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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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By sandorski on 8/17/2006 1:59:34 AM , Rating: 5
This is a Terrorists dream car! Just replace the batteries with Dell batteries and voila, Car Bomb!

RE: Terrorism
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2006 9:26:47 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, nice one. I should probably get around to replacing my Dell battery one of these days.

I like the car, but I'll take my Magnum over it anyday. She can make 60MPH in about 5 seconds - sometimes less if the weather is just right - and still get 26MPG at freeway cruising speeds. Did I mention I can carry some 2x4s, a surf board, and an amp? I can also fill it in about 2-4 minutes. LOL

The 100K price tag is proof enough of who killed the electric car... the market. They need to make more super-expensive electric cars to sell to the wealthier people, especially the ones that never shut their traps about saving the ecosystem.

Any ideas as to how many amps/volts/watts it takes to charge this thing?

One last thing, the 2-speed semi-auto tranny sounds exactly like what I had in my 1977 Honda Accord CVCC. It was called a Honda-Matic. That car was a POS. You would accellerate to 25-30MPH, then shift once and ride gear #2 until you reached your top speed. The manual explained that exceeding 65MPH was not recommended. I think I went through three head gaskets before retiring it.

RE: Terrorism
By TomZ on 8/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: Terrorism
By mindless1 on 8/20/2006 8:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
100K price isn't really significant, this is a one-off, limited production. You'd expect to pay this figure for such a gas powered car too.

I'd expect the R&D, manufacturing line changes to be significant cost born by the customer, as well as that of the battery and charging, but when, not if, electric cars become the majority, we should expect them to be more reasonably priced based on the adjusted dollar at that point in time. I dont' see it happening in the next 15 year at least though.

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