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U.S. EPA Highlights National Fuel Efficiency Announcement at Tesla HQ in Palo Alto

Release Date: 05/25/2011
Contact Information: Media Contact: Mary Simms, (415) 947-4270,

High Bay Area Gas Prices, Environmental Concerns Spur Greener Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld will hold a press conference to discuss a major fuel economy announcement at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Tesla Headquarters in Palo Alto.

WHO: EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld and Diarmuid O’Connell – Tesla’s VP of Corporate Development

WHAT: Fuel Economy Announcement

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12::45 p.m.

    WHERE: Tesla Motors, 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94022
    Enter into the main parking lot. Visitor parking is on the right.

    Quotes from the event:

    “Smart energy policy, advanced engineering, and technology are working together to move the auto industry forward,” said EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld.  “The Obama Administration delivered the first-ever tailpipe greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency standards. What we are doing today, with the new labels, is helping the American public make decisions that can reduce the burden on their pocketbooks, and the burden on our environment.”

    "Looking at the true cost of gasoline – not just at the pump, but the cost in terms of our national security, our economy and the environment – electric vehicles simply make the most sense,” said Tesla VP of Corporate Development Diarmuid O’Connell.  “Tesla is committed to putting as many affordable electric vehicles on the road as quickly as possible to end our reliance on foreign sources of oil and reduce the economic shocks that are driven by the volatility of oil prices.” 

    Tesla's goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from sports cars to mass-market vehicles –with a goal of driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only U.S. automaker that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,600 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, goes on the market in mid-2012.

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