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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 1/27/2008 1:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have some pretty serious problems reading, like eye smite. I never said that speed of that car was terribly bad or anything, or that it was a huge inhibiting factor. I said our battery technology sucks . Looking at how much energy loss occurs and how difficult it is to maintain and keep a charge, let alone at any meaningful voltage and amperage will go to show you that our battery tech is still pretty primitive.

If electric cars really want to make a move into the market, battery tech is the first and foremost, because everyone knows that electric is quite a bit more efficient then a regular ICE. But I don't think too many people will want to wait several hours for their cars to "charge" or only be limited to a minimum of 200 miles. 200 miles is under half of the range that most family or "normal" cars get. Check out the Civic, Accord, Camry, Malibu, etc, all range within 500mi or more.

In addition, that link you provided is about as much of a car as the Ariel Atom or any other of the small kitcars. Big deal, show me that in something that looks like a normal, regular car that an everyday family would get in.

Again though, just because you have trouble reading I'll say it again: I do agree that electric cars are the way of the future.

RE: Rather sad
By someguy743 on 1/27/2008 4:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
From what I've been reading there's probably going to be plenty of new battery breakthroughs on the way. Read these articles about silicon based lithium ion nanowire batteries:

The serial (plug-in) hybrids will have plenty of range. They are basically pure electric cars with a "range extender" which could be a super efficient ICE engine running cellulosic ethanol, regular gasoline, or E85 ... or a hydrogen fuel cell later on.

Read these while you are at it:

RE: Rather sad
By hubajube on 1/28/2008 6:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
From what I've been reading there's probably going to be plenty of new battery breakthroughs on the way.
And none of those are being used in ACTUAL cars you can buy TODAY. Not even in the $100,000 "saving the planet, 200 miles at a time" Tesla "pose-ster".

Wake me up when this stuff is being mass produced in cars we can ALL buy. Not just some rich guys garage queen.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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