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Tesla Roadster

Tesla Model S
The EV sports car is no more

The car that changed the way most of us think about electric vehicles was the Tesla Roadster. The car has a nice driving range that made it usable in the real world for many drivers and had serious performance making the car appealing to enthusiasts. It also just so happens to be a quite attractive car.

However, production of the Roadster is finally coming to an end. The Roadster may be going away, but Tesla isn’t leaving the performance EV world. The Roadster is retiring so that the new and cheaper Model S can be the central focus of the company. The Model S is certainly not in the same league as the Roadster and it will be sad to see the Roadster go.

Tesla's Khobi Brooklyn said in an emailed statement to FastCompany, "The Roadster accomplished everything we asked of it--it served as a catalyst for the EV industry, and it has allowed us to refine electric technology for future, and more affordable EVs. The Roadster proved that EVs can outperform traditional combustion vehicles while producing zero emissions."

The Model S is a larger four-door car that is nowhere near as performance-oriented as the Roadster was. The Model S seats four comfortably and will come in three trim levels at roughly $50,000, $60,000, and $70,000 after rebates.

Tesla is expecting the more practical Model S to sell in much higher volumes than the narrowly-focused Roadster. There were only 1,650 of the Tesla Roadsters ever sold globally as of the end of April 2011.

But don’t shed any tears for the Roadster just yet, Tesla has a follow up car up in the works. Brooklyn said, "The Roadster will always be the cornerstone of Tesla, and we look forward to bringing back a version of the supercar that takes full advantage of our advanced electric powertrain in the next several years."



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RE: Performance EV World?
By Chernobyl68 on 6/27/2011 5:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Staging of scenes to make the car look less capable...like the 3 guys pushing it back to the garage, when it never actually ran out of charge. the 55 mile number was a calculated range, not an actual distance driven. If all you are going to do is drive it on a track, why are they bothering with range anyway? They seemed happy with the acceleration, speed, and handling.


RE: Performance EV World?
By EricMartello on 6/28/2011 6:56:51 AM , Rating: 1
They TEST the car on the track to evaluate its performance. It DID run out of a charge while they were testing, but they had two cars. It is no secret that the amps drawn by an electric motor increase exponentially under load, so unless you drive it like a granny you're going to get terrible range.

EVs are a not a solution to anything and the morons that believe the propaganda and paid-for PR that has been keeping idiot VC cash flowing into Tesla's coffers deserve the turd they'll end up with.

Even the Plymouth turbine car was more practical than anything Tesla ever produced...in fact, if I were Nikola Tesla I'd be rolling over in my grave knowing that my name is being dragged through the mud like it is being associated with that fail car "marketing company".


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