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The American-designed Tesla roadster offers a sweet blend of performance and efficiency, boasting a 3.9 s 0-60 acceleration and a 244 mile range.  (Source: The Green Howse Effect)

The charge door is sealed...  (Source: AutoBlog Green)

A record is set!  (Source: AutoBlog Green)
With a bit of smart driving the Tesla Roadster has plenty of juice

The old mantra that the driver makes the car (and not the other way around) never seemed more true than in a recent road test of Tesla Roadster.  A pair of drivers managed a record 313 miles on a charge during a challenge road trip across the Australian Outback.

Priced at near $100,000 the luxury electric sportscar has propelled Tesla into profitability this July and made it a new power on the U.S. auto market.  A typical 2008 Tesla Roadster features an intriguing blend of power and efficiency.  The sporty EV is capable of 0-60 acceleration in 3.9 seconds, making it faster than a Porsche 911 or Audi R8.  And it manages 244 miles on a charge, according to EPA testing cycles.  Of course, you can't be flooring the acceleration pedal, if you want to manage that kind of range.

Previous testing (aside from the EPA tests) showed the car's real world range to be about 241 miles, the range it achieved in the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives held earlier this year.  Now a new test conducted as part of the Global Green Challenge in Australia has showed just how far the range can be extended by smart driving.

Driven by Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas, the pair managed to squeeze 313 miles out of the unmodified Roadster.  That took them from Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory to a point just 183 km (appr. 113 miles) north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia.  The pair sealed the charge port door before embarking across the outback,  to make the record official.

Mr. Hackett emailed a note to Tesla Motors that night, stating, "Emilis and I have decades of experience flying gliders competitively and we applied the same energy conservation techniques to our driving, with significant results! The car had about 3 miles of range left when the drive was completed. We travelled 501km on a single charge. Let that sink in for a minute."

He continues, "The security seal was applied to the charge port door when we started the journey. As this is being done as part of the Global Green Challenge, we have a full set of official verifiers here who will attest to the results and to achieving the outcome. We were followed along the journey by our support crew and a documentary film crew - so we have it on film. It's late here and we have another 541k to drive (with an intermediate charge stop) tomorrow - and another two days of the event left after that. When we're done, we will have driven over 3000 km's in the Roadster over the course of only six days, from Darwin to Adelaide."

The record showcases that aside from great performance the Tesla Roadster can also be incredibly efficient.  That sets the bar high for luxury EV competitors like Fisker.  And with a more affordable mass-market entry on the way, even companies with non-luxury entries like the 2011 Chevy Volt have cause for concern.


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RE: Go Tesla Go!
By walk2k on 10/28/2009 3:34:42 PM , Rating: 0
Try 95%, if not more.

It's a supercar, it just happens to be electric. It's not the answer to global warming or foreign oil dependence, and it's not supposed to be.

That said, Top Gear got only 55 miles around their track. Assuming people will probably want to drive this thing more like they did than hypermile it everywhere, I have to assume real-world range will be far far less.


RE: Go Tesla Go!
By freeagle on 10/28/2009 5:25:57 PM , Rating: 5
I doubt people drive the way they do on a circuit, even the ones with sport cars. The normal roads, including traffic, is far from the perfect race environment the circuits offer.

As a side note, Buggatti Veyron can consume its fuel tank in 12 minutes at full throttle ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk1t6S737Cs )


RE: Go Tesla Go!
By walk2k on 10/28/2009 7:04:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and the tires would only last 15 minutes at that speed anyway!

Obviously you're not driving it like on a track, but you're not hypermiling either. Point is it will be somewhere in between, yes the range shouge be longer than 55 miles, but it's not going to be 300+ miles either.


RE: Go Tesla Go!
By PlasmaBomb on 10/29/2009 4:03:16 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Rachel Konrad, a spokeswoman for Tesla, said at no time did the batteries in either of the two cars used in the Top Gear test drop below 20% charge.


Interestingly enough the Veryon will travel 50 miles on a full tank (12 minutes) at 250 mph.

Overcoming aerodynamic drag takes a lot of work ;)


RE: Go Tesla Go!
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 10/29/09, Rating: 0
RE: Go Tesla Go!
By Spuke on 10/29/2009 2:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
A few owners are reporting ~100 miles with some spirited driving.


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