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Frontal crash test.  (Source: Tesla Motors)

Side crash test.  (Source: Tesla Motors)

Aftermatch of rear crash test.  (Source: Tesla Motors)

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Tesla Motors' highly anticipated Roadster comes closer to fruition

Tesla Motors' Roadster has been in development for quite some time now, but it appears that there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for the project team.

Malcolm Powell, Tesla Motors' Vice President of Vehicle Integration, announced yesterday that The Tesla Roadster has passed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and is legal for sale in all 50 states.

"Thanks to great design, structural analysis, build quality and well run test management, we have successfully completed the entire suite of dynamic impact testing to meet both FMVSS and, as importantly, our own very strenuous internal performance targets," said Powell. "This is a great achievement for Tesla; it takes us another (major) step closer to our final goal and is another demonstration that EVs are as real as any other vehicle on the road."

The Tesla Roadster performed admirably in front, rear and side crash tests. "I always find it interesting when people say, 'Isn't it dangerous carrying all those batteries around?' Well I don’t know about you, but I’d rather carry a load of relatively inert battery cells than 10 gallons of highly volatile, flammable liquid," added Powell. "I will not comment on how other companies design their vehicles but at Tesla, we have paid great attention to the integrity of the design for crash management."

In addition, the vehicle passed basic rear view mirror, lighting and windshield defogging/defrosting tests.

Production of the $100,000 roadster will begin on March 17 although the first models to roll off the assembly line will come equipped with "temporary" transmissions.

Tesla claims that the temporary transmissions are of a design that has been road tested more than 100,000 miles, so owners shouldn't be too concerned about reliability or safety. Performance, however, does take a nose dive -- the first production models will only accelerate 0-60 in 5.7 seconds instead of 4 seconds as previously promised.

The temporary transmissions will be replaced with production-level hardware at Tesla Motors’ expense when it is available.

The Tesla Roadster is loosely based on the aluminum-intensive Lotus Elise and features an electric motor powered by 6,381 lithium-ion cells. The projected range for the two-seater is just over 200 miles.

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RE: Rather sad
By Runiteshark on 1/25/2008 6:27:09 AM , Rating: 2
Er what? I was showing that the Porsche Boxter wasn't that fast. I think I stated that in the first line there. Next up, I think everyone knows its an electric car. This whole discussion thus far has been that its not that impressive in comparison to other vehicles, not that it "won't do fine".

Lastly, I think I was pretty open minded in listing a multitude of cars that either beat, come close to or humiliate the Boxster. I don't quite see how anything in my post really was close minded, but you're welcome to come back and post again and point that out to me.

RE: Rather sad
By jtemplin on 1/25/08, Rating: 0
RE: Rather sad
By eye smite on 1/25/2008 2:12:14 PM , Rating: 3
jtemplin = simple catamite

RE: Rather sad
By jtemplin on 1/29/2008 8:20:10 AM , Rating: 1
Yea I'm sure this is how you speak to people in real life brother...
Now, save your dripping, sarcastic, opinionated, close minded idiocy for politics. Would you like some milk and cookies to go with that?

If so, please go slap your mom for me. Thanks

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