If you ever thought all roadsters were fuel guzzling monsters think again because Tesla Motors is out to break the stereotype. Let the specifications amuse you, 0 – 60mph (100kmh) in under 4sec, 248hp (185kw) peak power, redline 13,000 rpm, regenerative “engine braking” Chassis Bonded extruded aluminum with 4-wheel wishbone suspension and a Top Speed 125 mph (220kmh).
If that were not all to embarrass a $300,000 supercar, that wind up with an embarrassing 9 miles to the gallon in the city, the Tesla manages a cool 135miles per gallon equivalent(216km for 4.5 liters or 48kpl) and its 100% electric and lasts a staggering 220 miles(352km) per charge. The Tesla Roadster delivers full availability of performance every moment you are in the car, 100% Torque 100% of the time. Its peak torque begins at 0 rpm and stays powerful at 13,000 rpm. Ever wondered it would be cheaper still to drive a mile and talk to a friend than make a phone call to him.
No more tradeoffs, the graph shows the Tesla Roadster is in a class by itself with better acceleration than a Lamborghini Murcielago and twice the mile-per-gallon equivalent of popular hybrids. The 2-seat, open-top, rear-drive roadster Drivetrain Electric motor with 2-speed electrically-actuated-manual-shift transmission with integral differential Motor 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor can be customized to your taste with Touch-screen navigation system, satellite radio and its like. Based on EPA combined city/highway cycle the Battery Life is about 100,000 miles. The Energy Storage System Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery pack charges fully in about 3.5 hours
About 220 Miles between Charges
Before now, electric vehicles typically capped off around 60 miles per charge, relegating them to the status of commuter cars. The Tesla Roadster changes all that. Plug it in at night and stay on charge the next day. Just like the fuel gauge in your existing car, the instruments inside indicate how many more miles can be driven before you need to think about recharging. So unlike the old days of electric vehicles, now you can “drive electric” without the anxiety of run out of charge and be left stranded.
Even after a 100-mile trip, you can be completely charged in less than two hours. And should you need to charge on the road, packed away in the trunk is an optional mobile-charging kit that lets you charge from most standard electrical outlets while away from home. A Bonus comes in the form of Regenerative Braking — which recovers and stores the energy usually lost when you slow down — further extending your charge, delivering higher miles-per-charge on in-town driving
A Better Battery
Unlike the lead-acid or nickel metal hydride batteries in most electric cars — which are heavy and difficult to dispose of — Tesla uses a Lithium ion battery pack, same as found in typical laptop and mobile phones. Nickel cadmium batteries were notorious for there memory problems (loosing charge). But the lithium ion batteries completely eliminate the problem. So there is no need to worry about waiting until the battery pack is fully discharged before recharging it, feel free to charge your car whenever you have access to power.
Unlike other batteries that came before them, dumping Lithium ion batteries in the trash would be throwing money away. Even a completely dead battery pack contains valuable, recoverable materials that can be sold back to recycling companies for cash.
The 2008 Tesla Roadsters have all been reserved and has a wait list for the 2009 model year. To add your name to the wait list, a $5,000 payment would be required. Base price $98,000.