's advocate," obsessed with
 making the user experience natural, familiar, and comfortable.
     Prior to co-founding Tesla Motors, Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning
 (co-founder, VP, Engineering and CFO of Tesla Motors) co-founded NuvoMedia
 in 1997. Before NuvoMedia, Eberhard was co-founder and Chief Engineer of
 Network Computing Devices Inc., and developed high-volume terminals for
 Wyse Technology Inc.
     Eberhard graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's
 degree in computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical
 engineering. Eberhard lives in both Northern and Southern California with
 his college sweetheart, Carolyn, and their two children. He loves hang
 gliding, paragliding (a hobby ended by Directors and Officers insurance),
 and taking long drives in the mountains.
     MPG Meeting Details:
     What:    Co-Founder and CEO of Tesla Motors to speak at Motor Press Guild
     When:    Tuesday, August 7, 2007
              Social - 11:30 a.m.
              Luncheon - Noon
     Where:   The Proud Bird Restaurant
              11022 Aviation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
              Phone: 310-670-3093
     Price:   Members -- $20; Non-Members and Guests -- $25;
              (cash or check; open seating/no reservations)
     Contact: MPG:  Robyn Eckard, 949-268-3049, or
     For more information about MPG news, upcoming events, and directions to
 the Proud Bird, please visit
     About Motor Press Guild
     The Los Angeles-based Motor Press Guild (MPG) is a non-profit
 professional association dedicated to promoting education and information
 exchange within the motoring press. MPG has more than 800 global members,
 including staff and freelance journalists, photographers, broadcasters,
 public-relations representatives from vehicle manufacturers, industry
 suppliers, aftermarket companies, consumer groups, governmental bodies and
 other motoring-related firms and organizations.

SOURCE Motor Press Guild