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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: This car is so dangerous... it should be banned
By kkwst2 on 8/16/2006 10:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually a damn good point. Maybe they should simulate engine vrooms over an integrated loudspeaker.

Having a silent sports car isn't very cool either.

This could be the future though. What makes it so expensive? The electric motor? Batteries? Both?

If you could make a 4 seater for $50k, you might be in business. There are a LOT more people who could stomach that for a commuter car that will probably recoup $50 a week on saved gas. If you figure it saves you $.09/mile then that's $9k over the life of the battery. If you could replace the battery for less than the $9k ...assuming you can cut the cost of the machine in half and add some rear seats at the expense of acceleration times.

The higher gas prices go, the more attractive this looks. At $6 per gallon, you're saving around $20k over the life of the battery.



By masher2 (blog) on 8/16/2006 11:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
> "What makes it so expensive? The electric motor? Batteries? Both? "

The low production volume is the largest factor in the high cost.


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