A tech columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Chris O'Brien, posted his New Year's Top 10 Tech Predictions on the front page of today's paper.
Number 3 was on Tesla:
Tesla: The company will deliver its much anticipated Model S in 2012 on time, sparking hopes that the electric car will enter the mainstream. In my book, Tesla is simply the most dramatic tale unfolding in Silicon Valley. Big personalities like co-founder Elon Musk betting big money on a big idea. I can't help but root for them. They will indeed deliver the promised car, and its limited number will sell out.
But it won't generate enough heat to create a larger market for electric cars, something that's probably still years away.