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I'm an occasional critic of Tesla Motors (TSLA) because I believe electric cars, as a product class, are unconscionable waste and pollution masquerading as conservation. After patiently deconstructing prevailing zero emissions vehicle, energy efficiency, energy independence and renewable power mythologies, the debate has finally been reduced to the admittedly superior performance of the Tesla Model S, and the underemphasized but critically important reality that buyers who are smart and well-heeled enough to spring for a Tesla can avoid the plebeian burden of traffic as they cruise along in the HOV lane. For many, the HOV perk justifies the price.

Since I've always believed in giving credit where credit is due, today I'll focus on the genius of...

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