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The Tesla Roadster Sport offers superior performance to the base model Roadster and will begin production in 2011.  (Source: Tesla Motors)
Roadster Sport debuts, merges performance with green-tech

Tesla Motors made news late last year when a number of its Michigan employees discovered they were to be laid off through a posting on a business site in which company representatives discussed the closing of their plant and release of its employees.  While the end of the year brought bad news, 2008 was still a good year in Tesla for some respects as it saw production of its Roadster vehicle begin in March.

A leaner, more consolidated Tesla Motors greeted the press at the North American International Auto Show this week.  The company had big news, announcing a new vehicle, the Tesla Roadster Sport.

The Roadster Sport melds the environmental performance of an all-electric, zero on-car emissions vehicle with the on-road performance of a high-end sports car, and achieves impressive results.  The Roadster Sport can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, two tenths of a second faster than the standard Roadster.

In order to speed up the Sport, Tesla created a hand-wound stator and increased winding density for lower resistance and higher peak torque.  The stator is the stationary coil in an electric motor in which the rotor, attached to the drive shaft spins.  The Roadster Sport also adds Yokohama’s Ultra High Performance tires, and an improved tunable suspension with adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars. 

In the U.S. the Roadster Sport will have a base model price of $128,500, and it will also sell in Europe where it will retail for €112,000 (excluding VAT). 

Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing touted the Roadster Sports performance, stating, "This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans.  If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option."

CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk lauds, "The Roadster Sport embodies Tesla’s spirit of continuous improvement.  The Roadster has been a great success, but no one at this company remains satisfied with the status quo."

The Roadster Sport uses Tesla Motors' patented powertrain.  It seats two passengers and production is planned to begin in 2011.

Tesla Motors says that it has shipped 150 Roadsters, thus far, and that 1,100 people are still on a waiting list.  However, the wait may be a fortunate one, as waiting customers now have the option of upgrading to a Roadster Sport.

The Roadster and Roadster Sport will go head to head next year with GM's Chevy Volt, which will debut at a much lower price point (around $40,000 before tax credit).

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By spikedbanana on 1/14/2009 1:27:23 AM , Rating: 2
scenario:lets take your Tesla for a spin!
sure! Oh, no, no. It's charging right now.

if you want to see the Tesla "perform" or perhaps a different perspective on the Tesla, watch BBC's Top Gear. They will also explain why battery electric cars are currently not a viable alternative.

paraphrasing: "The whole point of a car is so we can just get in, drive it, "refuel" the car in a few minutes and just go on with our day. Not charge it half a day so we can hope to get where we need to go and back."

It's not what you drive but how you drive it.

RE: Tesla?
By kontorotsui on 1/14/2009 6:30:29 AM , Rating: 2
if you want to see the Tesla "perform" or perhaps a different perspective on the Tesla, watch BBC's Top Gear. They will also explain why battery electric cars are currently not a viable alternative.

You forgot to add a "yet" at the end of the sentence.
If research gives us better batteries, say half weight and double capacity (supercapacitors maybe?), a battery electric cars becomes a very viable alternative.

Since you have to sleep eventually, charging it while you don't use it around is no problem at all. You do that with your mobile phone already.

If supercapacitors become commercially viable, you'll be able to charge a car (maybe a less powerful one, but not all people need a sportscar) in few minutes at home. Considering the time to reach a gas station, the queue and the refueling, probably you end SAVING time to refuel it at home.

What ANY electric car desperately need is a better way to charge than a stupid cable. A platform with magnetic current transfer is a must. You park the car on the platform at home, and it charges up.

RE: Tesla?
By Penti on 1/14/2009 9:33:41 AM , Rating: 2
I see no problems charging a BEV pretty much anywhere, here in Sweden today there are a lot of parking lots with outlets for block heaters, replacing those with more suitable outlets for charging shouldn't cost much or much more when building new lots. Meaning even people living in flats should have no problem charging their car. Of course it will always take a long time if your not charging with a circuit that has higher amps. A quick charge does not take long. The problem is when you run out of electricity on the road, portable charging stations on trucks that can come and help you?

Batteries mostly need to get cheaper, sure it weights a lot, but so does an automatic gearbox. And an electric car needs no gearbox at all. I'm sure super capacitors has their place too. Any ways fuel cell cars need a battery pack too. As you can't get the power when you need it from a fuel cell like with a battery.

RE: Tesla?
By spikedbanana on 1/14/2009 2:32:41 PM , Rating: 2
"yet" would be correct and I don't disagree with what you say but the fact is a car right now that can only be charged by plugging in to a wall socket then wait half a day just isn't viable alternative for the masses. Then of course the cost for the Tesla isn't exactly for the masses either....

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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