February 14, 2010

Tesla Roadster proves electric cars can work

CARS - If you're not familiar with the Tesla Roadster here's a quick primer:

The Tesla Roadster
Company: Tesla Motors
Price: $120,000 CDN
Layout: Rear Mid-engine, Rear-wheel drive
Acceleration: 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
Horsepower: 248 hp
Top Speed: 125 mph (201 kmph)
Design Platform: Lotus Elise
Range: 244 miles (393 km) using the EPA combined scale
Fuel: Electric
Emissions: None

What the Tesla is essentially is an electric car that defies the logic that electric cars have to be short range and slow. It accelerates faster than an Aston Martin V12 Vantage (0-60 in 4.9 seconds) and can attain speeds that would be illegal anywhere on North American roads. True, its not quite as fast as a regular Lotus Elise (240 kmph or 150 mph) and it costs twice as much... but hey, its an electric sports car and that is just plain kewl.

Lets pretend you live about 30 miles from work, so you drive the car about 60 km per day. You'd only have to charge the car once every 4 days. Thats pretty damn reasonable compared to owning say a 2010 Ford GT40 (which gets about 4 miles per gallon when you drive aggressively, would cost you approx. $60 / day just to get to work and back and has a base price of $150,000 USD).

So far approx. 1,100 Tesla Roadsters have been built since it was first introduced in 2008, but production quadrupled in 2009 and is expected to grow as demand increases.

See Also:
Ronn Motors Hydrogen-Powered Supercar: The Scorpion

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