Burn Rubber, Not Gasoline
Or so they say on the frontpage of the Tesla Motors website.The latest buzz in the green car community is the Tesla Roadster; a sleek sports car that's quick & fast and totally electric powered.
Historically most electric-powered cars have a reputation for being slow or ugly. Or both. But this Tesla Roadster is no slouch and it looks good too: which isn't surprising considering it's based on a Tesla-specified Lotus Elise chassis, has a number of Lotus Elise parts and is assembled at Lotus's Hethel factory near Norwich. Gorgeous.
So, it looks great, but how does it perform?
Well, Tesla boast that their Roadster is capable of 130+mph and gets from 0-60mph on around 4 seconds. What's more is that it has a peak 248hp and only weighs 1200kg. Not bad at all for an electric car. And add to that the 250 miles between charges, that's pretty smart. And having all that Lotus-engineered suspension it probably handles somewhat too.
Want one? Yes, thought you might. We'd have one too, but the limited edition Tesla Signature One Hundred Roadsters have sold out all ready. And if you want your very own Tesla Roadster they're taking orders for the next batch of 100 electric rockets, so get your $25,000 deposit down and don't forget to cough up the $75,000 balance on delivery. That's a lot of money, even in England, but I bet it's a lot of fun too. And pretty green by the sound of things.