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  (Source: Tesla Motors)

  (Source: Tesla Motors)
Tesla Motors laughs at naysayers and begins production of its first all-electric vehicle.

Naysayers have lampooned the all-electric Tesla Roadster ever since DailyTech first covered the sleek two-seater in late 2006. Some balked at the $100,000 price tag, others complained about the vehicle being vaporware, and many laughed at the idea of "temporary transmissions" while production units were still being developed.

Despite the whispers from an increasingly rowdy audience, Tesla persisted. In late January, the company announced that it passed all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The company also noted at the time that regular production for the vehicle would commence on March 17.

Today, Tesla announced that production began for its Roadster. The company is slowly churning out Roadsters and hopes to build as many as 100 units per month by early 2009.

According to Tesla Motors President and CEO Ze'ev Drori, the company's main focus now is to expand the "sales and service arena marked by the opening of our Los Angeles store and Menlo Park store in the near future."

To the naysayers, Drori adds, "With this milestone, the Tesla Roadster is the only zero emission electric vehicle in production today -- this is in stark contrast to the others who only talk about their future plans. Tesla’s remarkable achievement validates the vision, ingenuity, hard work and commitment of Tesla’s employees."

It is truly a great achievement for Tesla Motors and the automotive industry in general. Hopefully for Tesla, the public's eagerness to learn more about the all-electric Roadster will translate into sales for more mainstream future models including a rumored sedan and crossover utility vehicle.

For those that haven't been following the Tesla Roadster's development, the vehicle features a 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor which develops 248 HP. It can accelerate to 60 MPH in under 4 seconds with its two-speed transmission -- early production models are equipped with a temporary one-speed transmission which limits 0-60 times to 5.7 seconds. Top speed for the Tesla Roadster is 125 MPH and its can travel 220 miles on a single charge. It takes roughly 3.5 hours to charge the lithium-ion battery pack.

The 2008 Roadster production is already sold out as Tesla Motors took reservations for over 900 units. The company is now accepting orders for 2009 models which will hopefully come with the production two-speed transmission already installed.



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lame
By headbox on 3/18/2008 2:25:13 AM , Rating: 2
If all that matters is speed, any modern sportbike can smoke any modern sportscar- at a fraction of the cost. My Honda CBR 600 was under $3k. I get 50 mpg, insurance is $10/mo, and no production car can catch it.




RE: lame
By 306maxi on 3/18/2008 4:43:24 AM , Rating: 4
Yes but the unfortunate problem with bikes is that an accident that would be a fender bender if 2 cars were involved can be a fatal accident with a bike involved. One of my friends didn't see a car indicating and went to overtake the car and while he only just caught the bumper of the car he was thrown off his bike, then thrown up by a kerb, hit a stationary car parked on the verge and died about 5 hours later. All about 300m from home too.

That's enough to make me never want to jump on a bike on a public road. Enjoy your bike and the performance that comes with it but do take care now because the human body is a fragile thing.


RE: lame
By molgenit on 3/18/2008 8:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
In several countries ER doctors refer to motorcycles as donorcycles.


RE: lame
By FITCamaro on 3/18/2008 9:33:13 AM , Rating: 2
There's several production cars that can catch it.

And when someone hits me, I have a steel cage with airbags protecting me. You have a bucket that keeps your brains off the pavement.


RE: lame
By 306maxi on 3/18/2008 5:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
And when someone hits me, I have a steel cage with airbags protecting me. You have a bucket that keeps your brains off the pavement.


Thanks for pointing that out. I'll now remember coming across my friend 2 minutes after his accident when he was in the process of dying and think well at least his helmet kept his brain contained......

What an insensitive and crass thing to say.


RE: lame
By theapparition on 3/18/2008 10:57:18 AM , Rating: 2
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If all that matters is speed, any modern sportbike can smoke any modern sportscar

A CBR 600 can go a mid 3sec 0-60 and mid 11sec 1/4 mile (according to Honda). There are several production cars that can beat that, although none are anywhere near $3k.

Motorcycles are crazy fast, but are much more difficult to live with than a car. I'd hazzard a guess that almost all bike owners also own cars, or have easy access to a car.


RE: lame
By phxfreddy on 3/21/2008 5:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
Compare a motor bike to a car. I did not know they let guys off the short bus use computers.


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