Michael and TechCrunch writer Leena Rao are currently at Tesla’s showroom in Menlo Park, CA for a special event showcasing Tesla’s new Model S sedan, which was unveiled last month. They’re streaming live using Qik. They took a brief test drive – the first, the company says, with any press.
Because the Model S is not currently street legal (something about no front air bags and no seatbelts in the back seat), the company won’t allow the car to leave its parking lot and only employees can actually drive it. But they managed to get up to 80 or so in the parking lot, and the video shows the interior computer and touch screen fairly well.