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0-60 in 4 seconds, 250 mile range

CNET is reporting that the initial batch of 100 Tesla Roadsters has been sold out. According to Tesla CEO Martin Eberhard, 100 people each dropped down a $100,000 USD deposit. Some of the lucky future owners include Google co-founder Larry Page and eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll.

The Tesla Roadster is 100% electric, has a top speed of just over 130 MPH and can zip to 60 MPH in just 4 seconds. The 2,500 pound roadster can go 250 miles on a charge and costs about 1c per mile to operate based on current energy costs. The Tesla Roadster is powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor that routes power through a 2-speed semi-automatic transmission.

The roadster makes use of a proprietary lithium-ion battery back (6,381 cells) that has an estimated serviceable life of 100,000 miles. Once the 100,000 mark is reached, performance will gradually fall over time. And when you've reached your 250 mile operational range, you can pull into your garage and plug it in to the Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), the Tesla Roadster's home-based charging system. The charger will top the battery pack off in just 3.5 hours.

And don't think that the Tesla Roadster is some barebones machine either. It comes standard with dual airbags, ABS, traction control, cruise control, A/C, heated seats, iPod connectivity, power windows, a partial leather interior and LED taillights. Factory options include GPS navigation, satellite radio, a body-colored hardtop and a full leather interior.

If the Tesla Roadster looks somewhat familiar to you, it's because the design and structure is loosely based on the featherweight Lotus Elise that has been wowing the automotive press and owners alike around the globe for the past ten years. It also is built on the same assembly line as the Elise. For a closer look at the Tesla Roadster, you can take a look at Wired’s test drive. You can catch a CNET video of the car in action here.



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RE: Sexy
By stromgald on 8/16/2006 6:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
Uh yeah, Brandon's right . . . I get about 340-400 miles with a full tank in my SUV. Even with a smaller tank, you should be hitting at least 325 miles/tank.


RE: Sexy
By ogreslayer on 8/16/2006 7:58:52 PM , Rating: 2
Not many cars out there with a sub 5 sec 0 - 60 gonna punch out more than 300 miles per tank.

My Lincoln LS V8 only gets me around 320 when I'm being economical, usually about 295... A Ferrari 612 Scag with 10 more gallons of fuel space would around the same mile number

If the car is mostly based on an Elise, it should be a fun drive... not sure its worth 100k though


RE: Sexy
By ogreslayer on 8/16/2006 8:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and the Elise with its paltry 9.5 gallon tank would only get you probably 24o miles


RE: Sexy
By masher2 (blog) on 8/16/2006 8:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well you certainly won't get a 250 mile range in the Tesla either...if you driving it like its meant to be driven, probably about 125 miles tops.


RE: Sexy
By bob661 on 8/17/2006 9:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
I had a 98 Camry 4 cyl, it got 425 easily on the freeway.


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