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David Letterman, electric car evangelist?

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(Read caption) The Tesla Model S all-electric car made an appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" on Wednesday. The $50,000 four-door will go up to 300 miles per charge of its lithium-ion batteries

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Well, that was a shocking development.

Jay Leno is usually the late-night host that comes to mind when discussing matters automotive. But his biggest competitor took a turn in the driver's seat last week when he hosted Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk on CBS's "Late Night With David Letterman."

The Silicon Valley CEO came on to tout his company's upcoming Model S. The four-door, all-electric car is due out sometime in 2011, and comes in at half the price of its $100,000 two-seat older brother.

A hoarse Letterman spent the majority of the interview bemoaning the troubles that befell the electric car industry in the '90s. One got the feeling that the TV host had just finished watching "Who Killed the Electric Car?" before stepping onstage.

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