Co-founder Tesla working for Volkswagen ERL

You can take a person’s job away from them, but you can’t take away their intelligence.

Tesla Motors was incorporated in Delaware on July 1, 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Back in 2006 I interviewed Martin Eberhard on the John Batchelor radio show. Eberhard was CEO and co-founder of Tesla motors. Eberhard was unceremoniously replaced by Elon Musk.

You can take a person’s job away from them, but you can’t take away their intelligence.

Volkswagen is the lucky recipient of Eberhard’s intelligence. For the past eighteen months Eberhard has been working with Volkswagen AG in their Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Silicon Valley, CA.

The Audi E-tron won concept car of the year, along with the BMW Vision. It gains even more credence with Eberhard working on it.

Here is Eberhard talking about ERL, batteries and the Audi e-tron.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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