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In those days, Straubel also held a quarter-mile world record for the fastest electric vehicle, hitting 79.4 mph in a car that he converted from a Porsche 944. He also designed an electric bicycle with a top speed of 32 mph and a 30-mile range on a charge. In 2003, Straubel joined up with Elon Musk, the former owner of PayPal, (which he sold to eBay for $1.5 billion), and who was also very interested in electric-powered cars. Straubel and Musk met, and began to explore the very real possibility of an electric car platform that could truly compete with the torque, speed, ad con- venience of gas-powered vehicles. It’s been noted that JB Straubel’s name as of this writing has been listed on most, if not all, of Tesla’s patents. Within months, Straubel and Musk and a few other like-minded developers, had Tesla Motors ushered into existence. With JB Straubel as the Chief Technical Officer, the electric car industry was about to slam the pedal to the floor. (Granted it wasn’t easy and the rest of the story is pretty well-known.) Article Sources/Credits Click Here. Copyright 2014 Door County Global Interactive